Young, Loaded & Fabulous
Author: Kate Kingsley
Publication Date: 13th November 2008
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous new fiction series for sophisticated teens.
London socialites Alice Rochester and Natalya Abbot are glamorous, sexy, spoilt and only sixteen. When they're not at their prestigious private school, St. Cecilias, just outside London (where they rub shoulders with the children of Europe's elite), they can be found partying in London's private members clubs or jetting off to the most sophisticated European cities.
Alice and Tally have ruled, undisputed, at the top of St. Cecilias' social hierarchy since their arrival at the school three years ago. But now trouble is brewing; friendships with boys are getting complicated and sparking jealousies between the girls, and, to make matters worse, a thoroughly unwelcome American girl has just arrived.
Young, Loaded and Fabulous is a fantastic start to an exciting series set in a private boarding school (which I really love!) in the UK. The characters are realistic, outrageous and although you want to hate them, they are so likeable you can't seem to get there!
Alice and Tally have it all; looks, money, and a great social reputation for being totally and utterly fabulous. Being the most popular girls in school, life is perfect for them: they have glamorous parties to attend, plenty of handsome boys to flirt with, and everybody wants to be their friend.
Then American new girl Dylan is on the scene, and when it appears that Dylan has her eyes on Alice's best friends and current boyfriend Tristan Murray-Middleton, things start to get out-of-hand.
With all of the drama and scandal, the novel teaches you quite a lot about life for these very privileged teens. Just because these guys are rich, it doesn't necassarily mean that they are happy in their position. They feel to me as the kind of children that get ignored by their parents a little bit, but I do admire the amount of freedom the get. Just a little bit. Maybe because I want that kind of freedom. But not too much. I'm waffling now. Oops.
I liked that the story was focused mainly on friendships and backstabbing- that sort of thing, because some books get too overpowered by the romance, but this wasn't one. There was an exciting range of different subjects highlighted. I won't list them, but it's very juicy :P
Young, Loaded and Fabulous is entertaining, insightful, extremely well-observed and written. The writing style used is compelling and fun. The characters are well-formed, complex and enticing. The story line is not only very intrigue. A must read for (older) teenage girls!
Fans of Gossip Girl will adore the YLF series. It's a contemporary novel of gossip, scandal and friendship. The story is thrilling and it really leaves you wanting more. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Secrets and Lies, which was released July 2009.