It is what it is--and the book blurb (and its gorgeous cover) tells you as much! There were lots of pretty girls in pretty dresses and mischievous boys. The Gossip Girl comparisons are not without reason, and if you know that going in, your expectations will be met.Besides all the pretty dresses--and don't get me wrong, there are a lot--there are also balls and engagements and secret affairs and all that good stuff. It honestly made me wish I had a dressmaker who would make me an elaborate fancy gown for my "coming out" ball where I get to drink champagne and gossip behind lace fans. Alas. The writing was descriptive and vivid, and the narrative structure of the book (ie "giving away" the ending at the beginning) was clever and had me hooked, wanting to figure out how it had happened. I probably should have seen the "twist" at the end coming, but I was a little caught up in all the dresses. It was a nice surprise and ended on a good note.