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Perfect Mistake (Privilege #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  2,668 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews

Ariana Osgood has everything she's ever wanted. A place at elite Atherton-Pryce boarding school. Fabulous friends. A new crush. And most importantly, a new identity. Now that she's officially become Briana Leigh Covington, Ariana's troubled past is dead and buried.

Or is it?

When the one person who knows her secret arrives on campus, Aria
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jun 20, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Not overly thrilled with the third installment of this series. Still loving Arianna---but I hate that her jailbird roomate showed up. It wouldn't have been so bad, but this chick is seriously an annoying character, and the book is basically filled with a series of scenes i which she forces Arianna to do her bidding or says she'll rat her out. The blackmail gets really old bc it takes up the entire book.

I'll keep reading, but I hope in the upcoming installments there will be less of the blackmai
May 03, 2009 Marian rated it liked it
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Oct 23, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it
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Tiny Pants
Dec 31, 2009 Tiny Pants rated it it was ok
Once again, this really promising series is running aground a bit for me. Every time I get my hands on one of these, I want it to be great, and it winds up being a bit eh. I will say to their credit that there are just enough twists that it isn't precisely the plot you concoct in your head as you read, but your guesses won't be far off. Truly unfortunate, as that was one of the real joys of the first book in the series (and even, in retrospect, Last Christmas). I'm putting this series on my deat ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Arianna's ex- best friend is back. Kaityln i now Lilian and Arianna is still Brianna Leigh "Ana" Since the money Bianna Leigh owes Kaitlyn is still not there, Kaitlyn is haunting ALL the girls in Privlege house. Lexa is moving on from Palmer, while Ana is reacing out FOR Palmer. Lets find out what happenes in the 3rd book of Privilege.
I can make a text to text connection, in Confessions by Kate Brian, Arianna confesses to killing Thomas. Maybe in this series she will have to go back to Brenda
Erica Alyson
Dec 13, 2009 Erica Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, suspense
Wow Kate Brian really understands suspense. I love this series. The end was AH-Mazing! I mean it sucks what happened but in the context of this book WOW!

So i really don't like Kaitlynn. I wish Ariana could find a way to get her. At the same time Ariana is letting Kaitlynn have too much power and there is nothing she can do about it.

I can't wait to see where the next book takes us. Side note I really want Palmer to be with Ariana!

PS when I have my first kid I hope it is a daughter and I can name
Feb 16, 2010 Nian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
This wasn't as suspenseful as the first two books. Ariana isn't as calculating and crazy as before. In fact, she rationalizes things easier now than ever. Kaitlynn, on the other hand, has been extreme, and plays a more prominent role in the latest installment. As much as I like the drama revolving around her, I wish Ariana could deal away with her already. I'm just waiting for the devious and calculating Ariana to come back, so that I can admire her wits, but still hate her at the same time.
Jan 13, 2011 Teddi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Wow, this book was pretty crazy to say the least. I never would have guessed what had happened at the end. It was definitely worth reading. I gave it 3 stars because it was good, don't get me wrong, but sort of in a way repetitive. I feel that the same sort of dilemmas happen in all the Private and Privilege books. Other than that though, thumbs up! Good job, Kate Brian!
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Dec 17, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Ariana Osgood, now known as Briana Leigh Covington (“Ana” to her friends), finally has the life she has carefully constructed. She’s attending Atherton-Pryce, an elite boarding school, moving into the most coveted dorm on campus and her crush has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend. Now he’s available to date her! What more could Ariana ask for? Just as things are starting to fall into place for her, her nemesis, Kaitlynn, is now a student at Atherton-Pryce. Will Kaitlynn reveal Ariana’ ...more
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Ariana Osgood can't afford to make any mistakes, perfect or otherwise. One small error of judgment on her part will find her right back inside the locked walls of the Brenda T. Ariana thinks she's got life figured out. That is until her nemesis, Kaitlynn Nottingham, shows up on the campus of Atherton-Pryce Hall.

Instead of using the blackmail money and moving to Australia to start a new life, Kaitlynn has decided to buy her way into APH. The unknowing studen
Ale96_CalS Paola
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Jan 30, 2017 Krystal rated it did not like it
Aaaaand we’re back to trash again. I’m so confused about the timeline of these two series. Wasn’t she locked up for a couple years? How did I skip an entire novel and still miss only a week of this girl’s tragically petty life? Thank god I have no more of these lying around. I’m so done.

So all the fun stuff about psycho Ariana has dropped out of sight and we’re back with a clone of pathetic, naïve Reed from the first series. They could be the same person, as Ariana has taken over the role of the
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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
Arianna thought that by going to boarding school under a different name, she could move on in life. However, the last person she expected to join her showed up. Ariana cannot turn Kaitlynn in, because if she does, Kaitlynn will expose all of her secrets and they will both be back in prison faster than blinking. At first, the things Kaitlynn demands of Ariana are small - such as an invite to the exclusive NoBash party.

I must say I was a bit disappointed with this one. Not only was it a short rea
Sep 24, 2009 Belle rated it liked it
I love the spinoff series so far, and this book didn't dissapoint me...entirely.
The action has picked up quite a bit from the last one, but unfortunatly, I don't think that it's really to put it? Jaw-dropping, OMG worthy, etc.
Some things I really disliked about the book were
1)Like I said earlier, lack of heart-thumping action that we love in the series. With Kaitlyn back, I expected it to be alot better and very creepy. Truly, it just didn't have that.
2)Kaitlyn's character just is...awkw
Nov 14, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
I liked this book.
Was it as good as the other two? No, especially not the 2cd one, but was it still good?? Yeah, It was. This book was about Katilyn coming to Athereton-Pryce. In the last book she black-mailed Briana-Leigh (Ariana) to give her 1,000,000 dollars so she could start a new life in Australia. Which Arinia was happy to do. Well, happy she would move. Anyway, in the end Katilyn showed up at Atherton-Pryce with her bags all ready. So, in the 2cd book, Ariana finds out Katilynn has bough
Nov 30, 2011 A_B_B_Y rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
This book was so good!! Kate Brian's cliff hangers are killing me!!!! I can't wait to read the next book. I think Kate Brian does an amazing job describing her characters. Each character has there own weaknesses that definitely showed throughout Perfect Mistake! I am truly upset with the Kaitlyn. She needs to go to prison and a mental hospital. She is totally out of control. I just feel so bad for Ariana though, having to keep all of this drama a secret! She needs a true friend who she can tell ...more
May 10, 2010 Jodi rated it it was ok
I read other reviews and they claimed this book, this series, was a guilty pleasure, or a car wreck they couldn't help but watch. I was by turns bored and appalled. I am clearly not the age group this book is intended for. Ariana Osgood is an A-lister at the elite Atherton-Pryce boarding school and she's okay with the fact that she had to murder and impersonate someone to get there. But it's not okay that her roommate had done the same thing. When both juniors are tapped for the school's secret ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: seattle, psc, 2010
Continuing the story of Ariana Osgood, now Briana Leigh Covington, this third book in the Privilege series shows what happens with Ariana's nemesis Kaitlynn Nottingham doesn't get what she wants. Kaitlynn has weaseled her way into Atherton-Pryce Hall and Ariana's group of friends, even finding a way to force Ariana to be her roommate. Now they've both been tapped for one of APH's three secret societies, along with three other girls, but the society only has room for four new recruits. As with th ...more
May 09, 2015 Sawyer rated it liked it
Sure, I liked the book. But did the author even get an editor? I swear, if I see another mess up in one of her books, I will personally throw it at the wall and scream bloody murder.

Okay, so maybe it is hard to narrate a criminal with her real name, then have people address her with her fake name. But she put that on herself. If she can't bother to make Briget say "Sorry, Lily" instead of "Sorry, Kaitlynn," then why should I bother to read it?

And why is Ariana so stupidly infuriating?!? She's go
May 10, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it
i liked the first two books (especially the second one) and i was disappointed by this third installment. it's still fast-paced as the other ones, which is what i love about Kate Brian, but Kaitlynn is getting on my nerve. for someone so smart and cynical she is too dependent on Ariana and it was just so annoying. there wasn't much happening in this installment aside from Kaitlynn being annoying, and another thing that pissed me off was that one of the characters i like died. i mean, why can't i ...more
Sherly Jimenez
Jun 28, 2010 Sherly Jimenez rated it it was amazing
The main character of this book is Ariana Osgood, a serial killer who escapes from the higly protected prison, Brenda T institute, to start a new as someone else, Briana Leigh Colvington. Ariana enters a Artheron Pryce expecting to get a new start until Katlin comes and threatens all of Ariana's progress. Ariana and Katlin were best friends in prison, Ariana even helped her escape but then Katlin betrayed Ariana and even enrolls in the same school as her. Kathlin constantly threatens and backmai ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Tori rated it it was amazing
Ariana finally free from that nasty psycho Kaitlyn Nottingham? After giving her the one million dollars, did Ariana risk enough to get Kaitlyn off her back? or did she just bring the enemy closer to what Ariana wanted to be all hers? Well when Lillian Osgood shows up as the new kid in school, Ariana can see right through that fake ID to see that her Roommate was back and stronger than ever.

In Perfect Mistake, Kate Brian knows how to write great hooks leaving me wondering what could possibly hap
The Short Version:

Plot: 10/20
Characters: 15/20
Writing: 18/20
Originality: 20/20
Entertainment: 8/10
Recommendation: 5/10

Total: 76/100

I picked up the next Privilege book when I wanted a quick, fast read that I didn't have to think about. Knowing Brian's books, I knew that was what I was in for.

The plotlines of this series are just crazy insane. I don't think they would ever happen in real life, and that makes Ariana a hard character to understand and relate to at times.

However, even with crazy wild
Sep 21, 2009 Jacqueline rated it liked it
I absolutely love this series. I think that I actually like the Privilege series more than the Private series. I find that Ariana is such an intriguing character. I was always interested in why she did the things she did. The Privilege series is so good! Every single page is enjoyable. In Perfect Mistake you get to know all of the character's at Atherton-Pryce and it is really intense because Kaitlynn shows up and she has to deal with her. I enjoyed it so much! I can hardly wait for the next one ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Caroline rated it liked it
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Jul 16, 2010 Mabel rated it really liked it
Ariana Osgood is no longer Ariana Osgood. Instead she is now Briana Leigh Covington.

With her new identity, Ariana is able to start a completely new life at a new posh boarding school. There's just one little problem. She has a friend who was with her at the correction facility that is now joining her in school. As Ariana tries to live her new life happily she is constantly haunted by this person who has a totally fake identity covering her status as a murderer.

As Ariana goes through the year,
Mar 06, 2011 Lexi rated it really liked it
This book was about Ariana finally getting her life in control at her new privat school. Until Kaitlyn, her room mate from prison shows us at the same school. She now has to deal with figuring out how to live her life as Briana leigh without Kaitlyn revealing who she really is.
I liked this book very much. This book is just as good as the other books in this series. I would rate this book 4 stars. It has a lot of suspense and thrill.
I would reccommend this book for young adults and teenagers. Th
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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

Privilege (6 books)
  • Privilege (Privilege, #1)
  • Beautiful Disaster (Privilege, #2)
  • Sweet Deceit (Privilege, #4)
  • Pure Sin (Privilege, #5)
  • Cruel Love (Privilege, #6)

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