Rich Kids of Instagram By The Creator of Rich Kids of Instagram & Maya Sloan
Publication Date: July 8th 2014 by Gallery Books
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o of the Publisher, via Netgalley.
Summary: Based on the wildly popular blog “Rich Kids of Instagram,” a dishy and hilarious novel about the intersecting lives of the world’s most extravagant, unapologetically uber-rich teenagers.
The “Rich Kids of Instagram” are not your typical well-to-do brats. These “kids” drive Ferraris, fly to their weekend getaways in private jets, and post self-indulgent photos of themselves online as frequently—and as wantonly—as they blow wads of cash. Not to mention that they’re more involved in sex, drugs, and power plays than most people twice their age.
Drawing from the ten most frequent contributors to the popular blog of the same name—which receives an average of 850,000 unique visitors a month and has been featured on 20/20, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and others—Rich Kids of Instagram revolves around a core group of spoiled young people, from a Southern Belle poultry-empire heiress to a media mogul’s driven daughter and an old-money rifle heir with a Mayflower legacy; to a nouveau riche outsider who is thrust into the members-only universe of the .1%, with scandalous results.
In a world that is smaller, more connected, and more competitive than ever, where nothing is off limits, some kids are just trying to make a buck—or ten thousand. Prepare to be wowed by this saucy, compulsively readable book about the hilarious display of extravagant wealth and the teenagers who have fallen into it.
Well colour me surprised!
Rich Kids of Instagram was a lot more interesting and fun to read than I expected. Rich Kids of Instagram follows an unknown voice, who narrates the start of the book, and later goes into different chapters dedicated to different characters. Sound familiar? Rich Kids of Instagram is a better blend of Rich Kids and Gossip Girl — it was fun, entertaining yet witty and intelligent.
The common stereotype of rich kids is that they’re spoiled and privileged. And while all of that is true for the Rich Kids in this book, their characters are so charming and intelligent. Rich Kids of Instagram is very character driven; despite it’s many arcs, there is one central story: Todd Evergreen. His presence begins changing lives, and leads to the characters discovering different things about themselves and each other. The characters in the book are smart; I liked that they showed determination to work for what they want, even though they can easily be bought. Individually, they showcased their different passions and took different approaches to getting what they wanted. I particularly enjoyed Cordelia and Annalise; they were very strong women who fought for what they wanted, in a manner that was somewhat respectable.
I did have a little trouble pushing through with the book, seeing how there’s so many different characters but I appreciated that the author tried to explain their background first before jumping into how they fit into the story. Not all of the characters were likable — I couldn’t really relate to Desy and M.C.. They were a tad annoying to me and while they did have their moments, they did come off as your typical rich kid character. I didn’t particularly find Phillip that interesting either as was Christian.
Nevertheless, it was an all round enjoyable book and I really liked the way it was written. It was smart and unapologetically real, that I could imagine these characters come to life and going about their day in true reality TV style. Rich Kids of Instagram exceeded my expectations. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to take a peek at the world of the rich.