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Confessions (Private #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7,310 ratings  ·  193 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
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Published June 16th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 24th 2007)
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Noemi claudine
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My friends
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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!!


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.
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
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
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
"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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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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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
"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
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
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
Noa Meshorer
Confessions is the 4th book in the Private novel series. Reed’s new boyfriend, Josh, is accused for Thomas’s murder but Reed is convinced that he is innocent and that the killer is still out there. She feels like her friends are acting strange and she tries to make her own investigation to prove that Josh is innocent. Later on, Josh will be released because they found out that he wasn’t Thomas’s murderer. When Reed is going further in her investigation she finds out secrets about her friends th ...more
Once Josh Hollis, Reed's boyfriend is arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson, Reed's dead boyfriend, everyone at Easton goes back to normal because they all know who the murderer is--except for Reed. She is unconvinced that Josh was not the murderer, which means that the killer is still out there. Reed will do anything to stop him... or her?
I can give a text to text connection with the book Better Than Best. In the book Better Than Best, things are going great for 11 year old Jenna Song, un
This book is part of the sequel to the private series, so basically this is the 4th book, what happen was Reed's new boyfriend Josh has been arrested for her ex-boyfriend's murder, but Reed is convinced that he is innocent and that the killer is still out there. She's desperate to uncover the truth, Reed does some digging,but what she unearths is more dangerous than even she knew.For the girls of Billings Hall have more secrets than the CIA, and they aren't relinquishing their hold on Reed. Once ...more
HOLY CRAP. What the heck. I knew who the killer was from the very beginning (ive read privileged and last christmas already) AND UGH!!!!!!!!! ive never wanted to strangle a fictional character anymore in my life. I went from loving Ariana in the Spin off series to wanting to strangle her. Wow wow wow, so much happened here. Literally my heart beated so fast during some parts. Note to some , even though the identity of the killer will be spoiled i strongly suggest you read last christmas before s ...more
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Ayra Pirante

The plot that was building-up in the first few books were finally answered and such. This book has more drama and suspense as compared to its predecessors. However, I felt like it wasn't enough to capture me as a reader. The revelation of who killed who was pretty boring and pretty ordinary. I mean a lot of people might have guessed that already. Lacks creativity and major turning point and some "ooooh" factor. The "cliffhanger" was not very intriguing at all. But still, I'll be reading
Ah-ma-zing!!! This was the best Private book so far in the series. You never know what is going to happen intil the end of the book. Kate Brian does it again with Confessions she has you thinking one thing and then the next mintue another thing. In her books nothing is slow. There is just so much suspense and drama in this book than ever. Thomas's murder get solved in this one and you never believe who actually did it! There are so masny twists in this book you wont believe half of the things No ...more
Reading this without reading the previous books in the series was probably a bad idea... it was okay and I didn't hate it, but it was hard to relate to the characters. Sorta reminded me of Gossip Girl, though, and I did miss reading those type of books (even if some may find them shallow).
Meghan Agar
I recently started reading the series "private" by Kate Brian. I really enjoy it, and this book was my favorite so far. To really understand, you have to read all the books. But the series starts as this small town girl who has dreams to go to this really awesome school, Easton Academy. Soon after she arrives she gets involved with this guy Thomas, not long after, he gets murdered. This whole book is about trying to find out who did it.

The plot is amazing, the characters are amazing, and Kate
Christina Santo
I gobbled it up because it was really addicting.. I'm so glad that Josh is out of jail. It made me really happy that Reed said she was in love with him too, because I was never Thomas's biggest fan. I can't wait for them to actually start dating. I ws going to start shipping her with Dash, soon, to be honest. It seems to me that Dash and Josh are the nicer friends that Thomas had, and Gage is sort of like Thomas. I wanna know where Taylor went; she was my favorite Billings girl. I CANNOT believ ...more
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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)
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys Private (Private, #1) Invitation Only (Private, #2) Untouchable (Private, #3) Revelation (Private, #8)

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