Friday, May 4, 2012

How to Be a Girly Girl in Just 10 Days

How to Be a Girly Girl in Just 10 Days (Candy Apple Book)
Lisa Papademetriou
Scholastic, 2007
$5.99, Paperback
April 7th, 2012

Genre: Realistic, School Story, Romance
Age: 9+
Description: Nicolette “Nick” Spicer is a total tomboy and a star player on her basketball team. While her classmates seem more interested in shopping and makeup, Nick is more into the latest b-ball sneakers. However, when new boy Ben shows up she finally finds herself interested in a boy (asides from the popular Greg who everyone is in love with). When Ben keeps hanging around Hannah, Nick’s team rival and ultimate jock/girly girl, Nick suspects that Ben is only interested in girly girls. So when Lindsay, her best friend, suggests a makeover it seems like a great idea . . . . until the results start attracting Greg instead of Ben. Is Nick even Nick anymore or is she turning into the real Nicolette?
Opinion: While I’ve read the Poison Apple books (a line focusing on stories with a supernatural twist) and am eagerly awaiting the new Rotten Apple imprint (out in August with a focus on zombies) this was my first book in the Candy Apple line which is marketed as “sweet, fresh, fun, take a bite!” While as a series one would expect the quality to waiver from book to book with different authors writing them, it was actually quite entertaining. It’s nothing new to the genre but the writing is lively and the characters are engaging enough. It was a super fun read.

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