Poor Little Rich Kids: A Book List for people who want to see how the other half really lives

As many of the characters here will tell you, the hardest part of having it all is having to deal with it all: The good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Living in worlds of privilege that most of us can only imagine, these characters don’t always have it as easy as we might think. Family bonds aren’t always so strong, and it turns out real friends aren’t that easy to find when you can buy everything else. If you want to see how the other half really lives (and how they deal with it) these books can help:

  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
    Dade spends his last summer at home falling in love with a dangerous boy and watching the case of a missing girl unfold from the television in his home’s refrigerator.
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
    James has no idea what he’s going to do with his life. He just knows it can’t involve spending time with people his own age. Especially people his own age in college.
  • Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
    Victoria Jurgen should, by all accounts, be one of the beautiful people. Instead she dresses as her favorite Sci-Fi movie character and calls herself Egg.
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    When you’re the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history at the age of twelve and a vast family fortune isn’t enough, it’s time to steal some gold from some fairies.
  • King of the Screwups by K. L. Going
    Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity until his father exiles him to a podunk town in upstate New York. Could the answer to his problems lie in becoming Mr. UNpopular?
  • Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley
    As she rehabs her busted-up knee, Syrah rehabs her heart and learns that she’s worth her weight in real gold.
  • Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor
    Jan (pronounced “Yahn”) Miller’s life might be one of privilege. But it is definitely not glamorous. She’d have to be an It Girl for that to happen.
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    Frankie Landau-Banks has everything a girl could want: the looks, the boyfriend, the family money. So what set her on the path of possible criminal mastermind?
  • Trust Falls (Wessex Papers Book 1) by Daniel Parker
    When Fred arrives at Wessex Academy he uncovers intrigue and scandal that even the most spoiled of brats would find shocking.
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare: You’d think being Prince of Denmark would be easy. As if.
  • Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford: When their grandmother “Almighty Lou” announces her intentions to disinherit the family because one of them has deeply offended her, the Sullivan sisters have until New Year’s Day to confess to their trespasses or see the family fortune donated to a charity that donates ponchos to puppies in need.
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
    When you already have everything else, what’s the harm in a little scandal? Or a little gossip for that matter?