HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
Teen (12 and up)
Rating: 1 cup
Cate and Andie Sloane have not recovered from the loss of their mother. Their father, Winston, has brought home a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Andie adores the woman, Cate simply tolerates her.
Emma Childs is a supermodel and divorced mother of two. Two daughters, that is. When she uproots them from their life in London to live with Winston and his daughters, it is a toss-up over whether Stella and Lola will ever forgive her.
Cate and her friends form a group called Chi Beta Phi. They are the group many students at Ashton Prep look up to. Cate decides to make Stella's life unbearable because she is threatened by Stella's beauty and personality. Andie likes Lola for what she can do for Andie, but when Lola gets the attention, Andie becomes jealous. Their parents, Emma and Winston, try to bring the "family" together by asking each of the girls to perform a particular task in the planning of the wedding.
Whatever happened to being yourself and being different? These girls are catty, self-serving, and just plain mean. They are out to hurt one another and, if they do not get their ways, they shove the proverbial knife deeper. The parents are just as self-absorbed as the girls are. After reading this book, I am truly delighted to not have sisters if this is how they treat one another. Seeing this world through Ms. Carey's eyes, I hope the girls of this generation decide to empower themselves, instead of sinking to the levels these characters do.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More