Reading this book was mild torture.
The protagonist Reed Brennan is extremely flawed and one-dimensional. She truly has no redeeming qualities, interests or goals. Readers learn that she hates her home life and that she wants to become a Billings Girl, an elite group of 3rd and 4th year students who live in a special dorm. Her obsession with them is trite and poorly written. I kept waiting for her to grow a spine or to evolve even slightly. Apparently, this happens in book two, three, or four in the series. I am not sure.
This novel could have been as entertaining as certain films that feature teen cliques and/or high society teens. But, "Private" lacks the humor of "Mean Girls," the darkness of "Heathers," the steamy drama of "Cruel Intentions," and the fun of "Clueless." Kate Brian failed to use her imagination. I was bored.