Today, I’m spotlighting a book releasing tomorrow that I’m super excited about. Described as a combination of Crazy Rich Asians, Gossip Girl, and The Devil Wears Prada, The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao sounds like a fantastic debut novel!! Let’s check it out:
About the Book:
Title: The Fraud Squad
Author: Kyla Zhao
Page Length: 368
Publication Date: Jan. 17, 2023
Publisher: Berkley Books
Synopsis: A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself—in this propulsive novel by debut author Kyla Zhao.
For as long as she can remember, Samantha Song has dreamed of writing for a high-society magazine—and she’d do anything to get there. But the constant struggle to help her mom make ends meet and her low social status cause her dream to feel like a distant fantasy.
Now Samantha finds herself working at a drab PR firm. Living vicariously through her wealthy coworker and friend, Anya Chen, is the closest she’ll get to her ideal life. Until she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s elite families—and Samantha’s one chance at infiltrating the high-society world to which she desperately wants to belong.
To Samantha’s surprise, Timothy and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself on Singapore’s socialite scene. But the borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every glamorous event can only get her so far. The rest is on Samantha, and she’s determined to impress the editor in chief of Singapore’s poshest magazine. But the deeper Samantha wades into this fraud, the more she fears being exposed—especially with a mysterious gossip columnist on the prowl for dirt—forcing her to reconcile her pretense with who she really is before she loses it all.
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About the Author:
Kyla Zhao had her first women’s magazine byline at the age of sixteen, writing about weddings for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore before she’s even had her first kiss. Since then, she has also written for the Singapore editions of Vogue and Tatler—experiences which that helped shape the settings in this book. A native Singaporean, Kyla now works in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford University in 2021 with an MA in communications and BA in psychology. She’s still trying to understand why Californians adore hiking and Patagonia fleeces so much.