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The Secret Life of It Girls

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
It girl n 1. The girl that you want to be. She gets the guys AND the girls because she has something beyond money, clothes, and attitude. She's got something you either have or you don't have -- and YOU DON'T HAVE IT. (See SUPERSTAR, GODDESS, DIVA.) 2. The girl you hate and fear. She has the power to make you into a slut or outcast, or make you crawl like a loser wannabe/s ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Ginee Seo Books
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
The Secret Life of It Girls by Dakota Lane is an eye-opening and eye-catching piece of work. The pages are glossy and photo heavy. On first glance one might assume the text takes a back seat and is simply an after-thought to a photo project. That assumption would be wrong. The text, while sparse in places, perfectly complements the photos (and vice versa).

So, what’s it all about? The Secret Life of It Girls is a series of thirteen vignettes that allow readers a glimpse into a few fleeting moment
Jennifer Wardrip
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Fictional stories based on the life of "It Girls," this book takes us through the ups, downs, secrets, gossip, triumphs, tribulations, and general cattiness of life as one of the popular ones. For these It Girls, it doesn't matter who you trample on to get to the top, as long as you get there - and stay there.

These girls use boys like pawns. They keep their friends close only as long as they agree with everything they say, and when they don't, then there's usu
Bridget T.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
My first thought when I saw this book was:
"OMG, This is going to be soooo juicy with backstabbing drama and mean girls! I'm so there!!"

But it turned out to be something more. It was a little bit deeper and kind of . . . nice.

The problem is, that wasn't what I wanted. I wanted the backstabbing drama!!
Then again, it was nice.

The whole point is that the reader gets access to the minds of the "It" girls and what they really think about.
The first story, How an It girl became an Out girl, was the type
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This book is one that will be popular with teenage girls. It has a unique format and is told from the point of view of the teenage girl characters. The problem is that the story never goes very deep and some parts seem completely diconnected from the rest, although they are still interesting. This is the review from VOYA:[return]"Written as if by teenage girls, this book is all about girl drama, and the author does not shy away from attempts to keep the language real. These girls push and they p ...more
Stephanie A.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unique-books
If you've ever wondered how to turn MySpace into a book, this is the answer. I laughed openly when I saw it on the library shelf, but when I pulled it out to flip through for kicks, the photos grabbed my attention and I had to check it out for further study.

For several days I just paged through it, looking, and when I set out to read the text it was like unlocking bonus content. The writing is nothing special on its own, but it complements the terrific art design well. I love how every chapter i
BAYA Librarian
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
* Dakota Lane has struck a chord with "The Secret Life of It Girls." Unlike other"confessions of" style books, It Girls is not told from the first person. Its characters do not expect their actions to be noteworthy or scandalous--they just tell it like it is. The book starts with the story of four girls who have obviously had their possessions handed to them on a silver platter. All but one of them can be pretty hard to relate to, as they are all pretty shallow. However, the book does not follow ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Secret Life of It Girls is in a sort of interesting scrapbook format revealing the insecurities, feelings, and true selves of teenaged popular girls. I found some of the stories, particularly the first one, to be just irritating, boring cattiness and drama without much substance. Thankfully, the author clearly doesn't support the questionable actions of these girls, as evidenced by other stories. "Dear It Girl" and "Baby It Girl" struck a chord as being unforunately very real. Some of the st ...more
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book talks about how it girls, who are those popular and you fear and want to be.They may look pretty and popular but their family lives is very sad and not in good relationships.Some are popylar and prepares for her big sixteenth birtday party. she invites everyone except the wannabes and enemies. This book shows a lot of confidence the It irls portrays which i really like and those who are scared of the It girls or popular girls and feels like they are controlling their lives. i really lo ...more
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
From the exterior, it might seem like a airheady interpretation of bratty teenage girls, but if one delves inside, there is much more depth. It is a poetic, artsy cornucopia of words, beatnik-esque formats, and truth. My favorite sections are "The Red Dress" and "Mitra".
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
pretty much showing how kiddos think they're the shit. girls are going through the kind of years when you have to decide what's really important to you and who you believe you truly are.
Mar 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: librarylove
I love the format of this book. Collage like with the words as poems or journal entries or IMs and so on. Different girls' stories all mixed together.
MaryAnn Harlan
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting format.
Ann K
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is pathetic! Really i can't believe that girls act like this!!! Who would do that!!! What a embarrassment!!!
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