Happy Birthday, Dear Rich Girl

The Girl in the Wall - Daphne Benedis-Grab

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday, Dear Rich Girl

Happy Birthday to ...

Oh, wait, Nevermind.

 

On the day of Ariel's 16th birthday party weekend starts, she is buzzing with excitement.  She has managed a private concert from a heartthrob rock star, her father has made all the arrangements to have the entire weekend be all expense paid, all about Ariel.

 

Sera does not want to go to Ariel's party, her ex-best-friend's party weekend.  She's been a social pariah for the past 9 and a half months.  She is not looking forward to the pranks that her fellow classmates are sure to pull on her, but her family is making her go.

 

...and then all hell breaks loose.  The body guards that were hired to protect Ariel, her classmates, and the rock star, turn on Ariel.  The armed guards turn on Ariel and her very very rich father.

 

I found myself surprisingly enjoying this book.  I found myself actually caring that Ariel and Sera mended bridges.  I wanted to know why they burned those bridges in the first place.  I wanted to know who lived and who died.  I wanted to see the kids grow into themselves and fight back.  I wanted to read this book.  Basically - I couldn't put it down.

 

Where it really lost stars were the love interests.  Everytime one of the girls got all ...girly ... over one of the guys, I got taken out of the story.  It wasn't a "we're scared, hold us, fuck us," that I would have believed.  It was sappy chick-lit crap. 

 

Overall, a pretty damn good entertaining read.