25 June 2013

Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1)

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta.
Audience/Genre: YA Contemporary.
Publication: Published (first published November 1st 2012).
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?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I was gifted this book some time ago and I am just getting around to reading it. I didn’t realize the second book was out. Although,I can't find it anywhere. I won the prize pack. It had gummy bears in it and it got ripped into as soon as it came out of the package. My daughter did it, I swear! The gummy bears are part of the story. My daughter has the polish on and it is so cute. It definitely belongs to Barbie! Below is the pic. I know, I am photography challenged.

Barbie is a pretty girl who has dyed hair and crazy clothes. She has no father, an autistic younger brother (whom she would die for) and an absent alcoholic mother. Her mother has a boss/boyfriend who hits on Barbie and has a hold on her mother. Barbie does whatever she can to protect her brother so that when she turns 18, she can take him and run away. She has it all planned out. She “numbs” her pain by making out with boys. She gets a reputation by the way she looks and acts. Yet if you looked hard enough, you would know that she doesn’t drink, because of her mom, and is still a virgin. But people like to judge you and that is what this book is all about.

Dylan is a straight laced geek who takes on tutoring Barbie so she can pass math and pass high school. (Oh and by the way, Dylan is another book boyfriend. He is sweet and dreamy but can also be a stupid guy) In exchange, because she can’t pay him for it, she agrees to help him get the girl of his dreams, Katie. Katie is supposed to be the perfect girl. But is she really or is it what Dylan sees. Just another judgment. Barbie pulls all the moves making Katie believe he is Mr. Hot Stuff and suddenly Katie has an interest in him. But as time goes on, Dylan doesn’t really want Katie anymore. He starts to see Barbie for who she really is. But Barbie doesn’t let him see all of her, i.e. her crappy home life or let him know that part about her. She is embarrassed. She just sees that Dylan has the perfect family and life.

Dylan’s best friend, Third, is the one Barbie confides in because she sees Third at his lowest one night and figures she can share her low with him. That puts some trouble in paradise later on. Third is the side kick who is hilarious. Then Barbie meets a goth girl and they become friends.

Life becomes terrible and things go bad for Dylan, Barbie and Third. Third is not a love interest at all. Dylan and Third lose their best friend status. Dylan does a lot of judging before he finds out the facts, making Dylan no better than everyone else. Everything becomes a mess and the ending is sort of a cliff hanger. I really need to find out what happens next because my heart does go out to Barbie.

I really enjoyed the story line and felt sorrow at Barbie’s life. I loved most of it. But, if I am to be honest, I got downright angry with the grammar and time lines and spelling! Things would be out of order and sometimes when I was really into the story I would have to pull out of it to reread and figure out what I just read. I am not a writer but I like what I read to flow. Also, I didn’t get why Dylan still had his arm around Katie if all he thought about was Barbie. He didn’t seem like he cared at all. I took off 1/2 star for all that. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.

He kisses me but not letting it become the hungry kisses we once shared. No, these are carefully planned out. He is slowly killing me, slowly memorizing me with each kiss. Each kiss unties a carefully placed knot I tied myself, knots that hold me in place so tightly. He is single-handedly untying each and every one.

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