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The A-List (A-List #1)

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Welcome to The A-List, a wickedly funny and risqué paperback original novel that takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati. Seventeen-year-old Upper East Side blueblood Anna ("pronounced Aaaanah") Percy is on her way to Beverly Hills, California, where she'll live with her estranged dad for the rest of the school year while her mothe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 27th 2003)
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Urgh. I actually picked this book up a really long time ago from Goodwill. Most of the times I never find anything I like but this once I decided what the heck? So let me start by saying this isn't the type of book that I usually read. I usually read books about characters who I feel I can relate to. It was really hard for me to get through, I started it around November and didn't finish until today. Well, here we go.

How can I sum this book
Helen Pontak
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greatbooks
This is an intriguing novel about a teenage girl named Anna Percy. Anna is a straight A student and almost to good at everything. Her best friend Cynthia or Cyn however is the complete opposite. Cyn is wild, brave, and likes her spotlight but Anna is more of a subtle humble girl. Though Anna doesn't mind being a goody two shoes, she is jealous of Cyn and desperately wants to be like her. This novel is about how Anna travels to L.A. to do an internship and bond with her dad for a while. This does ...more
After reading so many survival/dystopian books, I keep waiting for everyone in this to die. I kind of wish they would.
Roshonda Matthews
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dear Diary,
So I met this boy named Ben on the plane to L.A. He had it all from the looks, brains, ugh! just everything. I couldn’t wait any longer. I took him to the bathroom and we did what we had to do. The sex was great! I was feeling him and I could tell he was feelig me too. We got off the plane in L.A. , exchanged numbers, and he even invited me to the famous Jackson Sharpe’s wedding! So much happened today. I’m ready to start a new life here . It’s L.A. baby no regrets and nothing can st
❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
When I was reading it, it was like Gossip Girl meets 90210 in a fresh and unique way. Anna Percy is true Upper East Side material, and being thrust into the world of Beverly Hills is like a complete culture shock for her. Her main reason for leaving the comfort of the Upper East Side for the jungle that is Beverly Hills was one that would change her life forever. One thing that everyone needs to know, no matter where you life, is that there are mean girls everywhere. And they usually come in thr ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars

Another one of those quick one day reads.

This book wasn't a jaw-dropping, stomach-whirling, mind-blowing story; hence, the three-star rating instead of the usual five stars.

Anna was kind of an annoying character. She was so easily swept up by this guy she met on a PLANE. Within one hour of meeting, they're making out in the plane's bathroom?!?! And they're dating already? I did not appreciate this almost insta love... except that it never struck me as "LOVE."

Ben. In the beginning
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Wer Gossip Girl mochte, dem dürfte der Start dieser Reihe auf jeden Fall gefallen. Ich freu mich schon auf die nächsten Teile.
Lauren R.
Read: 2005ish. Reread: 8/2017. Oooh yes, just as good as I wanted it to be! It was fun to reread and see all of the familiar names appear - a lot of thoughts and memories rushed back to me. I still don't remember much of the plot (what happens throughout the whole series), so that's nice. This book is very introductory, which isn't surprising since it's the first book in a 10 book series. I hope to keep banging through these. The nostalgia is realllll.
Genevieve Carstairs
Oh dear god, here it goes.

So awhile ago I decided to read a lot of chick lit. A. LOT. And in my adventures into series about rich kids who whine about their privileged lives and fancy cars and daddy issues, well, this book turned up.
And, I'm sad to say, I got completely obsessed.

I know, I know. It's terrible. But let me explain why .
For some reason, books about people who think its cause to cry if a nail chips amuses us. For example, I've watched some real
Grace Thomson
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought The A-List by Zoey Dean was an amazing book. It has a great message that comes with it, the whole book is about this girl Anna who lives in New York but is moving in with her father that lives in Beverley Hills. Her whole life she's been known as the innocent one and the girl who doesn't have any fun and never lets loose so on this trip she's planned to forget about every problem and start the new life of Ana Percy.On her trip over there on the plane she meets a guy named Ben Birnbaum ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is officially my first ever reread. I read it back in middle school and remember loving it, I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. I will update this review soon.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Realistic Fiction fans
Recommended to Jazmine by: bff
Anna Percy is sick of her predictable life and is ready for excitement and a new image as she heads off to LA to stay with her Dad. ON the plane she is seated next to this chatty drunk Rick who keeps making moves on her when she is saved by a guy named Ben whom she finds herself falling for and when they are heated in the plane stall Rick rattles on them getting them in embarrassing trouble with the flight attendant. When they land Ben asks Anna to join him in going to Oscar winning Jackson Shar ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teens aged 16-19
Recommended to Brittany by: No one
How I Came To Read This Book: I think I snagged it after it being touted as the next Gossip Girl.

The Plot: Anna is your typical WASP-y East Coast upper cruster, a slightly less sophisticated, naive version of her GG compatriots. As her senior year comes to close (in just six short months) she opts to leave her cushy life behind for an equally cushy life in LA to live with her estranged father in his mega mansion. Anna is quickly thrust into the LA scene including a romantic tryst with a fellow p
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 10th grade and up
Shelves: age-high-school
Well, I read the first in the series because these books are often Billed, and I was curious. The A-List is admittedly shallow, with consumerism overload. Versace, Hermes Kelly, and Burberry brand-name-dropping might be a quick way to communicate wealth, but it's not very good writing. Still, I was reminded of my thought after sampling Gossip Girl as well: that fantasy is broadly defined as another world, and for some this may consist of elves and unicorns, and for others, the lives of the super ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: written-by-women
If you're looking for the shallowest, guiltiest summer pleasure read, this is probably it.

These books had always been advertised in my copies of The Clique series growing up, so they've been in the back of my mind for some time now. Much like Tudor-era historical fiction, rich kids or mean girl lit (whatever the appropriate genre title is), is another can't-resist guilty pleasure of mine. And it's July, why shouldn't I pick up something easy and quick to read while I'm on break at work? As an ad
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I've actually read this and a few of the others in the series before, but it's been years. I thought it might make good summer reading, especially now that I own most of them or can easily find them. The A-List isn't what I would consider a "great" read, but it was rather enjoyable, like watching a soap opera.

The main character, Anna, is likable, as is Adam and Django. I also strangely enjoyed Sam and Dee as characters, even though they are part of the "mean girl" trio. I like how the characters
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the plot of this book. Anna Percy is a good girl, tired of her perfect grades and wants a change. She moves out of New York to live with her hard working father in LA. while she is on the plane she meets a boy, Ben, and this is when she starts her changes. Ben invites Anna to a wedding. this is the famous Grammy Award winning Jonathan Sharpe's Wedding. His daughter, Sam, has a crush on Ben and is expecting him to come to the wedding without a date. Sam was once very chubby and had a hard ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The A-List is about a girl named Anna Percy. Anna is the type of person who is basically great at everything she does. Anna has been in her best friends shadow for the past thirteen years. Anna soon becomes tired with her boring life. So she decides to jet off to LA to meet her dad and try to get a college internship. Instead she goes to an Oscar winner’s wedding, lounge at an after-hours back-lot party, and meet a guy named Ben, she just might love.
This genre is a Drama. The book’s weakness is
Paige B
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
A lot of my friend's had read this book and recommended it to me. The beginning of the book was a bit too slow for my liking, but the plot was pretty interesting. The way how the first book of the series ended, it was a major cliff hanger and I cannot wait to start reading the second book of the series.
I would have to say my favorite character was probably the driver of Anna's Father, he was a very chill guy who did basically everything for Anna which is why he started liking her, but Anna was
June Junebug
Apr 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-no-why-no
A friend gave this book to me and, like someone else said, it is "hackneyed, trashy, and just plain bad." I read the first chapter and my brain molded into a disgusting wad of slush. I hate reading about women pitting themselves against other women, especially for petty reasons. This cliche style of writing is always being used in the media and it's really irritating when there are so much more poignant things to write about. Don't even bother picking this up.
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
ok, so i read this becuase my 8th grade girls are reading it. ew.

ew. ew. ew. ew. ew.

oh yeah, and ew. i so hope that my students don't think of these characters as role models. and if they do, i hope they pick up the subtle "don't do cocaine, it's bad" message.

oh wait, that message isn't in there. awesome.

boo, book, boo.
Molly McCullough
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chick Flick Liking People
Shelves: easysummerreads
This is a great easy chickflick that i think that everyone should read. It is full of scandal and intrigue that keeps u hooked and wanting to read more. I recommend that you read it during the summer thought because i guarantee you that your not going to be able to put it down. Also, read the rest of the series which is equally as good or better!!!
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had this book sitting in my room for about a year, so I decided to try and read it again. It was so good I ended up finishing it in one day.

I was surprised that I actually like this series so far. It is way better than the other YA series similar to this (ex. The Clique, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars).

I plan on buying the second book soon!
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Hackneyed, trashy, and just plain bad. I'm sorry, but this book just wasn't all that great. I realize this is supposed to be a type of "chit lit," which was one of the reasons I borrowed it, but it was just a lot worse than I thought it would be. There was a lot of swearing and sexual content, and the plot was quite terrible.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
"What kind of girl do I look like?"

He considered for a moment. "Prep-school-cool enough to drive with your legs crossed."

Nov 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
My January book of the month was The A-List, which only took me a couple of days to read. I could not put this book down, but I also found a few problems with it as well. The plot is addictive though and I am sure to be borrowing more from Danielle (already scored the second book!). I am trying to read two books a month with two reviews on my blog a month as well. I want to go back to my roots for the New Year. I used to only do book reviews. I don't have as much free time as I used to, so I thi ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok, hear me out. I’m not a chick-lit groupie at all. I started reading A-List way back in my middle school days (2007ish) and was hooked for no reason other than the pure GG-style drama (which was incredibly funny considering I never made it through a single GG book). I think it helped that I’ve always had an interest in the California scene — although, interestingly, my interest has always been more inclined to the famed music scene and less so with celebrities/Hollywood gossip. So, I guess, ev ...more
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