Devon, the hottest chart-topping sixteenyear- old diva, has just landed in the south of France to film her Hollywood movie debut. With her French Caribbean beauty and ethereal voice, she aims to secure her newest crown—blockbuster box office—but she discovers sometimes a girl can’t get by without a little help from her friends. So when she befriends Livia Romero, the producer’s insanely gorgeous and insanely spoiled daughter, whose slammin’ new body is thanks to dropping two hundred pounds via stomach-stapling surgery; and Casey West, a personal assistant to the rival star, an entourage is born. And the paparazzi can’t get enough of them.
The newest rich girls series from de la Cruz (Au Pairs, Blue Bloods) cuts between the points of view of three teenagers: pop star Devon, celebutante Livia and Casey, assistant to singer Summer Garland, Devon's rival. The three girls converge on the French island of Saint-Tropez for the summer-where egos collide and designer outfits compete on a regular basis-and manage to become friends. Tabloid excerpts, blog entries and magazine articles between chapters provide a paparazzi-eye view of the girls' back-stories and report juicy, hyped-up gossip on their nights out, drinks imbibed, possible love affairs and exaggerated, nasty interactions. All three struggle with insecurities about their success (or lack of it) under the constant watch of the gossip-hungry. Those hoping for a new spin on the genre needn't bother, though there is enough boy-drama, label dropping, club hopping and backstabbing to satisfy those addicted to Gossip Girl-style series-and better yet, it all takes place on the French Riviera. Ages 14-up.