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My Own Worst Frenemy (Langdon Prep #1)

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The Langdon Prep series for young adults features edgy characters with a multicultural twist, as 16-year-old Chanti Evans tries to balance prep school, boys, and solving mysteries.

With barely a foot in the door, fifteen-year-old Chanti gets on the bad side of school queen bee Lissa and snobbish Headmistress Smythe. They've made it their mission to take Chanti down and she
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by KTeen (first published January 1st 2011)
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First of all, let me rave about THE COVER!

Dear Out of Touch New York Publishing,

I know you guys are probably living in some Mad Men-esque type universe (and you probably voted for Romney), but this country and the entire world has grown increasingly multicultural. There is a huge demographic of young readers who tired of seeing white kids on the covers of books and as the heroes/heroines of stories. They want to see themselves and their diverse lives reflected in a positive way and if you're too
Sep 27, 2011 Ari rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Own Worst Frenemy
My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid (Chanti on the Case #1) ARC
Dafina KTeen/Kensington Publishing Corp

Release Date: Today!

Rating: 4/5

IQ "But as soon as I see him sitting on the library steps waiting for me, I turn to lava, hot for him but without form. I have no resolve; everything in me turns soft." Chanti pg. 265

I chose the above sentence for the Incredible Quote because I thought it was a good example of the author taking tired old lines to describe feelings and creating n
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 27, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
I like these types of books. A good book of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. What can I say that made me love this book? The plot. I love me a good book with a great plot. The plot in this book really took off from page one. A trouble teen getting shipped off to a new school? A teen with a mom who identity we must keep secret? And the frenemy we love to hate but we can't get enough of.

I loved the flow of the book. The feeling that the reader gets when immersed of a world of mo
Romancing the Book
Feb 09, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ya, suspense
Reviewed By~Molly
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher

Review: If you have a mystery loving, puzzle solving, friend-loving book-a-holic teen in your life, then this is the book for them. This is the first book in a new series from a highly talented lady. Kimberly Reid's character, Chanti Evans, is compared to that of Nancy Drew's character. Well, I would agree, but I think that Chanti's character is so much more complex than that of Nancy's character. Reid created Chanti's character with believable i
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Aug 04, 2013 Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) marked it as to-read
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Sep 27, 2012 MoxieGirl marked it as to-read
I added this because prep schools seem to have forgotten that many of them are integrated too. And it's a mystery. What's not to like?
Oct 29, 2012 Jamie rated it it was ok
Chanti is your average teenage girl from the hood who has gotten herself in to trouble because of the people she chooses to surround herself with. While her friends would rather be at parties, she would much rather be at home reading a book. Chanti’s mom is an undercover cop who moves Chanti to a new private school hoping things will change for the better. From the moment Chanti arrives at school, she is seen as an outsider due to the fact that she is a scholarship student and not wealthy. She q ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Chanti has quite a chip on her shoulder, but it's what I would expect. Her mom's a vice cop and she can't tell anyone. She lives on a street that is almost the bad part of town but not quite. She seems to have lost her best friend and a new friend over the summer. Her mom watches her like a hawk because of her job and cares who Chanti hangs out with and that is the reason that Chanti has ended up at Langdon Prep. And at Langdon Prep it seems that the Headmistress has it out fo ...more
It wasn't Chanti's idea to become a scholarship student at Langdon, an exclusive private school. In fact, Chanti would have much rather gone to North with all of her friends, but after a bit of trouble over the summer her mother is insistent that she attend Langdon. It doesn't even take a full day for Chanti's dire predictions about Langdon to come true. Before the end of the day she has already made enemies of the headmistress and the most popular girl at Langdon. Just when she thinks things c
Katie Rodante
Apr 02, 2012 Katie Rodante rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
This is a much better novel than the title and cover may lead you to believe. Instead of being another story about high school cliques and regular teenage issues, it's a clever detective story.

Chantal (Chanti) is transferred to a new school on scholarship, thanks to her vice cop mother. The kids at this school are rich, as their parents seem to have more money than they could possibly know what to do with, and some of her classmates are terribly spoiled. Two other students came to Langdon Prep w
Mar 20, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Jacqui Talbot
Aug 02, 2012 Jacqui Talbot rated it really liked it
Chanti Evans is not looking forward to starting school in the fall. While all of her friends will be together at North High, she’ll be stuck at Langdon Prep—a private school for the insanely rich—as one of three scholarship students. Chanti’s used to flying under the radar and keeping secrets. Her mother, Lana, is a vice cop, and in a neighborhood where cops are considered only one step above cockroaches, it’s safer to keep her mother’s real occupation under wraps. When a rash of thefts hit Lang ...more
Reading Vacation
Sep 26, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it liked it

I love mysteries and My Own Worst Frenemy brings the goods. At the heart of it all, though, there is something bigger going on behind the mystery. It all has to do with society and how different classes of people treat each other. It’s not pretty.

Langdon Prep is an expensive, private school. Most of the students at Langdon come from wealthy families. There are a few students, however, who attend because they have earned scholarships. Two of these students are Chanti and Marco. Can you guess wher
Jan 19, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
The idea of prep school and/or boarding school has been super popular for quite a while. There is an appeal to reading about a familiar situation like school that involves something with a little more freedom (implied by the money needed for a prep or boarding school)

This book combines the drama of school (they just don't like me!) with mystery (of the 'girl detective' variety) and a dash of romance. Recipe for success!

The prep/boarding school books that have been out and popular have been fairl
Jun 30, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this a while ago on Amazon for free, and I hadn't gotten around to reading it because I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy it. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

There were a few (and I mean maybe 3 or 4, not many) typing errors, but they weren't too noticeable, so I didn't find them to be a problem.

The storyline was enjoyable, and I liked the teen-detective twist. I do think it's a bit ridiculous that all of this happened to Chanti within 3 weeks of starting her new school, but I thi
Jan 28, 2012 Juniper rated it liked it
This is not as teeny-bopper as the title would lead you to believe. This is scheduled to be a series - a teenage detective series, which I can honestly say, this is the first in that genre that I have read.

It is about a girl from the poor neighborhoods of Denver attending a private school, out of her element, not able to fit it and ostracized for her supposed connection to some burglaries. The main character's mother is an undercover detective and she has learned a lot from her mother, mostly in
Dec 04, 2014 Jaime rated it really liked it
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

Chanti (pronounced Shawnty) is the daughter of a vice cop who doesn't want her daughter going to the newly merged high school on the outskirts of Denver. She pulls some strings, calls in some favors, and next thing Chanti knows, she's on scholarship with two other juniors at Langdon Prep. One scholarship kid, Marco, becomes Chanti's new crush; the other, Bethanie, tries to fit in with the clone crowd, headed by the Queen B Lissa Mitchell.

After Chanti and Marco
Mae R
Apr 08, 2012 Mae R rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads-wins
I was pleasantly surprised by Kimberly Reid's "My Own Worst Frenemy." Unlike most YA high school prep novels, "Frenemy" featured likable characters and an intriguing, if not too complicated, mystery. I liked how Reid incorporated comments on racism and classism without ever falling into the trap of becoming either preachy or glorifying one lifestyle over the other, but rather acknowledging that everybody's got problems and that no one person is better than another. While some characters (the env ...more
Chanti (pronounced Shawnti)is about to start her junior year. But because of one mistake she made over the summer her mother is sending her to a super rich prep school. Her mother being a undercover vice cop can't afford to send her to this school so she also gets the stigma of being a scholarship kid. When things start to go missing the scholarship kids are the first to be blamed. Nobody knows that Chanti's move is a detective. Which means they don't know she's been highly trained in being obse ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Gwen rated it it was amazing
My Own Worst Frenemy came to me as a set of all three books in this series. I loved the adventures of Chanti and her friends so much I could hardly wait to finish one book to start the next. I finished all three books in about 4 to 5 days. I now intend to pass them to my teenaged granddaughters.

I highly recommend these books for the enjoyment of everyone from early teens and older.

I received these books free from Goodreads First Reads.
Keanna (KeyReadThat)
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Mar 07, 2012 Liana rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! Based on the cover I thought it would be a little flakey but it's actually a really sharp and smartly-written novel. Chanti is a character I could really get behind. I loved the fake-out with the mystery, it was a nice twist. I have to admit I'm slow with the uptake in mystery novels so everything was a big surprise for me. I liked how smart and witty Chanti was. I also liked that the "mean girls" also included other characters who were POCs. The world of the prep schoo ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Rad rated it liked it
This was pretty good. I especially liked that so many of the descriptions of characters were understated - it makes it pretty obvious that this is a book heavily populated with multicultural characters. The story itself was well-plotted, and though I was sure about some revelations, quite a few twists caught me by surprise. Also, the romance had some serious sizzle. I haven't decided whether or not I'll pick up the next book, but I probably will - Reid is an author who knows exactly how many que ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was won as a part of the Goodreads Firstreads program. I liked this book. It was cute, current, and easy to read. I myself am 35 year-old mother of three, but I think my 17 year-old daughter will love it! It wasn't too hard to figure out "who done it," but I don't think this book needed to be. I enjoyed reading it immensely even though it is a younger version of the genre I normally read. I think teens will appreciate the fact that it is up-to-date as far as trends and brands, and they ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Nov 03, 2014 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
A Great, Intriguing, Fast-Paced Mystery!
Aug 31, 2013 Rim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Just finished reading it and have to say it was well written.
I love mystery books and what got me hooked was the fact that she was investigating the thefts and having the right theories rather than finding out the truth when its already too late!What i also really enjoyed was that everyone had secrets irregardless of them being related to main mystery or not and that not all secrets are reveled at the end.

Cant wait to read the second book as i know its also centered around mysteries.
Pebbles Good
Sep 01, 2012 Pebbles Good rated it it was amazing
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Jun 13, 2014 May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I read a review that mentioned Nancy Drew, I had to read this book. It is like reading a modern Nancy Drew book, but her name is Chanti instead, and she is the daughter of an undercover cop (I totally love the school setting, and Chanti's home surroundings!) I like how Chanti knows all about police procedures and terms, and that she is not afraid to find out the truth to solve the cases. GREAT YA MYSTERY SERIES FOR ALL AGES! LOVED IT. :)
Lavabearian (Jessica)
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