Mechling, Lauren. Dream girl, a novel.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

MECHLING, Lauren. Dream girl, a novel. Random House, Delacorte. 311p. c2008. 978-0-385-73521-6. $15.99. JS

This is one of those books that feel like a guilty pleasure: that is, it's not exactly deep. It's about a 15-year-old daughter of professors with a rich socialite grandmother named Kiki who passes along to her, as well as secondhand Chanel dresses, a cameo that helps harness her psychic powers. Oh yes, and the heroine's name is, seriously, Claire Voyante. One wonders what kind of responsible parents would do that to their child? At any rate, Claire has just been forced to transfer from her cozy and freethinking private school to a public school for brilliant teens where she finds she doesn't quite fit in. She makes a new friend, though. Quite improbably, one of the wealthiest girls in the world, heiress to a ketchup fortune, is also attending Hudson incognito, and Claire is introduced to the world of the super-super rich, and also to her friend's...

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