How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls
By Zoey Dean
I picked this out on recommendation from a good friend of mine, and I think we have very different ideas of what a good book entails. I’m not a fan of the chick lit genre, preferring the classics myself.
Product Description: 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.
My thoughts: This book is pure chick-lit: a smart, sassy heroine in a lighter-than-air plot that makes for a fun, quick read.
I didn’t really like this book but finished it quickly because of the writing style. I have a ton of issues with it that started bugging me shortly after I finished.
Issue #1: I stopped believing fairy tales a long time ago and I guess I?m kind of irked that Megan had to have a total Cinderella makeover before she started believing in herself. C?mon! She?s a Magna Cum Laude Yale grad! She should be smarter than that!
Issue #2: [A bit of a spoiler ahead] Megan spent only 8 weeks with the twins and yet she manages to fix all of the psychological trauma associated with the death of their parents at an early age and being raised by their cold and distant grandmother while still managing to tutor them enough to pass their SATs. This one is really pushing the envelope of belief – she?s not psychologist, nor a teacher. Granted, she was a good student herself, but nothing leading up to this except for a slightly competitive relationship with her own sister leads us to believe she would have the wisdom or skill to pull this off.
Issue#3:The ending is totally unrealistic and I saw it coming from miles away. I won’t give it away here, but you’ll know exactly what I mean when you read it.
Bottom line, if you can suspend your disbelief a little bit and you love stories about high society, you?ll love How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, but if fairy tales and living happily ever after aren?t your thing you might want to pass.
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