PEOPLE ARE
TALKING ABOUT books
gadgets
The best new gear
for back to school.
Bittersweet
Sixteen
xtatix
freefone
Carrie Karasyov
and Jill Kargman
harpercollins
the scoop Boost
Mobile, known for its
catchy slogan (“Where
you at?”), introduces
this stylish purple model
loaded with a walkietalkie feature, perfect for
tracking down your most
hard-to-reach friends.
boost
i835
fretlight
guitar
the scoop This guitar
by Optek has embedded
LED lights that show you
exactly where your fingers
should be so that you
can play the songs you
love. Becoming a rock
star has never been easier.
—SARAH JENKS-DALY
000
The Girl I
Wanted To Be
Sarah Grace
McCandless
Simon & Schuster
Fourteen-year-old Presley has
always looked up to her mother’s
cool, beautiful little sister.
But when Betsi moves in after
a stint in rehab (and starts
up a secret romance with Barry,
Presley’s cousin on her dad’s
side), Presley’s idolization of her
aunt shifts into something more
complicated. McCandless brings
a light touch to a story that’s
both funny and poignant. —L.W.
TEENVOGUE.COM
SEPTEMBER 2006
Clockwise from top right: HarperCollins Children’s Books; Simon & Schuster; CHRISTOPHER COPPOLA (3).
Sophomore year at a ritzy
Manhattan girls’ school means
one thing: blowout sweet-sixteens.
But Laura feels stuck in the
middle when the school’s two
queen bees—Sophie, “whose
father screened his latest movie
on a submarine,” and Whitney,
whose “family practically hosted
the first Thanksgiving”—clash
over party plans. Get ready for
major drama. —Jennifer Conrad
the scoop These
lightweight headphones
have a built-in FM radio
and MP3 player that holds
300 songs—taking the term
“hands-free” to a new level.