In Washington, politics permeates everything, even the relationships of its adolescents in this second installment in the Capital Girls series.
This sequel assumes knowledge of major events in the first book and of characters introduced earlier as well. The story mostly follows Jackie, girlfriend to the female president’s son Andrew and daughter to her chief of staff; Laura Beth, daughter of the resolutely Southern widow of a major Republican operative; Whitney, who enjoys manipulating her friends even more than do the others; and Lettie, daughter of unaccountably financially poor parents. All except Lettie come across as privileged, spoiled, scheming and selfish and, frankly, may be difficult for readers to like. The convoluted plot turns on a car accident from the previous book; only the girls know that Andrew was driving at the time. Now someone is stalking Jackie, so she stays at the White House for safety. Monroe (a pseudonym for two co-authors) throws in the obligatory chick-lit focus on fashion, swerving the narrative to New York so Jackie can model for a famous designer, and label-drops with abandon. The broad emphasis of the book, however, appears to be the politics, in a general sense, inherent in the rivalries among the girls. The crowded plots and subplots create confusion amid the hope that these uber-sophisticated, entitled girls never take the reins of government.
Chick-lit on steroids. (Chick-lit. 12-16)