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How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  3,569 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
Rose and Sage Baker, 17-year-old orphan twins with
more money than God, are living the good life in
decadent Palm Beach, Florida. Life is grand--until their
purse string-controlling grandmother is infuriated by a
Vanity Fair profile of the girls' unsavory exploits. Now,
they'll lose their inheritances if they don't get into
ultra-selective Duke University. Enter Megan Simms, a
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Grand Central Publishing
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Aug 05, 2007 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, would-rec
okay, it could be that my brain is on overload from the heavy things i've been reading lately. or it could be that i'm feeling particularly sappy. whatever the reason is, i think this is one of my new favorite chicklit books EVER.

poor little megan smith, yale graduate, is up to her ears in debt. she's living in new york, she's got a boyfriend and a roommate and then her apartment goes up in smoke. literally.

so she ends up in palm beach with the odd job of getting two twin socialites, who make
Apr 19, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
Shelves: chick-lit
The more I read chick lit, the more I realize how much I don't care for it. Sometimes it seems as though all the plots are the same, and all the narrators the same person. Of course, all that isn't the fault of this book. To be fair, it's a reasonably nice example of the genre. The characters are (for the most part) better fleshed out than your typical chick lit. The story line is fluffy, but it is at least somewhat believable. I liked the main character, and I appreciated that she seemed to gro ...more
Oct 13, 2007 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
I read this book because it was on my TBR list (I forgot how I found out about it), and I was craving some chick lit.

I thought the storyline was great, but the time frame wasn't long enough. Megan realistically wouldn't have been able to go through that many changes in just nine weeks. Parts of it didn't feel very realistic.

The author made a lot of references to pop culture, things that celebrities had done in the last year or two. Although I enjoyed them, I don't think they'll hold the same m
Jul 11, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had actually only gotten this book because of the TV show based on it, Privileged. And although the show had its problems, ultimately, I liked its short-lived run much better than the book. Mainly because it's what I like to call a humiliation conga book, which then turns into the poor person realizes horrible rich people who publicly embarrassed her are actually smart and sweet slash protagonist acts like a horrible person book.

This admittedly doesn't sound like I would've given it three star
Before reading this book, I had just read two books that were both very serious and dealt with heavy subject matters which had left me feeling a bit drained. After finishing those books I needed something light and fluffy and perk me back up a bit and as I was a fan of the show that was based on this book, I figured it would be a safe bet. I was definitely right. This was the book equivalent of candy floss. It was light, fluffy, colourful, sweet, and fun, with little substance.

I will admit that
Dec 29, 2007 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
This book is a guilty pleasure, like reading celebrity tell-alls at the nail salon or watching people's escapades on reality tv shows. But when life gets heavy, its good to sometimes get away with a fluffy, silly book (ahh, calgon, take me awwaaayy!). First the bad news: this book treads in the well-worn footsteps of many many previous chick-lit books. The book's premise -- plucky heroine (P.H.) who's down on her luck is employed by the mega-rich evil dead, P.H. experiences travails and humiliat ...more
Oct 25, 2007 Blaise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Dec 19, 2008 Caitie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
SO DIFFERENT FROM THE TV SHOW. Which is a good thing, because this was pretty terrible. And even though it was meant to be all moralistic about reverse snobbery, the book ended up being all reverse reverse snobbery. If that makes any sense. And Marcus was the biggest gay fairygodmother stereotype ever.

There was a twisty bit at the very end that I liked, and I enjoyed all the fake SAT questions. But I do not think that is enough for me to give it more than one star. Also, I wanted to read Megan'
Mar 02, 2008 Aysharoberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Joanna, Nicole
This book has so many twists and turns. I really enjoyed as it incorporates intelligence, culture, and fashion all in one. I finished reading it at the beach today and I couldn't put it down even though I got cold as the marine layer covered the sun. Instead of hopping on Pinky (my bike) and riding home quickly, I wrapped a towel around me to keep warm to finish it. I definitely will be checking out other books that this author has written.
Aug 04, 2013 Aggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random-reads
If you ask me how to teach a filthy rich girls, i'll come up with an idea: isolate them in a jail cell and let them have a bitter taste of life. But Zoey Dean had another idea in mind;

Or rather... another cliche. Yes cliche about a girl who's life turning upside down when she had offered to teach the most bimbotic twins in the world how to pass their SAT test in order to get their trustfunds back. She turned into the likes of the twins, met another amazing boy and fell in love, forgetting her lo
Mar 07, 2009 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After reading a number of much more serious books, this light frothy novel called to me from the shelves of the library. I'm not crazy about the term "chick lit," because it's too broadly applied to a lot of books by women...but if the book has a rags to riches story, including fashion, a plainish woman who suddenly becomes gorgeous and meets the man of her dreams, and gets the job of her dreams at the've got chick lit. The career is usually journalism or marketing.

A supposedly brilli
Sep 12, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first started watching the TV show and then thought I would try out the book. I love the TV show, which I think made me really like the book. The book and TV show is about a college graduate, Megan, that just can seem to get the perfect job yet, so she ends up tutoring two twins that live in palm beach, and they are in fact very rich. The twins absolutely hate their new tutor but as Megan begins to work with them they start to build a good relationship. The TV show was amazing and I can't beli ...more
May 19, 2015 Merredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I haven’t read a chick lit type book in a very long time, and it really is just junk food candy for the brain. A 23 year old recent Yale grad is barely making her way in NYC. She is a writer, but doesn’t get the job she wants, and when she is fired from her tabloid magazine job (which actually sounded pretty cool to me!), and has no place to live and even no clothes, all due to a fire, she ends up in Florida trying to tutor 17 year old heiresses. I don’t like Megan. She is always blaming other p ...more
Dec 16, 2008 Allie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
O.K. I changed my mind. That was the corniest book I had ever read in my 15 almost 16 years of life. By the end, I was seriously gagging. I was shocked. In the beginning it seems fine...and then it get's ridiculous. And lastly, what I found the most disappointing was the fact that it was nothing like the show, and the show is really great. So sad.
Mar 26, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm not sure what I thought of this. I was thinking it was ok until I realized how many things were there that I don't like in books: bad language, sex (mostly just in the beginning), the main character pretending to be someone she isn't and lying. I did like how she owned up to things in the end and even matured a bit.
Jul 15, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I have never read this author but picked up the book based on the cover (I know). I read it in 2 days, it was cute, made me laugh and I really wanted to see how it ended. I just picked up my second novel of this author, then I will start on the A-list series.
Jan 29, 2016 Els rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mijn eerste boek van deze auteur en al direct een voltreffer. Aantrekkelijke cover, leuke titel en intrigerende tekst op de achterflap en dat gecombineerd met een toffe schrijfstijl, dat kan niet anders dan een goed boek als resultaat hebben.
Grappige situaties worden afgewisseld met ernstigere dingen, een lach verandert soms in een traan, interesse wordt liefde, kortom een hele cocktail aan emoties met het noodzakelijke happy end voor dit genre.
Het enige minpuntje was het eerste hoofdstuk omdat
May 24, 2014 Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick and light read for those who enjoy the Cinderella experience, but if you are looking for something with real emotional depth, hilariously funny, or fairly realistic, I wouldn't recommend it. Presented as a fictional memoir about young Megan Smith's experience tutoring the fabulously wealthy Baker twins, the book tries to give you the whole "fish out of water experience," but if you ask me she just acclimatized way too quickly and things just often went too right. There are some good charac ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This just reminded me why I cant stand chick lit. I thought this would be an easy read for the gym......its an easy read and just awful.
Cute read; finished the book in about 2 days.
Dec 20, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book
A young writer just out of college, living in New York City, can't get her foot in the door of any important journalistic/literary companies and resorts to working for the rich, the beautiful, the superficial. Is she in for a shock - that she may be better suited for the life of the rich and not of the starving writer?

Sounds like The Devil Wears Prada.

I actually didn't like The Devil Wears Prada that much. I do life Privileged (aka How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls).

Megan is a much more relatable c
Jan 06, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meghan Smith is up to her head in debt because of going to Yale. She thought that she could pay it all of when she got a glamours job in a magazine like Rolling Stone. Though, a year latter Meghan is working at the trashy tabloid Scoop where she just writes the captions for articles and is living with her best friend in a dumpy apartment. The only good thing going for her is her boyfriend but even that has some bad to it.

Her luck begins to turn for the worse yet again after a bad proposal for a
Oct 08, 2009 Allegra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to teach filthy rich girls is about a girl named Megan. She just graduated from college with $75,000 in debt and no job. Then Megan gets an amazing opportunity- She becomes the tutor to Sage and Rose Baker, the Paris and Nikki Hiltons of Palm Beach. All she has to do is get them in to Duke College and their grandmother would pay off her debt. At first the twins give Megan a really hard time so she decided that the twins will defiantly not make it in to Duke and decides to write an exposé on ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Kourtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that inspired the show "Privileged" on the CW. I have become a huge fan of that show, so when I saw the words "Based on the novel..." I ran to the bookstore to find the root of my new found love.

If you are a fan of the show, you will need to go into reading the book with the frame of mind that the show is LOOSELY based on the book. They basically took the name of the protagonist, the name of the twins, grandmother, chef and neighbor, kept the attitudes of them all the same and
Sep 23, 2013 Lissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fresh-fiction
Reviewed by Lissa Staley
Posted August 8, 2007

Women's Fiction Contemporary | Contemporary Chick Lit

In the tradition of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, recent college graduate Megan Smith heads to New York City to work for a literary magazine and ends up somewhere less ideal. Despite her editor's warning, Megan tries to add more serious journalism articles to the gossip magazine where she's employed, at least until the day she loses her job a few months before Christmas.

Megan's apartment building catche
Jun 10, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan should have the world on a string as a recent Yale graduate or at least that is what everyone expects when you graduate from a prestigious university. She gets a job with Scoop, a gossip paper and it is really not what she wants to be doing... and it shows. Her boss fires her but at the same time throws her a lifeline telling her that she knows some twins who need tutoring. Desperate, Megan jumps at the chance. She flies to Palm Beach on private jet, is picked up and driven to a mansion. ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Wendi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gist of the story: Recent Yale graduate Megan Smith comes to Manhattan with big plans for a career in journalism and even bigger student loan debt: $75,000. When she flails at her trashy tabloid job, she's given an escape hatch: tutor seventeen-year-old identical twins Rose and Sage Baker--yes, the infamous Baker heiresses of Palm Beach, Florida, best known for their massive fortunes and their penchant for drunkenly flashing the paparazzi -- and get their SAT scores up enough to get into Duke. I ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit
Recommended to Brittany by: No one
How I Came To Read This Book: I bought it at Superstore after being sucked in by its glamorous cover.

The Plot: Megan Smith (the generic name has a purpose) is a recent Yale grade coming up short in the job department. After getting sacked from the tabloid magazine she works for, she is referred to a multi-millionaire beauty magnate and her two twin granddaughters who are dangerously close to putting their future in jeopardy. The task? Megan has to teach the girls how to bring up their grades &am
Apr 15, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh of of uni Megan Smith is trying to make it as a journalist in New York but when she gets fired from her less than ideal job at Scoop, she is offered another job in Florida teaching rich, snobby twin. Another less than ideal job but this one could get rid of her mountain of student debt.

I originally read this book three years ago due to the TV show Privileged which was based on the book being cancelled and I wanted to know what happened (but I probably would have read it any way). The TV s
Jun 05, 2013 Zora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chick-lit. If you like this sort of thing, you'll probably like this one too.

The thing is, I'm really not your chick-lit sort of woman. I couldn't possibly care less about fashion or hair cuts or make-up or celebrity name-dropping. I consider all that oppressive, or at best a distraction for women might actually be able to do something useful in the world instead, if they didn't get derailed by this nonsense. This book is probably well-enough written for the genre, basically a Cinderella story,
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The author of The A-List series and How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, which has been renamed and turned into a TV show known as Privileged on the CW in September 2008. Zoey Dean's books are produced by the media packager Alloy Entertainment, which created Gossip Girl, The Clique Series, and The A-List and sold them to Little, Brown and Company.
Zoey is currently working on The Talent series. She is
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