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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 for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the 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 for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don't mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys). At first Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don't cross Kristi . . .


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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 for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the 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 for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don't mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys). At first Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don't cross Kristi . . .

30 review for Art Geeks and Prom Queens

  1. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    When I was seventeen, I was given a gift card to B&N for Christmas. I’d always loved to read, but had fallen out of the habit ever since I’d hit high school – at most, I was reading a few books per year. I just didn’t seem to have enough time for it. But what eventually got me back into reading was that gift card, fifty dollars of pure sweetness. One of the books I ended up buying with my little slice of heaven was Alyson Noel’s Evermore. While I didn’t exactly love it, seventeen-year-old When I was seventeen, I was given a gift card to B&N for Christmas. I’d always loved to read, but had fallen out of the habit ever since I’d hit high school – at most, I was reading a few books per year. I just didn’t seem to have enough time for it. But what eventually got me back into reading was that gift card, fifty dollars of pure sweetness. One of the books I ended up buying with my little slice of heaven was Alyson Noel’s Evermore. While I didn’t exactly love it, seventeen-year-old me was definitely entertained. About a year and a lot of Evermoreish books later, I gave Alyson Noel’s Art Geeks and Prom Queens a try. To be honest, my taste in books has changed drastically since then, and I just don’t have the patience for books like Art Geeks and Prom Queens. But even then, when a book like Evermore was still somewhat fulfilling, Art Geeks and Prom Queens just did not work for me. And here’s why: Art Geeks and Prom Queens ticks off every box on my list of YA pet peeves. Filled with rampant wish fulfillment, unoriginal/embellished/exaggerated school dynamics and a bizarre take on high school drug culture, Art Geeks and Prom Queens tries to be real and relatable but completely misses the mark. Protagonist Rio is well-to-do without really knowing it, model-like beautiful without knowing it and, of course, lands the hot guy of her dreams, all in one neat little package. This alone wasn’t enough to make me dislike Art Geeks and Prom Queens, but this type of character has been done so many times, and done better. Even though recent New York to Newport Beach transfer Rio is unaware of how rich/pretty she is, richer/prettier “Queen Bee” *eyeroll* Kristi plucks her out of the grasp of her first-choice friends, artist/stoners Mason and hot-but-has-a-girlfriend Jas, to join her group of other rich/pretty people. Sound familiar? Did I forget to mention that Jas was hot? Caught in the midst of Kristi’s world, spineless follower Rio is suddenly surrounded by money, drugs, alcohol, boys and, well, hotter boys. Of course, none of this is really Rio’s fault – she may be Kristi’s right hand, but she isn’t like those other girls. Kristi and the other rich/pretty girls do drugs, drink themselves blind and hookup randomly, but, where the other girls cannonball into the water, Rio only dips in her baby toe. What was so fresh about Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Sr. is that Cady commits 110% to being a Regina, even without realizing it herself. And that doesn’t make her or Regina a 110% Queen Bee bitch in the end, it makes them individuals (read: actual people) who took girl-on-girl hate to an extreme – who made mistake after mistake, but were not chalked up to one-note, soulless vacuum bots like Kristi. There was just so, so much potential for both Kristi and Rio to develop into something more than the better protagonist v. her popular/evil/totally unfeeling arch-nemesis and to address all the crap going on between them. Alas. In the end, they were exactly what you would expect – Kristi dwells forever in her unfeeling abyss of Prada, nose high in the air, while Rio achieves her dreams and reclaims her humanity. That was really such a shame. And finally, as I’ve already pointed out a few times, this novel is basically Mean Girls fanfiction, but with more rampant drug-use and more Juicy Couture than Lindsay Lohan ever saw. Mean Girls didn’t invent this concept, nor did the book it was based on, but so many of the little things lined up together it was like she ripped the manuscript right out of Tina Fey's hands, slapped on some new names and was ready to go. If you’re going to rip something off so blatantly, at least do it better – heck, at least do it well. By the end of the book, everything is tied up with a neat little bow. Rio is back to her old friends, Jas (read: hot) and Mason, of course on Jas’ chiseled arm. Her mother has finally accepted her for everything she is and isn’t and Kristi is an obstacle no more. Life is great. But as any teenager (as anyone, really) would know, life rarely comes with a bow, and rarely in a single chapter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charlize Diedericks

    Firstly this book was a big doze of reality! I am kind of a naive person and don't like reading about drugs, because it has never played a role in my life in any way, so I really don't relate to the character. As soon as it comes up I feel disconnected. But I have mixed feelings about this one. I really enjoyed the style of writing, although there were a few things I think that I would like to change about the story to make it more loveable. Like Jas... I loved everything about him, except the Firstly this book was a big doze of reality! I am kind of a naive person and don't like reading about drugs, because it has never played a role in my life in any way, so I really don't relate to the character. As soon as it comes up I feel disconnected. But I have mixed feelings about this one. I really enjoyed the style of writing, although there were a few things I think that I would like to change about the story to make it more loveable. Like Jas... I loved everything about him, except the pot bit, and it makes me sad because it really spoiled the romance for me, because I would never see myself being with someone like that so I wasn't that into her crush on him. At the end where they kissed I was supposed to smile like a freak while reading it as I do in all the romance bits in books. But I found myself not really caring, because I totally lost my interest in Jas in the pot smoking scene. Other than that it was a really good book. I loved the characters, made me remember the movie Mean girls (does that ring a bell?) What I totally loved is that Krisi was a brunette, and Rio the blond, seeing as it is always the other way around. It might sound insignificant, but it actually played a role in the way I felt about the whole story. Either way, good story, would definitely recommend reading it, but do not get your hopes up if you are craving a romantic light read. Check out my Website

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    77 pages in and I'm really not enjoying this anymore. It starts out ok - Rio Jones is the new girl at her school (having just moved to California from New York). Rio's never been all that noticeable, but she gets her braces removed, shoots up a few inches, and, suddenly, in the new wardrobe her former-model mother has purchased for her, she's a knock-out. Rio falls in with a group of art-geek stoners her first day of school and develops a crush on Jas (hot surfer boy material). But she's not 77 pages in and I'm really not enjoying this anymore. It starts out ok - Rio Jones is the new girl at her school (having just moved to California from New York). Rio's never been all that noticeable, but she gets her braces removed, shoots up a few inches, and, suddenly, in the new wardrobe her former-model mother has purchased for her, she's a knock-out. Rio falls in with a group of art-geek stoners her first day of school and develops a crush on Jas (hot surfer boy material). But she's not sure where her loyalties lay when the most popular girl in school, Kristi, starts paying her some attention and tells her that she can't be friends with the stoners if she wants to get in good with the "right" crowd. Suddenly Rio can't or won't speak her mind. She's like some kind of deer caught in the headlights of popularity, and I've read/heard this story a million times. I hate these kinds of exclusive mean-girl cliques, and I have no sympathy for the girls who get caught up in that kind of power struggle. It's going to take another 146 pages for Rio to figure out who she really wants to be, get the guy, and apologize to her *real* friends. That's just a guess, of course, because I'm not going to finish this. It's already irritating me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Art Geeks and Prom Queens By Alyson Noel St.Martin's Griffin ISBN:0312336365 "She holds up the denim mini skirt and sparkly tanktop she gave me right after she broke the news about moving, as if it were no more than a simple costume change and that they weren't really wrecking my life" (Noel 1). Not everyone has to start over, to leave one place and go to another. New school, new house, no friends, and a mom who wants only what's "best" for her daughter. Rio and her mom have moved from the fast Art Geeks and Prom Queens By Alyson Noel St.Martin's Griffin ISBN:0312336365 "She holds up the denim mini skirt and sparkly tanktop she gave me right after she broke the news about moving, as if it were no more than a simple costume change and that they weren't really wrecking my life" (Noel 1). Not everyone has to start over, to leave one place and go to another. New school, new house, no friends, and a mom who wants only what's "best" for her daughter. Rio and her mom have moved from the fast pace of New York to sunny California. Her mom wants her to be the popular, juicy coture wearing girl that everyone notices, but Rio doesn't want to be that. But her very first day at school, she succumbs to her mother's outfits, and does to school in a hot pink sweatsuit. Rio is stil Rio and her outfit doesn't stop her from being herself when she goes to her art class and then out with people her mom wouldn't approve of. Even though one guy is super hot to her. When she tries to fit in, it leads her to the top of the social pyramid but what goes up has to come down. I liked this book because it was entertaining. There wasn't anything new about it. I really liked the ending because of what Rio learns. I thought overall it was a good book even though it was pretty predictable. I would recommend it to someone who wants a quick read that's fairly short and entertaining. I think anyone could benefit from reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    haven't read it since I was 12. It was better back then. ahahhaha

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan Leprich

    Alyson Noel is definitely one of my guilty pleasure authors. I've been reading her books for years and I have loved everything she's written. I've probably read this book 5 or 6 times now and I still enjoy it. This book is about Rio (named after a Duran Duran song, not Brazil) who is uprooted from her life in New York and moved to California. Rio starts to quickly realize how different things are in California, from the way people dress, act, and how different the schools are. She sees herself Alyson Noel is definitely one of my guilty pleasure authors. I've been reading her books for years and I have loved everything she's written. I've probably read this book 5 or 6 times now and I still enjoy it. This book is about Rio (named after a Duran Duran song, not Brazil) who is uprooted from her life in New York and moved to California. Rio starts to quickly realize how different things are in California, from the way people dress, act, and how different the schools are. She sees herself as more of a photography nerd so when the most popular girl in school takes an interest in her she decides to try and ditch her geeky ways to become cool. When a bad incident happens at a party, she realizes how hard it is to fit in with the popular girls and realizes how mean they really are, Rio decides to stay true to herself while also taking down the mean girl. I secretly love books about high school drama, especially ones like this. I don't know if it's because I've been out of high school for awhile but I never see myself growing tired of reading this book. I love Alyson Noel's writing style and I love how she portrays all of her characters. You honestly feel like you're in the book with them, the books are so detailed and relatable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was a quick entertaining read. If you are nerdy like me you'll appreciate it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Book Title: Art Geeks and Prom Queens Author: Alyson Noel Published By: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010) Genre: Young Adult Recommended Age: +13 Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavoc Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community Rating: 5 Ravens I’m a sucker for Young Adult books especially some of the ones that have that good moral behind the story. With todays Youth seeming to loose their innocence younger and younger each year or having to deal with the Book Title: Art Geeks and Prom Queens Author: Alyson Noel Published By: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010) Genre: Young Adult Recommended Age: +13 Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavoc Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community Rating: 5 Ravens I’m a sucker for Young Adult books especially some of the ones that have that good moral behind the story. With todays Youth seeming to loose their innocence younger and younger each year or having to deal with the brutality of bullying that only seems to have gotten worse than when I was a kid it was some books like these that helped me cope with things and deal especially when it felt like I had no one to talk to or a parent I was delusional enough to think wouldn’t listen. I knew better once I had gotten older and there isn’t a moment or day that passes by that I don’t feel thankful for the dad I had god knows I probably put him through a few rounds of hell at my rebellious age. This book is about a young girl of seventeen , Her name is Rio. Yes her mother named her after one of even my favorite Duran Duran songs from the eighties. Use to being the gangly awkward geek back in her home city of New York Rio is swept away to Orange County living in California and soon learns that over the time she thought she was awkward she had grown into her body and looked more like her retired “almost” Super model mother Jahne Jones. Starting out at the new school she meets with Mason a very trendy artsy girl and what others call a geek and Jas the extremely handsome laid back dreamer/Surfer that everyone calls a pot head or loser. To begin things seem simple and her crush for Jas makes things awkward but fun for Rio till she finds out he has a girl friend. Seeing the type of girl he dates Rio assumes of what the girl is like and tries to transform herself into that girl by joining in with the popular girls. Kristi and her two lackeys as they are first known to Rio. Soon enough with all the debauchery and scandals that travel through the girls group Rio finds herself on top only to be quickly ripped down by Kristi and sunk into a brutal bullying and scandalous harassment of Rio. After breaking down talking to her mother and her father about the situation. Rio shows just how to properly handle a girl like Kristi and how to know that she’s nothing like what the others think she is. Reforming her bonds with Jas and Mason and finding out who she is not who everyone wants her to be Rio is a very smart, strong and lively girl that shows you no matter what wrongs you make you can always fix them with the rights and staying true to yourself. This is definitely a book I will give to my daughter when she gets old in hopes that she will feel the inspiration I think it gives to all girls that read it and learns from it as well that it’s always good to be you. Not what the others think are you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    PhobicPrerogative

    New girl who starts off pretty smart and confident, but at her initiation into the popular clique, she fizzles to weak, bitchy and a complete follower. Irritating. There's no other way around reviewing Art Geeks and Prom Queens than getting nasty. Halfway through, I'd rolled my eyes a few times, wondering if I was reading a cheesy diary of someone who is actually in high school, giving writing a go. The tone of writing, the voice of the main character, all the brand name dropping and fancy living New girl who starts off pretty smart and confident, but at her initiation into the popular clique, she fizzles to weak, bitchy and a complete follower. Irritating. There's no other way around reviewing Art Geeks and Prom Queens than getting nasty. Halfway through, I'd rolled my eyes a few times, wondering if I was reading a cheesy diary of someone who is actually in high school, giving writing a go. The tone of writing, the voice of the main character, all the brand name dropping and fancy living had me wondering if I had gotten sucked into someone's mind, a mind that's full of delusions of grandeur. Like in half the YA books I've been reading lately, of course the teenagers are constantly drinking, snorting drugs, popping pills and being promiscuous to have a good time. Cliché, much? If I were a teenager, I would be completely insulted by the author's thinking. For once, is it too much to ask for an author to write out high schoolers who have a good time without getting wasted, talking overextensively about "hooking up" and being labeled "cool" for doing it? Who will ever speak for those who prefer not to do ish like that? And who will mold a character that won't suddenly wither when she's in the so-called "in" crowd? Predictable ending - the meanest of the mean girls gets what she deserves, the main character kisses and makes up with everyone she dissed, and everybody lives happily ever after. A surprising ending would have probably led me to giving this book 2 stars, but too bad. Again I ask, was this book written by someone in high school? The grown-ups are not acting like grown-ups, rather than older version of teenagers. Rio, the main star, has a mother who doesn't give a shit about her daughter's comfort in her own skin, pimping her out to the popular girls because hey, if you're not popular, you're not somebody. In one of those 'awesome' parties that kids in her school throw, Rio actually sips champagne in the presence of someone's father and the man doesn't even bat an eyelash! WTF. Snotty, juvenile behaviour that made me want to punch those shallow guys and girls. I'm not turning to grab a James Patterson book but I need more than a book being so darn superficial. If this was what the author wanted to achieve: congratulations, I felt like I was watching a Disney movie.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    What was this book? I swear this is the ultimate fantasy of every girl, to somehow be magically 'pretty enough' to be noticed by the popular girl and welcomed into the folds. Yes, this was a story about Mean Girls ... a twist on it. It was so BAD. I can't tell you how many times the protagonist made NO sense. She stopped caring about her crush and started caring about the popular girls so fast it was unbelievable. Although what she did at the end was cool, she was just the most insufferable person What was this book? I swear this is the ultimate fantasy of every girl, to somehow be magically 'pretty enough' to be noticed by the popular girl and welcomed into the folds. Yes, this was a story about Mean Girls ... a twist on it. It was so BAD. I can't tell you how many times the protagonist made NO sense. She stopped caring about her crush and started caring about the popular girls so fast it was unbelievable. Although what she did at the end was cool, she was just the most insufferable person I've ever seen, who changed her mind about things so quickly it was just pathetic. Her thought pattern reminded me of a frenetic gerbil. Really, I should have quotes to convince you. But I don't have the book on me at work. Just know, this book is not good. If you have a secret addiction to poorly written YA chick lit with unbelievably Hollywood bitchy protagonists, you will enjoy this book, as I did. But it was still really really bad and I would never read it again. Probably going to donate my copy to Goodwill.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stamyr

    Alyson Noel's form of writing really captures my attention. I loved alot of things about Rio. First of all: heart the name. Second: I love how everyone seems to be against her but if she just open her mouth, she can bring them to their senses. And Third: I LOVED how she was clumsy and screwed everything up. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, I'm just happy this character made so much more than I have (well...). Rio is fun to chill with and i'm glad Alyson introduced me to her :) This Alyson Noel's form of writing really captures my attention. I loved alot of things about Rio. First of all: ♥heart the name. Second: I love how everyone seems to be against her but if she just open her mouth, she can bring them to their senses. And Third: I LOVED how she was clumsy and screwed everything up. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, I'm just happy this character made so much more than I have (well...). Rio is fun to chill with and i'm glad Alyson introduced me to her :) This one is a win.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Not a bad story. Lots of drug use, random hookups. Trying to reach teens 'on their level' to teach how to 'be yourself'. But...I'm not quite sure it made the connection. In the end after being tortured school-wide on the word of one person, she quickly and decisively turns it around by confronting this one person. Hmm. Then the story gets wrapped up into a tidy happy ending. One question...why not just ask if the guy has a girlfriend? Stop chasing other girls guys. Makes the heroine feel Not a bad story. Lots of drug use, random hookups. Trying to reach teens 'on their level' to teach how to 'be yourself'. But...I'm not quite sure it made the connection. In the end after being tortured school-wide on the word of one person, she quickly and decisively turns it around by confronting this one person. Hmm. Then the story gets wrapped up into a tidy happy ending. One question...why not just ask if the guy has a girlfriend? Stop chasing other girls guys. Makes the heroine feel unredeemable from the beginning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Strange

    Rio, named for her mom’s favorite Duran Duran hit, has moved from New York to a fancy private school in Southern California. Almost immediately she has to choose between the “jet set” popular kids and the “art geeks” she meets in AP art class. Though the novel is positive, it includes short references assuming casual acceptance of recreational marijuana use, drinking (with negative consequences), and a relatively graphic near rape.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I am a big fan of Alyson Noel, So I was really looking forward to reading Art Geeks and Prom Queens - especially because it's not fantasy and paranormal like her other books I have read. I really enjoyed this book and the story was great and I couldn't put it down. If you like Meg Cabot then I would highly recommend this book. :]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    Alyson Noel really brought out the emotion in the characters. As I was reading it, I definitely felt like I was the main character. I would take a break from reading and come back to reality and find myself feeling exactly as the main character did and felt like I was living her life. It took awhile to realize that nothing was wrong and I managed to separate reality from fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hallela Hinton-williams

    A book that was perfect for listening to while trying to fall asleep. It did make me question my future in school administration. And why anybody would name their character, over the age of 10, Jen-Jen un-ironically is beyond me, it was an okay, at times infuriating, book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eve Muratore

    Great book, kind of short and shallow at some points. but still a good light read for before bed

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    It really got me thinking about what I should be careful about when I go into high school and to always stay true to myself no matter what.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie

    Rio is starting a new school mid term, she is a geek and proud but her mum - an almost super model - thinks that Rio could be less geeky and more girly and popular and she goes as far as choosing what Rio should wear on her first day at school so that she will get noticed and become popular. On her first day she is late and the girl sat next to her in her first class spends the whole time staring at her but during her second class Rio makes friends with Mason and Jas, they are in her art class Rio is starting a new school mid term, she is a geek and proud but her mum - an almost super model - thinks that Rio could be less geeky and more girly and popular and she goes as far as choosing what Rio should wear on her first day at school so that she will get noticed and become popular. On her first day she is late and the girl sat next to her in her first class spends the whole time staring at her but during her second class Rio makes friends with Mason and Jas, they are in her art class and they invite her to Jas' house for lunch, while there Rio find out that they smoke weed and because she doesn't want to seem like a loser she joins in and when the three go back to school they end up being late getting caught and getting a weeks detention. This incident makes her mum tell Rio that she shouldn't hang with Mason and Jas as they are bad for her but Rio doesn't really care what her mum says and the next day she continues to hang out with Mason and Jas. After a few days Rio becomes friends with Kristi, Kristi is the popular girl but becoming her friend comes at a price, she MUST stop hanging out with her fellow art geeks and spend her time shopping and doing whatever else Kristi says. When Rio invites her new friends home her mum is finally happy to see that she is now friends with the popular group. The problem is deep down Rio is really unhappy being Kristi's friend as there are rules she must follow, but she doesn't want to go back to being the kid no one notices. Kristi helps Rio to get with JC who just wants to sleep with Rio but she keeps putting it off, Rio's mum and Kristi even plan a party for her that she doesn't want. While being Krisit's friend Rio starts to take drugs, partying and drinking. Rio eventually starts to date Tyler a senior and becoming more popular than Kristi and she doesn't like this, Rio even has a date to the Moondance and all the seniors like having Rio hanging with them and Drew the guy who Kristi is hooking up with all the time doesn't ask her to go to the dance with him. Rio, Tyler, Kristi and the others attend a party where they play spin the bottle, at first Rio doesn't want to join in as she doesn't think its right to hook up with someone else while Tyler is with his friends drinking but when he asks her to join in she does. This is where everything starts to change, Drew spins the bottle and ends up kissing Rio and Kristi doesn't like it and when Kristi spins the bottle it lands on Tyler, Rio hopes that Kristi and Tyler won't do anything but instead they leave to go upstairs to hook up. Rio takes herself off upstairs and cries but after re applying her make-up she goes downstairs and have a few drinks and ends up making out with Drew who starts to make a move on Rio who has to kick him to get him off her. While trying to leave the party Rio and Kristi get into an argument and Rio's whole world starts to fall down around her. Kristi starts to spread rumours about Rio and everyone at school starts to ignore her even Tyler and the rest of the seniors. Kids in the hall start pointing and laughing at her and calling her names, someone also defaces her locker and puts dog poo in the locker and when she tries to tell the Head Teacher what had happened to her locker and who she thinks did it he doesn't believe her. Now she has no friends Rio pretends to her mum that everything is wonderful until one day her mum tells her that she needs to pick out a dress for the Moondance, Rio snaps she can't take it anymore, she goes into the bathroom and cuts all her hair off and then goes down for her dinner and her mum freaks out and Rio finally tells her everything. The following Monday Rio goes to school and confronts Kristi and calls her out on all her rubbish and she starts to become friends with Mason and Jas again. The ending was great as Rio finally gets to be who she wants to be and her mum is happy for her she is even happy with Rio being friends with Mason and Jas again. This story tells it like it is for most young people who go to High School, especially if your new. It basically tells you to be who YOU want to be and NOT what everyone else wants.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Cayton

    NO REAL SPOILERS BUT JUST BEING SAFE From the first page of this book, it was painfully obvious that it was intended for someone a few years younger than me, although I am pretty sure my response would have been the same had I read it before now. Immediately, I was struck by how entitled and whiny the main character, Rio, is. She complains about every aspect of her life, which gets annoying just about as quickly as you would think. There were also several instances in the book where wild use of NO REAL SPOILERS BUT JUST BEING SAFE From the first page of this book, it was painfully obvious that it was intended for someone a few years younger than me, although I am pretty sure my response would have been the same had I read it before now. Immediately, I was struck by how entitled and whiny the main character, Rio, is. She complains about every aspect of her life, which gets annoying just about as quickly as you would think. There were also several instances in the book where wild use of drugs and alcohol were made to seem normal. Basically, the writing level made it seem like a story for eleven-year-olds, but the nonchalant mentions of drug abuse and adult situations made it clear that children should not be reading it. The entire story was cliche, and maybe that is what I should have expected. The book makes a mockery of high school, sexual assault, bullying, drug abuse, and teenage life in general. All in all, the book was not my cup of tea and I cannot see anyone who reads above a sixth grade level finding a great amount of enjoyment in reading it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless

    When you compare between this and Mean Girls, this brings nothing new to the table. I can't think of a single thing that's different here. To me, that's a big problem. I don't know why I have this book. I think I somehow remembered it would be about gay couples. This really influenced my reading because I kept thinking Rio would come out and date someone else. I feel like Rio should have apologized to JC and it's not fair that just because he's a jock, Rio assumes he doesn't have feelings. When you compare between this and Mean Girls, this brings nothing new to the table. I can't think of a single thing that's different here. To me, that's a big problem. I don't know why I have this book. I think I somehow remembered it would be about gay couples. This really influenced my reading because I kept thinking Rio would come out and date someone else. I feel like Rio should have apologized to JC and it's not fair that just because he's a jock, Rio assumes he doesn't have feelings. There's so much toxic masculinity in this book. I wouldn't want 14 or 12 year olds to read it. All in all, I'm very motivated to finish a reading challenge, as the last two years have been embarrassing. So anything that gets me closer to that goal is welcome. what I'm taking with me • There was no reason for Jas to be that nice. • I feel that if I'd think about this book enough, I'd discover plot holes. • The dialogue wasn't great.

  22. 4 out of 5

    || Soph ||

    *sighs* i really need to stop reading alyson noel's books. i'm always left disappointed. there's not much to say about this one. rio is not that great of a character, and even after all the "bad stuff" happened, it seemed like she was simply forgiven for it. it just left me feeling weird about the book. and as a character, jas was weird to me. like he had a girlfriend, and he was about to go in for kissing rio? like i just don't get it. i really don't want to talk about this book much longer *sighs* i really need to stop reading alyson noel's books. i'm always left disappointed. there's not much to say about this one. rio is not that great of a character, and even after all the "bad stuff" happened, it seemed like she was simply forgiven for it. it just left me feeling weird about the book. and as a character, jas was weird to me. like he had a girlfriend, and he was about to go in for kissing rio? like i just don't get it. i really don't want to talk about this book much longer before i lose extra brain cells. i don't know why i'm giving this 2 stars, but whatever. i'll leave it. ugh.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Keisha Simpson-Baker

    Most of the way through I kept thinking I was reading the movie Mean Girls. It was strikingly similar, girl hangs out with a male and female pair of outcasts, then gets sucked into the popular girl crowd. She then finds out the popular crowd isn't so nice. It would have been a good story if it hadn't been done before. Also as of late I've been reading a lot of books that have a young female main character move to LA or SoCal, this particular book, the main character moved from NY to Orange Most of the way through I kept thinking I was reading the movie Mean Girls. It was strikingly similar, girl hangs out with a male and female pair of outcasts, then gets sucked into the popular girl crowd. She then finds out the popular crowd isn't so nice. It would have been a good story if it hadn't been done before. Also as of late I've been reading a lot of books that have a young female main character move to LA or SoCal, this particular book, the main character moved from NY to Orange County. I guess that's the trend publishers are on right now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daybelisbaez

    where do i start? i had high hopes for this , until : 1- I realized it was a bad copy/fanfiction of Mean Girls. 2- The development of the characters 3- How stupid Rio can be 4- How poorly the whole story was portrayed 5- And what actually dissapoint me, how sh*tty ( pardon my french) the end was and how it make me not to even want to look for the author novels again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Isla Chiu

    I thought the book was entertaining enough, but LAWD, RIO GOT ON MY NERVES. Girl, quit being a whiny dummy and see what you're really missing. Seriously! Also, this book brushed off the sexual assault WAAAY too lightly. The guy didn't really get punished for it and it wasn't really brought up again after it happened :/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aashi Chhabra

    When I first received this book as a present on my 14th birthday, I was skeptical about it. I wasn't that into books about teen rom-dramas. Giving it a try, I was pleasantly surprised by the low-key dramatic-ness and the relatability of it (at the time. I was 14 after all!).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was so shallow. The main character and her friendemy were mean and hateful and pretty much the mean girls. The author constantly referred to everything by the name brand, including furniture. It got super old. I rarely rate books this low, this made the one star list.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia Faith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although this book was good, the main character Rio couldn't see what was right in front of her. She got into situations that you never want to be in. If you are at least 14 than this is a pretty good book for you. If not wait till you are older.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I felt myself struggling to finish this book. It just seemed so unrealistic and I did not relate to the character. I don't know. It just was not for me. The main character just seemed spoiled. I just found her really annoying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aleisha Zolman

    For a common genre, (possibly overdone theme?) this was more enjoyable to listen to than I thought it would be! Enough current stuff to make it real. I would not recommend it to everyone, nevertheless!

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