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Invitation Only (Private #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  9,222 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
Reed Brennan's future is looking as bright as the two-karat diamonds in her new housemates' ears. Being accepted to the most prestigious private boarding school in the country wasn't enough for Reed. She had to break every rule to do it, but she has accomplished the impossible:

Reed is a Billings Girl now.

And with her new status come respect, envy, and, most important,
Paperback, 257 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2006)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Rereading this series for a video that I'm putting up on my channel at the end of the month. This one in particular wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first volume, but I remember the third one being mega scandalous. Like I said before, these books aren't exactly very good but they are like book crack and I can't stop. Ha
Mar 29, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book of the Private series, I became hooked onto it like some sort of drug. I immediately began reading Invitation Only by Kate Brian, since I fell in love with the first book. Invitation Only is the continuation of Reed Brennan's new life at her boarding school, Easton Academy. When her boyfriend goes missing, Reed hopes he'll make a grand appearance at the highly exclusive Halloween party of the year, the Legacy. In order to get an invite, she leads on a guy who's in lo ...more
Rachel Lightwood
Reed is one of the worst characters I have ever come across, which is probably why I am not enjoying this series much at all. If we could solely focus on the mysteries and suspense than I think that I could get into the books more, but instead we are forced to listen to Reed's inner monologue about how all she must be friends with these terrible, terrible people to get anywhere in life. Obviously, that's not true and it certainly doesn't get any sympathy from me. She choose to be in with these p ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
Oh yes, I’m officially sucked in to the Private series. Invitation Only is the second book in the Private series and now that I’m finished, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of book 3 at my library. I’ve already ordered the 4th book, so I can keep reading once I finish the next one.

Invitation Only continues the story of Reed Brennan who has just been invited by the fabulous Billings Girls to be a part of their inner circle and live in Billings Hall. Reed is excited because now, she’s in!

Lady Entropy
May 13, 2013 Lady Entropy rated it it was ok
There is something VERY VERY disturbingly wrong with the main character.

She sees abuse as "friendship". Her relationship to the Billings girls is pretty much "Oooh, they're awesome, and my life sucks, thus I need to be their friend to have a bright future."

Wait. Scratch that.

Now, that is the problem. She doesn't NEED to be their friend. No, that'd actually make the book good and the character deeper. She WANTS to. Oh, sure, she moans and complains about her mom and her life back home, but most o
Jennifer Wardrip
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INVITATION ONLY, the second novel in the PRIVATE series, begins where we left off in the first book. Thomas went missing, one of the Billings Girls was expelled, and Reed Brennan finally moved into the dorm she had her eye on when she first came to the private school. But even though Reed was in the Billings house, that didn't exactly mean she was in the clique.

Turns out, the Billings Girls had a little hazing present for Reed
Mar 20, 2008 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-one, novels
what life could be with boyfriends por doquier and beer!?
I started to like this book.

Can't believe that someone buys your friendship.

This book has some words that I shouldn't be reading(especially the dark side...), but they teach me the way that some americans think and express...
now I know some of the meaning of them, and I must thank to my personal "esl tutor" (I won't say your name 'cause you know who you are)
Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,T
Oct 25, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Reed Brennan is now part of the Billings Girls but her troubles are far from over. A handsy, bordering stalkerish guy enters the picture. Her new roommate Natalie blackmails her with incriminating photos. Her first ever friend at Easton is crushing on the guy who happens to be Reed's only ticket to the Legacy - an exclusive event, where Thomas, who disappeared, may or may not attend.

Invitation Only was as addictive and easy to read as Private. The story follows on seamlessly from Private. Major
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Noa Meshorer
Invitation only , is the second book of the Private series. Reed is now a Billing girl and is accepted to be part of the group but she still has to do tasks for them in order to fully belong to their clique. Thomas disappearing is starting to make Reed and the others worried and an investigation is taking place in the whole school. A prestigious party named the "Legacy" is coming up soon and Reed is hoping to be invited because she heard that Thomas never misses it. Her only chance to go to this ...more
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
Sep 24, 2010 Angelia Fransisca Rusli rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
In the end of book one, Reed finally moved to the Billings house. But who said that getting there means she's welcome there? Especially when Noelle gets her in by doing dirty tricks?

Moreover, boy problem. Now that Thomas is MIA, and no one knows his whereabouts & thus involving the police, Reed, as the girlfriend, has to keep up with people's questioning, staring & whispering -all directed at her. And with Josh Hollis in the picture, she might be ready to move on.

This series is getting
Invitation Only starts where Private left off.
Thomas Pearson is missing but everyone hopes that he comes to The Legacy, a super exclusive party. Reed Brennan is finally a Billing Girl, but she still has to prove that she's to be trusted. And a guy, Walt Whitaker, is infatuated with Reed, but Constance happens to like the guy too. Can the friendship survive?

Invitation Only was better than the first book, but I still find Reed Brennan boring. The ending is so shocking and unexpected that I can't
McKenna Kelly

“Invitation Only” by Kate Brian is part is part of the “Private” book series. In the novel after Reed Brennan gets accepted into the exclusive Billings dorm she realizes it isn’t as great she thought it would be. Her boyfriend, and also a drug dealer, Thomas, was gone missing. Reed finds out that Thomas might show up at the Legacy, an exclusive party that is invitation only. The only problem is that Reed isn’t even close to being invited. Until she meets Walt Whittaker who ha
May 07, 2014 Cloe rated it really liked it
The next book in the Private series, Invitation Only contains secrets and mysteries! Reed is now a Billings Girl, but is forced to act as maid- cleaning up all Billings Girls' dorm rooms. With Thomas gone, Reed gets drunk one night and hooks up with another guy- Whittaker. Another Billings girl, Natasha, catches them on camera and blackmails Reed into snooping around Noelle, Taylor, Kiran, and Ariana's stuff to dig up their dirty secrets. With Reed's reputation on the line, everything is as stak ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Personally, I am finding this series addicting. It takes me around a day to read one of these books, they are cheap (I buy most of my books) and funny. Yes. It's not a great piece of literature. No. I do not go up to my friends telling them about this really intellectually stimulating books series I am reading. But...

I loved Whitaker, the character was well-described and I felt really bad when Reed used him to go to the Legacy. I still don't "get" Josh. Maybe the readers are supposed to fall in
Mar 01, 2016 Els rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toen ik het boek kocht, had ik niet gezien dat het deel uitmaakt van een serie. Normaal gesproken is dat geen probleem omdat de auteur meestal wel iets meegeeft van wat er aan vooraf ging zodat je mee kan met het verhaal. Hier is het een ander soort serie. Het loopt echt wel door en als je dan een stuk gemist hebt, ben je wel even in de war en duurt het iets langer voor je kan volgen. Eens je dan op het juiste spoor zit, is het een heel leuk boek. Weliswaar een young adult, maar dat stoort mij n ...more
Ale96_CalS Paola

So right from the start I began to have some difficulties trying to again get why this girl has no confidence neither self-respect, again she's a teen with a low self-esteem brought up by her mom. But I still found her so annoying, I mean not even Zoey Redbird (one of the two most hated main characters I've ever read in my lifetime) was as stupid to take all the humiliation, the lies, the shade, the manipulation, or the craziness of these bitches! Not even her
Feb 12, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
The second book in Kate Brian's "Private" series...I'm reading any young adult books that my daughter may be interested in, to see if they're appropriate for her.

This one was a little more mature than Private, but not more than she should know at this point. It added a bit of mystery this time, instead of simply a girl trying to get into the upper echelon at a private school. The next book will, hopefully, solve that mystery.
Ranya Kassem
Nov 26, 2013 Ranya Kassem rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
I really liked this book. Reed had learned new things and lessons also in mysterious ways. Every book I read by this author I enjoy. I like how this author adds problems that we can't predict what's going to happen or we predict the opposite. I'd rather read books that are mysterious than books that are predictable which is why I read books that are by Kate Brian.
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
‘Invitation Only’ is the second installment in the ‘Private’ series. Reed is officially a Billings Girl now but her days of basking in her glory are merely dreams as she ends up as a servant to the other girls. In addition, her roommate Natasha blackmails her using some suggestive photos and Reed faces the possibility of expulsion if those get out and losing her so-called friends. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Thomas is still missing, leading to police investigation.

Unfortunately, Reed is still very
Nikita Jesso
Nov 03, 2013 Nikita Jesso rated it it was amazing
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Nov 26, 2014 Brittany rated it it was ok
Slight improvement from the first book. I would attribute the improvement to the evolvement of mystery in the story. The characters are all still very cookie cutter and the plot progression is extremely predictable. The main character really needs to stop worrying that "everything will be taken away" from her. It's getting old. I'm curious as to what secrets Eaton and the Billings Girls are hiding, but it's definitely not a "can't put it down" kind of intrigue. It's more of a "skim for the need ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Inês rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for Invitation Only, the second instalment in the Private series by Kate Brian.
I absolutely loved Private #1, read my review here: .
Private #2 is a bit slower, it remains, however, a quick and entertaining read.
Reed is finally a Billings Girls! In this book you'll get a backstage view at Billings' glamourous and secret filled life. Not to mention, Easton's everyday high school politics, blackmail plots, lavish parties and the mystery surronding
Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it really liked it
This book was awesome! I could barely put it down! I can't wait to read the next book, Untouchable!

Reed is a Billings Girl now. With all the exclusive blisses included. But then, Reed is blackmailed by her roommate--she is to dig up dirt of all the four most powerful Billing Girls--what about their trust that Reed has JUST gotten? And what about Thomas? He's still missing. It is said that he will be at the Legacy--an exclusive party--but Reed isn't invited. So plan 1? Get invited--you only get i
Elvira Bianchi
3.5 stars

This was so much better than the first one! I'm so glad. In this book we finally understand more of the characters and the storyline is not that absurd anymore. A little mystery was involved and oh man, the glam. The glamorous life these people live. At times I felt like a was there too, wearing fancy clothes, going to the most exclusives parties. It was a fun ride, and the ending, woof, I can't wait to pick up the next volume of the series.

As for Reed, she has redeemed (see what I did
Rachael Quinn
Aug 06, 2015 Rachael Quinn rated it really liked it
This is the problem I have with these oldish young adult series: I constantly question whether or not I want to read them. I finished Gossip Girl but I ditched the A-List. I enjoyed Private but the second I picked up Invitation Only I started asking myself, "Do I like this? Is it worth it? Shouldn't I be reading something else?" I can't help it. I get sucked into these and I love them.

I've read all of the reviews about toxic friendships and bad relationships and shallow characters and I answer t
Anto Tilio
Sigo sin entender qué le ven de especial a Reed. Es muuuuuuuy wanna be, asquerosamente egoísta, estúpida, egocéntrica y super snob. La detesto!
Desde el primer libro lo único que le importa es impresionar a las chicas Billings y ser una de ellas, pero para lograrlo no le importa joder a su antigua compañera de cuarto, salir con un tipo que no le gusta solo por interés y soportar los maltratos (e incluso chantajes) que sufre por parte de las Billings! I mean... sigo leyendo la saga por las Billing
Private #1 was our introduction to the world of Easton Academy and book 2 (Invitation Only) is more of an introduction to Billings. That's right, our girl Reed is now officially a Billings Girl! But it's not all it's cracked up to be. Reed thinks that she has finally made it, but things don't go as she's planned. She thought the hazing was over, but turns out that as the newest resident of Billings she's expected to be the resident slave. That's right, making everyone's beds, dusting, washing wi ...more
Jan 16, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing
This book is the sequel to the private series.So far Reed Brennan's life is awesome.Offically a Billing's girl now. The Billings are having a party at the Easton campus woods. Turned out that her roommate betrayed her and snaps some pictures of Reed to blackmail Reed and dig up rumors on the most powerful and popular Billings Girls or she will have Reed expelled.

I can connect to this book with a text to self connection because I would be so upset if I found out that one of my family/friends pass
Noemi claudine
Mar 24, 2009 Noemi claudine rated it it was amazing
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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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Other Books in the Series

Private (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Untouchable (Private, #3)
  • Confessions (Private, #4)
  • Inner Circle (Private, #5)
  • Legacy (Private, #6)
  • Ambition (Private, #7)
  • Revelation (Private, #8)
  • Paradise Lost (Private, #9)
  • Suspicion (Private, #10)
  • Scandal (Private, #11)

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“Half delirious, I slipped my hands around Whit's thick neck. The second Idid he got confident.His mouth moved over mine in a rough, unpracticed, awkward back-and-forth motion, so fast it was as if he was trying to create fire with our lips.” 22 likes
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