Alice and Tally have ruled St. Cecilia’s, their private boarding school just outside of London, for years. As everyone returns for junior year, the girls can’t wait to start partying in London and jetting off to Paris and Rome. And as Alice begins to realize that she has more than friendly feelings for Tristan, her longtime best friend, she thinks the excitement of a new crush will make this year the best yet. But when Dylan, the American girl Tristan summered with in the Hamptons, transfers to St. Cecilia’s, high expectations dissolve into broken hearts, jealousies, and revenge plots that will change everything.
Kingsley's first novel in the Young, Loaded, and Fabulous series (originally published in the U.K.) introduces 16-year-old best friends Alice and Natalya, who are rich, spoiled, and rulers of the prestigious British boarding school St. Cecilia's, spending weekends in Paris and nights at members-only clubs. When Alice's friend-turned-love-interest Tristan's summer fling, Dylan, moves to town from New York City, it ignites Alice's jealousy and leaves Dylan friendless. Self-centered and noncommittal Tristan fuels the girls' mutual hatred; meanwhile, the only one to befriend Dylan is conniving Mimah, who was discarded by Alice and Tally the previous year and is seeking revenge. The plot is an immodest listing of petty events, grievances, and cocktails consumed. But while the girls' privileged lives are largely one-dimensional and, as such, receive little meaningful examination (the author's brief mentioning of their distant and shallow families seems to invite sympathy, but does not earn it), Kingsley captures the intensity of the teens' emotions, and many readers will drink up the posh melodrama. Ages 14 up.