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Prep School Confidential

(Prep School Confidential #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,702 ratings  ·  524 reviews
In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determin
Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
4.5 stars

Take your preconceptions on Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and check them at the door. Haters to the left. This book was an absolutely blast to read. I want to give this a solid 5, I seriously do. I have no complaints at all about this book, none. But I am still stupid, and my mind cannot wrap itself around the concept of giving such an exalted number for an YA book of this light nature.

I'm not perfect by any means. I judge books: more often than not, my expectations are shot down
What an intriguing novel! When I fist saw this book, I debated for a couple weeks over if I should get it or not. I can now say that I am glad I did.

Our leading lady, Anne, is sent to a prestigious boarding school after a mishap at her old school. She was expecting a lame, prep-filled year but instead is thrust into a mystery when her roommate is murdered. Determined to find out who did it, Anne begins her search. Let me tell you, almost everyone in this book has a secret. Some dark, some petty
4.5 stars

This book was very very surprising. I did not expect to fall for this book. When I read the first few chapters, I was really pleased with how the narration was going and nothing more and all of sudden - BAM! I'm falling for this book.

This book is a little bit like Gossip Girl. I mean, the main character, Anne Dowling is from Upper East Side and she reminded me so much of Gossip Girl. Well, when I first heard about it I presumed we'd have a very bitchy annoying bratty main character who
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cora by: Faye, la Patata
5 Words: Mystery, school, plotting, murder, twists.

I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I picked this up. In fact, four of those five words at the top wouldn't have applied. So this book was a surprise, a really pleasant surprise.

It was such a fun read.

The plot was engrossing and I got completely caught up in the investigation, the spying, the twists and turns of the mystery. And the school life.

Take Gossip Girl, set it in a boarding school, and add lost of extra danger and intrigue and then
Fafa's Book Corner
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mini review:


GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Beach Bum.

Prep School Confidential sounded right up my alley! When I saw that my library had a copy I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

I loved Anne as a heroine! But I didn't like anybody else. Reading about Anne's classmates really frustrated me. And half of them creeped me out. Thus I couldn't bring myself to read any more.

I do still recommend.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"The last time I did something like this, I wasn’t scared. Not because I was braver. I was just stupider."

Wish I didn't know Kara Taylor was Kara Thomas's pen name. That way I wouldn't be comparing Prep School Confidential to her other work and probably be more... thrilled than I am now. Because going into this and expecting Little Monsters made the entire experience underwhelming.
On the bright side, I loved the characters - at certain moments I had a feeling I was reading an adorable Y
Faye, la Patata

This book surprised me a lot. I can't believe how I thoroughly enjoyed this. I'm a little cautious of films, series, or books that are set in a school for rich kids, because, you know, Gossip Girl (which I didn't like very much), but wow! This was a lot of fun.

Prep School Confidential is your usual murder mystery book, except this time you're dealing with really powerful people, and in an environment where everybody has something to hide and where no one's absolutely innocent. Everywhere you
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Thank you St. Martins Press for sending me this copy. No compensation was given of taken to alter this review.

' It's not hard to think like a criminal. But I guess if you want to get technical about it, I am a criminal.'

Turns out, I can't fortune tell.

I really wish I could. However Prep School Confidential cements my childhood dream of becoming some fancy magician as impossible and absurd. You see, Prep School Confidential is exhaustively unpredictable an
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
It was the perfect book to read after Crooked Kingdom and cure my small depression : light and not heartbreaking.
I do admit that after a while, I was reading it more for the love stories (beware, there is a love triangle) than for the mystery, even if I really liked the ambiance. Not the finest writing, plot or character development but I wasn't looking for depth or intricacy.
I will read the other books of this series anytime I need a break.
Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Anne was expelled from her old school because she accidentally started a fire. Because of that, she was sent to a boarding school to have a do over. At first, things are really looking good and she was making friends but when something terrible happens to her friend, Anne was shocked. She started looking for answers since no one seems to care for her friend. The problem was when she was nearing to find out who did the deed, she might as well also acquired a target to he
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anne Dowling took me back to school. I walked the halls with my teenage self, only in this reincarnation I had more money and an attitude to match. I may have even been a practicing pyromaniac with a chip on my shoulder, neither of which occurred during my formative years. But both of which helped define Anne’s character, along with the Boston setting. A universe which felt real to me, and which I thoroughly enjoyed, since I spent a couple of years meandering through Boston’s cobblestone streets ...more
Five stars for a YA murder mystery set in a prep school? WHY YES! Look at this as a preppy modern Nancy Drew-esque type. I'm starting the new year off right, that's for sure.

Anne, the MC, is forced to attend the Wheatley School after almost burning down her Manhattan prep school, where she finds a new friend in her seemingly bookish, academic-oriented roommate, Isabella. Tragedy strikes when Isabella is found murdered on campus a week later.

There really isn't much I didn't enjoy. Call it unprece
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Intrigue, murder, cover-up, school, friendship.

This was a fantastic re-read! This book is one of those ones I could happily read again and again. It's better with every re-read.
Alice (Married To Books)
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I was super surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Prep School Confidential. Up until today, I didn't even know that this story existed! Nevertheless, I am really interested in continuing on with the series! The main character Anne is a troublemaker and after an arson at her high school in Manhatten, her family send her to a prep school near Boston. It's there when strange things start to happen on campus. Most no
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Anne Dowling’s tenuous relationship with rules lands her in boarding school after she accidentally sets fire to her prep school. Oops. Now she’s in New England with preppy girls in headbands. Her roommate Isabella seems kind, unlike the others. Too bad Isabelle is murdered. Anne decides the school is covering up evidence and with the help of Isabelle’s brother and a cute guy from school, she sets out to solve the mystery.

PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL is a really fun read. Kara Taylor aka Kara Thomas
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
Don't let the preppy, tame cover fool you; this book was one hell of a ride. Normally I don't find myself very attracted to contemporary mysteries, much less ones with a cast of privileged white characters, but god, this mystery had me guessing from start to finish. I was enamored by a book I hadn't really been expecting to care much for.

To be fair, I didn't read the synopsis--a habit of mine--and honestly I think this really improved my overall reading experience, mostly due to the shock felt u
Ingrid Paulson
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With a clever and fresh voice, Kara Taylor’s Prep School Confidential had me laughing one moment and on pins and needles the next. The amazing blend of humor and suspense will have you turning pages like crazy. I can’t wait for the next installment!

Thriller for maybe more younger readers. I was up till 4am reading and thoroughly enjoyed it but the writing and plot is not developed enough for older readers.
Its worth a read though
Debbie Narh

3.5 Stars

This is such a fun novel! I couldn't put it down, it's an easy read with lovely characters and great pacing. Some things are predictable, I knew who the killer was only after reading about Isabella's death but there are a few surprises that kept me at the edge my seat as well. So many things going on in the book that I think Kara Taylor did a fine job organizing.

Prep School Confidential has a few flaws that I couldn't overlook. Throughout the novel, there's quite a few clichés conce
Sarah Elizabeth
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah Elizabeth by: Shane
(Source: I received a copy of this book as a gift – Thanks Abbie!)
It totally wasn’t Anne’s fault that her school nearly burned down; just because she was holding the lighter that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an accident!
Unfortunately though, the school doesn’t quite see it that way, and Anne goes from ruling the school, to be sent to boarding school in Boston.
When her new roommate ends up dead, and it looks like the school are covering up the identity of the killer, Anne then feels like it’s up t
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-copy-only
This was a very fun young adult book that was full of mystery.

This story follows Anne, she is kicked out of her Upper East Side school after accidentally starting a fire and she is forced by her parents to go to Boston and attend a boarding school. Her initial impressions aren't that good until she meets Isabella her room mate and they hit it off pretty well, they spend every moment together for a week until Isabella refuses to attend a party with Anne. The next morning Isabella is missing and t
Stuti Rai
Ummm, I do think that people with no mental problems indeed arrange their clothes according to color, because it's easier to deal with? because they might be anal? because they have nothing better to do a Saturday afternoon?

But because I loved Anne Dowling so much, I'm willing to ignore a lot of things. And because I loved this book so much, I'm willing to ignore even more things. (No, it's only because I have a poor memory.)

Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Just because I have such a high expectation of it, and was really disappointed since I was really looking forward to so much more in this book. But overall, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't super good either. It was ok. If you are looking for a mystery that happens on school ground and has a student who is trying to solve it, I will say go try it out. Who knows, you might like it. After all, it does have some really fun factors in it. ...more
Ai Kjensli Johansen
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is genious!!!

It's the perfect book for teenagers who like thrilling episodes mixed with crime, murder, corruptions, spoiled brats and complicated love.

I loved it and I recomend it to everyone between 12 and 35 :D
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anne Dowling is truly a fascinating and original character in ya literature. In her old school she was sort of the queen bee, and she's not less popular now. But even though she's rich and sort of the "elite", she wasn't arrogant or selfish. Actually, the fact that all of her former classmates were rich made their financial status completely unimportant and so they had to prove themselves. I really liked Anne's view towards other people - she didn't act mean towards people who were less popular ...more
Well, well. This was unexpected. I really didn't think I would like this book this much. Prep School Confidential has everything I want - friendship, romance, an intriguing mystery and character development - with excellent execution in a completely believable setting. Kudos to you, Ms.Taylor.

The Characters:

When I first met Anne Dowling, I disliked everything about her. She is whiny, pretentious, incapable of thinking beyond herself and kind of oblivious. She is also caught making out with a guy
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fun, awesome cast, especially regarding our protagonist, Anne. I loved her, she may be a bit spoilt but at the same time she is very smart and has common sense. The secondary characters are also well written and complex, nobody is a cliché, instead they are human.
One thing that annoyed me, but luckily not a great deal, was of course the love triangle. But still the romance was handled well, there was no insta-love with both guys. Furthermore, the ending felt rushed but it also left me wan
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ebook ARC from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

What didn't I love about PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL? That is the question still on my mind. Mystery, death, rebellion, shady characters, you get it all in this fantastic novel by Kara Taylor. You'll enjoy reading every second of it, I promise!

I've had quite the hard time figuring out what exactly to say about PSC. After everything that happened in the story, I was stumped for words on how to convey how
Yzabel Ginsberg
A fast and fun read, and also one that kept me on the edge of my seat—the mystery part was well-done in my opinion, enough that I had my suspicions about a potential culprit, but without seeing it coming too easily.

I have a soft spot for boarding schools. I don't know why. Perhaps because I've always wondered in hindsight if I wouldn't have felt better in such a school as a teen? (Not necessarily a posh prep school. Just a school where I could be away from my family and experience things in a di
Initial reaction: A solid 4.5 stars for this charming read. I think I could high five Anne Dowling. Great characters and overall great mystery. This is exactly the kind of book I love in YA.

Full review:

Kara Taylor is certainly a new author for me to watch with her charming, funny and engrossing YA mystery series "Prep School Confidential." The story revolves around Anne Dowling, a high school student who used to be the queen bee at her old school, but was kicked out after an "accident" burned do
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Kara Taylor wrote PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL in her first semester of graduate school, in between pulling all nighters and listening to her dad say writing isn't a real job. She recently signed a blind script deal with Warner Brothers television and is now the writer and co-executive producer of THE REVENGERS, a dramedy in development at The CW with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (CELESTE & JESSE ...more

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