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The Ashleys #1: There's a New Name in School

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Standard clique book with same mean-girl behavior.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Excellent, well-written read for 3rd grade and up

The Ashleys is a well-written guilty pleasure novel that is an enjoyable and entertaining read for 3rd grade and up. Kids will enjoy the fun details of the wealthy and privileged. Your children should be smart enough to realize that this is guilty pleasure fiction and should not be taken seriously. A+
age 10+

just a book

i think this book exagerates the issues you may face in highschool to show how teens may feel. every girl that reads this takes one charicter they feel most like them nad sympathises with them the whole book. this is just a novel nad noone actually take it seriusly. if anyone actually does tke this book seriusly they are pretty dumb. obvs. its not based on a true storey and noone actually like fendi and all those things nomore..i think that the charicters in this book are not very good role models. but iots just reading material since when does anyone actually use a charicter from a book as a role model but this book however is educational. it shows that all of them had feelings, meaning even the meanest of people may only be looking for a few real friends

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

While full of name brands and catty behavior, this book isn't as cruel and risqué as other clique books -- and thankfully, this light diversion is also a fast-paced read. Popular author Melissa de la Cruz makes her characters easy to relate to and root for, despite their cattiness. Readers will want Lauren Page to overcome her awkward past, but most likely will cringe when she starts to imitate the bad behavior of the Ashleys, like ditching her old "uncool" friends.

Pretty girls say and do mean things, and parental figures are usually nowhere to be found, so there's plenty to talk about with tweens/teens for parents who allow some guilty-pleasure reading now and then. At least the sexual content is dialed down a few notches here. Now that the Gossip Girl books are also a TV show, you'd almost call this book refreshing. Almost.

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