Hazel Stone wants nothing more than to be a part of the hottest clique in school, the Pretty Little Devils, but she�s stuck at a lunch table full of high school C-listers. Hazel has resigned herself to life as a nobody�when suddenly everything changes. The PLDs invite Hazel to one of the group�s famous parties, held at the site of one of their babysitting jobs. Before Hazel knows it, she�s in with the in crowd�and she couldn�t be more thrilled! But nothing turns out the way she expects. Especially when one her classmates becomes jealous of her newfound status�deadly jealous. Author Nancy Holder weaves a wicked tale about the price of popularity, and having the kind of friends some girls would just die for.
Gr 8 Up-The four Pretty Little Devils are the most popular young women in their California high school, more so even than the cheerleaders. They are also a little bit naughty; they bend the school rules and get away with it. They have a rigid code for their group, including intervening when one of their own is "slipping" (e.g., Ellen's hairstyle is unacceptable). Hazel has worshiped the PLDs from afar and is surprised and thrilled when they invite her to join them. Soon after her initiation, however, it becomes clear that something is radically wrong when the head cheerleader-the PLDs' sworn enemy-turns up dead. This fast-paced read is interlaced with chat-room conversations, blog entries, and text messages. Unfortunately, the dialogue is stilted, the characters are static and stereotypical, and the narrative seems to normalize underage drinking. The plot also fails to ring true: popular kids rarely bring a "nobody" into the fold. Nevertheless, the gripping suspense may attract R. L. Stine fans looking for another author. An additional purchase for libraries with extensive, well-circulating horror series collections.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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January 10, 2007
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