A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Both twins are pretty self-centered and shallow.
Violence & Scariness
Lauren's boyfriend's brother is killed right on his front lawn. The girls discover that their father works for the mob.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lauren tells her boyfriend she's a virgin, and wants him to be his first. He is interrupted on his way to get a condom.
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A range, from "hell" and "damn" to "s--t," and even the f-word.
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Products & Purchases
Teen Vogue, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, MAC, Diet Coke, Sidekick, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book features lots of designer name dropping, some swearing, and a young couple who decides to have sex for the first time (though they don't end up actually doing it). The twins also spend time with men who have gotten out of jail (their father and Lauren's boyfriend's brother), attend the funeral of someone who is shot, and discover that their stepfather runs a gang.
Is It Any Good?
Readers who like reading series about rich girls with problems will likely enjoy this debut about African-American twins growing up spoiled in Atlanta. At least as much as Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars or any other series. This book is contrived down to the last detail -- even Sydney's and Lauren's opposite natures seem scripted -- but it has all the stuff that many of today's teens are gripped by: It's packed with labels. It has romance. It even has intrigue: The girls discover that their father is not a car dealer, but rather a mobster.
The Duke twins don't give you a lot to like. Both seem self-centered, though Sydney is more concerned with good-girl appearances, while Lauren has a bit of a bad-girl rep. But there is probably enough drama here between Lauren's relationship with a boy from the poor side of town, and the girls' recent revelation about the stepfather who has always bought them everything, to keep readers looking forward to the next installment. Hopefully, next time around the girls will gain a bit more depth -- and maybe actually solve a few of their problems.
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