CLAIRE VOYANTE HAS been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French, and unlike the psychics on TV, she can't solve crimes or talk to the dead. Whenever Claire follows her hunches, she comes up empty--or ends up in pretty awkward situations.
But that all changes on Claire's 15th birthday, when her grandmother, Kiki--former socialite, fashion icon, and permanent fixture at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel--gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It's not long before Claire's world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.
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Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.
Becca's been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why--there's a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who's out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who's in danger again--or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?
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After the collapse of her parents' marriage, Mimi Schulman leaves her mother in Houston to look after her befuddled photographer father in New York. Too preoccupied with family problems to think much about her new life, Mimi's first hour at The Baldwin School--an institution where teachers offer psychoanalysis in lieu of grades and students hold cocktail parties in the bathroom between classes--leaves her spinning. When Sam, her childhood best friend, bets her she can't befriend the "cool girls," Mimi accepts the challenge, only to discover that social climbing in New York is no easy task. Fitting in with the blond, all-American popular girls back in Texas was nothing compared to joining Baldwin's clique of raccoon-eyed waifs. Rubbing shoulders with the offspring of diplomats and celebrities, all with secrets and dysfunctions that put her own domestic worries to shame, Mimi finds herself in one bizarre situation to the next--a fake-ID deli, a topless bar, a jacuzzi in Trump Tower--and in the position of winning a bet that threatens to make her lose sight of herself. A coming-of-age story about friendship and betrayal, about brutal honesty and its consequences, The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber is a novel with heart and a wicked sense of humor.
After two glorious (though somewhat hectic) semesters with her dad in New York City, Mimi must make good on her promise to her parents: summer break with her mom. But it seems going back to her cozy old life in Houston isn't in the cards. Instead, she's dragged off to Berlin, where her mother's been offered a fellowship. After a few weeks of a nightmare nanny job, it becomes clear that Mimi's European vacation isn't much of a vacation after all. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, she receives a call from Lily Morton, her friend from New York, who invites her to London, where an internship at a family friend's magazine awaits. Soon Mimi is at it again--living it up with glamorous friends, pursuing a new crush, and chasing down celebrities at her very entertaining job. For a while, Mimi's convinced she has it made. Never before has fitting in been so easy. If only it could stay that way. Mimi may have gotten a handle on the Empire State--but that's nothing compared to the state of the empire!
After a tumultuous first semester, Mimi Schulman thinks she's ready to give social climbing a rest and settle into the groove of New York's wacky Baldwin School. She's eager to start over with her friends, reconnect with her dad, and make headway with Max Roth--the hottest guy in tenth grade.
But when an assignment for the school paper turns scandalous and spirals out of control, Mimi finds little time to enjoy her new and improved existence. Instead, she embarks on a roller coaster ride through the underbelly of the New York art world, from the VIP lounge of a shady nightclub to a private Caribbean island populated with washed-up TV stars and fifteen-second celebrities. As answers keep slipping through her fingers, Mimi begins to wonder if she'll ever manage to pin down the story and get on with her life. And if so, will her life still be there?
All Q, No A is a touching comedy that will appeal to anyone who knows what it's like have more questions than answers. Fans of Mimi Schulman beware! This book will keep you screaming with laughter long after you've turned the last page.