Tuesday, February 8, 2011

High School Pick: Girl Wonder

Girl Wonder
Girl Wonder
by Alexa Martin
Hyperion, 2011
304 pages

Book available May 3, 2011

Changing schools is hard enough but it's crazy when it's your last year of high school! When Charlotte's mother accepts a job in Seattle, clear across the country from Tallahassee, the family is forced to move. Charlotte's test scores and grades don't qualify her for the ritzy Barclay School where her genius younger brother gets in, so she goes to Shady Grove High School, which seems aptly named--kids aren't encouraged to excel and Charlotte finds that her new school is eons away from the "normal" school she's always attended. At Shady Grove, kids are tough, bathrooms are off limits unless you want to fight, and it's hard to make friends. When Charlotte joins the debate team, she makes friends with the ruling queen of the school, Amanda, and falls for handsome hunk Neal.

Charlotte's new friend Amanda is beautiful, outgoing, popular, talented, smart and rich--all the things Charlotte is not. As Neal and Charlotte bond and Charlotte finds herself really falling for him--the trouble is, he seems ashamed to let anyone else know about their relationship. Is he hiding something?

This novel has all the teen drama a teen girl faces--relationship woes, fear, jealousy, disappointment, heartbreak, and finally accepting who you are for real--not what you think you should be but what you can be. Charlotte is a touching underdog and readers will empathize with her as she finds herself and realizes that outward appearances are deceiving and shallow.

Sometimes the boy you think is the ONE turns out to be a frog and the boy who has been there all along turns out to be the ONE! And sometimes, weird quirks make someone even more appealing.

Recommended for high school collections. Not appropriate for middle school. Sex and mature situations.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for my review.

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