- Hardcover: 263 pages
- Publisher: Harper Teen (8 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062222694
- ISBN-13: 978-0062222695
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Everyone loves a good scandal.
Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother at her East Hampton home. And this year is no different. Naomi sticks out like a sore thumb with her Chicago accent and her Doc Martens, and she has no patience for the snooty sons and daughters of the mega rich.
But despite her reluctance to join the lavish social circle, Naomi is captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. The extravagant parties Jacinta throws are the social events of the summer, and loner Naomi suddenly finds herself with not only a new best friend but a possibly-could-be-probably boyfriend. But Jacinta has her own reasons for drawing close to Naomi, and they include the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather, a family friend of Naomi's and Upper East Side royalty.
As the summer days slip by, Naomi discovers that Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.
About the Author
Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs (William Morrow 2016) as well as the books DC Trip (Adaptive Books 2015), Great (2014), and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom (William Morrow 2012), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting DC Trip as a film with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine, Nebraska, Election), Van Toffler, and Adaptive Studios. She is currently adapting Agorafabulous! as a TV pilot with executive producers Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara), and Ben Stiller's Red Hour. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College and Columbia University Teachers College. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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17-year-old Naomi is off to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her desperate-to-be-famous Mother, but is about to get more than she bargained for.
Jacinta is the author of a popular fashion blog called ‘The Wanted’, and is renting the house next door to Naomi’s mother’s summer house. She’s nice, and asks to be introduced to Delilah – the daughter of one of Naomi’s mother friends, and also an up-and-coming model.
Jacinta and Delilah seem to be becoming more than friends though, and Naomi isn’t sure how Delilah’s boyfriend is going to feel about that when he finds out.
What secrets is Jacinta hiding though? What is going on between Jacinta and Delilah? And what happens when everything is revealed?
This was an interesting YA tale of one girl’s summer in the Hamptons, and the ending was really surprising.
Naomi was a simple girl, who cared about the things she cared about, and didn’t spend ages obsessing over trends, or trying to make people like her. Even though she didn’t really want to spend the summer in the Hamptons, or wear designer clothes, or make posh friends, she did it to make her mom happy, but didn’t lose her own morals and ideas in the process.
I liked the storyline in this book. Initially I did wonder what the point was, but it was interesting to see the goings on of a group of teens in the Hamptons. When the big things started happening though, boy did they happen! The last 30% of this book was really surprising and good! And I really couldn’t wait to find out what happened.
I felt really sorry for certain parties by the end of this book, and in a way it was really unfair that things ended the way they did. It was also a little disappointing that we didn’t have some kind of epilogue clearing up what happened legally, but I suppose the point was supposed to be about how things turned out socially rather than legally.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and found it quite surprising compared to other contemporary YA stories.
7 out of 10.
Naomi and Jacinta and Delilah are great interpretations of The Great Gatsby characters, especially Jacinta, who I really liked. And while the relationship between Jacinta and Delilah is seen through Naomi’s eyes, so doesn’t really get explored thoroughly, that didn’t reduce the quality of the story for me. It was still an excellent and pacey read.
The modern day retelling of the plot elements was pitch perfect- especially that the green light was actually a laptop charger- perfect! Even though I knew what was going to happen, it didn’t reduce any of the tension and shock of the ending, and it was absolutely brilliantly retold. This is getting a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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