Through the first two parts of this well-written novel, you feel sorry for the poor little rich girl, whose heiress single mother is a cruel parent, when she can be bothered to pay attention to her daughter.
At 15 the daughter, Bettina, hits boarding school and emulates her mother's callous behavior. You understand that she's doing it to gain Babs's approval (Babs is not known to Bettina as anything but Babs) and the school's popular girl crowd. I was horrified, but also saddened, as I can see exactly how that could happen.
As I said, the writing in the book is good--elegant and clever, but not too much so, but I wasn't crazy about the ending. It was extreme and at the same time too consciously resolution-y.