THE EMPIRE STATE IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE STATE OF THE EMPIRE!
After the thrill of breaking the biggest new story in Bugle history, Mimi Schulman is ready for a well-deserved hiatus from school and the turbulent life of undercover reporting. She'd love to stay in New York City and take a class or get a job like a regular teen. But in order to fulfill her end of the bargain with her parents, Mimi must spend the summer with her mother in Germany, babysitting for a set of terrible twin eight-year-olds.
On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Mimi jets across the English Channel to stay with her New York friend Lily, whose family friend offers her a job at the hottest British celebrity rag. Never one to shy away from getting the latest scoop, Mimi finds herself caught up in the fabulous lives of socialites, all the while falling for a charming Brit and trying to keep up with London mores and style. But when she gets involved with an exposé that could ruin one of London's biggest names, understanding the lingo becomes the least of Mimi's troubles.
This last step in the rise of the social climber is sure to entertain fans of Mimi Schulman, with its London luxury and British slang. And newcomers will be charmed by Mimi's cunning wit and insightful perspective. Whether she's in New York City, Berlin, or England, Mimi's struggles with family, work, and relationships will resonate with adults and teens from all corners of the world. As she heads toward life as an upperclassman, it seems Mimi's true ascension has only just begun.
Lauren Mechling grew up in Brooklyn and has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Seventeen. Laura Moser grew up in Houston, Texas. She is the author of a biography of Bette Davis and has written for various publications, including Newsday, Slate, and the Guardian. Both Laura and Lauren are crazy about London where Laura lived for three years and Lauren spent a winter as a cat sitter. Though they still pine for London's trashy nighttime soaps, fry-up breakfasts, and advanced text-messaging technology, they now call New York home. Both authors live in Brooklyn.