Monday, July 29, 2013

Review ~ Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta (part of #reviewparty #1)

This review was written during the #reviewparty, hosted by Amy Bookworm, Charli, and Day Dreamers World. I found it while looking through Twitter and decided it would be a fun thing to join. It's a brand new monthly meme where we bloggers get together and post a review on the day of the meme.   

Genre: YA contemporary romance
Series and number: Baby Doll #1
Number of pages: 189 pages
Edition: Kindle edition
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

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?

My review:

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: July 25, 2013
Source: Free on Amazon

The title of this book is Barbie Girl. The cover has a bit of a light feel with the “OMG” and font style. Don’t let that fool you, though. The inside is much darker that you might expect—or at least more than I expected.

The title and name of the characters fit well with the themes of the book. It was about being placed into a certain “box.” Each character was a certain type, or stereotype, and therefore misunderstood because others failed to see past appearances and rumors.

This was especially true of Barbie. She was believed to be an easy girl who did drugs, but in reality, she was quite clean and innocent. She wore revealing clothes and a very colorful personality, and her classmates didn’t think to look past the surface to see the damaged girl in hiding. Barbie was a very fun heroine, but she was much more complex than her perfect plastic name let on. She was a strong girl that fell—now she needs to pick up the pieces and pull herself together in the next book.
Barbie Girl was also about gaining and losing trust, and believing differences to be too big of an obstacle. Barbie and Dylan settled for thinking they were too different—from two separate worlds—to be together. Therefore, they had a ton of trust issues that kept preventing them from truly sharing themselves with each other. That was a shame, too, because a lot of misunderstandings and assumptions just pushed their relationship to disaster.

Dylan too, was a big factor in the downturn of their relationships. He was a bit of a jerk that made too many assumptions about Barbie like everyone else did. I did like him—sort of—but sometimes his attitude and slight obsession with her irritated me. Hopefully, he will grow out of it in the next book (I really like Barbie and Dylan together, so I want him to be a good guy that deserves her).

Overall, I loved the characters (wait, I need to mention Third: he was the stable point, the rock, of the whole story; he was always more calm and understanding that the others), and the elements of this contemporary book. However, it was in need of a thorough round of editing—missing words and run-on sentences were quite common. With better editing, I would’ve been less distracted from what was going on in the book. Nevertheless, Barbie Girl was a good book, and I am looking forward to its sequel.


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