Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: Barbie Girl

Book Info:
Title: Barbie Girl
Series: Baby Doll #1
Genre: Young Adult
Edition: ebook 
Pages: 189 
Published November 1st 2012
To Buy: Amazon


Book Description: (goodreads)

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade? 

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My Review:
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Before I started reading:
I was so sure this was going to be an easy fun read about two polar opposites falling in love.

Plot:
Barbie Starr’s is lacking. Living with her doped up mother while taking care of her little brother and going to school where everyone whispers about her behind her back. Barbie doesn’t care though because all she wants is to get out of Alabama with her brother and a high school diploma. Too bad the only way to pass is to ask Dylan Knight a school geek for tutoring.

Dylan Knight is in love with Katie although from afar. He loves everything about her. When Barbie comes waltzing into his life demanding a tutor he wants her to go away. When she offers a proposition that she’ll help him get with Katie if he tutors her he agrees.

At first everything seems to be going according to plan. Dylan finds Barbie annoying while his best friend Third loves her. The more time they spend together though he begins to see her differently. Quickly becoming confused with his own feelings for Barbie and for Katie he doesn’t know which way to turn especially after Barbie reveals some things about both herself and Katie that he has no idea who his heart lies with.

What had started off as a way to get out of Alabama turns into something different. Fake dating Dylan is perfect, he is perfect. While Barbie wants nothing more than to delve into her feelings for Dylan she can’t. Her life at home is too messed up he’d never want someone like her. When all feelings are laid out on the table and emotions run high an event will change everything between Barbie and Dylan.
Characters:
Barbie: Where do I begin? First off I loved her from her first chapter. She’s such an amazingly strong female character. She is a true character never being anyone but herself and even though she doesn’t see it she’s a truly great person. She is also a really funny character and always seems to be able to lighten the mood.

Dylan: Oh hello yummy! First off I dig nerdy guys second Dylan has muscles so even better. Dylan has problems seeing the world and people outside the little black and white boxes he’s put them in and finds it difficult to change. When he does drool puddle!

Third: Third is freaking hilarious. I love him. At first he came off as a giant pervert but he really changes throughout the story and we get to see how great a guy and friend he truly is.


POV:
Barbie girl is told from Dylan and Barbie’s point of view. I thought that really helped with the story and I am a huge fan of duo POV stories so this was awesome. The POV changes every chapter from one character to another so it’s not that hard to follow.

Overall Reaction:
I loved this book. Barbie-Girl was a great heart wrenching story with a great message. The characters were well written and well thought out. I loved how no characters were really put on the back burning so we could really get to see what everyone was like. Heidi really took me on a journey that was both surprising and amazing. I cannot wait for the next installment for this series: Barbie World. 

Recommendation:
I would recommend Barbie-Girl to all readers and fans of girl power and young adult books. I think this book can give an inspiring message to everyone while still being entertaining. I hope everyone picks up a copy of this amazing book!


About the Author:
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home. Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature. Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky). Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat. Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl, Barbie World, Doll Face, and Southern Sugar.
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