The Private novel series currently consists of thirteen books and two prequels:
* 1. '''Private'''
* 2. '''Invitation Only'''
* 3. '''Untouchable'''
* 4. '''Confessions'''
* 5. '''Inner Circle'''
* 6. '''Legacy'''
* 7. '''Ambition'''
* 8. '''Revelation'''
* 9. '''Paradise Lost'''
* 10. '''Suspicion'''
* 11. '''Scandal'''
* 12. '''Vanished'''
* 13. '''Ominous'''
* ''Prequels'':
*** '''Last Christmas''' (Set a year before the events of the first book and Reed's arrival at Easton Academy)
**** '''The Book of Spells''' (Set in 1915 and follows the ancestors of three of the main Billings girls. When they find the titular ''Book of Spells'' the trio decide to form their very own coven. But they soon find that magic is not to be messed with when tragedy strikes their midst...)

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[[folder: Main Characters]]

!!''Reed Brennan''
The main character of the ''Private'' series. She transfers to Easton Academy from a state school in the hopes of eventually getting into an Ivy League college when she graduates. As soon as she arrives she becomes obsessed with joining the Billings Girls-the most elite clique at the academy. Several things seem to conspire to prevent this happening however and Reed soon finds that it is a ruthless climb to get to the top.

* DistressedDamsel
* FishOutOfWater: Reed is a lower middle class freshman student suddenly plunged into a world of insanely rich and privileged upperclassmen students.
* JerkAssWoobie.
* NaiveNewcomer
* PreppyName
* ScholarshipStudent: Transfers to Easton Academy on a scholarship programme.
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: Not only do she and Noelle Lange share the same father, they are both both descendants of witches. This goes double for Reed who discovers that not only is she a descendant of Eliza Williams on her father's side, she is also a descendant of Helen Jennings on her mother's side. This, according to Noelle's grandmother, makes her potentially the most powerful witch of the new coven.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Is a gifted academic student and is also a keen lacrosse player.
* [[TookALevelInJerkAss TookALevelInRuthlessness]]: Poor Reed discovers she has to do this in order to become top dog at Easton Academy.
* [[TwoFirstNames TwoLastNames]]

!! ''Noelle Lange''

The (unofficial) leader of the Billings Girls sorority on campus and the coolest girl in the Academy. Extremely rich and confident she is [[spoiler: or was]] the best friend of Ariana Osgood and something of an AlphaBitch in her first appearance. She gradually shows a softer side when dealing with new initiates into Billings House although those who get on the wrong side of her can still expect to receive a vicious tongue lashing. She is also very loyal to those she considers friends.

* CoolBigSis: For most of the Billings House clique [[spoiler: as well as Reed]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* KickTheDog: Forcing Reed to publically break up with a boy Kiran Hayes was secretly dating as part of Reed's initiation into Billings House. All because the boy Kiran liked was part of a house at Easton Academy that is seen by the other students as lower-class. Noelle remains one of the most popular characters in the fandom despite this.
* [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather ReedIAmYourSister]] ]]
* MakeWayForThePrincess: Not an actual princess by any means, but on campus her status is second only to Paige Ryan's.
* [[MysteriousPast MysteriousScar]]: Has a three inch long red scar along her hip bone the origin of which she refuses to reveal.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: It was her idea to [[spoiler: kidnap Thomas]] in order to get revenge for what he did to Reed. The original plot was to strip him, blindfold him and leave him tied up somewhere remote to shame him. However [[spoiler: Ariana later snuck out to free him after the prank was over. A confused and disoriented Thomas blamed her for the prank and threatened to go to the police leading Ariana to lose her temper and murder him with a baseball bat.]] After the prank goes horribly wrong, the stress of keeping their involvement a secret almost leads to the break-up of the Billings Girls sorority and Reed nearly being killed.
* TheNicknamer: Dubs Reed the "glass-licker" after catching her staring after her group in Billings House.
* RichBitch: At first until she warms up to Reed and increasingly becomes a LovableAlphaBitch.
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: Not only are she and Reed half-sisters through her father, it also turns out that they are both witches- the descendants of Eliza Williams.]]

!! ''Paige Ryan''
The ''queen'' of Billings House and the only person considered cooler than Noelle Lange.

* AlphaBitch: Becomes this after the events of '''Paradise Lost'''.
* [[BigManOnCampus BigWomanOnCampus]]: She is considered the 'queen' of Billings House because her great-grandmother Theresa Billings was the namesake of the house.
* RichBitch
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: She is also a witch through being a descendant of Theresa Billings.]]


!! ''Ivy Slade''
A later newcomer to Easton Academy. Initially presented as the {{Foil}} to Reed, becoming the only person in the Academy's history to turn down an invite into Billings House; she eventually becomes one of Reed's closest friends.

* AloofAlly: At first.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: She was this for Josh Hollis until they break up in '''Suspicion'''. ]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Cheyenne Martin.

!! ''Taylor Bell''
One of the members of Noelle Lange's original clique. Has a photographic memory and is a gifted student. One of the nicest and most innocent characters in the series.

* CommutingOnABus: after she leaves Billings [[spoiler: following the murder of Thomas and her emotional breakdown]] she shows up for a few parties and vacations the gang goes on.
* TheCutie
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Described as being a "cherub" with messy dark blonde hair and big blue eyes.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* [[NiceGuy NiceGirl]]
* PutOnABus: After the prank [[spoiler: on Thomas]] goes horribly wrong both she and Kiran have a hard time keeping things a secret. She eventually decides to transfer out of Easton when everyone finds out about the prank, citing that she could never willingly be in a school which could allow students like [[spoiler: Thomas Pearson]] to be enrolled. It eventually comes to light that [[spoiler: Ariana forced her to leave Easton]].
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses

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!! ''Ariana Osgood''
The first person to befriend Reed when she transfers to Easton Academy. A bookish and studious girl with masses of wavy blonde hair she appears to be the least snobby of Noelle Lange's clique at Billings House.

* BreakoutCharacter: Gets her own spin off series called '''Privilege'''.
* [[CharacterTics CharacterTrait]]: Is very observant about minor details and people's appearances almost to the point of SuperOCD.
* ChildOfDivorcedParents: In her backstory.
* DaddysGirl
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil: She and Thomas were dating in secret before Reed arrived at Easton.]] In '''Last Christmas''' more of her and Thomas's backstory is revealed. She believes herself to be so in love with Thomas that she'd do anything for him, even murder. When Thomas dumps her for Reed she {{Understatement }} snaps. [[spoiler: and recruits Reed into Billings House so that she can spy on her and eventually kill her.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The reason behind many of the things she does, especially in the '''Privilege''' novels.
* TheIngenue: Played with.
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler: The novels hint that her mother being mentally ill is the cause of her own insanity. The novels '''Ominous''' and '''The Book Of Spells''' also hint at a supernatural cause.]]
* [[MommasBoy MommasGirl]]: She is very close with her mother although she also resents the fact that her mother is so dependent on her.
* OppositesAttract: The reason why she and Noelle are best friends.
* [[spoiler: PoisonousFriend: What she eventually turns out to be.]]
* [[spoiler: PsychoExGirlfriend: For Thomas. She murders him when he tells her he never loved her and that he is now in love with Reed.]]
* [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse: Tries to murder Reed at the climax of '''Confessions'''. Luckily Noelle arrives and knocks her out with a lacrosse stick before she can succeed.]]
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: Is the descendant of witches through her ancestor Catherine White. It is implied in both '''Ominous''' and '''The Book of Spells''' that her enmity with Reed has a supernatural angle to it (as well as romantic rivalry over Thomas Pearson) due to the demon possessed Catherine White cursing all the descendants of Helen Jennings, Theresa Billings and Eliza Williams.]]
* [[spoiler: SerialKiller]]
* TheSmartGuy
* TeamMom: For the Billings Girls and Noelle Lange's clique.

!! ''Josh Hollis''

Reed's on and off again boyfriend. She begins dating him after Thomas Pearson [[spoiler: is murdered]] but they do not become the OfficialCouple until mid way through the novels.

* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted. Definitely one of the nicest characters in the series.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Described as being blond and tanned.
* GreenEyes
* NiceGuy
* OfficialCouple: With Reed.
* SecondLove: For Reed after [[spoiler: Thomas's death]]. Also [[spoiler: Ivy Slade briefly becomes this for Josh until he and Reed reunite late into '''Suspicion'''. This puts tension between the two girls until the events of '''Scandal''']].

!! ''Thomas Pearson''
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: He is Easton Academy's resident drug dealer.
* BlackSheep: Of the Pearson family because of his drug dealing ways. He is terrified of being cut off financially if he is caught and expelled from Easton Academy.
* CainAndAbel: Turns out his relationship with his older brother is like this.
* TheCorrupter: It is implied that the reason he chases after Reed and [[spoiler: Ariana]] is because they are typical "good girls" and he enjoys the chase.
* JerkAss.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath: He was going to come clean about everything with him and Ariana, his drug dealing and more to Reed after his kidnapping until Ariana decided to silence him permanently.]]
* SerialRomeo
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TookALevelInJerkAss: His characterization in between Reed's narration and [[spoiler: '''Last Christmas''' [[Understatement is very different]] to say the least]].

!! '' The Twin Cities'' (London and Vienna)
* DumbBlonde: Averted. They are DumbBrunettes.
* PopularIsDumb
* SingleMindedTwins

!! ''Missy Thurber''
* TheRival

!! ''Lorna Gross''

!! ''Natasha Crenshaw''
* SchoolGirlLesbian: With her former roommate
!! ''Sabine Du Lac''
A new transfer student originally from Martinique. She becomes quick friends with Reed.

* [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench EveryoneIsPrettierIfFrench]]
* TheReveal:[[spoiler: She murdered Cheyenne Martin and made it look like a suicide to frame Reed, whom she blames for the downfall of her sister.]]
* SecretLegacy: [[spoiler: she's Ariana's half-sister through their father.]]

!! ''Cheyenne Martin''
* AlphaBitch: And how!
* BlondesAreEvil
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* RichBitch
* TheRival
* SpoiledBrat
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The reason why she and Ivy Slade can't stand each other.

!! ''Upton Giles''
* [[BlondGuysAreEvil BlondGuysAreJerks]]
* TheCasanova
* TheHedonist
* MrsRobinson: [[spoiler: Had an affair with Paige Ryan's mother in the past. [[Understatement She does not take it well]][[spoiler: when he dates other women, something which Reed finds out almost too late.]]
* PreppyName: A double whammy.
* SerialRomeo: A notorious womanizer at Easton until he met and started dating Reed. On a vacation to St. Barths.

!! ''Kiran Hayes''
* TheAlcoholic
* FieryRedHead: Subverted.
* GreenEyes
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Either left Easton Academy to go to Europe or was murdered by Ariana in the spinoff '''Privilege'''. Confirmed murdered]]
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Frequently described as being the most beautiful and glamorous girl in Billings House.


!! ''Dash Mc Cafferty''
Noelle's long-term boyfriend and a senior at Easton Academy.

* BlondGuysAreEvil: A second aversion of the trope.
* OutOfFocus: After he graduates from Easton.
* YourCheatingHeart: He and Noelle have something of an "open relationship" despite being in a steady relationship for a long time. Despite this Noelle can sometimes be jealous of him being with other girls and this fact becomes a side plot in '''Legacy''' and '''Revelation'''.

!! ''Lenora "Grandmother" Lange''
Noelle [[spoiler: and Reed's]] grandmother. She does not make an appearance until '''Ominous''' but she remains an important background character as Reed's entrance into Easton Academy turns out to have been overseen by her.

* EvilOldFolks: Not so much evil as manipulative.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: She manipulated things so that Reed's mother would spend time working late nights with her son, knowing of his [[{{your cheating heart}} cheating heart]] tendencies in the hope that they would conceive a child- Reed. On the Lange's side of the family Reed is descended from Eliza Williams but on her mother's side of the family she is also descended from Helen Jennings. Knowing this, Noelle's grandmother hoped to create a doubly powerful witch to be used for the Lange's own ends.]] We are yet to know what else Grandmother Lange is planning, but we do know by the end of '''Ominous''' that she is part of a larger conspiracy.
* [[MeddlingParents MeddlingGrandparents]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With her granddaughter Noelle. It appears that there is a thin line of love and hate between members of the Lange family in general.

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