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Thursday, February 21, 2013

{Review & Giveaway} Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Barbie Girl
by Heidi Acosta
Series: Baby Doll (#1)
Pages: 189
Source: e-book provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours for review
Available as of November 1, 2012
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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?

Holy cow was that an awesome book! Heidi Acosta really knows how to make a reader second guess and ending. Barbie Girl was unique, fun to read, and never ever dull.

Barbie needs a tutor if she wants to pass her math class and graduate on time. When her teacher suggests talking to Dylan, she balks at the idea then takes the advice and asks. Convincing him to tutor her isn't hard. There is one thing he wants and it's something she can get him, but what will happen if they end up with feelings for each other?

I adored Barbie. She didn't have an easy life, but she was strong, caring, and put others before herself. She couldn't care less about what people thought about her and she proved it on a daily basis. Dylan on the other hand is a complete nerd who is in love with the idea of a girl he wishes was his.

Most of you know that I love it when I find books from multiple points of view and Barbie Girl is one of those books. I loved seeing everything play out from both sides. So much background was given on Barbie that you couldn't not like her. Her reputation is crap, but she is an amazing person when you look beyond what others think. I really loved the fact that Barbie and Dylan fought their attraction and refused to accept their feelings for each other through most of the book. That in and of itself made this story different from a lot of books I've read. It was fresh.

Overall, Barbie Girl was a fantastic read that left me rooting for the two love birds. If you want a book where insta-love is absent and the characters refuse to admit their feelings, you've found it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.  


Amie Beamer said...

This book sounds PERFECT for my reading mood at the moment :) I've been plagued with bad reads and I'm dying to get my hands on something yummy!! Contemporary romances always seem to do the trick! Love your blog *new follower* can't wait to look around more!! Thanks!! ~Amie Beamer

Kristie Matheson said...

This book sounds like a good in between read I need. I'm hearing awesome things about it! Great review

Angie F said...

Great review! I love this book, too! Although my favorite part was probably Barbie and Third's friendship. :)

Adriana NaNa said...

This book is not the kind of book I like to read. Too much teenage drama and I don't like when it involves rumors. But the Cover is very pretty, the girl with pink hair just makes even better ;D

January Matthews said...

This looks great! I'm looking for a good contemporary romance romance right now and I love well developed characters (and smart guys!) Great review!

kara said...

I've been wanting to read this book and you're review just makes me want to read it even more! Thank you for reviewing it so I know that it's a good book to read!!

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