Harmony Book Reviews

The Elite by Jennifer Banash

Posted on: July 27, 2008


The Elite


Casey have just moved from the simple, country town of Normal to the sophsticated city of Manhattan to live with her grandma while attending a prestigious academic prep school. On her first day in the city, before she’s even been to her new apartment to see her grandma, Casey has already met the Upper East Side’s most powerful and snobby high school girls. And she’s been asked to come with them to the Park.

But Casey soon realizes that she doesn’t quite fit in with that crowd, especially with Madison, the Queen Bee of it. Though her new frenemies, who are definitely more enemy than friend, can be horrible to her, Casey realizes she can’t give them up. Without them, she is nobody and being with them does have perks. Who else would take her on countless fashion trips to the mall? Then there’s the matter of Drew… Madison’s sort-of-ex-boyfriend that continues to flirt with Casey.

With all of the books out there about snobby, rich girls in big cities and the poorer, small-town girls who end up in big cities without a clue about fashion, there’s obviously some competition. By giving each of the characters a background, a history, and their own problems, Jennifer Banash blows the competition away.

That’s not to say that The Elite is perfect, for I did find some irritating things in it, but it was definitely a fun read. The entire cast of snobby, rich girls each had their own unique personality and personal problems. They were not just self-center, snobby, fashion addicts, though they were certainly that in addition. The writing style was light and fun and the one thing I loved most was how the chapters were told in alternating points of views. I definitely enjoyed seeing things from Drew’s perspective and I think Jennifer did a great job getting inside of a boy’s head because I could picture my guy friends thinking and feeling the same exact way.

The drama unfolded realistically and for once, I could actually picture and relate to what was happening. Even the love triangle seemed real and you knew it wasn’t just thrown in there to add more drama.

The one thing I didn’t like was the ending. It was just too abrupt. I would’ve liked a few more paragraphs or something to give more closure to the end of the scene. Luckily, a sequel will be coming out in just a few months so it won’t be such a big deal.

I recommend this to fans of Frenemies, Gossip Girl, The Clique, or any of those books about snobby, rich girls. Actually, I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, drama-filled read.





1 Response to "The Elite by Jennifer Banash"

Loved this book- can’t wait for the sequel!! 🙂 Great review.

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