Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gossip Girl Meets Nancy Drew in Ugly, Ugly Clothes

The Celebutantes: On the Avenue Antonio Pagliarulo

The Hamilton Triplets are top of the top. But, when a fashion editor turns up dead at a charity event, all three are suspects, for different reasons. The triplets need find the real murderer before it's too late--both for their reputations and their lives. Along the way, there's nothing like using a media circus to your won advantage.

I almost liked this. I liked the premise (Gossip Girl meets Nancy Drew) but a few things bugged me too much. One was a really big one--the inconsistency of the triplets. We're told they're poised to take over their father's business empire and we see this in action, but when it comes to dealing with the cops, they're whiny brats. If they really were as media, business, and socially savvy as the narrator says they are, and how they often appear, then they would know how to deal with the police without suddenly turning into petulant children. The two sides don't match. Also, their opulence was just... kinda tacky. They're named after streets! Their clothes, their decorating style, everything about their wealth screamed noveau riche in all the wrong ways. And the clothes just sounded pretty ugly to me. The wealth factor just failed for me. Those two things combined won't have me picking up the others in the series.

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5 comments:

Melissa said...

Jennie, that's the BEST blog post title I've read in a long time. Had me on the floor in stitches. :-D

Jennie said...

I'm glad you liked it. Seriously, the fashions in this book made me want to nominate these girls for What Not to Wear.

Hazra said...

I loved your title too! And you're right, inconsistencies in characters drive me crazy too. I can understand why you didn't like the book.

Meg said...

I've seen the series around a few times and almost thought about picking it up, but now I'm glad I haven't! As much as I love "Gossip Girl" the show, I've failed to get into the books at all. Sounds like this would be a fail for me, too :(

Jennie said...

Hazra-- I just couldn't figure out these characters! They didn't make sense!

Meg-- And I loved the Gossip Girl books! But this... ergh...