Riot Recommendation

23 Of The Best Books About Rich Kids Misbehaving

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills, a standalone novel in the New Adult Romance Briarcrest Academy series.

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Vital Rejects front guy Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood. Okay, maybe he did. After all, he’s a cocky dude who knows he’s hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned.

But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems.

After being cheated on, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. Spying on his mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people.

Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who’s lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future.

He’s the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She’s the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn’t even know who he is. When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off. Yet, giving his heart to a girl isn’t Sebastian’s plan; falling for a guy who craves attention isn’t Violet’s.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy—Hollywood style—where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.


They have money, distracted parents, and a sense of entitlement the size of the Titanic: it’s a sure-fire formula for excellent novelized shenanigans. Whether they’re committing felonies on crusty New England school grounds (hello, The Secret History), hiding secrets from each other and everyone they know (Pretty Little Liars, anyone?), or engaging in other activities that would make their parents break out in hives, we wanted to know what your favorite books about rich kids misbehaving were and you answered.

Here’s a round-up of 23 of your favorite badly behaving rich kids. Prepare to (love to) hate ’em:

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Great by Sara Benincasa

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Ivy by Lauren Kunze

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh

Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Sway by Zachary Lazar

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart