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Capital Girls (Capital Girls #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
CAPITAL GIRLS by Ella Monroe is the first book in a glitzy, fast-paced, fabulous new young adult series set against the backdrop of Washington, D.C. In it, we meet four young women, best friends forever, who must navigate life as the children of some of the most powerful people in the nation. With that life comes not only awesome vacations, beautiful clothes and A-list par ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 1st 2012)
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May 10, 2012 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I wouldn't recommend this book to any age group. It was hard to get through. I didn't sympathize with or care for any of the characters. The narrative and dialogue were eye roll inducing, as were the plethora of Democrat, Republican, Southern, wealthy, cliquey stereotypes. I'm sure there's a way to use all of the stereotypes and make it work but Monroe failed epically. I'm surprised Capital Girls was given a green light for a full series. I was just reading a piece about how authors shouldn't ge ...more
Nakeisha Campbell
Apr 28, 2013 Nakeisha Campbell rated it did not like it
In Capital Girls, a group of young teens in Washington D.C. share an unbreakable bond. They all have parents in high places, which constantly puts them in the spotlight. However, when one of them (Taylor Cane) dies in a car accident, the group's bond is put to the test and they struggle to cope. To make matters even more complicated, Jackie begins to fall for another guy even though she's in a "perfect" relationship, and Whitney, the daughter of a famous gossip columnist, infiltrates their group ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Capital Girls is a fun read. As a fan of the book series Pretty Little Liars and the TV show Gossip Girl, I knew I would like it and I wasn't disappointed.

Set in Washington D.C., Capital Girls follows the dramas of a group of friends. Jackie, Lettie, and Laura Beth are three teenage girls' who are devastated over the recent loss of their friend Taylor. The four of them made up a group they dubbed the Capital Girls. Without Taylor-the wild, fun one-to hold the group together, their friendship is
Jun 08, 2016 carinne rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I tried to apply my rule and give this book at least a 25% chance. I figure if the book isn't good by 25% then it isn't worth my time. I made it only to 21% before I had to give up on this one.

I wanted to read something fun and flirty, about best friends and scandals. I didn't want it to be romance based but friendship based. Of course I wanted there to be romance and scandal , and gossip. This book sounded perfect. That it was set in D.C. OMG, Even better. So I sat down in the air conditioner
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CAPITAL GIRLS by Ella Monroe is the first book in a glitzy, fast-paced, fabulous new young adult series set against the backdrop of Washington, D.C. In it, we meet four young women, best friends forever, who must navigate life as the children of some of the most powerful people in the nation. With that life comes not only awesome vacations, beautiful clothes and A-list parties, but also scandal, heartache, danger and the ever-present paparazzi who seem to have a knack for catching them when they ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Reanne rated it did not like it
Maybe some people like reading books about rich bitches acting bitchy. Maybe some people like characters who are whiny spoiled brats who honestly believe that when they get caught using a fake ID to get into a bar for some underage drinking, they did absolutely nothing wrong. Maybe some people like books about nothing but underage sex, drugs, drinking, and endless bickering. Maybe some people love gossip so much that they fantasize that the rest of the world is dying to know about every detail o ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Amber rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.

What I Didn't Like

The premise of this book was interesting, but I found myself disliking the execution. I could not relate to the characters at all and I found very few of them to even be likable. Most of the time I felt a disconnect between the age the characters were supposed to be, and the age they felt like they were.

The story started out slowly, but the plot itself had a lot of potential, and I was pulled into the intrigue by the end of the nove
Apr 22, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
I feel lucky to have received an early copy of Capital Girls from a friend. This book is well written with a compelling story line. My daughters and I read this book and we cannot stop talking about it. It's amazing how topical this storyline is. It dovetails with the new TV series Political Animals. I plan to give this book to my friends and their kids. So much to talk about: coming of age in a town where power means more than money. This really is the DC version of Gossip Girls, but it has so ...more
May 28, 2012 Kelani rated it it was amazing
I won this book as a free giveaway from This book was fantastic! I could not put it down. I started it yesterday and would have finished it had I not been so tired. This book is full of drama, suspense, and interesting well developed characters that keep you turning the pages. I can't wait for the next book to come out!! Highly recommend this book especially if you like the show Pretty Little Liars. Only this has a DC flare!!
Chloe Wenton
Jul 07, 2012 Chloe Wenton rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Perfect summer read. I am so over vampire fantasy books. This is the perfect upgrade back into real life fantasy again. I would rather have the Andrew character in this book after me than a make believe hero with super powers. The writing makes me think of a much improved version of those girl books that clog the shelf and tv. glad it was passed a long to me.
Julie Rodriguez
Apr 06, 2012 Julie Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, won
I won this book through goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to any reader that wants to get lost in a fantasy of high society. It has everything you need when it comes to lost,scandals,and love. Very well written and look forward to more books by this author.
Nov 21, 2012 Bobbie rated it did not like it
This books is atrocious. On so many levels.
Aug 04, 2012 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
This book, for me, was like the perfect mix of Pretty Little Liars and Sex in the City! It was fast-paced and kept my attention, literally, until the last page in which I was literally like, “WAIT! That’s all you are giving me!” So yes, the book ends on a cliffhanger and if you get into the book as much as I did you will be dying of agony once you flip that last page. It was not until that last page that I actually realized that this book was planned to be part of a series. I am still in amazeme ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Ella Monroe is the pseudonym of Marilyn Rauber and Amy Reingold, a reporter and a writer making their YA debut. They've drawn on their own history living in Washington, D.C. to write a series in the vein of Gossip Girl and the A-list with a political twist. You know this kind of novel - lots of narrators, lots of brand names, lots of juicy scandals, and lots of plot twists. It's pure popcorn.

I went back and forth on whether I like the characters or not. There's lots of backstabbing and frenemy a
Oct 17, 2012 Mitsy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA/NA readers and parents
Shelves: young-adult
Yes! I won this! I love it! :)

Capital Girls is all about Jackie, Laura Beth, Lettie, and Taylor. They're high school best friends and nicknamed their group "Capital Girls". Jackie is brilliant, gorgeous, caring, sweet, romantic, trusting, popular, daughter of the Chief Of Staff to the President of the United States, and dating Andrew, the President's son - who she's so in love with. This is, essentially, Jackie's world.

Laura Beth is the only Republican in the group. Lettie's on scholarship. Tay
Apr 30, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Women
Recommended to Emily by: First Reads/Giveaway
First Reads

I received an ARC from a Goodreads' Giveaway

4.5 stars

I thought this was a fantastic book, and thoroughly entertaining. Revolving around the lives of 5 girls: Taylor (who is dead), Jackie, Laura Beth, Lettie, and Whitney (new to the club), this book is full of love, life, lies, and deceit. The first four make up the original Capital Girls Club.

The author, Ella Monroe, has done a fantastic job in separating the personalities of the characters. I found I had a love-hate feeling for Jacki
Mar 28, 2012 Justina rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads, and was excited to read it. Capital Girls centers around three girls in the months following the death of their best friend, Taylor. Lettie is from Paraguay and works at the embassy as a dishwasher. She's in the US on a visa, with hopes of going to Princeton. Laura Beth is a southern belle who dreams of going to Julliard - but her mother has already decided she'll be going to Sewanee, the school of the South. Jackie is D.C.'s It Girl. She's dating the President ...more
Whitley Birks
I was surprised at the amount of hatred in this book. Because of what it is, I could ignore the brand-name dropping and the rich girl escapism, but all the characters in this book are MEAN. Right from the very start, they say the most horrible things about each other, their parents, complete strangers. They praise their friend for committing petty acts of 'revenge' and think of a new girl as a 'bitch' just because of how she dresses. Everyone is a stark stereotype, cliched as hell, and has no re ...more
Carolyn Marie
Mar 01, 2012 Carolyn Marie rated it really liked it
Capital Girls did not disappoint as a summer read. I received an advance copy through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway & had been anxiously awaiting its arrival in the mail. if you are expecting some fantastic new story with unpredictable characters & plots, this is not that book. but if you want a cute, chill book to read by the pool or on the beach with enjoyable characters, this is the perfect book. i have read so many books by now that it takes a lot for plotlines to surprise me, so ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Hi, I'm a 30-something that loves young adult dramas - like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and whatever other one may be on the market right now!

THIS book was right up my alley! I won it through a Goodreads Giveaway and finished it quickly. I was a little irritated at the ending...only because it left me wanting more!!

It's Gossip Girl with political ties. Yes, the characters are stereotype typical...but I think that's what makes it a good "can't put down" read...I love the catty drama tied in wit
Darcy Odden
May 20, 2012 Darcy Odden rated it really liked it
Four Washington, D.C., high school friends make up a popular clique. But after their leader, Taylor Cane, dies in a car crash, Jackie, Lettie and Laura Beth are left to pick up the pieces. Jackie Whitman's character is the main focus in "Capital Girls." Her mother is the president's chief of staff and Jackie is dating the president's son. Lettie Velasquez is the daughter of the chauffeur of the Paraguayan ambassador to the United States. Laura Beth Ballou's mother Libby is a Washington fixture w ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Mandy rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-ve-w
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Jul 07, 2012 Bert rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book for teens, college kids too. The drama is good, but the political element adds a lot more than other YA emo reads. I thought the book had depth compared to Gossip Girl or those sorts of series. I like the mystery about Taylor. The clothes, the mean girl sort of thing is what I like...I like to have details like that I dont live in my real life. The characters are strong personalities which is always good too. Being set in Washington DC is another plus...a city with mo ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Jessie rated it really liked it
This was definitely a fast read of a book. It reminded me a bit of Gossip Girl but set in Washington, DC. However, it had much more depth than those books and other teen series that are similar. I enjoyed the twists and turns that seemed to come at just the right times. It gave insight into DC politics and what it's like living there. The thing holding me back from giving it five stars is that I didn't relate to the characters very much. Apparently this is the first of a series, so I'm sure it w ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won Capital Girls on I enjoyed reading it and couldn't wait to see what happened next. The characters were all believable, and so was their friendship with each other. They all have things going on in their lives and lots of secrets, but their friendship keeps them together. I ended up caring about them and wanting things to work out for them. But, like in real life, not everything worked out, and thats part of what made me like this book so much- it seemed like it could be a re ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, own, reviewed
What can I say about this book…

I did not like this book one bit. I had to force myself to read /finish. I have a daughter who is an avid reader and I would not even let her come close to reading this book. In the first 3 chapters I knew I would not allow her. I don’t think this is a very appropriate book for YA. The content of this book is worse than some adult books. This book made getting high, drinking and casual hook-up with strange men fun and a way to escape the pressure of being under th
Aug 15, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book was good, probably for older high school and college kids but was a bit too much for the kids who are younger, also there was some political biasedness, it seemed to paint republicans as corupt (as bring more conservative myself it was a bit annoying at times). I think that yes politics should be a part of it, but instead of real parties, make up invinted ones to not offend people. At first I did not think I would even finish it but the story line is gripping, and makes you want to fin ...more
May 12, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
Received this book through the First Reads Program.

This book was quick read, because it interested me from the beginning. The story follows the life of three best friends growing up in Washington DC with political power parents and trying to deal with the secrets and emotional toll of their group's "leader", Taylor.

I found the book very entertaining. Sure, the characters are dramatic and unlike the typical girl next door, but they're growing up in the spotlight with high expectations that would
Sarah Bennet
Jun 05, 2012 Sarah Bennet rated it it was amazing
I got this from a friend who won the book. I loved it. Recommend it to anyone you know...If, you like smart writing, girls with lots of drama in their life. Jackie Whitman is my favorite character-pretty, dating the presidents son. The insight into living in Washington DC is cool-it made me want to visit. I like the mystery about Taylor who was Jackie BFF until she died in a car accident with Jackies boyfriend. Ohhh. Great drams, mystery, cool clothes and the writing is good. Really good. It isn ...more
Frida Sjöberg
Jun 18, 2015 Frida Sjöberg rated it really liked it
What the hell kind of end was that??

At the beginning this book was really confusing and contained way too much politics for my taste but as i continued it was hard to put away and really interesting. You could feel during the whole book that some characters were hiding things but I never though it was gonna be as bad as it ended up to be! Wasn't sure I wanted to read the second book at first but now I sure have to!!

3,5 stars
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Ella Monroe is the pen name of authors Maz Rauber and Amy Reingold. Maz grew up in Australia and was a New York Post reporter before turning to fiction-writing. In her previous life, Amy was a Cordon Bleu trained chef and textile artist. After leaving her Midwestern hometown, Amy moved to Chicago, London, and Hong Kong. Both of us now live in Washington D.C., where each of us raised two kids. Maz ...more
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