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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Designer clothes. Gorgeous boys. Family secrets. Major drama. Welcome to Atlanta and the lives of the Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren. They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing!

The Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren, live the life: They attend the fanciest school in Atlanta, they live in Buckhead, the most exclusive neighborhood, and they only date the hottest guys. And their secre
Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Point (first published 2008)
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M Twins Sydney and Lauren Duke have all the right clothes, the right cars, they go to the right school and live in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood. Their mother is all about appearnaces too and their step-dad doesn't have a problem supplying the money for their expensive tastes. The only ting the girls are not allowed to do is keep in touch with their biological father who is in prison. Sydney defies hre parents rule though and reaches out to him. When she does she uncovers a secret that force ...more
Kiana Patron
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Date: 11/11/11

Pages : 95 - 108

What happens in this chapter is lauren and this boy named jermaine she met when she acciendently crashed her car into his. They decide to go on a date to the movies at the mall and he's 15 minutes late , she barks at him about him being late but she doesn't know the reason why he's late . Jermaine's brother comes home from jail and comes out of the blue asking jermaine if he can use his car , after jermaine and his brother goes back and forth he finally gives up and
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I did not think that I would like this book, but it was very good. Sydney and Lauren are twins from the rich side of the tracks. They go to the most exclusive school and live in the most exclusive neighborhood. Sydney is the goodie girl, involved on lots of school committee, has a steady boyfriend as is determined to go to an Ivy League college. Lauren is the party girl, who wants nothing more than to star in a rap video. They are living the life--until their father, Dice, calls. He is out of pr ...more
Asha Hedrington
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hotlanta was a great novel. The drama within the plot kept me entertained as I continued to read. Most books that I read take me a couple days to a couple of weeks to finish. However, Hotlanta was so good that I was able to read it nonstop and finish it in three days. Denene Millner did a great job capturing the lives of the characters with the excellent descriptions and imagery. She also talked about a lot of the real issues that teens go through today. I would recommend this book to all teenag ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I finished this. It was neither good nor bad.

I just like that it's exists.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent plot, shaky execution. It was interesting enough that I'll read book 2, but I didn't find the writing to be all that good. It's just over 10 years old, and to be honest I don't think it's aged well--though I think that's true of a lot of YA. Any time you focus a lot of current technology or music, it's going to pull a later reader out of the story. (Sidekicks. Remember those?)
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Drama, More Drama. Welcome To Atlanta And The Lives of The Duke Twins, Sydney And Lauren. They Don't Call It Hotlanta for Nothing!

I really Enjoyed This book. I had Never Read Nothing by this author.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Atlanta just wouldn't be anything without the Duke twins.

First there is Sydney, the twin who knows exactly what she wants in life, which is to get out of high school at the top of her class, go to an Ivy League college, and develop the perfect family. Sydney's hobbies include planning social events, making sure she has enough extracurricular activities, and hanging out with her wonderful boyfriend.

Then there is Lauren, who wa
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ela9-theme
This novel is mostly about how two twins generally having it all and they basically have the perfect life, and everything they want. That doesn't mean that they are always happy, they are actually not happy at all because of the many unexpected life events that happened to them through out the novel. The issues left cracks in their perfect lives. Sydney, one of the twins, starts spending time with her father, who is just out of prison, and Lauren, the other twin, hooks up with a boy from the hoo ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
I wish the book was as good as the front cover looked. I guess that's why they say don't judge a book by it's cover. The book was a little more challenging and boring, so it was harder for me to be interested and stay focused. I didn't like the book because it felt like it was all over the place. I felt confused because one minute it was talking about one sister and her boyfriend and the next it was about the other sister and the father. It was just all over the place and I kept loosing what the ...more
Danesha Givens
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I did not think that I would like this book, but it was very good. Sydney and Lauren are twins from the rich side of the tracks. They go to the most exclusive school and live in the most exclusive neighborhood. Sydney is the goodie girl, involved on lots of school committee, has a steady boyfriend as is determined to go to an Ivy League college. Lauren is the party girl, who wants nothing more than to star in a rap video. They are living the life--until their father, Dice, calls. He is out of pr ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Twins,Rich and fabulous, or so we think. Sydney and Lauren have everything they could possibly want, except trust. Lauren, the typical party girl and her twin sister, Sydney the book worm set on Ivy League perfection. The fabulous twins have dark secrets to hide and no one to trust, not even each other. Not to mention their father has recently been released from jail and new murder has arisen. Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller really captured the suspense that is littered all throughout the book. ...more
Kayla James
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: red-2015
Like it was about to sisters high class upbringing but things changed when the father was released from prison mothers didn't even aware them of there father.So when there father was released he tried to begin building a relationship with them . But there mothers didn't like didn't want him to cause they told them there father was dead. So now they are building a relationship with a man they have know nothing of but they become close with him. i didn't really enjoy the book it didn't have enough ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I was both intrigued and appalled at it based solely on the cover and title. It was definitely better than I expected it to be - the writing was decent enough - but it had no real climax or ending to it - it just sort of trailed off, leading to a sequel. But I could see myself recommending it to some students, which I wasn't expecting before I read it.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't really get the main message that the author was trying to get through with this story. The main conflict wasn't really all that clear. It seemed like a series of books were just put together and in this case it didn't work out very well. The book wasn't all bad, the beginning was definetly better than the rest.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and engaging, you become connected to both twins very quickly, and in completely different ways. The overall plot is a bit on the predictable side, but the book itself is very good and I found it quite enjoyable and even suspenseful.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books i loved the two totally different personalities that the twins had but i also liked how they still had similar views about things. The mother is so annoying but that's another reason why i liked the book their background is very interesting.
Claire Dawn
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't feel like it was the strongest writing ever, but the plot definitely pulled me in. While twins seem to be a popular trope in YA, the Dukes are the first African-American set I've encountered in literature. Hotlanta was just the right blend of upscale black society and ghetto-fabulous.
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
2 sisters alway have there back and everything goes well

but then things go chaos

but its a real good book though
Alexa Hamilton
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Passable urban fiction that's like a vacation for your brain. All the brand name dropping also reminded me just how unhip I am--and I like it that way.
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Definately not Gossip Girls. Poorly written, character not properly developed and too much name dropping.
Shaytwon Thompson
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a very good book. I like it a lot.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked the story and i cant wait to read the sequelz.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 stars because it was really good it was about two twins and how they have a life of luxury and then all of a sudden everything is taken.
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
wow all i have to say is... DRAMA! lol one of their boyfriends is on da dl AND THE OTHER IS CHEATIN ON HER WIT THE TWIN'S FRIEND the sequel comes out in october and trust im getting it.
Books are way too cool to be left unopen!
Ithought this book was alright...I thought it was going to be better, but I guess not. It was crazy how it ended I would have never expected it...
Jun 01, 2009 is currently reading it
so far i am on the second chapter of this book and its good. very interesting and descriptive.
Rebecca Kent
It was AMAZING!!!!!!. I loved it. It is a MUST READ book.
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New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is an award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, social media and book publishing industries. The former Parenting magazine columnist has penned 25 books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, co-written with Steve Harvey, an upcoming memoir with actress Taraji ...more

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