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Cassandra Campbell’s pleasant, articulate performance of Kate Brian’s Invitation Only is the perfect foil for the darkness of this Young Adult audiobook. Listeners are invited to follow the misadventures of Reed Brennen, a teenaged striver who winds up entangled in a web of social ugliness at a prestigious prep academy called Billings. Young adult listeners - particularly of an advanced social class - will find much to fear in this brisk book: compromising photographs, backbiting girlfriends, mysterious boyfriends, "falling in with the wrong crowd", and much more. Scenes of heavy partying and drinking are included. Reed Brennen’s fist-person telling of her story is part spectacle, part cautionary tale. The brave parent will give it as a gift.
Reed Brennan's future is looking as bright as the two-karat diamonds in her new housemates' ears. Being accepted to the most prestigious private boarding school in the country wasn't enough for Reed. She had to break every rule to do it, but she has accomplished the impossible: Reed is a Billings Girl now. And with her new status come respect, envy, and, most important, opportunity. Not to mention the parties. Unfortunately, at the next illicit party in the Easton campus woods, her roommate snaps some pictures of Reed in more than one compromising position. She uses the photos to blackmail Reed: Dig up dirt on the most powerful and popular Billings Girls or she will have Reed expelled. And speaking of parties, the Legacy is coming up. It's the invitation-only Halloween party in New York City, and it's rumored that Thomas---Reed's MIA boyfriend---will be making an appearance there. Too bad Reed isn't even close to invited. Life as a Billings Girl is every bit as glamorous as Reed imagined. What she didn't bargain for is the tangled web of private lies these girls weave.
©2006 Kate Brian (P)2009 Tantor