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But it was clear from driving by their homes that the kids weren’t as rich as everyone seemed to want to believe. Everybody wanted them to be like kids on Gossip Girl, but it seemed they lived more like typical teenagers. They were better off than many kids, at the dawning of the Great Recession; but they didn’t appear to be wealthy in the way of the new elite class that had been engaging in the deregulated accumulation of capital for the better part of three decades. They weren’t as rich as people in Calabasas, or their victims, either. Which made them wannabes." - an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Part One: The Fame Monster (The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales)