A Review Of: The It Girl by Katy Birchall

Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

2) Train Dog (my Labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.

3) Do not set the school’s Deputy Queen Bee mean girl’s hair on fire (again).

4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcast-ish.

5) Go to Africa and give out rice.

6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.

Anna’s dad got engaged with a celebrity. Not just any celebrity, the biggest, most famous celebrity ever. Now, most people would have been happy – but not Anna, having a celebrity as a mom and an It Girl as a sister means that she will be an It Girl herself. This means that the world will see her unpretty, un-graceful, social disaster life. It’s bad enough that Anna’s dad made her go to a new school, but he just had to make it worse by being engaged to someone famous. Her solution towards this? Hide in the cupboard with Dog (her dog) forever, or at least until everybody forgets about her.

This book is yet another hilarious and amazing book that I love. “The It Girl” reminds me of the Geek Girl series since they are both hilarious and about a social outcast who for some reason became famous. And just like Geek Girl, I love this book. This book is the first of its series (namely the It Girl series) and it is fabulous.

“The It Girl” will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud, so get ready for this book!

A Review Of: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . .  and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Grace’s mother was killed and she saw the murderer. Nobody believes her. Grace Blakely was sure that her mother’s death was no accident, even though everybody else convinces her that it was and that she should just let it go and move on. But she knows better than to just give up. Grace is setting out on a mission to finds her mother’s killer, with the unwanted help of her “friends”. But she needs to be quick and careful, if she wants to live…

From the author of the Gallagher Girls series, Ally Carter brings us the thrilling first book of the Embassy Row trilogy. This heart-stopping book will keep you tense throughout every page and will keep you guessing till the very end. Reading this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Truly. “All Fall Down” is a breath-taking literature masterpiece that anyone will love.

A thrilling and riveting book, “All Fall Down” will have your attention from the very first page.

A Review Of: Geek Girl #4 – All That Glitters by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners knows many facts.

  • Toilet rolls was invented by the Chinese in 600AD
  • A comet’s tail always point away from the sun
  • The average healthy heart beats 70 times per minute. Even when it’s broken

But she knows nothing about making new friends at sixth form. And even less about being a glittering supermodel success. Which she is now – apparently…

Harriet Manners have been to modelling jobs in Russia, Japan and New York, but now is time to do something called high school. Of course it’s not going to be easy starting again without her friends, Nat is too busy in college to spend time with her, Lion Boy’s not there and even her own stalker seems to be avoiding her using the excuse of being occupied with a “top secret project”. Modelling was tough, sure, but now Harriet’s wondering if this is even tougher.

From the side-splitting series comes the comical fourth book of Geek Girl. True to the series, “All That Glitters” is unbelievably funny. We can all relate to finding a new friend (or maybe it’s just me… :p) but not only did this book delivered it perfectly but also in a fun and funny way. A captivating read, this book is simply charming.

This book will have you flipping pages like lightning.

A Review Of: Geek Girl #3 – Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.” Harriet Manners knows more facts than most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.
But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Harriet’s family is moving to the city that never sleeps. New York City. Though it’s sad to leave her best friend and her whole life behind at least Nick will be there. And Harriet, being Harriet, made a plan for them on how to spend their time together. But when nothing goes according to plan can Geek Girl Harriet Manners hold it together?

Best. Geek Girl. Book. Ever. In my opinion, this book is more sad than funny. It’s still hilarious, of course, but most parts made me cry. I have never cried this much from a book. Seriously. Maybe it’s just me being emotional, or maybe it’s just because I didn’t want or expected the book to end like this. Either way, I still think that this book is the best Geek Girl book in the series. Reading this book only caused me to want to read the rest of the book even more badly. Anyone who doesn’t like this book is not normal.

Who can resist a book this good? No one.

A Review Of: Geek Girl #2 – Model Misfit by Holly Smale

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.” Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rain forest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

With her step-mother pregnant, Harriet doesn’t know where she’s going to fit in in this new family. Luckily it’s summer break and she can make this better by following her summer plan. Or so she thought. Her summer plan isn’t possible after all. What with everybody leaving her and all. So when she was offered a modelling job in Japan, it seems like the perfect opportunity to get as far away from home as possible.

But is Harriet cut out for the craziness of Tokyo, with her competitive flatmates and her grandmother’s “chaperoning”? Not to mention seeing Lion Boy everywhere she goes. Can Geek Girl survive in the country of the rising sun?

From Holly Smale comes the hilarious second book in the Geek Girl series. An even better story than the first, I loved this book. It’s perfect, even though it was unbelievably funny, some parts can also make you cry. And it made me cry. Literally. I’ll say it again, it was perfect. An undoubtedly enjoyable book, the second Geek Girl book will impress anyone.

Laugh, cry, you can feel it all with this book.

A Review Of: Geek Girl by Holly Smales

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Harriet knows she is a geek. How does she know? Well, for one, the only people who searched for the definition of “geek” in the dictionary are geeks. And she has “GEEK” written on her bag in red pen. So when she had her chance of becoming a model of course she said yes. This was the time to recreate herself, to make other people see her in a different way. But is Harriet up for this?

“Geek Girl” is a side-splitting, humorous and funny story that anyone will love. This book is the first of the Geek Girl series, (a series that I have instantly love so, so much). A highly entertaining read, this book is a must. Prepare to smile, giggle, snicker and finally laugh out loud when reading the story of Harriet Manners. After reading the first of its series, it’s impossible to resist the rest of the series.

I fell in love with this book, but really, who wouldn’t?

A Review Of: Looking For Alaska by John Green

‘If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.’

When Miles left his family to go to the same boarding school that his father attended, his parents were confused. When asked for the reason Miles replied that he was seeking his great perhaps while he can, unlike the last words of the poet François Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. After settling in his dorm, Miles met an extraordinary girl – Alaska. He saw all sort of things in her. And just when he thought that he found his ‘Great Perhaps’ Alaska took the road to death. At least that’s what they thought. Curious and depressed Miles set out a mission to find the truth behind Alaska’s death.

How do we get out of this labyrinth of suffering? John Green’s book, “Looking for Alaska” will touch your heart and form tears in your eyes. From the first page to the last page, this book will slowly break you. No other book have left me sad and happy at the same time. No words can describe this story.

This heart stopping novel will stay forever in your memory.

A Review Of: Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

I was about to live a sixteen-year-old’s dream. House on the beach. No parents. Parties whenever we wanted. Boys whenever we wanted.

April and her best friend, Vi, are living by themselves. Of course, April’s parents don’t know that. It’s a little white lie that begins the ten things April and Vi shouldn’t have done – things that definitely make their lives a LOT more interesting!

From Skipping School (#3) and Throwing a Crazy Party (#8) to Buying a Hot Tub (#4) and, um, Harbouring a Fugitive (#7), April’s story is hilarious, bittersweet – and not for the faint-hearted…

From Sarah Mlynowski (possibly my favourite author ever) comes the comical story of April. When April refuses to move to Cleveland with her father and his girlfriend, living with her best friend in a house by the beach with no adults is almost too good to be true. But this is exactly what happened when she convinced her dad that Vi’s (her best friend) mom will be there to look after them. And from one lie, other lies easily came out.

The story of April will open up your eyes and make you think twice about the people you think you know well. Drama, romance and comedy – “Ten Things We Shouldn’t have done” is highly entertaining and will send the pages flying. It  will surprise you, break your heart and stitch it back together. Whatever expectations you have, this book will not disappoint you.

A Review Of: Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov & Jill Kargman

I’m Kira Parker, total fashion junkie. I thought I had it made when I landed a summer internship at Skirt, the preeminent fashion magazine. Ha. Don’t get me wrong – working at Skirt, and spending the summer in New York City without my parents, is amazing. But now I’m up against Daphne Hughes, daughter of the magazine’s owner. She’s already got the guy of my dreams and all the right connections. Now she thinks she’ll get the plum position working for the editor in chief without even lifting a diamond-adorned pinky? This catwalk is primed for battle.

When Kira won an internship in Skirt, the most famous fashion magazine ever, in New York she thought she had it all. With two fun room-mates living with her in her apartment and no parents, her hard work has paid off. But when Daphne Hughes appeared in her life it seems as if Daphne is taking everything Kira ever wanted without doing any work. Is it even worth trying to work hard to get the things from Daphne?

Fun and lighthearted, this book is a must for all teenage girls out there. The two literature geniuses had written an amazing book that will send you flipping pages to get more of Kira. This story will bring out your girly side even when you think that you don’t have one. Get ready to laugh out loud and hold your breath, because this book will do just that.

A Review of: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Everything she wants. Everything he needs. The supportive friend, reliable daughter, the doting big sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanour makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high-paying modelling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all what’s so wrong about putting herself first once in a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…

Secrets, love, affairs. Finley and Eddie can’t seem to keep away from each other. Mysterious but attractive, the love between them is complicated. Are they really going to go through the pain and suffering for this? Is it worth it? There are too many unanswered questions and too little information. The choice then remains as Eddie, Finley or everything else?

A romantic love story, this book had me sighing in parts and clutching pages in others. Reading the work, I don’t know how anyone can come up with a story this incredible. Anyone would gush over Finley and Eddie’s story. Their story will have you asking yourself if your love is so strong that you’re willing to sacrifice everything for it.

There is only one word fit for describing this book; perfect.