Capital Girls - ARC
by Ella Monroe
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Capital Girls (#1)
Source: Won - Goodreads First Reads
Available as of August 7, 2012
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Jackie Whitman, Washington DC’s “It Girl.” She’s drop-dead gorgeous, brilliant and dating the President’s son. Under 24/7 media scrutiny, she never makes a mistake…but there’s a new guy on the scene with all the right moves. Suddenly, being bad has never looked so good. Taylor Cane, blonde bombshell and wild child extraordinaire. She’s the leader of the pack and the glue that binds the four of them together. Reckless adventure is her specialty, flirting with danger her drug of choice, no matter the consequences. Lettie Velasquez, she’s all brains and blind ambition. Her goal: Princeton. Though money and privilege elude her, she’s counting on hard work to pay off one of these days. So long as her heart doesn’t lead her astray. Laura Beth Ballou, poor little rich girl and a real southern belle. She dreams of Julliard and the bright lights of Broadway. She’s sweet as pie…until the new girl in town starts messing with her friends.
Capital Girls forever…But when one of them dies in a mysterious accident, their once impenetrable bond is shaken. And as secrets long kept rise to the surface, the future of their friendship hangs in the balance. One thing’s for certain, though: Washington DC will never be the same again.
After reading the summary, I thought this book would be awesome. Full of their dirty little secrets with a riveting story line. Sadly, for me, this book didn't live up to my expectations. While it was well written, I didn't feel the pull to go back to it whenever I put it down.
Four girls. One dead. Washington, DC's "It Girl" has a lot going on. Between managing her relationship with the President's son, her guy on the side, and the mess she makes for herself, she is still trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of her best friend. Little does she know there are dirty little secrets that could shatter her world.
The four best friends featured in Capital Girls are your classic, everyday, high society, rich girls. Jackie is still trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of her best friend. She lives in a planned out bubble which impacts some of her foolish decisions. Laura Beth would love to have Jackie's boyfriend. She was drooling over him for most of the book. Lettie is the only one of the group who works for what she has and doesn't care about labels. She doesn't mess around with boys because she actually has goals in life that she wants to achieve. Then you have Taylor. The girl who doesn't care what the consequences are. Live life to the fullest, right? Finally, in walks a gossip columnist daughter, Whitney. She was forced to move to DC her senior year of high school to get the low down on Jackie. Then things get interesting.
In the end I was left with mixed feelings. When I first began reading, I could only take so much before I had to put it down or I got distracted by something shiny. I just wasn't into it. The girls were into designer labels, which I don't have a problem with, but it seem like designers were being dropped left and right and it started to annoy me. However, once I got about 2/3 of the way in, it started to pick up and I didn't want to stop reading. Secrets began to spill, I lost track of time, and stopped counting pages, but I never got really attached to the characters. I couldn't relate or they weren't someone I would want to hang out with. They were privileged and spoiled and acted like it.
Overall, Capital Girls wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't a great read either. Will I be picking up book 2, Secrets and Lies? More than likely. Would I recommend it? Sure, but I wouldn't race out to buy it. If anything, borrow it.
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