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Adora's place in the pecking order of her posh high school is decidedly on the fringe: Pretty but not beautiful, comfortable but not rich, popular but not the ruling class. But for her latest social studies project (and to exact a little old-fashioned revenge), she decides to put what she's learned about political revolutions to good use.With the help of her friends, Adora stages her very own uprising. And guess what? Victory is hers! Before she knows it, the snotty cool kids have been overthrown-and suddenly ...

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Overview

Adora's place in the pecking order of her posh high school is decidedly on the fringe: Pretty but not beautiful, comfortable but not rich, popular but not the ruling class. But for her latest social studies project (and to exact a little old-fashioned revenge), she decides to put what she's learned about political revolutions to good use.With the help of her friends, Adora stages her very own uprising. And guess what? Victory is hers! Before she knows it, the snotty cool kids have been overthrown-and suddenly Adora is the leader, reveling in her newfound power and popularity.

But a few unexpected events are about to trip up the new order-and Adora's noticing that sometimes it can be lonely at the top.

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KLIATT - Holley Wiseman
"Say you want a revolution, well, you know..." What do you know about a revolution, really? Besides the fact that you want to change the world, do you also know revolutions can go awry and lead to unplanned consequences? With the help of best friends Eli and Liza, Dora moves full steam ahead with a term project to stage a revolution. The stage is all set for the rebellion, but as things move forward, unforeseen events surprise them. Before her entire world unravels, Dora must ‘fess up and set things straight. Writing with biting satire and real emotion, Valerie Frankel will have the reader both chuckling and cringing at Dora's hits and misses. Frankel includes family and friend relationships to push, pull, and prod Dora from rebellion through her own revolution. (Editor's note: The sequel, Fringe Girl in Love, is also available. Penguin, NAL, Jam. 263p. c2007. ISBN 0451220462. )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451217721
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Frankel lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two daughters. She has contributed to many national magazines, including Allure, Glamour, Self, Cosmopolitan, and O magazine. She's written six novels and co-authored three nonfiction titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Interestingly true

    This book is very energetic. A lot of things going on in here! LOTS of romance around. hopefully the next book that i read of this series is a good one....just not sure which one to read

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    If Adora Benet had her way, the first day of junior year at the Brownstone Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, could be summed up like this: "I am hot. My heat could melt the belly of an airplane. I am only slightly less on fire than the surface of the sun." Unfortunately, as soon as Adora utters this mantra, she knows it's not true. More matchstick than burning ember, more generally pretty than outstandingly beautiful, Adora knows that she'll never be A-list quality. Sure, she has friends, and yes, she's pretty well ensconced in middle class, but she'll never be the girl who sits comfortably atop the popularity pyramid. <BR/><BR/>It doesn't help that her well-known parents, Gloria and Ed Benet, are authors of the tomes of wisdom like His-And-Her Seduction and His-And-Her Dating. Those kinds of books, and she can't even get gorgeous, track athlete Vin Transom to notice her. Not even attempting to jog across the Brooklyn Bridge had garnered her a passing glance, even though she did, admittedly, quit three blocks from home for an iced coffee. Nevertheless, Adora wants junior year to be different. Others, though, like Sondra Fortune, queen of the A-listers, most popular of populars, insists on calling Adora Fringe Girl. Sure, it started out when she had a haircut with bangs, or fringe, but it's continued because, Adora suspects, Sondra knows just how accurate the nickname is. <BR/><BR/>But now Adora has a plan. Mr. Sagebrush, her social studies teacher, has presented an interesting idea to the class. Their term project will be based on the three tenets of bloodless revolution: undermine authority, present an alternative government, and enlist the masses. Adora needs to come up with a proposal, and suddenly the idea is brought to life--why couldn't she, along with her best friends Eli and Liza, stage her own school revolution? Who said Sondra Fortune had to be the undisputed queen of the school's halls? Where was it written, anyway, that a girl on the fringe couldn't rise to queendom? <BR/><BR/>And so begins Adora's ascent--or descent--into the ups and downs of becoming an A-lister, the queen of cool, the undisputed champion of popularity. Except, as these things have a way of happening, Adora's life as an anti-fringe girl seems to have some really disappointing consequences. Will Adora ever find her place in life, somewhere in the middle of the top and bottom of the social pyramid? <BR/><BR/>What makes FRINGE GIRL such a fun, fascinating read is the true-to-life characters, the great dialogue, and the interaction between everyone involved. You won't be able to help yourself from rooting for Adora during her bloodless revolution, just as you won't be able to stop yourself from feeling her heartbreak along the way. This is definitely a read that's well worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

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    If Adora Benet had her way, the first day of junior year at the Brownstone Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, could be summed up like this: 'I am hot. My heat could melt the belly of an airplane. I am only slightly less on fire than the surface of the sun.' Unfortunately, as soon as Adora utters this mantra, she knows it's not true. More matchstick than burning ember, more generally pretty than outstandingly beautiful, Adora knows that she'll never be A-list quality. Sure, she has friends, and yes, she's pretty well ensconced in middle class, but she'll never be the girl who sits comfortably atop the popularity pyramid. It doesn't help that her well-known parents, Gloria and Ed Benet, are authors of the tomes of wisdom like His-And-Her Seduction and His-And-Her Dating. Those kinds of books, and she can't even get gorgeous, track athlete Vin Transom to notice her. Not even attempting to jog across the Brooklyn Bridge had garnered her a passing glance, even though she did, admittedly, quit three blocks from home for an iced coffee. Nevertheless, Adora wants junior year to be different. Others, though, like Sondra Fortune, queen of the A-listers, most popular of populars, insists on calling Adora Fringe Girl. Sure, it started out when she had a haircut with bangs, or fringe, but it's continued because, Adora suspects, Sondra knows just how accurate the nickname is. But now Adora has a plan. Mr. Sagebrush, her social studies teacher, has presented an interesting idea to the class. Their term project will be based on the three tenets of bloodless revolution: undermine authority, present an alternative government, and enlist the masses. Adora needs to come up with a proposal, and suddenly the idea is brought to life--why couldn't she, along with her best friends Eli and Liza, stage her own school revolution? Who said Sondra Fortune had to be the undisputed queen of the school's halls? Where was it written, anyway, that a girl on the fringe couldn't rise to queendom? And so begins Adora's ascent--or descent--into the ups and downs of becoming an A-lister, the queen of cool, the undisputed champion of popularity. Except, as these things have a way of happening, Adora's life as an anti-fringe girl seems to have some really disappointing consequences. Will Adora ever find her place in life, somewhere in the middle of the top and bottom of the social pyramid? What makes FRINGE GIRL such a fun, fascinating read is the true-to-life characters, the great dialogue, and the interaction between everyone involved. You won't be able to help yourself from rooting for Adora during her bloodless revolution, just as you won't be able to stop yourself from feeling her heartbreak along the way. This is definitely a read that's well worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    This book is COULDN'T BE BETTER

    I love this book! The characters sound and act like real people, not 'characters.' The story is about Dora Benet and her two best friends, and how they start a revolution at their Brooklyn school to upset the existing social structure. Dora rises, and then falls, and then rises again (sort of). Along the way, she falls in and out of love, and unearths some deep secrets in herself and others. I love the sister story, too. Overall, a funny (really funny) read, with a lot of 'take away' about friendship and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    Hip--But With Heart

    At last--a teen novel to love! Fringe Girl chronicles the laugh-out-loud misadventures of a girl with brains, humor, and innate cool. Kids (and yes, grownups too) will laugh at Adora's not-always-successful attempts at romance and social manipulation, but they'll root for her too. Val Frankel's books are always hilarious, but here she manages to toss in some nutrition with the fluff, though so skillfully you won't even realize you've consumed it.

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