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"It's all about the Attitude"Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simplewearing the right clothes isn't as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It's all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that's who you already are.This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of t"It's all about the Attitude"Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simplewearing the right clothes isn't as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It's all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that's who you already are.This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of the populadder at Wallingford Academy. And they're ready to use their Aristobrat status to help spread positive vibes throughout the school. But when the girls are assigned to produce the seriously lame school webcast, their popularity plummets! Will this tragedy destroy the girls' status? Or their friendship? Or both?"...

Title : The Aristobrats
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ISBN : 9781402242588
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 211 Pages
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The Aristobrats Reviews

  • Lauren
    2018-08-26 10:08

    I have to admit that I wasn't expecting too much from this one, but it ended up surprising me in some very good ways, because not only was it a cute and fun read but it also had some really great messages underneath it all; just an all around awesome addition to the tween reading list, in my opinion.The Aristrobrats tells the story of four girls- Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea- who've been inseparable since they began the exclusive Wallingford Academy all those years ago, and this year (the eighth grade for them) is going to be the best year yet and definitely establish them as true aristobrats (third, fourth, or even fifth generation wallys) as well as the ringleaders of the populadder. But soon enough everything tumbles down when they are assigned as producers of the school's lame webcast, and before they know it their popularity and social schedule have plummeted because of it. What are three Lylas to do? Will they stay friends through the tough and good times? Or will the webcast ruin their friendship for good? I guess you'll have to read The Aristobrats to find out! The Aristobrats is definitely the anti-clique series, and one of the biggest ways you can tell this is through the main characters, Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea, three girls who would go to end of the world for each other. They have such a rock solid friendship and truly care for each other. Further more, I love that while they are described as being extremely popular they are still nice to pretty much everyone. Plus, all the girls are ones that I can say I truly liked, because not only were they funny but they were sweet and just all around good souls. The only thing I would have liked more about them is if they were a bit more developed (Plum and Kiki in particular) but this is the first in a series so I'm sure they'll be plenty of time for that in future books. I also really enjoyed the plot of this book. It was fun, unique, and it really made it a quick read for one afternoon. I especially adored reading all about Wallingford and the webcast the girls had to produce. Lastly Jennifer's writing was decent and carried the story in a nice way.In all, The Aristobrats is a fun read, a book I definitely suggest to all my tween readers out there! I can't wait to read the next one! Grade: B+

  • Kelsey
    2018-09-14 15:18

    The Aristobrats was an entertaining and original start to what I'm sure will be a very fun series.In middle school I loved reading series like The Clique and Gossip Girl. They were my guilty pleasure reads that I could finish in a couple of hours. The Aristobrats was similar but it was much more positive and full of girl power. While Parker and her three besties are all about being popular and setting new trends, they also care about other people and just want to be kind and positive. Other students look up to Parker and the Aristobrats and the name isn't demeaning at all- it's a compliment.The four main characters were Parker, Kiki, Ikea, and Plum. The novel mainly focused on Parker, so I didn't know much about the other three besides what Parker mentions. Of the four, Parker was my favorite. She saw people for more than they appeared and really cared about her friends. Her home life was rocky and throughout the novel she was worried that her mother was going to lose her job and they would have to move. Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea are at the top of the "populadder" until they are assigned to produce their school's webcast. Suddenly another set of girls is stealing their thunder and the Aristobrats are having to spend more time on the webcast then checking out Facebook and Teen Vogue.I think having to do the webcast was the best thing for the girls, they learned a lot about themselves and what popularity and status truly means. The only complaint I really had was that some of the lingo and abbreviations the girls used was completely unfamiliar to me and got a bit tiresome at some points. Although there was a glossary in the back that helped!Although the plot of The Aristobrats is similar to other novels I've read, the positive vibes and true friendships shown throughout. The girls nickname for each other was "Lylas" (Love you like a sis). No matter what they stuck together and helped each other out.The Aristobrats will appeal to 10-14 year old girls the most, but I think older readers will enjoy it as well. Filled with positive messages and great friendships, I can't wait to see where this series goes next. I'm hoping to hear more about Kiki, Parker, Ikea, and Plum!Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2018-09-18 14:13

    Not what I usually read, but I wanted to try a younger book once too, and I did. What can I say, it was a cute one.I never like books that try too much to be young, or show the worst side of kids, since they are nice kids too that never did stuff like that. I was one of those and I rather read about those too. This book has hip kids, prepsters, and slang, but it felt real.Parker goes to a fancy private school, she had her 3 best friends and she year she will rule the school. But not in mean girl way, no there are codes and the code is be nice to everyone, even if they have totally horrid clothes on. Cos mean girls are two-thousand-and-late. But then they have to do the school news show that everyone hates and their social status plunges, and their friendship is suddenly rocky. And of course there are the cute guy she wants, oh and the not so nice girls.Parker and her friends were nice and different. One loved fashion, one was the brain, and together they were the best of friends. The message that shines through is that friends are important, and to be nice to each other. They also learn that perhaps everything doesn't have to be perfect, like do you really need the perfect guy that everyone thinks you should end up with. They have a lot to learn.At the back of the book was also a cute glossary that explained some words that were used. Still I did feel a bit out of it at times with some short text messages that were there. But that didn't really stop the flow of the story.This is a book that I would recommend to young girls, and to the YA audience too, and adults too. Because it was a sweet book, and when it ended, well I was curious about what happens next, and about this boy she started to like. And there will be more books to that will be nice.Final thoughts: A nice, sweet book about friendship, and that attitude counts. Act like you enjoy being you and other will see you like that.

  • Margaret Chind
    2018-09-19 11:25

    Did you see the guest post from Jennifer? What a turn of events! Such madness with a creativity avenue underlying -- desperate to break through.I think it was when we lived in Monroe, where I discovered a quaint children's book shop that specialized in getting teens into reading. The shelves were lined with books of interest. While I perused I was shocked and taken aback and some of the genres. Books that I felt certain should be classified as adult romances were being sold, and apparently written and addressed directly for teenagers! Yet then there were also some almost nauseating happy-go-lucky harmless and gentle books as well. Nothing it seemed for a normal girl. For a girl who wants a real book, but not to be corrupted by all the sex and so called romance out there. In the Christian market I have found such books from authors such as Melody Carlson, Lisa Samson, Kristin Billerbeck, Shelly Adina, Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt as well as Barbour Books' Camp Club Girls Series but I have more more than delighted to find from a publisher that I am fastly coming to love there is another series about to start that is exactly what I would want in a book when my daughter gets to her teen, or even tween years.Enter, The Aristobrats. I love the cover! From the best friend charms I remember from my own youth to matching outfits and to LYLAS! Love Ya Like a Sister! I cannot tell you how many times I wrote LYLAS (and even LYLAB) in notes passed to a certain duo of friends. This is a book that is current and real and one definitely approved for the bookshelf without having to look over your child's shoulder.*Thanks to the author and Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks, Inc. for my review copy in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*

  • Alea
    2018-09-25 11:02

    The Aristobrats is about a group of girls that while high on the popularity scale aren't really what you would consider mean girls, not really, they really like their popularity but for the most part they are nice to other students which was refreshing!The book was very current which was good and bad, I loved the idea of someone like Steve Jobs providing the school with all sort of current gadgets like giant screens and tablets and things that let you spy on classrooms making it an ultra-techy school. But at the same time there was so much insider lingo to the girls' group it sort of distracted from the actual story because I kept having to look up the words in the back or if there weren't listed in the Guide to Terms figure it out on my own. Yes, the lingo showed how close the girls were having almost their own language but it made it a bit harder for me, the reader.I also thing telling the stories from each girl's perspective for say a whole chapter instead of for a bit here and there would have helped separate them more from each other and create a clearer personality for each girl. But if this is set to be a series, which I think it is, maybe the next book will be told for another girl's perspective?I did really like the plot though, how the girls were assigned to write and film a school wide newshow with other classmates, and also the normal things 8th grade girls go through dealing with cliques and boys etc. Overall, I think this book might be especially enjoyed but Middle Grade/Junior High age girls!

  • Victoria Burke
    2018-08-27 10:26

    I thought this was great for preteens. It has a great storyline and would definitely encourage them to read because it will remind them of their school life and friends with trying to fit in. I thought the storyline was realistic. The only thing unrealistic about the story was the school, however if my school everybody else school was like theirs they would love school. The school reminded me of Hogwarts with the themes and computerize stuff. Except it doesn't have any magical beings such as wizards and wands. I thought the characters were realistic and easy to relate to except for maybe Kiki but I'm not that big of a fashionista as she is. I thought the story moved rather quickly but was easy to keep up with. I though Ikea's relationship with her father was great and will help other girls realize they don't have to be perfect for their father's or mothers to be proud of them.There are also a lot of great lessons that can be learned from this story. The author does it in a subtle way that isn't to obvious but easy to pick up. My favorite is "Be Who You Are" or "Life is Short", but my favorite one is " It isn't the number of friends you have on facebook, your true friends will stick with you no matter what". I would really recommend this book for your 10-13 year old daughters, sisters, cousin, or friend! If you like to do your Christmas shopping early keep you eye out for this book and use it as a stocking stuffer!3.5 Stars mainly because it was a little young for me but 4 Stars for the

  • Renee
    2018-08-29 08:10

    I really started to read a lot when I was introduced to the school library in elementary school and discovered the Sweet Valley High books and The Babysitter's Club. It was fun to read about girls who were a lot like me and yet different in so many ways. Todays girls have waaaay more options that I did including this new book from Jennifer Solow, The Aristobrats. I really think it's what a lot of younger kids today are looking for and something that their parents wouldn't mind them reading. The girls, Parker, Kiki, Ikea (pronounced I-kay-a), and Plum are uber popular but definitely not the stereotypical mean girl types. Of course they deal with all the drama of eighth grade, including the Fall Social and their place on the top rung of the "populadder" which may just take a serious hit when they are assigned to participate in the most unpopular Wallingford Academy activity, the seriously lame school webcast. How the girl's deal with everything is really cute and clever! Everything sort of backfires for them though and they learn that things don't always turn out as planned...sometimes it's better than expected! I definitely recommend this book for young readers and after they finish I'm sure they'll be wondering how the 4 friends will deal with the next crisis! *Thanks to the author and Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks, Inc. for my review copy in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*

  • Daniella S
    2018-08-31 16:10

    In this book, the author Jennifer Solow, describes how one behavior of humans is the ranking of popularity a person may have. This story tells a person the difference between nice and popular. This story is based in a present day area of Wallingford Academy, a private school where there are popular people and unpopular people. Every student at Wallingford is considered a,"Wally". The main character of this story is Parker Bell, but the author also gives great detail on her friends, Kiki, Ikea, and Plum. The back of this book does no good to the actual book, because it makes this story sound like a perfect girl in a perfect world with a popularity mishap. However, it is not, this story is about Parker, and her friends, who call themselves the Lylas. Although, kids at school call them the Aristobrats. Anyway, Parker is told that her and her mother are moving half way through her eighth grade year, which is this year. To make life a bit worse or Parker, the Lylas are chosen to produce the school webcast. Doing the school webcast would make their popularity level drop, so they were very upset. When making the webcast, the girls start to find there inner self and realize that being popular is not a big deal after all. This story is great because I love books Ivan relate to and this is one of those kind of books. An example of being able to relate is location, " we wish Captain Tribble Reese and the Tigers the best of luck as they play the Fox Chapel Acorns at home tomorrow. Go Wallingford Tigers!" (95). The two words, " Fox Chapel" really grabbed my attention in this passage from the book because not only is where our school is placed, that is where I live. The fact that the author,Jennifer Solow, is my elementary school's principles daughter, it does not surprise me that she included this location. I feel that this book really gives a thirteen year old girl's look on popularity and how being unpopular doesn't mean you are a bad person. As a matter of fact this story reminds me of my third grade drama, but an older version. It reminds me of that because as eight year old's our class was very dramatic just like this book, except the book was an older version. This book helps me understand that, you may be the ugliest person someone might have ever seen,but they could also be the nicest, which is an important thing to think about when it comes to making friends. I would recommend this book to people who are trying to make friends or people who enjoy drama.

  • Cindy Hudson
    2018-09-20 09:00

    Parker, Ikea, Plum and Kiki can’t wait for eighth grade to start at the exclusive Wallingford Academy. They feel like they’ve earned the privilege of being at the top of the social heap and are set to reap the rewards before they leave for high school. The foursome is inseparable, even signing off on emails and texts with the acronym “Lylas”—Love you like a sister.But the year gets off to a rocky start when the principal assigns them the job of producing Wallingford Academy Today, a webcast produced in the past by the very uncool and very unpopular. Suddenly the group’s glam appeal drops. How are they ever going to regain their status when they are stuck in the production room all the time?The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow is the first of a fresh new series for middle-grade readers. There is a lot to dislike about the foursome at first glance: they seem self-centered, shallow and totally focused on material possessions. But it’s really fun to read about their clothing and makeup dilemmas, how they stress over their number of friends on Facebook, and how they react to stress in their lives. Yes, they’re spoiled and privileged for the most part, but they’re also nice, and they don’t plot to advance themselves by demeaning others.The Aristobrats (so called because they are the second or third generation members of their family to attend the academy) solve their issue in a very creative way, even if that’s not what they intended. Girls aged nine to 12 should find this a fun read. This first book in the series, Lylas, only goes through the first couple of months of the school year, so I expect the group will face many more challenges before eighth grade is over.

  • Katie
    2018-09-09 14:01

    The Aristobrats has an interesting premise but couldn't seem to hold my attention. It was hard to get into from the beginning and I didn't feel like it was something I could relate to. This is definitely a book aimed for younger readers.Parker Bell's eighth grade year is supposed to be the best ever. She will get with the guy of her dreams, climb to the top of the populadder, and basically rule Wallingford Academy. From the very start of the year there are two problems: she and her friends have to produce the lame school webcast and Parker may not be able to afford tuition much longer. This year is not turning out the way she thought it would. Can the Lylas make it past this roadblock or will it be too much for their friendship?Parker and her friends were immature. That was my main complaint with the book. They were in eighth grade but I'm pretty sure I don't know any eighth graders that act like them. They were obsessed with their popularity and how they looked. I felt like it took them a long time to grow up. Parker seemed to have changed the most at the end. I would have liked to see more change from the others though.The plot was pretty good. It made up a bit for the characters that I didn't enjoy. Wallingford Academy was a way high tech school and their technology and ideas were fun. The idea for a school webcast didn't seem lame to me and it definitely didn't seem that way when the girls took control.Overall, The Aristobrats just wasn't for me. I think I am a little too old to get into books like this one. It's definitely aimed for younger teens and if you are interested, definitely check it out.

  • Reading Vacation
    2018-09-26 09:09

    REVIEWAt first glance, The Aristobrats sounds like it will be a book about popular girls who are mean and only care about themselves. Take another look. It’s actually a book that teaches important lessons about friendship and self-confidence. Parker and her best friends (Plum, Ikea, and Kiki) are at the top of the populadder at their exclusive private school. In case you didn’t know it, a populadder is “the unseen hierarchical system of popularity, the bottom two-thirds of which don’t count.” Although the girls are way too concerned about their status at the beginning of the story, they are always very nice to the other girls at school. I liked that.When Parker and her friends are put in charge of the school webcast, their popularity takes a dive. How they handle this turn of events and what they learn about themselves is surprising. Maybe popularity isn’t what’s really important after all.I love books like this where the tween/young-teen female characters have good hearts and evolve in a positive way. Oh, and the amazing school setting didn’t hurt either. If you are a little out-of-touch with tween-speak, there’s a handy glossary at the end to help you out. I am looking forward to the sequel, Stay Pretty, Wallingford!? Thank you to Jennifer Solow for sending this book for me to review.RATING4 Plot5 Characters4 Attention Grabbing5 Girlie Meter4 Ending22 TOTAL5 STARS

  • Ronni
    2018-09-26 10:27

    I promised Jennifer that I would review this months ago, and I am finally following through. Sorry for taking so long, Jennifer!I'm going to be the first to say that I am not the world's best reviewer. I used to have a "book review blog" years ago, way before they became popular, and I didn't keep up with it because I realized it's not my strength. (Get me blogging about Disney World, on the other hand....) Still, I am going to give it my best shot.At first glance, it may seem that The Aristobrats is another one of those "bitch-lit" stories like Gossip Girl or The Clique. (And don't get me wrong, I LIKE the few Gossip Girl books I've read a lot.) I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't. The characters are warm and fun to read about. They're not perfect, but that's OK.I loved Parker's interactions with her mom. I was laughing out loud at a lot of it. They were hilarious. But my favorite story was Ikea's. YAY person of color!! And YAY person of color who struggled with things that I did when I was younger as far as fitting in, trying to be like the other girls. Her story was dear to me. I don't want to give away spoilers, but she is so strong. I was pumping my fist and yelling 'you go girl' at many points!I loved that this book wasn't overly positive or negative. It just was. And that was refreshing. :)

  • Page (One Book At A Time)
    2018-08-27 13:07

    My first guy reaction was I don't really like this. But, it's not because this isn't a good book. I just don't identify with it. And that's ok, because not every book written is going to have cross over appeal. So, I continued on with the idea that I'm previewing it for my daughter's to read when they are older. While, I still had a hard time with the lingo (thank god there's a glossary in the back lol), I ended up liking the story for the message I think it portrays. I think it has a really positive vibe to it. These girls are the most popular in their school, but they didn't get there by stepping all over everyone below them. I think the girls found out something really important about themselves through this book. It's not always about what you wear, who your friends are, were you sit at lunch, or how many friends you have on facebook.I would completely recommend this for younger girls (maybe as young as 8).

  • Annie McElfresh
    2018-09-05 14:01

    This novel puts me in the mindset of the wildly popular 'Clique' series. It was seriously cute. There was so much girl power and talk of besties you couldn't help to fall in love with the four friends in this novel. It was a refreshing read, taking back to the side of YA for younger readers (I recommend ages 10-14 for this one), because the focus was on the the struggle of popularity and true friends. This is a cute series. Read book one of the Aristobrats series if you're into Clique and Babysitters Club type novels.

  • Kathy
    2018-09-22 13:20

    I am definitely not the target audience for this book. It held little crossover appeal to me as an adult reader. It does have a good message about friendship and what is important in life and will likely appeal to tweens!For a chance to win a copy stop by my blog to enter my giveaway which runs through Sept. 24th.http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot....

  • Ashley
    2018-08-26 14:10

    Sent to me by a publisher to review on the blog ... 'fraid I'm having a hard time connecting with the rich and oh-so stylishly shallow 13-y-o characters, however ...Turned out to be a fun-ish kind of book after all. :)

  • Julie
    2018-09-22 14:06

    trying very hard to read this book --but can't get past that someone is called ikea. Will pass along to my daughter to read.

  • Nishk
    2018-09-25 12:00

    Very awesome book! The slang was kinda confusing bug whatever

  • Cat
    2018-08-30 14:05

    Very cute!

  • Caitlin
    2018-09-18 08:16

    I just started but, can barely put it down!