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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Simply Irresistible (Young Adult)



Released July 2009

www.penguin.com

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Gossip Girl fans will probably find the characters of SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE to be enjoyable. The story revolves around Madison Macallister, trendy Manhattan teen and popular girl who is currently spending her time starring in a reality television show De-Luxe, a show about New York's "real" Gossip Girls. Other problems in Madison's life include her decided lack of finding a guy with whom she can lose her virginity and the fact that Madison's mother snagged Madison's latest potential beau.

Casey McCloy moved to Manhattan from Illinois and also landed a spot on the show. Madison is definitely not happy with that. Casey's having her own problems fitting into a new school and her new Manhattan lifestyle. Not to mention the fact that her mother will be less than pleased when she learns Casey's going to be on television.

Other characters in the story include Sophie St. John, Casey's friend who has just learned her birth mother is a leading Hollywood actress that wants to suddenly be part of her life. Drew Van Allen, Casey's on-again, off-again beau, who found his father in the midst of a passionate encounter with another woman.

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE delves into the problems of this Manhattan teen set. It caters well to Gossip Girl fans without delving into any mysteries. It's straight forward fun that looks into the lives of these upper-class teens as they battle common issues like parents and dating.

This is the third book in the Elite Novel series. I haven't read the previous two novels, but didn't feel that I had missed much.

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