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Ambition (Private #7)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,342 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
The higher you climb, the farther you have to fall...

Reed Brennan knew being elected president of exclusive Billings Hall would change her life. What she didn't count on was being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh Hollis, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building.

And now the administration wants to shut Billings down. Forever.

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Published October 27th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published May 6th 2008)
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Dani
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Random Thoughts on "Ambition":
*I miss Josh
*I really do not like Ivy,
and I honestly don't see why
she hates Billings THAT much,
i mean i can even see hating them,
but if you ask me, she took it to
an extreme
*I don't know why but I love Noelle,
i mean in the book at one point,
i actually despised her, which kinda
appalled me, but then Reed stook up for
herself and Noelle got all sweet, and then
I totally adored her
*I'm now scared for Reed with the hurt
Noelle is going to cause her, but i gotta
say Reed
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Cecily Kyle
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble
Oh man!!

These girls in this series, are absolutely insane. Like holy Bitches!!
This is a great example (as I have said in previous reviews from this series) of why I do not have many girl friends. Girls play dirty, and they don't care if they obliterate your whole life!! At least when you see two guys go at it, they throw a few punches and move on. These girls just never quit.
Reed is mentally tortured so much, I would have definitely gone insane by now, and of course this installment just left
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PurplyCookie
The series keeps getting more compelling. I don't know how Brian keeps finding new ways of upping the ante on these books and making them more suspenseful without it feeling contrived, but she has been very successful so far.

Reed Brennan knew being elected president of exclusive Billings Hall would change her life. What she didn't count on was being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh Hollis, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building. While her devastation of
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afshh
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the only reason I gave this book 3 stars is because Reed finally got what she deserved towards the end. But even then, I didn't think what she got could have been compared to the smackdown I wanted to give this girl.

Reed's blind faith in Noelle is not only disturbing but annoying. And as much as it has been tested, in the past books and in this book, she still stands strongly by Noelle. However, in this book, it's a little different as she finally starts fighting back instead of defending No
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Samantha
Mijn goede voornemen voor dit nieuwe jaar is om zoveel mogelijk boeken uit mijn to-read list te lezen en zo weinig mogelijk boeken op die lijst te plaatsen (op overige delen etc. na), zodat ik die lijst eindelijk eens kan laten krimpen. Ambitie hoorde ook bij dit goede voornemen, aangezien dit deel 7 is van de privé serie en ik echt eens deze serie terug op moest pakken, aangezien dit al veelste lang op mijn lijst staat.

Wat een heerlijke serie is dit toch. Het doet me zo terugdenken aan The It
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Nian
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Private readers
Shelves: 2008
I like it—the characters, the storyline—but I feel like there’s too much drama. It’s hurting my head, and I’ve had enough jaw-dropping confrontations/moments to last me for a few more weeks. It seems hard to pin these stories as realistic—yeah, border-line-realistic is more like it. And though it’s a fun read, it’s about as dramatic as an episode of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl but minus the talented actresses/actors and background music.

The end is another shocker. But I seriously doubt all th
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Kari Anderson
One of Easton’s oldest buildings has burnt down and it’s all on the shoulders of the Billings’ girls. Now, to make sure they get to keep their house, they have to host a benefit and raised $5 Million for the school, in just a couple of weeks.

All the while, Noelle is stepping on Reed’s toes as president, strange things keep happening to Reed after Cheyenne’s death and Reed’s nemeis, Ivy, is now dating Reed’s ex, Josh. Oh, and Reed is still keeping a little secret at to why she and Josh broke up,
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Giselle
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 7th book of the series was a bit sadder than the others because of her break-up with Josh. It was, as always, still full of drama and mystery. We got to know Noelle more and see Reed go through some big changes and heartaches. I have a feeling Sabine has something to hide. There is just something about her that makes me wonder what she's hiding.

Except for the character development and seeing Reed crash and burn, there was not a lot of actual story development, it felt more like a prequel to
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Bianca Farmer
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Ablondebibliophile
Better! The series is picking up again and besides the tedious "whodunnit" plot regarding Cheyenne that seems to be entirely stalemating, I was much more intrigued with this installment! Reed is slightly more compelling and I'm starting to root for her again. Noelle is a mystery, as always, and HALLELUJAH we have less of Josh. The parties are fabulous, the drama shocking, and the two-dimensional characters surprisingly compelling.

3.5/5
ktheland
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, Reed is a such an idiot. My, my , my Josh. You can't posses someone. And you broke up because you made out with a douchebag who is dating a total bitch. Ivy is not your stalker. It's obvious that it's (view spoiler). Use your brain. All of these girls are spoiled rich idiots who read like one dimensional. Grow up. And can somebody fix the summaries.
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Elusive Controversé
‘Ambition’ is the seventh book in the ‘Private’ series. As Gwendolyn Hall – the oldest building in Easton Academy was burnt down due to the carelessness of a few Billings girls, the headmaster decides to shut down Billings House. Therefore, Reed agrees to host a fundraising event with the aim of raising 5 million dollars for Easton Academy to prevent this from happening.

I was interested in how the girls would successfully achieve the targeted amount as it’s an incredibly massive sum. Plus, they
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Surprises and secrets continue to bloom at Easton Academy, but the Girls in Billings Hall should be used to the unexpected.

After the death of Cheyenne Martin, the Billings' Girls are continuing to recuperate and move on with their lives. Their first mission was to elect their newest president and it's no surprise that Reed is the chosen one. From the death of Thomas to discovering what some of the girls at Billings are really
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Andrea
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Ale96_CalS Paola
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Kelli
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shonda
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Ambition is the seventh book in the Private series. Reed finds herself up against the head-master and the Easton alumnae after a fire destroys one of the buildings on campus. A fire that occurred while Reed and other students were sneaking off campus to attend the Legacy, an annual, exclusive event.

Reed comes up with the idea of a fund raiser in NYC and asks several of her Billings sisters to assist her with the planning. One of which is Noelle. As Reed coordinates meetings and appointments, it
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Jessica Lawlor
Sigh…the series I once loved seems to be going downhill at this point in Reed’s time at Easton Academy.

The seventh book Ambition opens after the infamous Legacy ball. The ladies of Billings come home from the ball to find the building they used to sneak off campus earlier that night on fire. Because Reed is Billings president, it’s up to her to save the dorm since the new headmaster of the school wants to close Billings down.

Reed comes up with the idea to hold a gala to raise money for the schoo
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Christina Santo
I feel like this book went too fast. Maybe it was just me. I did read it really fast. Josh is annoying me because I'm also not Ivy's biggest fan. She's a witch. I just want Josh and Reed back together.... I keep switching my views on Noelle, as Reed changes hers. I can't believe that they are still talking to Kiran. I wonder about Taylor, though. On the happy side, I'm proud of Reed for pulling off the fundraiser and trying to stand up to Noelle. I would live for all the Billings girls to get al ...more
Marian
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christine
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contiunes after "The Legacy" which was the 6th book and now going to the 7th.Now for Reed Brennan, being elected president of the exclusive Billings Hall has changed her life. But she didn't count on being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building. Now the administration wants to shut Billings down. Forever.Reed needs to come up with a plan . . . and fast! But with the police asking questions about Cheyenne Marti ...more
Noemi claudine
Reed Brennan knew being elected president of exclusive Billings Hall would change her life. What she didn't count on was being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh Hollis, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building. now she has to try to save Billings grom being shut down and has to tr to clear her name for Cheynnes death.
I cna connect to this book because one time at camp we had to save our cabingn from being removed/. we were very noisy na dwe never cleaned
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Yasmina
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the dramatic events of the previous book, Reed, president of Billings, is now tasked with preventing her dorm from being shut down. As part of a deal with Headmaster Cromwell, Reed soon learns that she must raise 5 million dollars in only one month. During that time, the Billings Girls attempt to find ideas for a grand fund raiser. Also, Reed begins to find things such as black marbles and Cheyenne's clothes in her dorm room, leading her to suspect Ivy Slade—Josh's new love interest—of pla ...more
Lisa
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the dramatic events of the previous book, Reed, president of Billings, is now tasked with preventing her dorm from being shut down. As part of a deal with Headmaster Cromwell, Reed soon learns that she must raise 5 million dollars in only one month. During that time, the Billings Girls attempt to find ideas for a grand fund raiser. Also, Reed begins to find things such as black marbles and Cheyenne's clothes in her dorm room, leading her to suspect Ivy Slade—Josh's new love interest—of pl ...more
Tan B
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed - 8/10/08

Oi vay!! Something just hit the fan and it doesn't smell or look at all pleasant. So, like I predicted, Reed's misdeeds blew up in her face and it wasn't at all pretty. I felt like throwing the book out of my window and running into a corner to bite my nails in fear. It is so scary will the Billings girls are POed; especially when you're the one who fueled that emotion. Reed. Reed. Reed. What am I gonna do now that you're potentially dead. I'm in no hurry to read the
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Brooke
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when people see this series they think it's like Gossip Girl and decide not to read it. Big mistake. These books are much better and can only compare with most of the characters being elite. I started reading this series to feed my obsession with boarding schools and have been reading ever since. In this installment, Reed is fighting to save Billings House and also dealing with things from her past (mostly, Cheyenne). This book kept me in suspense throughout and I had to keep reading. ...more
Telka
Feeling overwhelmed with all the drama from last semester, Reed unexpectadly calms herself down. Things are going fine at Easton, except for the constant stares and glares, but now Reed has to deal with another problem- Headmaster Cromwell is shutting down Billings! To keep Billings in it's home, Reed debates with Headmaster Cromwell, that she and others, will raise 2,000 to keep Billings in Easton. If Reed fails the funraiser, everything will be crushed. Her social life, academic life, and BIL ...more
Nicole
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in the fiction/suspense genre. It's about a girl named Reed who needs to raise 5 million dollars through a fundraiser. The reason she and her friends need to raise this money is because they got caught sneaking back from a party they were forbidden to go to. In order to find out if they raised enough money you'll have to read the book yourself:).
I really liked the book because I was always guessing what would happen next. Things kept going wrong and I wouldn't know if they would h
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Emerald
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
***Spoiler Free Summary By Emerald BookWorm***

I didn't know a thing about this series going into it. My boyfriend (now husband) would always go to the library to pick up books for me and he stumbled across this series and brought me the first book, thinking I would enjoy it. /// Well he was right lol. /// I was instantly hooked and reserving the next book within 24 hours. /// This series is definitely not realistic and is pretty dramatic lol , but it's lots of fun and it was the first time I'd e
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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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Private (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • Untouchable (Private, #3)
  • Confessions (Private, #4)
  • Inner Circle (Private, #5)
  • Legacy (Private, #6)
  • Revelation (Private, #8)
  • Paradise Lost (Private, #9)
  • Suspicion (Private, #10)
  • Scandal (Private, #11)

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