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Friday, June 12, 2009

Hotlanta by Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller

Title: Hotlanta
Author: Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller
ISBN: 9780545003087
Publisher: Point, Scholastic Inc.

"Designer clothes. Gorgeous boys. Family secrets. Major drama. They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing!

The Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren, live the life: They attend the fanciest school in Atlanta, they live in the most exclusive neighborhood, and they only date the hottest guys. And their secrets are the darkest around.

When their estranged father is released from prison and a murder is committed, their lives are plunged into a whirlwind of tabloid scrutiny, vicious gossip, and shocking revelation. Lauren, always a party girl, and Sydney, bent on Ivy League perfection, can't trust anyone. Not their mother, not their rich stepfather. Maybe not even each other."

As urban fiction goes, this book wasn't very urban :). Well yes, it's set in a city (making it urban), but the story isn't as gritty as the genre implies. That doesn't really take any of the enjoyment out of the reading - but if you're looking for hardcore urban lit, this isn't going to be it. But if you're looking for African American chick lit, you've found it!

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit disconnected because it's written from the two sister's perspectives - every other chapter. You almost forget who "she said" is. That and the fact that it leaves you on a complete non-ending are my only complaints about the book. It's definitely filling a void in literature (the young adult af am chick lit void), and doing it well.

The story pulls you right along - and, of course, you find yourself siding with one sister or the other. But it's a quick and fun read that I'd recommend for the middle YA reader. It's got a bit more topic/language stuff than I would give to a middle schooler... but not enough for a upper level high school student. So, it sits pretty well in the middle.

Other blog reviews:
The H.Y.P.E Teen Blog
Powell's Books
Readers Rooms (it's about the third entry down)
And an interview with the authors from Publishers Weekly

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