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Privilege (Privilege #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  6,173 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews

Ariana Osgood ruled exclusive Easton Academy -- until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She's spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And A
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Published December 30th 2008 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 23rd 2008)
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not fair. Ever since Ariana Osgood was arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson, her life has been nothing compared to the luxury of how it used to be. So what if the Brenda T. Trumball Correctional Facility for Women is one of the nicer places she could’ve been sent? Who cares if she’s still allowed to wear her precious fleur-de-lis necklace because of her father’s bribery? That doesn’t change the fact that Ariana is still locked up for at least twenty years. But Ariana knows she can’t st ...more
Tiny Pants
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In spite of my rather tepid review of "Last Christmas," I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in the Private spin-off series featuring Ariana Osgood as narrator. While it remains somewhat uncomfortable being placed in the position of identifying with an obvious sociopath, this book is too fun to get completely freaked out by -- it's more of an extended caper than anything else, though obviously darker than the books in the Private series.

I kept thinking I'd figured out what was going on, but
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am seriously starting to think Kate Brian can't write anything but an awesome book.

Privilege was a mysterious and addicting read that I finished in less than a day. In Privilege you really get to see who Ariana is behind the smart and nice girl she presents herself as and it sure isn't nice most of the time. Kate Brian also introduces new characters into Privilege such as Kaitlyn, the suspected killer of her ex-best friend's dad, who Ariana befriends behind bars, Briana Leigh, Kaitlyn's ex bes
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Okay, I should've known a book that marketed a "chance for a free makeover from ELF!1!1!" on the front cover wouldn't exactly be quality reading. (view spoiler)

Still, it so
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Most of us know all too well why Ariana Osgood landed herself in the Brenda T. Trumball Correctional Facility for Women. And for those who don't, it's simply because she murdered Thomas Pearce, the one she loved but who turned on her.

Ariana fully understands what she did was wrong, but she believes that spending the rest of her life in this correctional facility is a bit too much. Even though the Brenda T. is the best place to
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Ariana Osgood is first introduced in the Privates series by Kate Brian. I strongly recommend you read the first four books (Private, Invitation Only, Untouchable and Confessions) prior to reading this book.

In the Private series, Ms. Brian hints that Ariana is a bit, well. . .unstable. In Privilege, she shows the reader how true this really is. (I find it hard to write this review without giving anything away!) When the reader is allowed to see Ariana for who she really is, well it’s a bit scary.
Even though Privilege is a spin-off of the Private series I started out reading the Privilege series first (Why? They didn't have Private in the book store and I was in desperate need of something). One should probably do the opposite, but anyways!

First of all, Kate Brian is an amazing author. Ariana Osgood is a sick, twisted teenage girl who should be locked up. That much is obvious. But because of the way Brian writes I still find myself sympathizing with this horrible girl. I want her to succ
Great guilty pleasure and a quick read
Julie Lectures D'Une Nuit
Privilège est le spin-off de la série Campus (série extrêmement divertissante et qui ressemble à It Girl ou Night School mais que je ne chroniquerais pas l’ayant lu il y a plus de trois ans) et met en scène Ariana. En sa qualité de spin-off, il se peut que vous soyez spoilés ce qui est dommage vu que les premiers tomes de Campus tournent autour d’un meurtre à élucider. Pour ceux qui sont étrangers à la série mais qui souhaitent tout de même lire ce spin-off avant la série, Ariana c’est la psycho ...more
Roxy Smith
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Privilege is the first book in Brian’s spin-off series which is based on the original series, “Private.” In Privilege you get to go inside the head of Arianna Osgood, the merciless killer from Private. Brian shows us the way that Arianna’s deceitful and conniving mind works that is, the mind of a sociopath. Brian writes Arianna’s thoughts in such a way that you find yourself thinking of things that Arianna will do next and each chapter leaves you on a cliff hanger wanting more. Even though Arian ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Privilege is an addicting, roller coaster ride of a book that I couldn't get enough of. I could barely put my book down. Privilege is about a girl named Ariana Osgood who was locked up for murdering her lover, Thomas Pearce. She lives in a cell with her "best friend" Kaitlynn, and is constantly having to visit a crazy therapist who never stops reminding Ariana that she will never be able to leave.
But of course, Ariana knows something her therapist does not- she will not be
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's got to be a little difficult to write about a murderer and still aim for sympathy. Even more impressive is the way you actually do feel badly for Ariana throughout Privilege. For as well as she can read most people, poor Ariana's talent leaves her when presented with someone just as psychotic as she is. And while she realizes her little skill is failing her just when she needs it most, she never seems to realize that the people most likely to trip her up are just like she is.

Anyway, the en
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Well, fuck. I read the first chapter and immediately hated it. I just knew that there's no way in hell that I'd read the rest of it. The girl was downright annoying--and her explanation in the first chapter, about how she didn't mean to kill the guy pissed me off. You killed someone. You should suffer the consequence, especially if your reason is as pathetic as that. If she'd given something else, like hey, it was self defense, or some other shit, I might have understood, but hell.

Stupid brat.
Virginia Mae
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about a new series so psychotically delightful, so insanely messed up and glorious? Ariana's adventures are akin to the good old days of Sweet Valley High's Margo, mixed with a bit of a Talented Mr. Ripley vibe. It's like Private on crack and you have to love it. Kate Brian is the best! Can't wait for the next book to see what the Talented Ms. Osgood will scheme up next!
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Okay, so I called the ending in the first few chapters, but I don't even care. I didn't know all the details, just the big picture. I absolutely LOVED this book. Read it in a day, couldn't put it down, got annoyed at myself for even leaving to pee loved it.
This book is full of palm-slicking, heart pounding adventures. Ariana is refreshing, and compelling while she lives out and insane and cascading life. Full of unexpected twists and turns, in leaves a dent in your mind, making you constantly wonder about her new life and what she left behind..
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, easy book to read! It leaves you hanging at every chapter and I was always surprised at all the drama that happened, especially the plot twist at the end! I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick read!
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
whoa....didnt expect this. well this book really has some twists and turns!
Maria Bt
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bien évidemment, on ne peut lire Cet hiver-là à Easton sans vouloir enchaîner sur la série Privilège consacrée par l'auteur au personnage psychopathe/meurtrier d'Ariana Osgood ... Ici, nous pouvons en savoir beaucoup plus sur elle et connaître la suite de sa vie après Easton Academy ....
Ariana Osgood est un personnage très complexe, j'étais abasourdie par son caractère et son indifférence face aux catastrophes qu'elle a commis.
Ce que je reproche à l'auteur est la facilité par laquelle elle a per
Katie VanderPoel
The privilege series is my favorite because of the main character Arianna Osgood. She is the most fascinating character that I have ever read about. I always say that I would love to have her as one of my clients in therapy as her shocking character traits and behavior are extremely multifaceted and complex. Like other sociopathic serial killers there is so much below the surface that motivate the person she has become.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am planning to reread this whole series as I absolutely love the world of Private and Privilege from Kate Brian. The lives of wealthy preppy girls has always intrigued me and nobody writes them better.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is not exactly the great novel, but it did the job and Ariana (despite her psychopathy) has been a much better character than she-who-shall-not-be-named.

R.I.P. Briana Leigh Covington! You didn't deserve to die because of two sickos.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If anyone wants to read this series u have to start w/ the Private series first so u kno what happens first.
This is what happens to Arianna n her adventures n Im invested to c how it goes.
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-feb-17, ya
Okay, I confess. I enjoyed this much more than the first two of the 'Private' series. I also really appreciated that reading this book meant I didn't have to continue with that painful rubbish. Which brings me to my first point - if you don't want that series spoiled, I'd stay away from even reading the blurb of this one. It's basically one massive spoiler. That being said, it follows that this review is also kind of a spoiler for that series. Not for this novel, but for that series. Read on at ...more
Ale96_CalS Paola
SO.... WOW.

Who would have thought that Ariana could make a good lead? I for sure didn't. She's really hard todo get attached to, she was SO murderous and crazy, and a psycho and I dont want to stop reading just because of hher blindness SO IM gonna give this series a go without they need of relating to they main character. And I just spoiled myself SO IM a bit conflicted right here. Let's just see how this goes.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘Privilege’ is the first installment in the ‘Privilege’ series. Formerly one of the most popular Billings Girls at Easton Academy, Ariana Osgood has fallen from grace after murdering Thomas Pearson and is now in a correctional facility. However, she refuses to give up and plots to escape in order to live the life she truly desires.

In the ‘Private’ series, there wasn't much focus on Ariana as Reed was the central character. Plus, Ariana barely talked and since the series only featured Reed’s pers
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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