Though not many teens can relate to having their own suite in a mansion or gracing magazine covers with their celeb parents, the everyday challenges faced by the main characters will resonate with young girls trying to find their way. Contemporary bestseller Niobia Bryant, with a new pen name, wonderfully transitions to young adult. Although this is a series first, the numerous cliffhangers may cause some to feel as if they wasted their time reading the whole book, only to have to wait for the next volume.
Starr, Dionne and Marisol are the Pacesetters, the queen bees of Pace Academy, an elite private school for the children of the rich and famous. Dripping in diamonds and designer labels, the 15-year-olds look forward to a new school year, but each has her own unexpected drama. Starr feels neglected by her parents, who enjoy a lavish lifestyle, while Dionne is caught between a normal life with her mother and the fabulous lifestyle of her rapper father. Marisol's eavesdropping leads to a shocking revelation about her parents' marriage, and a mystery blogger at Pace threatens to expose the secrets of every student, including those of the Pacesetters. (KIMANI TRU, Feb., 256 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780373831265, TR, 12 and Up)