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Mechling, Lauren & MOSER, Laura. Foreign exposure; the social climber abroad.

MECHLING, Lauren & MOSER, Laura. Foreign exposure; the social climber abroad. Houghton Mifflin, Graphia. 312p. c2007. 0-618-66379-8. $8.99. S

Having survived her first school year in New York at the elite Baldwin School, Mimi Schulman (The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber and All Q, No A: More Tales of a 10th Grade Social Climber) is off to Berlin to spend the summer with her mother. Mimi is less than thrilled about these plans. She has little in common with her mother (a psychology professor in Berlin on a fellowship) and can't stand her mother's hypochondriac boyfriend. Her summer gets even worse when, without consulting Mimi, her mother volunteers her to play nanny to annoyingly precious twins. It all becomes too much for Mimi to handle, so she flees to London to stay with a friend from New York. Mimi scores an internship at A-Ha!, a celebrity tabloid. Maybe her summer won't be so bad, after all. She's making quirky new friends, meeting celebrities, and living for free in a posh mansion. It isn't long, however, before Mimi's conscience gets the better of her and her seemingly cool job starts to look less appealing.

New readers may pick up this book expecting to find superficial characters living charmed and privileged lives, with very little plot. Thankfully, as fans of the first two books in this series already know, Mimi brings unexpected depth to the story. She continues to explore who she is and what she wants. To call her a "social climber" no longer seems fitting. Her summer experiences in Berlin, London, and back home in New York all help teach her more about the person she is becoming. Naturally, the ending leaves readers wondering what will happen as Mimi heads into her junior year. Amanda MacGregor, St. Cloud, MN

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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