Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys Of Burberry Prep, #1)by C.M. Stunich Published 27 Mar 2019
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Break the new girl.
That should be easy, right?
Trash like her doesn’t belong at Burberry Prep.
No, Marnye Reed is going down, and we plan to make a spectacle out of it.
Let’s see who can make her fall in love first.
Bet’s on. Any takers?
Take on the filthy rich boys.
They’re the idols of the school, veritable gods on earth.
Old Money. New money. A rising star.
These guys are nothing like the ones at my old school.
I might come from nothing, but I’m determined to be someone, and I won’t let them get in my way.
They say they’ll make my life a living hell; I think they mean to keep that promise.
"Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys Of Burberry Prep, #1)" Reviews
WARNING: there will be some spoilers, I plan on giving a long, detailed list of everything I disliked about the book.
Before I go onto my main review, I wanted to mention something quickly. I'm part of a big Reverse Harem group on Facebook (which does include lots of popular authors like Stunich), and one of the constant issues people bring up is reviews. There are a lot of readers out there who say they don't want to even review a book if they rate it less than 3 stars. There are other people who say that they'll automatically rate a book 4/5 stars if it's by an author they love, regardless of whether they actually liked the book or not.
THIS IS BULLSHIT. Everyone should be honest in their reviews. Now, I've noticed that all the other reviews for this book are a dazzling 5 stars, minus one 3-star. If those reviewers really did love this book that much, fine. I'm happy for them. But this review is for all the other people who feel the same way as me, or who want to see the other side of the story.
Rant over, time for the real review!
15-year-old Marnye Reed has just got into Burberry Prep, an elite high school. She's a scholarship recipient. From the moment she arrives she's treated like shite by the Idols, a group of three boys and three girls who are the most popular/richest/most influential people in the school. The boys, the 'heroes,' are named Tristan Vanderbilt, Creed Cabot, and Zayd Kaiser. Marnye does however make a best friend, Miranda, Creed's twin sister.
A CATALOGUE OF THE HEROINE'S MANY, MANY PROBLEMS
❌ The #1 thing that ruined my enjoyment of this book is the fact that Marnye is the stupidest, most gullible heroine on the face of the planet. Now, this is a bully romance. I LOVE bully romances. But to do them right, you NEED to have a strong heroine. You need to have a heroine who can give as good as she gets.
❌ Marnye is not that heroine. She's so unutterably stupid that she believes the Idol boys want to be her friends. They treat her like crap for months: they call her Charity, make fun of her suicide attempts and constantly try to trigger her, try to get her thrown out of school, the whole shebang. Then they suddenly start being nice to her AND SHE DOESN'T EVEN QUESTION IT. Doesn't expect an apology. Like bitch, you don't have to be Einstein to be a little suspicious.
❌ That's another thing: she has no sense of curiosity at all. She discovers that the Idols are part of some mysterious Infinity Club dedicated to gambling and drinking. She also discovers that her middle school ex-boyfriend Zack Brooks, who's incidentally a former bully of hers, is part of this club. But she never questions what the club is, what it does, who started it, how people join it... anything. Instead, she blindly listens to its rules. She also learns that Zack nearly killed someone, but never questions it. She just blithely dismisses it as 'he'd be in jail if he'd really done anything wrong, right?'
❌ She's a horrific friend. While gambling at the Infinity Club with Creed, she loses a bet and agrees to find out for him who Miranda's been dating. When she discovers Miranda is dating a girl, she immediately runs to tell Creed and outs her supposed best friend. SHE IS A BITCH. Her justification? 'I knew the Infinity Club wouldn't let me back out of the deal.' Babe, you didn't even TRY to back out of the deal. Plus, what can they do to you that they haven't already?
❌ Possibly the most painful moment of the whole book is on Valentine's Day. At this point, they're being relatively nice to her, so she obviously believes - with no justification or apology from them - that she's won them over and they're friends now. So she sends them Valentines with a note saying 'Glad we could overcome our differences to become friends! Love Marnye.' I cringed so hard I nearly pulled a muscle.
❌ Wait, I spoke too soon. The REALLY painful things to read were every single time she fangirls over their hotness. It doesn't matter if they're busy insulting her; all she can think about is how sexy they are. She's just a giant ball of lust, and she's lusting after people who literally want to throw her out of the school and have her physically assaulted.
❌ Marnye says herself that she's a very forgiving person. I guess the author expects us to take this as a reason for why she stupidly and pathetically forgives them and 'befriends' them. (I use quotation marks because obviously, they only did that to win a bet on who could bring her to the graduation gala as a date). Maybe I'm just unusually vengeful; I'm the sort of person who rarely forgives and never forgets. But I just can't believe that Marnye folds so easily. Same with Zack: he bullied her so badly in middle school that she tried to kill herself. Then... she started to date him. But the real kicker is... he apologises, and she feels more conflicted over befriending a bully who's apologised than she does over befriending bullies who HAVEN'T apologised.
❌ It's ridiculously obvious that the boys don't give a damn about her. Meanwhile, she follows them around - in a supremely TSTL move, she gets into a car with them and lets them take her to an unknown location. She says herself how stupid this is, and realises she could have been raped or worse. She also tries desperately to connect with them on a human level, asking them their dreams/hopes/aspirations, sympathising with their daddy issues. Lord, give me strength. She's so thick that HER FRIENDS are the ones who have to be like 'Um, are you seriously crushing on Creed, who's exposed your past and secrets to the public!?' Yes. Yes, she is.
❌ Now for the dreaded OW. It goes without saying that Marnye is a virgin. Meanwhile, all the boys regularly hook up with multiple girls right in front of her. She even walks in on Tristan fucking an older girl in the girls' bathroom. I can tolerate OW before the relationship starts, IF the heroine a) isn't a virgin or b) feels no jealousy. No, Marnye was definitely jealous, and it killed me that she felt jealous over guys who'd clearly demonstrated their contempt for her. She's also turned on by seeing the guys' post-sex face!!! Even though they were literally just having sex with another girl!! I know I've yammered on about this, but she has zero self-respect. She lets them use her to make other girls jealous.
THINGS WHICH STILL ANNOYED ME, BUT SLIGHTLY LESS
❌ The author keeps calling these 15-year-old boys MEN. Like, please. No. They're boys. Speaking of which... how many 15-year-olds are incredibly ripped with six-packs and are covered with tattoos?
❌ Why are every single one of the Idols (barring a senior girl) freshmen? Admittedly I have no first-hand experience of American schools, but I imagine it's a bit like having Year 7s rule the school while the Year 13s just sit back and take it. In no reality can I see that happening.
So basically, Marnye ruined any hope I had of enjoying the book. I'm going to read the sequel, because she's claiming she's got some big revenge plan, and I want to see if she really delivers. But I fear she won't. In the last chapter, when she's just discovered how terribly the guys used her, THE SEXINESS OF THEIR VOICES ARE STILL ON HER MIND.
This has been such a cathartic experience...
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Holy shit. Marnye better annihilate them in book 2 or I won't be a happy camper.
Yes, bully romances with elitist asshole heroes are all the rage. And I admit to loving it when it's well done.
When it's really badly done with a weak heroine and characters that don't come off as appealing, it's just annoying.
I was so aggravated with the heroine that i wanted to throw my Ipad across the room. This book is basically about the poor scholarship girl getting SUPER BULLIED by a group called the Idols at a school for the uber rich.
A book of contradictions.
This girl, apparently from across the track, who has been bullied for years at her previous school, is supremely naive when it comes to the three Idol dudes who basically decimate her at every turn for months and months... In the worst WAYS!!!!
But all the while, whenever the pay the slightest bit of attention to her, she begins bantering about her belly 'flutters' and how attractive they are. WHAT?!
She goes off with them whenever they ask. She lets them into her room. She keeps going to the parties. She kisses them and let them touch her. I got the feeling the author was kinda going for a reverse harem theme? But whatever, it just didn't work out. She never suspected what they were up to? I mean I saw it right away when they went from day to night in a few moments.
How can she be so stupid??? Why did the author think this would be believable? I just kept reading because I was actually looking forward to seeing how they were going to fuck her up! And they did, in a supreme way. The there's the cliffhanger with a promise of revenge.
Oh and BTW...these kids are 15.
In 5 words: the prologue ruined the book.
Never had a chance to enjoy this book as by chapter 6 I knew that the prologue was the ending. Why should I invest in characters and their actions if I already know how it’s going to end?! Yes, you can argue as the start to a series I should have expected how the characters would end up, but to literally shove it in my face first thing was poor writing.
I finished the book but (as expected after my realisation) found myself not caring for the characters nor their emotional journey. Overall, this made me feel unsatisfied and frustrated with the entire thing. I normally greatly enjoy C M Stunichs’ novels but for me she misses the mark with this one.
If you do plan to read Filthy Rich Boys, my advice would be to skip the prologue.
I teach and work with both middle and high schoolers. These CHILDREN do NOT act like them.
Why make a book based on 14 and 15 yr olds but have them act/think like college students? I believe the author just wanted to be edgy and it was a marketing strategy because almost everyone that said that read this say they imagined they were much older because the way they acted and for the book to be less creepy.
Because a book series geared for adults about how hot and sexy - and all the sexual things that happened in here is creepy, disturbing and disgusting.
It doesn't matter that students those ages had sex and stuff - having adults read about it is sorta pedo. And this isn't YA either.
I don't understand how she is supposedly smart. All the signs were there. The book screams Boys Over Flowers and follows all the clique tropes - very poor girl gets into rich school is perfect at everything and top of her class, rich students hate her and does pranks, the top students all in a club and has the poor girl come to events/play a card game, etc. There are scenes stolen from movies and I eye rolled at the "perfect hair flip" moments.
The book jumps around a lot - and sorta seems like there should have been a prequel to it about her middle school years. I don't understand how or why she forgave the 3 guys so easily with all the crap they did to her yet she can't forgive or talk to her mother. The whole 1st chair harp thing is unbelievable too. - even with the whole "my dad had to work a 2nd job to pay for lessons" when she complained about him being a constant drunk and it was hard for him to keep a job.
And how can she get over what the guys did to her by THANKSGIVING and started to fall for them.... Yet she had a hard time forgiving Zach (pre blow up at the end of book).
I think she's dumb. Plain and simple. You magically get into a rich school and forgive the bullies - only for it to bite you in the end.
Especially when she had bully problems all during middle school! How didn't she have any PSTD!?!? If she cut herself and was suicidal in MD she should be lapsing.
She is dumb because she kept foolishly going along with the guys like they were best friends.... When they were still mocking her and bullying her. But it's okay - they are rich and hot so I will let them drag me to places in the middle of the night, mistreat me etc. FFS.
Basically this book should be set in college not high school and the FMC was too cliche and dumb. She got herself into all those situations and didn't use the smarts (and experiences) she supposedly had.
Stunich's newest release dives into the world of the wicked and privileged. The girls are vicious, the boys are vindictive, and our FMC might just be in over her head.
With great privilege comes a world where teens can gamble and trade away tens of thousands of dollars, the elite plan engagements before they're able to legally vote, and the heirs gather in secret societies where their only mission is to indulge in their ugliest desires.
Marnye, our FMC, is a normal girl who's given an extraordinary opportunity to get out of the poor life she's grown up in. I liked Marnye, honestly, more than I really expected to. I had high hopes when I read Stunich's note at the beginning of the book that promised the MMCs would actually need to change- that we wouldn't just see an FMC compromise herself and totally give herself to guys that had not earned it.
The prologue makes it pretty clear to us that even when it might seem like things might change to smooth sailing, rough waters are still lurking ahead.
She gets a bit swept up in the Idols' devious ways, but there's a fire in Marnye that just won't be permanently dimmed, and I really like that she's ready to rise from the ashes of her first year and come back with a vengeance.
The guys are an intriguing enough bunch...I'm curious what's real and what's pretend. What part of what we see is who their character truly is? Which parts were made up as part of the games they play? There's something to catch readers' attention when it comes to each guy, and the cruel games they're caught up in make it all the more mysterious to really get a feel for who they are.
Overall, I didn't go into this with extremely high hopes. I haven't really read a lot of "bully romance" in the past. But honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. Although the things the Idols do are undeniably wicked and abusive, there's still some lines that have not been crossed in the first book that keep it from being so dark that you feel like there won't be a bright spot ahead. I'm actually excited for book two, and I want to see the havoc that Marnye wreaks in year two.