7 Clues to Winning Youby Kristin Walker
Although vengeance was never her thing, Blythe
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When forced to switch to a rival high school before the end of her junior year, Blythe�s carefully laid out plans for a perfect future begin to unravel. At first she thinks that being the principal�s daughter is the worst part, then an unflattering viral picture of Blythe has everyone laughing at her the first day.
Although vengeance was never her thing, Blythe vows to abolish the Senior Scramble, a long-revered school scavenger hunt. Afterwards, things don�t go to plan, though. To make amends, she teams up with Senior, Luke�the surly head of the hunt and so-called-journalist who first posted her picture. Together they defy Blythe�s father and take the Senior Scramble underground. Blythe soon realizes that Luke isn�t so bad after all. In fact, she�s drawn in by his sly geekish wit, spontaneous Shakespearean quotes, and peering gaze.
As Blythe speeds through the scavenger hunt, she faces expulsion, an arrest, and a split from her best friend. But she won�t give up. If she wins the Senior Scramble, she just might win back her reputation. And maybe even win Luke�s heart.
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Kristin Walker grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside, finally landing at Penn State where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In addition to being an actor, Kristin worked at many things on her way to becoming an author. She was a lifeguard, a nanny, a beginning ballroom dance instructor, a library circulation clerk, and very nearly a nurse. 7 CLUES TO WINNING YOU is her second novel. Her first one, A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, was published in 2010. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LADYBUG, WEE ONES, and two CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books. Kristin lives in a Philadelphia suburb with her husband and three sons.
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Before I started reading 7 Clues to Winning You, I really wanted to pick up a cute contemporary and when I searched for many of the newly released YA contemporaries, this novel popped up from the whole bunch. I am glad to say that 7 Clues to Winning You filled up my craving. I totally adored this novel and I loved the plot, the writing, and the ending! The story starts with Blythe's life turning upside down. Her dad, in hopes of getting a raise and the position of superintended, moves his family, including Blythe, to a different town and a new school. To the school he is the principal of. The school that took a photo of her picking her nose in her own house because the Senior Scramble required all juniors to take a photo of their principal in 'his natural habitat'. So imagine being labeled the booger girl and the moment you step in school, it is all everyone knows you as. Which is why Blythe succeeds in stopping this year's Senior Scramble and ends up getting hated on by everyone at school. Enter Luke, the guy who had an e-newspaper where Blythe's photo was published and he's a senior. When Blythe realizes the mistake she made by canceling the Senior Scramble she asks Luke to help her create an underground Senior Scramble. And here is when the fun starts! I loved Blythe, while sometimes her logic escaped her, she was a pretty likable character! She wasn't a snob in terms of being on a 'different tax quota' from the students at Ash Groove (her new school). She never really flaunted her money even though we know she's loaded. As for Luke, he was a very crush worthy character! I totally understood what Blythe saw in him. A hot geek? who is immune to THAT? Plus their interactions were sweet and adorable. I enjoyed that both of them were in the top 2% of their school, did volunteer work, and were such goody two shoes, but when an act of rebellion presents itself, they are not afraid to take the risk and do it! I also loved Kristin's writing. I really enjoyed the protagonist's voice and just the overall feel of the story. Nothing dragged too much, the secondary characters' (Cy and Jenna) conversations were such laugh out loud ones. Also, the nursing home Blythe volunteered in was also a window to more humor for the book, and the ending was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed 7 Clues to Winning You and would recommend it to all contemporary lovers or anyone in need of a cute story and a good laugh!
I loved this. It has so many plot twists, details, morals, and hilarious jokes. I could barely put it down when I had a second of free time to read. This book will automatically get you to make connections and think hard. It always made me want more and I felt like I was inside the book watching it all happen. Easy five stars!
This book was so cute! I loved the plot and flow of the whole book! I believe that most girls would relate to what Blythe was going through, and thats what made the book so irresistable!!!!