How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls

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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Don’t forget to check out our giveaways: a SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer. The winner for this giveaway will be announced Wednesday February 11! And two Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. The winner will be announced Monday February 9!

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Giveaway: The SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer

Imagine a magical world where your grocery shopping list was divided into neat little categories, didn’t have almost impossible to decipher words scribbled by a family member in their worst chicken scratch, and wasn’t littered with items already scratched out because someone bought an item in the middle of the week before your big trip to the store but didn’t buy enough to warrant starting a new list. It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? With all that pre-organization your trip would go by faster since you wouldn’t have to turn around and go back to an aisle you missed on accident and you wouldn’t have to call home and ask, “Does this say bananas or bandannas (I know, terrible example but my brain shut down when put on the spot for two similar looking words, but go with me – maybe lots of people buy bandannas regularly…)?” If this is sounding anything like your weekly / monthly / twice daily trips to to the grocery store, then I’ve got a very cool new gadget to tell you about!

The SmartShopper is a digital grocery list organizer that records, organizes and prints your grocery list for you using voice recognition software, a built in thermal printer (which means no pesky ink cartridges to deal with) and a preloaded list of 2,500 common items found on a grocery list. You can also add a list of errands like going to the bank or the mall. If you can’t find an item you need in their system you can add your own custom items, and you can also train the software to recognize words that it has trouble with.

I had my husband help me test out this gadget, knowing his electrical engineering mindset would think of things to complain about that I couldn’t. Overall he liked this device a lot and was fairly impressed with their voice recognition software – although he did come up with a word that completely stumped the SmartShopper. He tried (unsuccessfully) to teach the SmartShopper to recognize Fage (pronounced “fah-yeh”) for several minutes, insisting on pronouncing it correctly for awhile, then trying “fah-Jay” (which is how I pronounce it, no matter how many times he corrects me) and still no success. But I suggested trying “Greek Yogurt” which also wasn’t in the system and this worked perfectly. After you’ve recorded your new word you assign it a category like baby needs, fresh produce, dairy, errands, etc. so it can organize it along with the preloaded items. So, yes, it was incapable of hearing Fage, but honestly I wasn’t surprised. The fact that it got Greek Yogurt was good enough for me. I also trained it to recognize Joe Joe’s (Trader Joe’s Oreos) which worked perfectly. And really, if it can learn the name of my favorite cookie, then it’s got my vote.

Some technical mumbo jumbo:

  • The SmartShopper takes 4 AA batteries. I’m not sure how long the battery life of the device is but if it seemed to be a problem, you could always use rechargeables.
  • Your list will be printed on small rolls of thermal paper similar to what you’d see in a receipt printer. The box comes with three rolls and you can order replacement packages sold as 3 packs for $7.99 directly from SmartShopper.
  • The SmartShopper device itself sells for $49.99. You can also buy it with an extra package of paper (making 6 rolls in total) for $56.98
  • The SmartShopper has a built in magnet so it can be attatched to your refrigerator. It can also be mounted to your wall using the included mounting kit. The magnet in the device is very strong and felt perfectly safe hanging on our refrigerator.

Would you like a chance to win a SmartShopper of your very own? We’re giving away one SmartShopper to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling us your favorite place to go grocery shopping – is it a big chain or a small mom & pop place? Or maybe one of those natural foods stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes? If you had to do all your grocery shopping one store, which store would you choose?
  2. For an second entry you can tweet about this giveaway or post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with either the URL of your post or your twitter profile.
  3. For a third entry, subscribe to the Momma’s Review RSS feed, leaving us a comment here to let us know. We’ll be posting more giveaways on Momma’s Review soon so subscribing will be a great way for you to stay informed about all the great things you can win in the days and weeks to come.
  4. For the last entry follow us on twitter and leave your username so we can verify. Make sure to leave a comment here to get this last entry.

This giveaway will run for 2 weeks.  It is available to US residents only. We’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday February 11. Winners will be chosen at random using random.org.

This giveaway is open to all US Residents.

Want another chance to win a Smart Shopper? Visit my girl, Lori. She is giving one away too!

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