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Poseur (Poseur #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,555 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
po·seur (noun): a person who pretends to be what he or she is not.

Charlotte Beverwil, Janie Farrish, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene attend exclusive Winston Prep in the Hollywood Hills. And that's all they have in common. But hang out together? They'd rather be hanged. Borrow one another's clothes? They'd sooner borrow a zit. So when these four sophomores are forced into a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 17, 2008 Melynda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any girl
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Four girls, four dilemmas, one mindset: fashion.

On the first day of her freshman year, Janie Farrish was already criticized, all because of her horrible acne. Now that all of it is gone, Janie wants everyone to see her new look as she enters her sophomore year. But the more she thinks about it, the more she feels like she is just trying too hard. With wanting to become just a tad bit popular, it doesn't help that her twin brot
Jun 01, 2008 Shawna added it
This book was drop dead amazing. It deals with fashion and teenage girl's drama. Four different girls all from different cliques are forced into a club because they all have similar ideas. They all love fashion and wanted to start a club. They're club consists of drama, drama, drama and fashion. They are all intertwined together and in the end something magical happens. I loved this book. The dramatic suspense and teenage conflicts make a perfect teen girly book. I recommend this book to all gir ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Mr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Brantner,290 pages. This is a great book, that I would recommend to teenagers. That is because of some inappropriate language. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading Poseur. It is about four very different girls, who are forced to work together in a Special Studies class called The Trend Set. The four girls are Petra the environment queen, Melissa the drama queen, Charlotte the beauty queen, and Janie the "trying to be" a queen. They do have one thing in common though, they all love fashi ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok
I definitely do not feel compelled to read the next book in the series!
Jan 27, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poseur was a surprising read. At first look, you think it will just be another Gossip Girl or Clique novel that's main focus is on fashion and catty girls. Though, in reality it had some substance and likable characters.

I have never been a huge fan of fashion magazines or designer clothes, but with this novel I came to enjoy reading about it and seeing how the girls went on to create their own fashion label. Plus, with Poseur came really cool drawings that related to what was happening in the s
Nov 15, 2011 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Four totally different girls all attend the exclusive Winston Prep High school. Charlotte is the preppy girl who likes to dress like she is from Victorian times. Janie likes to design her own clothing that is punk and she isn't very popular. Melissa Moon is popular and dresses to impress while Petra Greene on the other hand could care less. All four girls come together when they decide to all make fashion related classes and a teacher chooses to put them together. There are a lot of differences, ...more
Kylee Smith
Oct 28, 2011 Kylee Smith rated it it was amazing
Fashion, gossip, romance, drama; all of this and more are featured in Poseur by Rachel Maude. This book is a GREAT read for any teenage girl who enjoys clothes, boys, and drama. The book about four girls trying to get along for the sake of fashion, couldn't be more fitting of a teenagers life. I would recommend it for anyone with an interest in clothing design and luxury.
I liked this book because of all the creatively put together characters and fashion, along with interesting bits of romance.
Veronica Bu
Apr 10, 2013 Veronica Bu rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2013
At prestigious Winston Prep, four very different girls are put into the same independent study class to create their very own fashion label. The cool coquette, shy punk, hippie goddess, and glam egomaniac all have different visions for their label. Even though these girls mix as well as oil and water, together, they have the talent, knowledge, and creativity to take the fashion world by storm. And what better to kick start their careers than an epic launch party to make their label known in the ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was ok
Shelves: fashion, fiction
The first volume of a short-lived teen fiction series about four girls doing an independent study at their fancy pants private school that involves starting their own brand of clothing. This was a real mixed bag for me, mainly because I am way too old to be reading teen fiction (I found it at the Salvation Army and the pictures intrigued me). The only parts of the book that really came alive for me was when the characters were talking about clothes. In the first chapter one of the girls describe ...more
Sep 01, 2009 Taylor rated it it was ok
This book was kind of a bore to me. Somehow it offended me with it's stereotypes, "Hippie" white girl, "out spoken ghetto" black girl, and the list goes on. Maybe the book was just a little childish for my liking. I recommend this book for maybe a 6th grade girl who likes fashion-girly type books.
Feb 13, 2011 Jamie rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jamie by: jillianfish
This book was all over the place.

It's told from like six points of view and when you're reading a 'Janie moment', it's like, all of a sudden there will be a random 'Jake thought'.
Jun 17, 2008 Molly rated it did not like it
Shelves: childhood
Pure fluff. Just don't read it. It will save you the hour or so it takes you to read it. You will be so happy you used the hour to do anything other than to read this book. ughhhh
Jun 01, 2015 FatimaH rated it it was amazing
Rachel Maude's Poseur is about four high school girls, who all have to work together to create a designer label for their independent study class, the only problem, they all hate each other. Janie Farrish, Charlotte Beverwil, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene all attend Winston Prep, an exclusive private school in Hollywood Hills, LA.

Janie Farrish, in love with vintage clothing, and the vintage clothing store, Jet Rag's, on La Brea Boulevard. Janie sketches every outfit she imagines, ever, and is a
Alicia Moore
Mar 13, 2015 Alicia Moore rated it really liked it
This was a book about fashion, just putting that out there. Which is why it surprised when I decided to pick it up and open to the first page, AND keep reading it. I'm not all into fashion but this is definitely a good read. Poseur is a decently quick read. It tells the story of four very contrasting girls - Janie, Charlotte, Melissa and Petra - who all have a desire to create a brand that's all about fashion... and volunteer that idea for a class at their school. One of the things that I did en ...more
Abigail (Read. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Janie Farrish is a shy punk-rock lover. She's very talented in sketching and she also has a twin brother named Jake. During the ninth grade, she was mercilessly bullied by her classmate Charlotte for being unattractive. Well, in the next year, everything changes in her physical appearance - and also someone noticed her how pretty she was now.

Charlotte Beverwil is the daughter of a famous celebrity in Hollywood. And she's also addicted to anything French. During th
May 18, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janie Farrish, Charlotte Beverwil, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene all come from different worlds. Janie is the tall, gawky girl who never sees her true potential. Charlotte is the American girl who wishes she was French. Melissa is the gangsta who grew up in Bel Air. Petra is the pot smoking, save the animals type. Now what do these four girls have in common?

Fashion. All of them have something to do with it, whether they design it, sew it, want it, or protest it. When the students find out they
Jan 23, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
A crazy fashion-obsessed young adult novel that has meaning and is fun to read.

I loved Poseur. Within the first few pages I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but as it went along I was sucked right in. Petra, Janie, Melissa and Charlotte couldn't be more different. That is established in the beginning. They all come from different backgrounds and are part of four different cliques at their high school. When a group study program lands them together to launch their own fashion label, things beg
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Jaymee
Shelves: age-ya, read-in-2011
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

Poseur is a cute, quick read. It tells the story of four very different girls - Janie, Charlotte, Melissa and Petra - who all have one thing in common, a desire to create a brand/label that's all about fashion... and volunteer that idea for a class at their posh school.

One of the things that I did enjoy about Poseur is the fact that each girl is a very unique individual. They have their own quirks, and you sort of come to appreciate how distinctly d
Crystalon Cryer
May 24, 2011 Crystalon Cryer rated it liked it
I’m enjoying this book so far. It relates to the “typical high school” life just in the model world form. The girls in the book would rather act like normal teenagers by doing regular things like hang out with their friends, and pig out all hours of the night, talk on the phone for hours about boys, but instead they must constantly watch their complexion and watch what they do, say, and wear. Sometimes they feel like they are in competition with each other, which is where this book relates to my ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-2009
February 12th, 2008 Library Binding
Pages.289 $18.99
Rachel Maude
ISBN-13: 9781435224568

Poseur is a fascinationg book it talks about friendship, working together, and last but least fashion. Basically the overall theme of this book is fashion. Rachel Maude is very creative when writing the Poseur, she even created pictures in few pages to show how the characters' looks. But the pictures are drawn by the main character.

Perta Green, Charlotte Beverwil, Janie Farish, and Melissa Moon are all in
Nov 02, 2011 Danielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: uhhhhhh
I'm not sure why I even bought this book, much less why I read it. I think it was around the time of my Gossip Girl, The Clique era and I needed a fashion based novel fix, so I bought it without reading what it was about. This book is about this school where the new counsellor adds this new class that could be whatever the students wanted it to be and these four girls from four different cliques are stuck in the same class because they each had the same idea: fashion. But instead of making it a ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it
The first novel of an incredible series. And I must say, it was good. Not amazing, knock-your-socks-off good but good all the same. In this debut novel, Rachel Maude takes us to the world of the spoilt and the fashionable. Where the only thing that matters is not who you are but who you wear. The same place where people are all 'poseurs' pretending to be someone they aren't. In other words, Rachel Maude took us to the scary setting of high school.

Poseur is about 4 different freshman girls each w
Jan 21, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

Poseur was all about 4 girls who have very different fashion tastes, that come together to make a designer label. One can predict this will include many cat-fights, disagreements, and jealousies. And incredibly enough, it did!

The book was really cute, definitely one you could reread. The book itself was filled with some b&w drawings of outfits the characters had been wearing at said chapter. For people like me, who dapple in the fashion world (but can't afford to have a closet of pu
Esther Kim
Mar 07, 2013 Esther Kim rated it it was amazing
I chose the book, "Poseur" by Rachel Maude when I was in Barnes and Nobles looking for a book for my Goodreads review. I noticed that this book was a Poppy book which is the company that my favorite series came from. I immediately picked up this book and headed to the register. This story takes place in a high school named Winston Prep. The main characters in this book are Janie Farrish, Petra Greene, Charlotte Beverwil, and Melissa Moon. The four characters hate each other but are forced to be ...more
Jun 10, 2009 Marta rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
Shelves: 10th-grade
A poseur is a person who pretends to be somebody she is not.
Janie Farrish, Petra Greene, Charlotte Beverwil, and Melissa Moon all go to Western Prep, an exclusive LA private school. These four girls are totally opposite from each other. They have different personalities, different sense of style and they have different friends, but they have one thing in common: THEY ALL LOVE FASHION! When Miss Paletsky tells everyone to write down a club they want to start, the four girls are write down a fashi
Poseur is a book about four girls in highschool who are really in to fashion. The girls in this book are rich and come from all diffrent types of backgrounds. With these girls you never know what to expect.

Petra Green,Charlotte Beverwil,Janie Farrish,and Melissa Moon are the main teenagers in te book. While they all have diffrent friends,are in diffrent cliques,and range frome popular to not so popular they all share the same love for fashion. Altough they have diffrent tastes in styles they hav
Sep 16, 2008 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually I thought this book was really good, it was very engaging a you could relate to it as well. However what really caught my attention was the message it transmits. Poseur, what exaclty is that? A person that pretends to be something it is not, but think about it how many times have you been a poseur before. The time that you were about to fail a class so you transformed yourself into this studious, book worm so that you wouldn't fail. Or maybe the time that you felt all geeky and dorky, s ...more
"Poseur" would seem to fall easily into your typical bitchy fashion-crazy narcissistically populated teenage novel, except that, while Rachel Maude is clearly packaging the heck out of herself in hopes of a series hit, she... surprise... can actually write. (Unlike some others in this genre who shall remain nameless.) For instance: "Janie's heart jumped up, somersaulted, smacked itself unconscious, and splashed into the icy pool that was her stomach."

The tale of four mis-matched girls who come
Black Elephants
Oct 11, 2011 Black Elephants rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Does anyone remember Mall Madness? All the fashion talk in the book couldn't help but make me think of it, and I remembered how I loved that game back in the day.

For me, POSEUR vacillated between frothy and fun and frustrating and vapid. My eyes rolled deeply into the back of my head in the first few pages, but then Maude would hit me with some interesting character work that pulled me through the next 20.

Maude is a good writer, but the content isn't substantial enough. I know why these books ar
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