Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: Best Books About Rich Kids Misbehaving

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

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

very twisted things

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 want to know: what are your favorite books about rich kids behaving badly?

Leave your answers in the comments below and check back next week for a reading list!