Thursday, July 14, 2011

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Title: Girl Wonder
Author: Alexa Martin
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Thanks NetGalley and Publisher!

Summary: As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

Review: Girl Wonder absolutely blew me away. I have a feeling this read will stay with me for a long time.

Before I read this, I had seen absolutely no reviews around the blogosphere, I probably just missed them.

I'm so glad that I did, though! I'm not much into contemporary that deals with really big issues because I can't usually relate to the characters. But in this I did. Big time. Even though Charlotte and I have never shared the same experiences it was like we did. If that makes any sense. I felt so connected to her through the entire book and I could not stop reading.

That was another great thing about the book, it was so hard to put down! Girl Wonder is a very character driven novel and I couldn't really see it either way.

It does deal with some raw and real issues. And I really appreciated this. Those issues weren't sugar-coated or disgusting. It was just there. But don't worry, there are some funny, entertaining moments.

The ending was super sweet. If I had to pick a favorite part, in an amazing book, it would be that. I felt was...complete

Girl Wonder is a contemporary that you won't want to miss. Dealing with real problems, some amazing characters with special moments Girl Wonder has carved a special place in my heart!



Alyssa (Reader's Refuge) said...

I haven't seen this around either, but I'm glad you brought it to my attention! I definitely want to read it. Great review! :)

Mary said...

Ooh, I have this one on my Kindle but haven't read it yet. After that review, I think I'm going to have to read it soon!
Happy reading,
Mary @ Book Swarm

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

I've seen this one on Goodreads, but haven't read up about it yet. It sounds really interesting! Glad you enjoyed it!

_yay_ said...

Never heard of it before. It's on my wishlist now. Not available for Kindle on Amazon.DE yet, though. Thanks for the fab review.

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