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Confessions (Private #4)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  8,199 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
Sometimes the truth hurts....

Reed Brennan came to superposh Easton Academy to make a brand-new life for herself. At first it seemed as though her dream had come true-she was living in the ultraexclusive Billings Hall, hanging out with the all-powerful Billings Girls, and dating the very hot Thomas Pearson. But Thomas turned out to be different from what she thought...and
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 16th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 24th 2007)
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Renee I am currently rereading this series and I am surprised that so many people didn't see this coming.. Right when I read the first book and saw the…moreI am currently rereading this series and I am surprised that so many people didn't see this coming.. Right when I read the first book and saw the sentences about "seeing through Ariana" and that "all I saw was blackness," on the last pages, I was certain that she was the killer... Did anyone else see that too? I'm not bragging or whatever, I'm just wondering if somebody else noticed that right away when reading the first novel. I don't know, it was hard for me to ignore those sentences... I'm just curious about how other people interpreted them ?(less)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 24, 2015 Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) rated it it was ok
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Scandalous!! I feel like I'm 13 again reading these, omg
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Noemi claudine
Mar 26, 2009 Noemi claudine rated it it was amazing
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I think this is the best in the Private series: a lot of loose ends have been tied up quite nicely, true identities revealed, veneer of glamour stripped away; we're finally down to the nitty-gritty side of Easton Academy.

Reed Brennan came to superposh Easton Academy to make a brand-new life for herself. At first it seemed as though her dream had come true-she was living in the ultraexclusive Billings Hall, hanging out with the all-powerful Billings Girls, and dating the very hot Thomas Pearson.
Jan 13, 2013 Neongreenandpink rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My friends
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Jun 01, 2016 Bunny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank god, I'm caught up to Privilege and can just finish that and be done with this awful writer and her awful plots and seriously shitty style.

On my way out, I paused for the splittest of seconds.

The first two (three? How many have I suffered through now?) books took place within one month each. The first book, where she fell oh so madly in love with Thomas, was one month. And she didn't fall for Thomas until about 1/4 through the book, they broke up midway through, he was a piece of shit at
Josh Hollis was arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson.
Time to move on, right?
Reed is convinced that Josh didn't do it. But how can she convinced everyone else?

Meanwhile, Noelle has competition. Cheyenne Martin is willing to turn everybody against her. Will she succeed?

DAMN!! This was the best Private novel so far!! And the ending . . .I didn't see that one coming!!


Ale96_CalS Paola

OMFG ! I was literally at the edge of my sit during those last chapters! Everything fitted into place, the puzzle was resolved. And even though I had spoiled myself the facts, it was still nice and interesting to find out that all that had happened was so in sync with my theories from day one, well sort of.
Here comes the spoilers section: So I always suspected the Girls had done something against Thomas from day one of his sudden disappearance and then this increased when hi
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
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‘Confessions’ is the fourth installment in the ‘Private’ series. Reed still doesn’t believe that Josh had murdered Thomas and works together with Noelle’s boyfriend, Dash to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of tension between Reed and her Billings friends – Noelle, Ariana and Kiran as they seem to regard Thomas’ death as something merely unpleasant.

The suspense in this book could have been great if it weren’t for the incredibly slow pacing. Few significant events happened and the mys
Apr 02, 2008 Jessi rated it it was amazing
Oooooh! THIS IS THE BEST ONE IN THE SERIES. Just when you think you have everyone in Billings figured out, you get a major reality check. Everything changes in this book and you learn so much about the characters in it. There's a reason it's called confessions.
Elvira Bianchi
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Mar 02, 2015 Brittany rated it it was ok
If you've read my reviews on the other books in this series, you know I'm just reading these as I find them at the library, because I refuse to pay for them.
Somehow this author takes what would normally be covered in a chapter and expands it to a whole book. The story is moving along SO SLOWLY.
I keep giving them two stars because I haven't reached the point yet where if I see it at the library I won't pick it up. But it's not like the story is improving at all--I just don't mind spending an hou
So with this series I'm always like peeking between my fingers almost reading these. And not because I hate them I just find them overally negative and sometimes its just a tad hard to read.

For me this could have been the end of the series as we find out what happened to Reed's late boyfriend who killed him/who hurt him and really it could have been wrapped up in a neat bow but it isn't and instead we leave this book on a cliffhanger, will I continue? Unsure I've read further into this series be
Apr 01, 2016 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
Wow, I kind of guessed who it would be, but I was not expecting that!!!
Oct 24, 2015 Berit rated it really liked it
Very addicting series, but this is a good stopping point, a lot of loose ends are tied up. I really honestly don't know where the series is going to go from here, but I'm sure there is something up at this authors sleeve.(view spoiler) I will definitely be r ...more
May 01, 2014 Chanice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, kate-brian
WOW!!!!!!! this book was good. I just hope it doesn't end like the pretty little liars series where it just doesn't make sense after eight books.

The book starts cirka at the cafeteria, where Gage tells Reed in front of every one, that Josh maybe could've killed Thomas, 'cuz they both liked Reed.

Now they found Thomas dead and want to find his murderer. First they suspect one of Thomas's dealers and send him to jail, but then they find a murder weapon that beelongs to Josh and they arrest Josh, w
Jul 22, 2016 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need more!
Arc 1 of Private has ended! And it ended not too badly, if I say so myself. So, first a quick summary:

The semester is ending at Easton Academy, but Reed isn't worried about her finals. No, instead her boyfriend Josh is in jail, accused of murdering Thomas. After an initial feeling of doubt, Reed is convinced that Josh is innocent. She just needs to be able to prove his alibi. Can she put her Billings skills to use to free Josh? And what the heck is going on with the Billings girls anyway? Their
Paula  Phillips
Jan 21, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping back from Book #9 in the last review , is today's Book #4 Confessions. In Book #4 we are seeing the recent aftermaths of Thomas Pearson's body being recovered and Reed Brennan in a confused state as her first boyfriend is Dead . What a year, it has been for Reed at Easton Academy with getting into the Billings House, dating one of the popular guys and having great friends -some you can trust and others by the sounds of it not so much. In Confessions, we see Reed's friend Josh Hollis also ...more
Molly.k Koprek
Feb 27, 2011 Molly.k Koprek rated it really liked it
"Confessions" by Kate Brain is a very good book. This book continues from the other books in the series. In this book Reed has fun with her new boyfriend Josh however,in the end her friends turn him in for the murder of Thomas Pearson, Reed's old boyfiend. Reed and Dash try to get Josh out of jail because they know he didn't murder Thomas. They have to break into the school during the night and send Thomas' brother an email because he was at the school the night Thomas was murdered with a teach ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it
So glad that I borrowed this book at the same time as I did Untouchable, number three of the Private series. I started to read this book as soon as I wrote the review for that one, and I was, again, hooked when I read the first sentence.

Reed Brennan finds out that life isn’t always picture perfect. She finds herself working together with Blake, boyfriend of Noelle, to find out the truth what really happened to Thomas. They both know that Josh isn’t the murderer, but how can they save him from a
Kari Anderson
Apr 05, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it it was amazing
Reed’s boyfriend Josh is still in jail for the death of his roommate Thomas. But Reed is bound and determined to prove the police wrong. She finds there are two people who can give an alibi for Josh, but to do so, they must make their affair public knowledge… something neither are willing to do.

It ends up though that this relationship may not be the juiciest drama at Easton when Reed finally learns who killed her fling Thomas.

There’s also drama building in the Billings house after the “popular”
Nov 05, 2008 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: my friend
“Confessions” is a great adventerous book. In the book my favorite character was, of course the main character, Reed Brennan. I admire how she takes her problems and if had to pick which character I would rather be it would be her. My least favorite is probably reed’s ex-boyfriend Thomas. Thomas basically used her and lied to her that he wasn’t selling drugs and getting drunk every night. I would highly recommend this book for girl teens who like to read about other girl’s drama and how one girl ...more
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Mar 22, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Reed Brennan in this book is finally getting over her dead ex-boyfriend Thomas when she discovers that her new boyfriend Josh is the number one suspect in the murder case.
In the beginning of the book, I was annoyed with Reed’s attitude. I understand that she has gone through a traumatic event, but I felt like she overreacted to the situation. If it had been me, I would have instantly determined to prove his innocence. Instead, Reed just closes herself off from the outside world and refuses to
Paperback Princess
Jul 27, 2011 Paperback Princess rated it liked it
"Confessions" continues immediately from where "Untouchable" finished off, with Josh Hollis being arrested for Thomas' death. Reed finds herself confused, she doesn't know whether to believe in Josh's innocence especially after the scandalous story that the Billings Girls has told her about her new boyfriend. Does she try and find evidence of his innocence or can she now rest knowing that the murderer is now in custody?

Then there are the Billings Girls who were quick to judge Josh's guilt, on t
Dec 31, 2014 Britt rated it it was amazing
Of all the teen books I've read, I've liked many, but only three series have held me in thrall: Gossip Girl, The Princess Diaries, and the Private series. (Actually, you can make it four because I just read the first of the Pretty Little Liars series which reminds me of this series.)

In the Private series, girls at Easton are not only insanely rich, privileged, and catty like the characters in many other books. These girls hide secrets, not just dirty secrets, but shocking secrets. And throughout
Emily Meehan
I just recently finished Kate Brian's novel, Untouchable. It ended with an email from Taylor Bell, who just recently fled campus without a word. The Billing's girls' explanation of her leaving was that she was under to much pressure and she needed some time off. Reed couldn't believe it; literally. The email stated that Reed shouldn't listen to what the other girls are telling about herself and that it is all lies. It then went on into the nest book, which I am currently read now called Confessi ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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The Thomas Pearce murder mystery is SOLVED! Or is it?

Reed's newest boyfriend, Josh, was turned into the police for the murder of Thomas Pearce in the last PRIVATE book, UNTOUCHABLE. But to Reed, Josh is anything but a killer.

Now in CONFESSIONS, Reed has to not only prove to the police but also the Billings Girls and everyone else at Easton Academy that Josh is not the one that murdered Thomas. But how can she if no one else r
Jan 05, 2013 Nessag rated it it was amazing
Nessa Galloway
January 5, 2013
English 1-Block 2

By: Kate Brian
The main topic of this book there is a girl from a small town in Pennsylvania who doesn't know how to handle a lot of things. This book is a series and this happens to be book #4, as you can see this is a very interesting series as well. Full of lies, trust issues, betrayals, and also the occasional murder which she has never been more apart of in a life time.
Although I may give a brief summary, it also will drag you to
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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)
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • Untouchable (Private, #3)
  • 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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