Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age Group: YA
Dorks, Dweebs, Debutantes, and Jocks—Where would you fit in?
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 . . .
I'm no big fan of chick lit novels, but I have to say I loved this one. I loved the voice Alyson Noel gave Rio and this book was so funny at times, I was laughing. Being the new girl is always hard and I can so relate to that. Even though everything I went through is over now, I so wish I had read this book then because it would have helped me a lot.
The characters are fully developed. Rio is a strong character, but you can see the change in her from being a geek to prom queen and you know it's not really her. Noel knows how to make the mean girl a mean girl. Kristi was so mean I just couldn't stand her. I felt so bad for what Rio went through towards the end of the book because it was so emotional. Even though Rio was in the popular crowd because of all the peer pressure not only from school, but also her mom.
I didn't know where this book was going to go when I first picked it up, but as I read along, Alyson Noel opens up a whole story that feels like you're watching a movie.
I loved the ending and how everything was resolved. It just showed that if you're going to do bad things, it will come back to you. I truly enjoyed seeing Rio standing up to Kristi and showing her she's not the boss of anyone and that gave a lot of courage to other girls who never were able to stand up to Kristi because they were afraid of her.
The cover is cute and somehow it matches what the book is about.
Overall, I loved this book and will be rereading this in the future again. If you're into chick lit, I totally recommand this book. But if you're not, give it a try. It didn't disappoint.