Parents' Guide to

The Debs

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Southern Gossip Girl has slightly more depth.

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One thing to make clear about DEBS by Susan McBride is that it isn't as vapid or damaging as the Gossip Girl series. The characters have a bit more depth. It is, still, a guilty pleasure full of high-end clothing, debutantes, lots and lots of money, and cute, but confusing boys. As usual with privilege and pretty, there are problems. The girls' struggles with body image and self-acceptance are exacerbated by the perfect deb image they all feel obliged to portray in order to make it into the Glass Slipper Club.

Fashionistas will love the endless clothing parade, and the bright spot that is Laura Bell. She makes some pretty bad decisions throughout the book, but one thing is clear -- at a size 14 she loves herself just the way she is, pushy debutante mom and taunts of "debu-tank" aside.

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