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Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Diamonds

The Diamonds by Ted Michael (April 14th 2009—Delacorte)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “At Long Islands’s private Bennington School, the Diamonds rule supreme. They’re the girls all the boys want to date and all the girls want to be. And fortunately for Marni, she’s right in the middle of them. Best friends with the ringleader, Clarissa, Marni enjoys all the spoils of the ultrapopular: boys, power, and respect. But then Marni gets a little too close to Clarissa’s ex-boyfriend, Anderson.

Wrong move. The Diamonds don’t touch each other’s exes.

And just like that, Marni is jettisoned from Diamond to lower than Cubic Zirconia.

But Marni isn’t about to take her ouster lying down. She has dirt on the Diamonds, and she’s not about to go down without a fight. Everyone knows, the only thing strong enough to cut a Diamond is another Diamond.”

Review: The Diamonds was actually a huge surprise for me. My expectations were not that high and my worry lines were there when I received it in the mail for review (which I had no idea was coming). The summary does not draw me in and seems a bit cliché and so done by so many series (which I have not read any—do not bother to ask why). And yet despite the foreboding I have grown myself attached to Marni and her “motley crew”. I need to stop judging books from the summary and cover alone...

The Diamonds reminds me of Mean Girls the movie, you know the one. Starring Lindsey Lohan and her sudden fame to her sudden drop—it’s the same in this case. Marni goes from being a Diamond to being a Stonecutter—a group of people who are trying to overthrow the Diamonds.

The politics was a nice surprise that added a bit of a spin to things. The mock trials were entertaining and the newsletter gave insight to some cases that sped the plotline along—so it does not seem overly excessive and boring, keep things a novelty.

The overall progression between the two foes was planned out and nicely done. Giving some suspense here and there but nothing too out there there (my vocabulary has precipitated once it passes 10 PM). There were some predictable scenes and actions and I guess I have to mention, one giant backstabbed that I could have seen from page 50.

Overall: A nice and pleasant debut book from Ted Michael. Nothing too in your face but a nice read nonetheless.

Cover B-
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. Literally, the cover sparkles!