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Friends to Die For (Novel)

by Jane Sughrue Giberga

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Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Sixteen-year-old Cristina Garcia-Vasquez and her friends live in fancy apartments, attend super-expensive private schools, and do and have everything else you'd associate with A-List teens in New York City. And that's got to include parties in these huge apartments when parents are away for weeks at a time, right?

When a girl is murdered in a subway station, and Cristina was at the party where this girl was last seen alive, life changes drastically for Cristina, her family, and her friends. Matters are not helped by the segment on TV about the Garcia-Vasquez family, focusing on Janine Billings, the murdered girl, and Cristina's stay-at-home mom.

This book has a lot of interesting elements: The funny hate messages from feminists about Cristina's mom, the mystery of Janine Billings' murder, the press stalking Cristina, her friends, and her family...

This book is interesting and amusing at times. It is not, however, a book that will stick with you forever. It'll keep you entertained, though, and that's good enough. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
16 y.o. Cristina is forced to evaluate her sophisticated world of elegant New York apartments, private schools, and rich friends, when a girl she knows is murdered after a party they both attended.
  smee04 | Oct 21, 2006 |
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Beverly Hills, 90210? Nope. This is Upper East Side, New York, 10028, and these teens might have even more money than those famous West Coasters. Sixteen-year-old Cristina moves with a sophisticated crowd of friends--many of whom live on their own due to jet-setting parents. When one of their many parties turns ugly and another teen is brutally murdered in its aftermath, Cristina begins to reevaluate friendships and her own beliefs. It is extremely difficult to write about privileged teens without turning the novel into a screenplay for (yet another) prime-time soap. Author Jane Giberga pulls this off, though, giving teens an exciting, but emotionally honest look at how it feels to be on the A-list.

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Sixteen-year-old Cristina is forced to evaluate her sophisticated world of elegant New York apartments, private schools, and rich friends when a girl she knows is murdered after a party they both attended.

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