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Simply Irresistible

About the book
Simply Irresistible is the third and last in The Elite book series. Jennifer Banash brings us more adventures from the spoiled, rich teens in Manhattan who nearly ate Casey McCloy alive when she first arrived in the Big Apple from her small town of Normal, Illinois. Casey learned very quickly after she moved in with her grandmother at The Bramford, the most exclusive luxury apartment building on New York’s Upper East Side and got into the prestigious Meadowlark Academy on a full scholarship, that it’s not who you are but who you know.

Simply Irresistible (The Elite) brings us a whole new set of adventures now that Casey has had a big city-haute makeover, courtesy of her classmate and neighbor Madison Macallister – part teen icon and part queen diva-bitch. Wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people, has given Casey the look and the attitude – she’s “in” and loving it!

Much to Madison’s dismay, her rival is climbing up the social ladder in a big way and could end up just as popular as Madison now that the two are set to star in their own TV reality show, “De-Luxe.” Yes, showbiz came knocking on two of The Bramford’s most illustrious doors and, as much as Madison thrives on the attention the show brings, she’s not thrilled about having every bit of her life of privilege caught on tape. However, fame comes at a price and Madison is one chick who is willing to pay anything…especially if it means becoming the next reality “it girl.” Casey, on the other hand, is realizing that Reality TV can sometimes be unreal, causing her to wonder if she even knows who she is anymore. With her relationship with Drew, Madison’s ex, currently more off than on, she can’t help wondering if everything i n her life is really just an illusion – and how much longer the illusion can last….

I asked, Jennifer answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?
J. I astral projected out of my body when I was sixteen. One minute I was laying in bed, then next I was floating along my bedroom ceiling! It was totally bizarre.

A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
J. Bugs--especially cockroaches. I will literally freak out if I see a roach and start screaming hysterically. I know they can't hurt you, but they're so gross that I don't care. It's definitely not a rational response.

A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
J. Agatha Christie. She's the only mystery writer I read where I NEVER know what will happen next. I can never guess the endings. Plus, she disappeared for two weeks at the height of her career, and when she turned up, she couldn't remember where she'd been or what she's done for that time. Totally spooky. I also love the films based on her books--particularly Death on the NIle, and Evil Under the Sun

A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will
happen next. What question does your book ask?
J. The question that simply Irresistible is obsessed with is what's real, and what's fantasy, and where's the line between the two in an age where that line is being increasingly blurred and stretched, when everyone, as Andy Warhol put it, is capable of becoming famous for fifteen minutes---usually for doing absolutely nothing!

A, Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
J. Yes. Where are my stripey socks from American Apparel? They disappeared two weeks ago, and I suspect my dog of foul play. If anyone's seen them, do let me know!

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