Synopses & Reviews
Recent Yale graduate Megan Smith comes to Manhattan with big plans for a career in journalism and even bigger student loan debt: $75,000. When she flails at her trashy tabloid job, she's given an escape hatch: tutor seventeen-year-old identical twins Rose and Sage Baker yes, the infamous Baker heiresses of Palm Beach, Florida, best known for their massive fortunes and their penchant for drunkenly flashing the paparazzi and get their SAT scores up enough to get into Duke. Impossible job yes. But if she succeeds, her student debts are history. Unfortunately for Megan, the Baker twins aren't about to curtail their busy social schedules for basic algebra. And they certainly aren't thrilled to have to sit down for a study session with dowdy Megan. Megan quickly discovers that if she's going to get her money, she'll have to learn her Pucci from her Prada. And if she can look the part, maybe, just maybe, she can teach the girls something along the way.
"'Dean, author of the popular A-List young adult series, graduates to big-girl chick lit with this hip remix of Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling and The Simple Life. Megan Smith, unable to cut it in New York's cutthroat world of magazine publishing, snatches a lucrative offer to transform two pampered and scholastically challenged 17-year-old twins into scholars. Sage and Rose Baker, known mostly for majoring in 'ennui and partying,' are heiresses to an $84 million fortune, but the money isn't theirs until they pass the SATs. Their grandmother, the fortune's overseer, pays Megan $1,500 a week to get the 'Fabulous Baker Twins' up to snuff, and an additional $75,000 if they are accepted at Duke, their late parents' alma mater. But the transformation works both ways, as Megan learns she'll have to earn the twins' respect before they accept her tutelage. Megan, meanwhile, secretly intends to segue her time with the high-profile twins into a writing career. Things work out for everyone, but not in an expected fashion. Dean's writing is swift and the book is consistently funny, though her twin terrors aren't as nasty as they could be. Regardless, this is a great one to take to the beach. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Predictable? Yes, but Megan is quirky enough to keep the pages flipping, and the love story has a nice, made-for-the-movies ending." Booklist
"[T]he champagne of summer beach reads....Zoey Dean...writes with a golden touch." Bookreporter.com
About the Author
Zoey Dean divides her time between Beverly Hills, California, and her favorite small islands in the Caribbean. She is currently working at an undisclosed location on her ninth juicy A-List book, to be published in January 2008. Zoey's debut adult novel, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, will pub off the Warner list in August 2007. (Zoey Dean is the pseudonym/fake persona we've made up for Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, a talented writing duo who have written numerous YA novels.)