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Art geeks and prom queens

by Noël, Alyson.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Hampton Community Library Teen Fiction TEEN F NOEL
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN F NOEL
Being the new girl is tough - just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier.Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach, and she isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. At first, Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in the jet set crowd, she discovers an unwritten rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don't cross Kristi...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 9-12. If my house was a high school then my mom would be the prom queen, my dad would be the brainiac, and I would be the big weirdo art geek. Sixteen-year-old Rio has just moved from New York to ritzy Southern California. She makes a few friends in her art class, including dazzling Jas, but dumps them after cheerleader Kristi embraces her. Her father, away on business, and her mother, a former model delighted with Rio's new designer makeover, are oblivious when Rio's position in the sex-and-drugs popular scene goes wrong. Then Rio summons help, exacts some sweet revenge, and returns to the friends (and family) she trusts. Fans of Gossip Girls and other series about the rich and gorgeous will recognize all the familiar elements here: designer labels, gleaming houses, and a model-perfect, central character drawn straight from the fashion fantasies of Teen Vogue. However, Noel, the author of Faking 19 (2005), writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her chick-lit cotemporaries. Expect high demand and possible sequels. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Shortly after 16-year-old Rio Jones moves with her family from New York City to California?s ritzy Newport Beach, the popular crowd swoops her away from the arty kids with whom she initially bonds. No longer a ?short, chubby, acne-splattered, flat-chested dork,? and pressured by her mother (a ?former almost supermodel,? the suddenly pretty narrator lets herself get drawn into a shallow world of shopping, drinking, drugs, pushy boys?and a backstabbing best friend who instructs her not to talk to arty Jas anymore. Rio loses her passion for photography but enjoys her popularity, comparing it to ?being a celebrity.? Readers will not be surprised when Rio and queen bee Kristi finally fight, and Rio suddenly find herself on the outside once again. The plotting is rather predictable (right down to the last-sentence kiss between Rio and Jas), but this will likely appeal to Gossip Girl fans. Kristi is almost too mean to be believed (she gives Rio a list of rules, including a suggestion that she keep a journal so she does not wear the same outfit more than twice a month), and readers may cheer when she finally gets her comeuppance. This intelligent narrator?s predicament will likely draw readers? sympathies. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Griffin,2011
Edition 2nd St. Martin's Griffin ed.
Language English
Description 226 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780312619220 (pbk.)
0312619227 (pbk.)
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