All's Fair in Love, War, and High School

All's Fair in Love, War, and High School

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by Janette Rallison
     
 

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When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line…

Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic

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When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line…

Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. Unfortunately, with her razor wit and acid tongue she's bettersuited to dishing out insults than winning votes.

When she brashly bets her classmate Logan that she can go two weeks without uttering a single insult, Samantha immediately realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. And when her current boyfriend dumps her, less than three weeks before the prom, it couldn't be a worse time to be forced to keep her opinions to herself. Finding a new boyfriend will be a challenge now that Logan shadows her every move, hoping to catch her slipping back into her old ways. Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream date for the prom, no matter what it takes. After all . . . all's fair in love and war (and high school!).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rallison's (Playing the Field) breezy comedy is narrated by Samantha, a popular, self-absorbed head cheerleader who, after receiving abysmal SAT scores, decides that her resum needs some beefing up if she is going to get into a decent college. When she asks Logan, a fellow junior and her one-time boyfriend, for his help running for student body president, he scoffs-"To campaign, you have to talk to people outside your clique," he tell her. "You can't walk into a room of six people without insulting five of them." Samantha accepts his challenge to avoid insulting anyone for a full week (which is then extended to two weeks), a bet that paves the way for a host of humorous exchanges and near slip-ups. While struggling to hold her tongue and coping with campaign trauma (someone distributes flyers divulging her SAT scores), Samantha must also land a last-minute date for the prom after her current beau dumps her. Though readers will have few doubts about where Samantha and Logan's coy cat-and-mouse game will lead, they will follow along contentedly enough, as appealing characters and snappy dialogue give this light fare a satisfying bite. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"A witty often hilarious romp that should appeal to young readers looking for light enjoyable fiction."
School Library Journal
"Readers who find comfort in a familiar plot will be drawn to this book.
Children's Literature
Some people might think Samantha Taylor has it all—she's pretty, she has loyal friends, she's a cheerleader, and she never seems to be at a loss for a date. That is, until her boyfriend breaks up with her right before the prom. To top that off, she did poorly on her SATs and does not know how she will ever get into college with her scores. It is time for some scheming so Samantha plans to run for school president to improve her chances of getting into college. She also plans to win herself a date to the prom with Josh, her classmate's older brother. Amidst all her plans, an old boyfriend bets Samantha that she could not go two weeks without insulting anyone. Sounds easy enough, but sarcastic Samantha finds it more of a challenge than she thought and in the end learns something more important than winning an election or a prom date. 2003, Walker & Company, Ages 12 to 16.
—Jennifer Chambliss
VOYA
This comedy is a high-spirited and entertaining depiction of high school life that is narrated by Samantha, a popular, self-centered cheerleader. She has little on her mind except her next date and finding fault with those outside her popular clique. After she receives an embarrassing SAT score, she sets out to find other activities that will make colleges interested in her as an applicant. Her ex-boyfriend, Logan, suggests becoming involved in student government, and Samantha begins her campaign. Samantha has no platform or goals, and she cannot stop being sarcastic and impolite to her classmates—not a good strategy to gather enough support to win. Logan bets Samantha that she cannot refrain from her insulting remarks for two weeks. Samantha reluctantly agrees to the wager. Logan tries many dirty tricks to force her into losing the bet, but his constant attention and teasing make her more determined. Samantha must maintain her new disposition even when the election turns dirty and when one of her opponents advertises her miserable SAT scores to the school. Samantha's frustrating dilemma of being cordial to everyone eventually helps her make new friends and see things from a different perspective. She learns about trust and is surprised to discover which boyfriend is the right one for her although readers will already know. Teens will identify with Samantha's sarcastic voice, prom dilemma, quick romances, and the difficulty of trying to stay hip while hiding an embarrassment. They will recognize most of her classmates: the nerds, punks, and chic snobs. Readers who want a light comedy with a little romance will enjoy this novel. VOYA Codes 3Q 4P S (Readable without serious defects;Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Walker, 192p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Eileen Kuhl

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802777256
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Janette Rallison is the author of Playing the Field; All's Fair in Love, War, and High School; and Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws. She lives with her husband and their five kids, in Chandler, Arizona, where she continues to dream up book titles that use a whole lot of commas.

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