City Secrets (Canterwood Crest Series #9)

City Secrets (Canterwood Crest Series #9)

by Jessica Burkhart


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Sasha and Heather have a rocky friendship, to say the least. But it’s Heather who Sasha must turn to when she and her best friend, Paige, have a huge fight right before Fall Break. The problem? Sasha was supposed to spend the vacation with Paige in New York City. And since Heather also lives in Manhattan…The solution may not be pretty, but Sasha doesn’t have much choice. Can she and Heather put aside their differences and enjoy their time away from school?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442403802
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: Canterwood Crest Series , #9
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 101,694
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jessica Burkhart (a.k.a. Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Tennessee. (It’s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess’s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at

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I PEERED OUT THE TINTED WINDOW OF HEATHER Fox’s Lincoln Town Car and stared up at her building on Park Avenue in NYC. Twenty-four hours ago I’d never imagined I’d be spending fall break with my former arch nemesis.

“Wow,” I said, turning to Heather. “You live here?”

She flicked her blond hair over her shoulder and rolled her eyes. “Don’t freak out, Silver. This is just the driveway. If you’re acting like this now, you might have a stroke when we get inside.”

This was where I’d be staying for Canterwood Crest’s weeklong fall break. Until last night I’d been supposed to stay with my best friend and roommate, Paige Parker, but . . . my thoughts stopped short. I didn’t want to think about my fight with Paige.

The driver, in a crisp black suit and red tie, halted the car. His brown hair was streaked with gray and he had been supernice to us on the ride from school. He got out of the car, opened Heather’s door, and offered her a hand. I scrambled out after her and she sighed.

“Paul was going to come around to your side next,” Heather said. “At least act like you’ve been to a real city before.”

“I have,” I said. “I—” I shook my head, not wanting to finish the sentence. The last time I’d been to NYC was when I’d visited Paige last summer. We’d been planning this fall break forever, until . . .

“Sasha!” Heather said, putting a hand on her hip. “Space much?”

“Sorry,” I said, directing my gaze back to the building. “Forgot what I was going to say.”

But there was no way I could forget. Not the awful fight Paige and I’d had last night at Friday’s Homecoming dance. In a flash of images I saw Paige and me standing in the bathroom just off the Canterwood Crest ballroom. Paige had accused me of being jealous that Ryan was her boyfriend because I didn’t have one. And I’d lost it. It had been too much after I’d suffered through Homecoming week—forced to do activities with Jacob (my ex-almost-boyfriend) and Eric (my ex-boyfriend). I’d wanted Paige to be more sensitive about everything. But instead she’d turned on me.

The trunk of the car slammed shut and an attendant came and picked up Heather’s and my suitcases, loading them onto a cart.

“C’mon,” Heather said. “Our stuff will be upstairs in a sec.”

I followed her as a doorman tipped his hat, opening the door to let us inside. “Miss Fox,” he said.

“Hi, Allen,” Heather said. She smiled at him and we walked into a lobby that looked like something out of a movie set. Nothing looked real.

“You have exactly two seconds to gawk before I shove you back in the car,” Heather said to me.

I couldn’t help it. The white-and-sandy-colored marble floors gleamed. A security guard monitored people heading for one of the six elevators. The gold elevators looked imposing, and elevator attendants waited to offer assistance if necessary.

A giant stone fireplace, surrounded by crimson high-backed chairs, cast heat across the lobby. Gleaming gold fireplace tools were hung on the hearth. It looked like a spot I’d never leave during the winter if I lived here. I’d curl up with Misty of Chincoteague, one of my favorite books, and read for hours.

Placed around the room were coffee tables and end tables—most with neat stacks of magazines, and others with vases of flowers. Potted plants were in the corners of the room. There were a few cream-colored couches where people sat and read books or chatted in quiet tones on their phones.

My gaze traveled upward to the high ceiling and six crystal chandeliers that sparkled. Hundreds of crystals dangled from the chandeliers and reflected bits of light onto the ceiling. The chandeliers alone screamed elegance.

On the opposite side of the elevators, a staircase with a gleaming wooden railing wrapped around the side of the room, over the fireplace, and to what looked like another level of the lobby. I stared down at my jeans and flip-flops—I looked so out of place here.

“Enough already,” Heather said, grabbing my elbow. “People are going to stare. I do live here and have to see my neighbors occasionally when I’m here on break.”

“Sorry,” I said.

I followed Heather past the security desk. She waved at the guard and he smiled at her.

We waited for the elevator, then stepped inside. The doors closed behind us and I almost fell back against wall when I turned to face the door.

“There’s a TV in your elevator?” I asked.

Heather smirked. “So easily impressed. It’s only going to get better from here, so chill before you pass out or something.”

“I’m not going to faint,” I muttered.

The elevator doors opened and I held my breath as we stepped into the hallway. The walls were eggshell, and the dark gray carpet had red and gold swirls. Golden accents ran along the top of the walls, near the ceiling, and I half-expected a movie star to emerge from one of the rooms. This looked like a building where celebs would def live.

We turned the corner and stopped in front of a dark cherrywood doorway labeled PH1 in gold. Heather pressed four numbers into a keypad, and I wiped my sweaty hands on my jeans. Heather’s parents weren’t exactly . . . nice, and Mr. Fox always made me nervous. He never missed a chance to be intimidating or to make the people around him sweat.

The red light on the keypad turned to a blinking green, and Heather pushed down the door handle. I took another breath, hoping I’d made the right decision by coming here. But it was too late to go back now. My parents had left for vacation, and there was no way I could—or would—stay with Paige. I was stuck here no matter what.

© 2010 Jessica Burkhart

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City Secrets (Canterwood Crest Series #9) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
bubblegumarshmalowstudios More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful! Full of drama, crushes, forbidden love, family situations, and, of course, classic New York! Sasha Silver has decided to spend Fall break at frenemy Heather Fox's New York estate, but she finds that having money and living with the Fox's is not all it's cracked up to be. Mr. Fox is all about riding and work, while Mrs. Fox is all about clothes and shopping sprees. And, a run in with roommate Paige, makes for an awkward conversation, or as Sasha would say it, ''convo''. Sasha will learn that New Yorkk isn't as crazy as she thought, and Heather's life isn't all that great.
cowgirlAG More than 1 year ago
how can it be? heather fox and sasha silver?? friends? now sasha is staying in NY but this time with her number one enimie but if you think.... who had always been the problem?? jasmine and now shes gone 4 good!!! heather knows the truth about what happened at the party ! and now callie is never going to be sasha's friend again! paige.... who knows ? after their fight....! could heather end up being the kind of best friend sasha never had? find out in city secerets!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! I so can't believe that Paige and Sasha fought with each other. I loved Paige so much, but I also like that Heather and Sasha are now becoming friends. I also like how the author talks about how nice that NYC is. I have been reading this series for so long now, I LOVE it! I totally reccomend it. Keep reading the books!
Sarah Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Once again Jessica wows us eith a mix of drama, boys, boydrama, friends, and of cource horses. Jessica makes me feel like am standing over sasha's shoulder watching everything i really want to live at canterwood and ride horses. I really love the fact that jessica used actual places in New York City in this book. GO CANTERWOID!!!:)
Horsie_Girl_13 More than 1 year ago
I almost stopped reading this series because of the dramatic bits. Overall, I liked it! This had many twists and turns and the ending was awesome. I'm not gonna spoil it, but I really like Heather more and more as I keep reading. It definatly will keep me reading the series untill it ends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it wasn't my fav Canterwood Crest (it takes place on break in NYC, and I missed the school atmosphere, because there were limited characters), I still loved the story and the writing style of Jessica Burkhart, the best author I've ever read. Her voice is real and young, and her style amazing. I love the characters, as well as following them from adventure to adventure, and the new setting provided an interesting twist. I can't wait to see where the story goes,and as always Team Canterwood!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could, i wold give this book WAYY more than 5 stars. I read the whole canterwood crest series up to popular and im COMPLETELY OBSESSSEEDDD with these books!! i do have to say though my favorite book would have to be this one! TEAM SASHA!!!!!!!!!:):):):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this boox twists and turns. Is a def read!U R NOT wasting ur money. Go CCA!!!!!!!:)::):):):):):):):):):):):):):
HunterJumper More than 1 year ago
I read all the Canterwood crest books and i personally think that City Secrets is the best...
-CanterwoodCrestCrazy- More than 1 year ago
Here is yet another example of Jessica Burkhart's natural talent and voice.Canterwood Crest: City Secrets is the nineth book in the Canterwood Crest Series. It combines horses,drama,and lip gloss together in a way that catches the reader and draws them in instantly. It is entertaining, absorbing, and funny. Jessica Burkhart's unique and captivating voice brings the CC characters to life. The CC girls are relatable and facinating with real-life problems, thoughts, actions, and situations. Every character is unique and fun. This book is the perfect recipe with a mix of good characters, fun horses, and drama filled situations (but always with a touch of humor). Jessica Burkhart may easily be one of best tween/teen writers in the world. She really knows how to make the books fun,yet dramatic; serious, yet funny; horsey, yet not overly horsey. She has an amazing gift and writes with a voice that will take you over and draw you in effortlessly. I always am excited for the next book and they have never failed to thrill me. Here is my take on Canterwood Crest:City Secrets: 13 year-old Sasha Silver is spending fall break with her old enemy/new friend, Heather Fox in her gorgeous NYC penthouse. Sasha wasn't exactly planning break this way. She and her BFF/roomie, Paige Parker have been planning to go and stay in NYC at Paige's apartment. But at the end of the previous book, Canterwood Crest: Home Sweet Darma, Paige and Sasha got into a huge fight and that ended their long, well-planned trip. Although Sasha wants to forgive Paige, she knows they need some time apart,so when Heather offers to have Sasha stay with her over break, she accepts. Heather is extremely nice to Sasha and her comments have turned from hurtful to teasing. The girls go riding, shopping, get manicures, and sight seeing. Just as the girls are bonding, Heather throws a fastball. She try's to be helpful but it makes Sasha flip. Read more in Canterwood Crest: City Secrets. I really enjoyed City Secrets, no surprise. It was fun to see the somewhat nicer side of Heather, while she still kept the snarky comments that we know and love. The girls got to see lots of sites and it was nice to hear about them relaxing. It was a good break from the high-drama campus lifestyle. It did lack a lot of drama (with the exclusion of the ending) and had limited characters but it was still amazing. It wasn't my favorite CC book but it was, as usual, fabulous. It sets you up nicely for a drama-filled Canterwood Crest: Elite Ambition(Book 10). I would recomend this book for girls, ages 9-15. Even if you aren't a horse person, these are still great books for you, with many un-horsey parts to balance the horseiness. I know you will love these books so READ READ READ!
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
After Sasha and Paige's massive fight, Sasha decides to spend break with Heather in New York. Sasha relates her fight with Paige to Heater - including the worst comment from Paige. Sasha still can't believe that Paige could be so cruel. She knows they both need some cooling off time. The first night they have dinner with Heather's parents. It's a disaster. Sasha can't believe how parents could act so cold and uninterested. After dinner, the two relax with a movie. Over the next few days, they shop, eat at amazing places, explore the city, and continue with their riding. Sasha loves seeing New York City through Heather's eyes. They aren't best friends, Heather still orders Sasha around and makes snarky comments, but the comments have changed from hurtful to snarky. Before Sasha knows it, it's almost time to go back to Canterwood. Will she be able to work out her issues with Paige? My Thoughts: I love this series, but I hate (love) how each book ends leaving me drooling for the rest of the story. I love seeing this new side of Heather and her home life. It makes me understand her a little better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has absolutly everything a girl wants to read!!! And the best part is they can relate to it well atleast i know i can relateto her horse and boy probs! Jess writes in the most best writing eva ! She takes u into the book and u actually feel like sasha dealing with ja ob crushing on her and the tention between her and paige througjout the whole series!! Its a tots read for all girls who have guy probs def!!!! I cant srop reading this series and cant wait to c wat appens at tje end but kindof dont wanna finish it cuz then there would be no more sasha or charm in my life anymore!!! Well anyway for every girl out there ull love this read like u lov ur family ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book has a change of scenery. I love the campus but the change is nice. I also love how we learn more about Heather. Worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looooooove this series! It has everything, boys,drama, horses, fights! Everything a girl wants to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever in the whole world ilove it and you have to read if you like horses and teenage drama funny author you would love it hope you like it and read it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
City Secrets is yet another example of Jessica Burkhart's gift for narrating the inner workings of a teenage girl's mind and also painting a picture for the reader that brings you in and makes you feel like a part of the story. The horse elements of the story and the bond between horse and rider are flawlessly written. As a New Yorker and teenage girl myself, the city was accurately described without breaking the narrative flow, and the way she wrote the insecurity when it comes to boys was unbelivably true! I can't wait for Elite Ambition to come out in September.
lucky11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series! Great reads.
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So much drama
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, i love the series. I read this book and if u like drama than this is the right book for u. The cover looks very off, but I LOVE this series and I'm not much of a horse fan, but it has enough twists and turns to make u beg for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The covers of these books are like paige is 8 yrs old sasha is 12 heather is 14 an everyone else jut look luke creepy dolls or REALLY babyish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't even finished this particular book in the series yet, but I am in love. I mean, if you're on the ninth book, you must love it! I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves a good drama/romance twist, with a little something for all of us horse lovers! Don't pass up the opportunity. It's great. ¿¿
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