Rich Kids Of Instagram (2014)
Rich Kids of Instagram (2014)
2.35 of 5 Votes: 1
Gallery Books
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See that one-star rating up there? Has nothing to do with Maya Sloan as a writer—she’s quite talented. That star represents me throwing this book into the bonfires of hell while I hurl my guts into the bowels of my toilet. My fault though. This was a self-inflicted pain.I admit to the guilty, yet painful pleasure of flipping through the Rich Kids’ pictures. I say painful pleasure because millions of us get a sick kick from following the site. We’ll never drive around with a lion in our Lamborghini. We’ll never hold onto the railings of our yacht copter to jump into the Mediterranean waters. And, yes, we’ll never fill our bathtub with thousand-dollar bottles of wine. So we look at the pictures, outwardly laughing, inwardly crying (or not). It’s a life that fulfills our wildest imagination. It’s fantasy fulfilled.So what about the book? The first picture was good. Actually, all the pictures were good. But dang, this is not what I expected. I wanted more inside scoop, but what I got was made-up fairy tales, supposition. It was written well. Again, a nod to Maya Sloan’s talent for making an immensely readable book with realistic characters, but I hated each and every one. Part jealousy, maybe. But really, we have enough sex-driven, drug-fueled, rich hippy adolescents in real life. Do we need to make more up?It is hard to tell what the goal of this book was. There’s no plot. There’s no continuous character development. I guess it is like the website, just brief glimpses into the lives of uber-rich teens. Here’s where I say it is my fault for going into this expecting anything more. Maybe some actual details about the folks featured on the site would have been nice, but sadly, this is disturbing fiction reflecting a made-up life.Thanks Gallery Books for providing the electronic copy of this book for me to review. It’s not you; it’s me. This was so bad. So bad.I really struggled to read this. So much so that I couldn't make it past 45%. It followed 5 or 6 spoiled, bratty, rich kids throughout the plotless book. Seriously, there was no plot. Each chapter followed a singular character through a day in the life. It was like a diary written intermittently from each kid's perspective, except diaries don't jump back and forth in time. Every couple of paragraphs would end with a divider and the next few paragraphs would be from (maybe) weeks ago or in the future. There was no concept of time. In addition, the language these characters used was just ridiculous. Excessive name-dropping (even for the wealthy), cursing, drinking, and drugs. I got the feeling that the author didn't know where the line of believable was so they just threw in as much as they could. I was thoroughly annoyed. Right around when I stopped, one of the characters was throwing the biggest tantrum ever over planning a party and I just wanted to SMACK her upside the head. By the time I decided to DNF, I had had more than enough of her. Sorry to say you just can't make anything into a book.
Great read - dark satirical humorous commentary on today's youth with over-the-top money.
Not a really good book at all. Honestly the Epilogue was the best part.
Easy read. It's like reading a bunch of FB posts.
The cover definitely was better than the book.
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