Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review: Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 3, 2011)
ISBN-10: 142312135X
ISBN-13: 978-1423121350
Received From: Netgalley

         4 Butterflies

Product Description:

As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

My Thoughts:

Girl Wonder is an amazing coming of age story.  Charlotte is uprooted to a new school.  She thought that she would be put in GATE (advanced classes), only to find out that the new guidance counselor won't accept her with her low math scores.  Soon Charlotte meets Amanda, the beautiful and vibrant Girl Wonder of the school.  Amanda has Charlotte spiraling into a wild ride of craziness.

Charlotte was a great character.  She was a little lost.  Not knowing where she wanted to stand in her know school, she was really excited to fall in with Amanda.  When things got out of hand, she let herself fall off track with college applications, grades and her family.  Charlotte has a very powerful personality though, and she really pops off of the page, and I really rooted for her!

Amanda was a strong character.  Someone you loved to hate.  She was someone who was outwardly secure but you could tell that she felt she needed to outshine everyone else to feel secure with herself.  I just wanted to smack her most of the time.  The fact that she made me feel so strongly just shows you how great the writing is.

Overall I really enjoyed the whole book.  Charlotte's journey into a new school and trying to discover herself was a wild ride and I really enjoyed being taken along on it.  The story flowed along at a great pace and kept me interested throughout.  I loved watching Charlotte bloom and I will definitely be picking up more from this author!

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  1. I've added this one to my TBR list, it sounds so good. I moved around a bit when I was younger, and starting at a new school was always so hard.

  2. @geeky YAY! Sounds like you'll be able to really relate to the main character! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Sounds like a great book - might keep that one in mind! Thanks for the review! :-) Following you, as I found you through the Spring Carnival Blog Hop - feel free to follow back!

  4. Well, you already know I picked this one up at her release signing, but I hadn't read ANY reviews yet. So I'm happy you liked it and hope I can fit it in soon'ish!

  5. This sounds like a really good book. Gorwing up in the Air Force. Kids moving the second semester of their senior year wasn't uncommon. Luckily it never happened to me but it did happened to my best friend which is almost as bad.
    I'll have to check this book out. thanks for the review.

  6. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a contemporary ya I'm just in the mood for! :-)

  7. @helpfuldaddy - thanks for hopping by

    @candace YAY! So glad you went, had a blast, and got the book!!!

    @Sharon - I bet it was still hard having your best friend move away!

    @Baggins - If you are in the mood for contemporary YA, then you're in luck ;)

  8. I'm looking forward to reading this!

  9. I read this in one night :) I'm glad you liked it too.

  10. As always, Angela, excellent review. I'd come across this book on several blogs, but was never quite convinced to put it on my TBR list, but now I want to - thanks to YOU!!! :) thank you for sharing your thoughts with us...

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