Thursday, January 13, 2011
Chick Pick: The Darlings Are Forever
The Darlings Are Forever
Three best friends since elementary school now face new challenges as they each venture off to a new high school in New York City. Victoria is the under-achiever in her family. Though brilliant in classes, Victoria is shy and unassuming--unlike her popular sister Emily who attends Princeton and is involved in their father's campaign to run for Congress. When popular kids focus on Victoria, she finds out they really don't want to be her friend, they just want to get closer to her father's campaign.
Then there's Jane who attends the School of Performing Art and dreams of the stage. Finally, there is Natalya, the daughter of immigrants from Moscow, Russia. Natalya's parents are working class and she is almost ashamed to be in a school where many of the students are quite wealthy.
Girls who love a friendship novel will like this read. There is drama when the girls attend a teen party and are caught by shutterbugs who post their pictures on Facebook. The girls argue and nearly lose their friendship, but then remember that "the Darlings are forever!"
Other reviews reommend grade 8 and up; however, I recommend grade 9-up. Condoms are mentioned and quite a lengthy description is given on how to put one on; also, an under-age drinking party is described.
No blatant sex or language.
FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.