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Privilege (Privilege #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  6,101 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
Most girls would die for a life of privilege...
Some would even kill for it.


Ariana Osgood ruled exclusive Easton Academy -- until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She's spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And Ariana
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Paperback, 291 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 23rd 2008)
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Rachael
Jan 11, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it
It’s not fair. Ever since Ariana Osgood was arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson, her life has been nothing compared to the luxury of how it used to be. So what if the Brenda T. Trumball Correctional Facility for Women is one of the nicer places she could’ve been sent? Who cares if she’s still allowed to wear her precious fleur-de-lis necklace because of her father’s bribery? That doesn’t change the fact that Ariana is still locked up for at least twenty years. But Ariana knows she can’t st ...more
Tiny Pants
May 16, 2009 Tiny Pants rated it it was amazing
In spite of my rather tepid review of "Last Christmas," I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in the Private spin-off series featuring Ariana Osgood as narrator. While it remains somewhat uncomfortable being placed in the position of identifying with an obvious sociopath, this book is too fun to get completely freaked out by -- it's more of an extended caper than anything else, though obviously darker than the books in the Private series.

I kept thinking I'd figured out what was going on, but
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Lauren
Jan 12, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I am seriously starting to think Kate Brian can't write anything but an awesome book.

Privilege was a mysterious and addicting read that I finished in less than a day. In Privilege you really get to see who Ariana is behind the smart and nice girl she presents herself as and it sure isn't nice most of the time. Kate Brian also introduces new characters into Privilege such as Kaitlyn, the suspected killer of her ex-best friend's dad, who Ariana befriends behind bars, Briana Leigh, Kaitlyn's ex bes
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Okay, I should've known a book that marketed a "chance for a free makeover from ELF!1!1!" on the front cover wouldn't exactly be quality reading. (view spoiler)

Still, it so
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Hikachi
Sep 21, 2011 Hikachi rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Most of us know all too well why Ariana Osgood landed herself in the Brenda T. Trumball Correctional Facility for Women. And for those who don't, it's simply because she murdered Thomas Pearce, the one she loved but who turned on her.

Ariana fully understands what she did was wrong, but she believes that spending the rest of her life in this correctional facility is a bit too much. Even though the Brenda T. is the best place to
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Shonda
Jul 24, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Ariana Osgood is first introduced in the Privates series by Kate Brian. I strongly recommend you read the first four books (Private, Invitation Only, Untouchable and Confessions) prior to reading this book.

In the Private series, Ms. Brian hints that Ariana is a bit, well. . .unstable. In Privilege, she shows the reader how true this really is. (I find it hard to write this review without giving anything away!) When the reader is allowed to see Ariana for who she really is, well it’s a bit scary.
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Hanna
Jul 06, 2011 Hanna added it
Even though Privilege is a spin-off of the Private series I started out reading the Privilege series first (Why? They didn't have Private in the book store and I was in desperate need of something). One should probably do the opposite, but anyways!

First of all, Kate Brian is an amazing author. Ariana Osgood is a sick, twisted teenage girl who should be locked up. That much is obvious. But because of the way Brian writes I still find myself sympathizing with this horrible girl. I want her to succ
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Lindsey
Jan 26, 2009 Lindsey rated it liked it
Great guilty pleasure and a quick read
Roxy Smith
Nov 14, 2011 Roxy Smith rated it really liked it
Privilege is the first book in Brian’s spin-off series which is based on the original series, “Private.” In Privilege you get to go inside the head of Arianna Osgood, the merciless killer from Private. Brian shows us the way that Arianna’s deceitful and conniving mind works that is, the mind of a sociopath. Brian writes Arianna’s thoughts in such a way that you find yourself thinking of things that Arianna will do next and each chapter leaves you on a cliff hanger wanting more. Even though Arian ...more
Jayla
Jan 20, 2017 Jayla rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Privilege is an addicting, roller coaster ride of a book that I couldn't get enough of. I could barely put my book down. Privilege is about a girl named Ariana Osgood who was locked up for murdering her lover, Thomas Pearce. She lives in a cell with her "best friend" Kaitlynn, and is constantly having to visit a crazy therapist who never stops reminding Ariana that she will never be able to leave.
But of course, Ariana knows something her therapist does not- she will not be
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Marian
May 03, 2009 Marian rated it really liked it
It's got to be a little difficult to write about a murderer and still aim for sympathy. Even more impressive is the way you actually do feel badly for Ariana throughout Privilege. For as well as she can read most people, poor Ariana's talent leaves her when presented with someone just as psychotic as she is. And while she realizes her little skill is failing her just when she needs it most, she never seems to realize that the people most likely to trip her up are just like she is.

Anyway, the en
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Angela
Jun 20, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
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Christine
Jun 01, 2014 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Well, fuck. I read the first chapter and immediately hated it. I just knew that there's no way in hell that I'd read the rest of it. The girl was downright annoying--and her explanation in the first chapter, about how she didn't mean to kill the guy pissed me off. You killed someone. You should suffer the consequence, especially if your reason is as pathetic as that. If she'd given something else, like hey, it was self defense, or some other shit, I might have understood, but hell.

Stupid brat.
Virginia Mae
Dec 31, 2008 Virginia Mae rated it it was amazing
What can I say about a new series so psychotically delightful, so insanely messed up and glorious? Ariana's adventures are akin to the good old days of Sweet Valley High's Margo, mixed with a bit of a Talented Mr. Ripley vibe. It's like Private on crack and you have to love it. Kate Brian is the best! Can't wait for the next book to see what the Talented Ms. Osgood will scheme up next!
Shilo
May 01, 2014 Shilo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay, so I called the ending in the first few chapters, but I don't even care. I didn't know all the details, just the big picture. I absolutely LOVED this book. Read it in a day, couldn't put it down, got annoyed at myself for even leaving to pee loved it.
Jay-wa
Jan 15, 2009 Jay-wa rated it it was amazing
This book is full of palm-slicking, heart pounding adventures. Ariana is refreshing, and compelling while she lives out and insane and cascading life. Full of unexpected twists and turns, in leaves a dent in your mind, making you constantly wonder about her new life and what she left behind..
Caitlin
Sep 17, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
This is a great, easy book to read! It leaves you hanging at every chapter and I was always surprised at all the drama that happened, especially the plot twist at the end! I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick read!
Kathie
Feb 14, 2015 Kathie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
whoa....didnt expect this. well this book really has some twists and turns!
4*
ktheland
Jul 05, 2017 ktheland rated it it was ok
This is not exactly the great novel, but it did the job and Ariana (despite her psychopathy) has been a much better character than she-who-shall-not-be-named.

R.I.P. Briana Leigh Covington! You didn't deserve to die because of two sickos.
Julie Lectures D'Une Nuit
Privilège est le spin-off de la série Campus (série extrêmement divertissante et qui ressemble à It Girl ou Night School mais que je ne chroniquerais pas l’ayant lu il y a plus de trois ans) et met en scène Ariana. En sa qualité de spin-off, il se peut que vous soyez spoilés ce qui est dommage vu que les premiers tomes de Campus tournent autour d’un meurtre à élucider. Pour ceux qui sont étrangers à la série mais qui souhaitent tout de même lire ce spin-off avant la série, Ariana c’est la psycho ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Krystal
Jan 29, 2017 Krystal rated it liked it
Shelves: jan-feb-17, ya
Okay, I confess. I enjoyed this much more than the first two of the 'Private' series. I also really appreciated that reading this book meant I didn't have to continue with that painful rubbish. Which brings me to my first point - if you don't want that series spoiled, I'd stay away from even reading the blurb of this one. It's basically one massive spoiler. That being said, it follows that this review is also kind of a spoiler for that series. Not for this novel, but for that series. Read on at ...more
Ale96_CalS Paola
SO.... WOW.

Who would have thought that Ariana could make a good lead? I for sure didn't. She's really hard todo get attached to, she was SO murderous and crazy, and a psycho and I dont want to stop reading just because of hher blindness SO IM gonna give this series a go without they need of relating to they main character. And I just spoiled myself SO IM a bit conflicted right here. Let's just see how this goes.
Elusive Controversé
Dec 09, 2015 Elusive Controversé rated it really liked it
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‘Privilege’ is the first installment in the ‘Privilege’ series. Formerly one of the most popular Billings Girls at Easton Academy, Ariana Osgood has fallen from grace after murdering Thomas Pearson and is now in a correctional facility. However, she refuses to give up and plots to escape in order to live the life she truly desires.

In the ‘Private’ series, there wasn't much focus on Ariana as Reed was the central character. Plus, Ariana barely talked and since the series only featured Reed’s pers
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Britt
Oct 15, 2009 Britt rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the few (if any) of its kind. How many teen books out there feature a murdering protagonist? One would wonder how this works, especially as those who've read the Private novels followed Reed Brennan's distress at her boyfriend's murder, only to find the murder was Ariana, the protagonist of Privilege. Why would people want to read a book from Ariana's point of view?

Surprisingly, it works. The murderer perspective is so new that it keeps things interesting. Somehow, one finds
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Audrey
Aug 23, 2013 Audrey rated it liked it
Okay, I admit it. Private and Privilege are guilty pleasures of mine. Wait, what does guilty pleasures exactly me? By my definition, it means liking a shallow book. Well, this book was shallow, but it was also good. Read the first series and now these series about a year ago. Shallow, but good.


Kate Brian's editor had some slip-ups. I could notice them right away. Arianna, (Is that how her name is spelled? If not, forgive me.) the psychotic psycho, said that no one at all visited her in prison
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Adam Rayes
Jun 04, 2014 Adam Rayes rated it liked it
It was an alright book, I just didn't really enjoy the entire thing. I was pretty shocked as I read it, because from the beginning, the main character Ariana is in her therapists' office, whom she hates. His name is Victor Meloni, and he basically patronizes her everyday while she lives in a correctional facility for women, she's doing time for a killing even though she claims she was framed. The girl who framed her was a person she lived with, Brianna Leigh Covington, who is the daughter of a m ...more
Karen
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok
Privilege
SIMON PULSE and colophon are registered trademarks of Simon&Schuster Inc.
Kate Brian
$9.99 Pages.291
ISBN-13: 9781416967590
ISBN-10: 1416967591

Imagine spending rest of your lives in jail. Everyday doing the same routine and no surprises. Privilege is a book where you can go through that type of adventure. Kate Brian wrote many other books. Such as the Private series, Sweet 16, Lucky T and mush more. Privilege is a scary book with many unexpected surprises.

Life for Ariana Osgood wasn't a
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Morgan
Jun 20, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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Below is my review for the entire Privilege series. This review doesn't contain any spoilers!!

Kate Brian’s Privilege series is a nail-biting spin-off of the Private series. This series is built around Ariana Osgood, who in the Private series murdered her ex-boyfriend (Thomas Pearson) for falling for another girl (Reed Brennan). Subsequently, Ariana attempts, but fails, to kill Reed Brennan, landing her in the Brenda T. Trumbull
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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