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How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (2007)

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls (2007)
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0446697184 (ISBN13: 9780446697187)
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How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (2007)
How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (2007)

About book: Reviewed by Lissa Staley Posted August 8, 2007Women's Fiction Contemporary | Contemporary Chick Lit In the tradition of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, recent college graduate Megan Smith heads to New York City to work for a literary magazine and ends up somewhere less ideal. Despite her editor's warning, Megan tries to add more serious journalism articles to the gossip magazine where she's employed, at least until the day she loses her job a few months before Christmas. Megan's apartment building catches on fire the same day, leaving her jobless and temporarily homeless. Her boss offers her an opportunity to tutor a friend's children, and it isn't until Megan arrives in Palm Beach, Florida, that she recognizes the famous "Baker Twins" from the entertainment news. Sage and Rose Baker are planning to inherit millions of dollars on their 18th birthday next year, but their cosmetic-industry guru grandmother has added a codicil to their trust fund. The girls must pass the SAT exam and get into Duke University, or else they will inherit nothing.Although the twins sabotage her every move, Megan is determined to get them into college, since her bonus paycheck would pay off her student loans. By pretending to be part of the wealthy and snobbish elite, Megan finally befriends Sage and Rose and they begin study sessions in earnest. Megan has to get creative to keep the girls on track, but she must figure out HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS before she turns into one herself!Bestselling author Zoey Dean is best known for her A- List novels about the scandalous lives of rich and famous teens in Beverly Hills, California. In her first novel for adults, she brings an outsider into the lives of the rich and famous, with hilarious and heartfelt results. Although Megan is only a few years older than the teens she tutors, her adult perspective is invaluable in understanding the girls. The characters are believable in a setting that is no more implausible than any other book about lifestyles of the extremely wealthy. Dean adds a unique spin on standardized test study sessions that many readers will appreciate, and while the book won't serve as a manual for incoming teachers, it will do quite nicely for a fabulous summer read.

How to teach filthy rich girls is about a girl named Megan. She just graduated from college with $75,000 in debt and no job. Then Megan gets an amazing opportunity- She becomes the tutor to Sage and Rose Baker, the Paris and Nikki Hiltons of Palm Beach. All she has to do is get them in to Duke College and their grandmother would pay off her debt. At first the twins give Megan a really hard time so she decided that the twins will defiantly not make it in to Duke and decides to write an exposé on them. Then the twins open up to her so she deletes the expose, but accidentally leaves a copy on her flash drive. The twins find it and feel completely betrayed because they honestly opened up to her. The question is will Megan be able to explain to Sage and Rose the truth or will she be forever mistrusted by them.I can make a text to world connection with this book. Megan being in dept, especially this much debt is basically what is happening in American today. Personally I have no debt, but im only thirteen. It seems to me that Megan’s debt is a little more justified than the people who spent their money on clothing and "extras" Megan spent the money on her education.I give this book 4 stars. I give it four stars because it was VERY entertaining. Throughout the whole book you really see the plot evolving, and the characters becoming more "real". For instance, at first Sage and Rose seemed only stupid and shallow, but as the book progressed I really started to see them as people and not plastic mannequins.
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Caitie
SO DIFFERENT FROM THE TV SHOW. Which is a good thing, because this was pretty terrible. And even though it was meant to be all moralistic about reverse snobbery, the book ended up being all reverse reverse snobbery. If that makes any sense. And Marcus was the biggest gay fairygodmother stereotype ever. There was a twisty bit at the very end that I liked, and I enjoyed all the fake SAT questions. But I do not think that is enough for me to give it more than one star. Also, I wanted to read Megan's article! I think it was a total copout that we didn't get to read that!
Kim
A young writer just out of college, living in New York City, can't get her foot in the door of any important journalistic/literary companies and resorts to working for the rich, the beautiful, the superficial. Is she in for a shock - that she may be better suited for the life of the rich and not of the starving writer?Sounds like The Devil Wears Prada.I actually didn't like The Devil Wears Prada that much. I do life Privileged (aka How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls).Megan is a much more relatable character than Andy was in TDWP. Megan is sure and confident, and is just under some pressure to impress a pair of twins that have to pass their SATs or bye-bye trust fund. Andy was lame, made excuses for the crazed boss who made inane demands, and was under some strange assumption that one year working as a gopher would get her in the door of The New Yorker. At least Megan tries to make lemonade of her situation by crafting the idea of writing an expose on the life of the rich and shameless. Undercover work... sounds kind of cool to me.I don't think Privileged is all that much of a literary masterpiece but it's a captivating read, kind of hurtling you to continue to the next chapter. (TDWP was too slow for me...) The language was simple, direct, and well, human. Zoey Dean writes the way a young college grad would speak and think. She portrayed the Baker twins as the vain, egotistical girls they were and at the same time didn't write them to point of exaggeration. They were 17, they were rich, they were written that way.We all know that it was a Cinderella story of sorts but what I liked was that the story wasn't a complete makeover. The twins may have learned about their true selves but that didn't mean they stopped living the life they'd been living. Even though Megan realizes her true potential and sees herself the way others see her, she didn't end up with everything all that easy (well, not until the last 5-10 pages).To be honest, I had no interest in this book ever. I happened to get a signed copy by the actors who play Megan and Will on the CW show based on the book. That was a pretty random but cool day.
Wendi
Gist of the story: Recent Yale graduate Megan Smith comes to Manhattan with big plans for a career in journalism and even bigger student loan debt: $75,000. When she flails at her trashy tabloid job, she's given an escape hatch: tutor seventeen-year-old identical twins Rose and Sage Baker--yes, the infamous Baker heiresses of Palm Beach, Florida, best known for their massive fortunes and their penchant for drunkenly flashing the paparazzi -- and get their SAT scores up enough to get into Duke. Impossible job -- yes. But if she succeeds, her student debts are history. Unfortunately for Megan, the Baker twins aren't about to curtail their busy social schedules for basic algebra. And they certainly aren't thrilled to have to sit down for a study session with dowdy Megan. Megan quickly discovers that if she's going to get her money, she'll have to learn her Pucci from her Prada. And if she can look the part, maybe, just maybe, she can teach the girls something along the way.Not badly written, but could not be more cliche. Girl struggles, gets a bunch of whirlwind and fabulous help, screws it all up by trying to be someone she's not, world comes crashing down, discovers her true self and gets friends and hot new boyfriend in the end.I think I'm officially done with chick-lit. There's just nothing out there that's any good or any different.It's okay. It's not the best, however, it is one of the better written chick-lit books out there. The idea - tutoring twin girls who make Paris Hilton, Nicole Richey, Lindsay Lohan, AND Britney Spears look like saintly nuns - is different, but the story isn't. It was like a more cheerful happier ending version of "The Nanny Diaries", which I don't find to be chick-lit. Give it a whirl if you need something light, but don't buy it, check it out from your library. This is the author's first adult novel. *yawn*
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