Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review of The Debs

Laura Delacroix Bell — this dazzling trust fund girl’s size 14 figure doesn’t stop her from attracting the sexiest scoundrel in town, or the admiring eye of the Glass Slipper Club. However, a salacious secret could take her out of the running.
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie — brainy, cynical, and maybe a tad judgmental, Mac would rather bury her nose in a good book than embrace her deb destiny. But being a debutante was her late mother’s dream.
Ginger Fore — this adorable tree-hugger wants to wear her grandmother’s vintage ball gown instead of splurging on an expensive dress. Yet when she gets tangled up with an older guy, Ginger will have plenty more to think about.
Jo-Lynn Bidwill — a former child beauty queen, Jo-Lynn is a bitchy vamp who makes it her mission in life to take out the debu-trash. And Jo-Lynn’s sights are set on Laura Bell.

[from Goodreads]
Rating:  3 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Teens...especially girls
High point:  The sneak peak at how the top 1% live
Low point:  The cattiness, the sneaking around, the drama, drama, DRAMA
Reader maturity: 15+

I was hesitant to start The Debs because I generally avoid stories that are about:  a) Texas [They never get it right! Fictional Texans are always oil barons or hillbillies.] b) Heiresses and c) Groups of girls. BUT, since this was on clearance and I really liked the cover (I'm a sell-out, I know), I picked it up.

I was pleasantly surprised, but considering my expectations going into the book, that gives The Debs far less credit than it deserves. Normally I'm not a fan of contemporary realistic fiction, but this was a cute story.

Laura, the "debu-tank" is a larger-than-the-average-deb, but she rocks, standing up for herself and relying on her friends. She's not thrown in as the token big girl, nor does she spend the entire novel moaning about her size. She likes who she is, and she's confident. Her size is only a factor in other people's eyes.

Mac, the reluctant deb, was the heart and soul of the group. Level-headed and practical, I identified most with her, due to her concerns over joining the Glass Slipper Club.

Ginger was a hoot, although as the one in the group making the most ridiculous decisions, I didn't have much sympathy. She's a great friend to Laura and Mac though.

Overall, I enjoyed this peek into the world of debutantes. My only other foray into this particular unknown was an unfortunate half hour of some reality show on cable while on vacation. This gave a sense of realism to the event, rather than portraying debs as a stereotypical group of over-privileged legacy daughters. The Debs is apparently the beginning of a series. Honestly, I most likely won't be picking up the sequel, but I think the novel worked well as a stand-alone.

Title:  The Debs
Author:  Susan McBride
Genre:  Teen Fiction - Romance & Friendship
Year:   2008
Book Source:  Purchased


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. If I see it around, I may pick it up.

  2. I do like the sound of this one! It's going on my TBR!

  3. Great review! This looks like something I might like. Laura sounds like a fantastic character.