Glitter Girl

Glitter Girl

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by Toni Runkle, Stephen Webb

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True Confessions of a Trendsetter

Hi! I'm Kat. Welcome to my blog. I may be from a small town but I'm also Glitter Girl Cosmetics' newest trendsetter. Thanks to my flair for fashion and my popular style blog, I've been chosen to be an Alpha Girl, which means I get to try out all the Glitter Girl products before they hit the stores.

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True Confessions of a Trendsetter

Hi! I'm Kat. Welcome to my blog. I may be from a small town but I'm also Glitter Girl Cosmetics' newest trendsetter. Thanks to my flair for fashion and my popular style blog, I've been chosen to be an Alpha Girl, which means I get to try out all the Glitter Girl products before they hit the stores.

Forty-eight hours after she blogs about the goodies in the new line, every girl at Kat's school is sporting the gear. Kat's popularity skyrockets, but Jules—Kat's BFF—seems to be the only one who's not buying into the Glitter Girl lifestyle. Is Kat willing to sacrifice her friendship for life in the fab lane?

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Publishers Weekly
Runkle and Webb debut with a 21st-century take on the idea that "All that glitters is not gold." Eighth grader Kat Connors's sky-high popularity soars into the stratosphere after she's chosen as one of 50 "Alpha Girls" competing to be the face of the Glitter Girl line of teen cosmetics and accessories. The story's main thread revolves around Kat's hosting of an exclusive slumber party and the resulting mania around Glitter Girl products, all driven by a viciously ambitious young marketing executive. Other tangents include Kat's resentment that her father is constantly away on business and the fact that her ascent to "the Mount Rushmore of Popular" is creating a widening rift between her and her no-frills, Shakespeare-loving best friend, Jules (chapter titles offer contemporary riffs on Shakespearean lines, e.g. "What Light from Yonder Laptop Breaks"). The tension between the girls reaches the breaking point when Jules's long-planned birthday party conflicts with the gala crowing the winner of the Glitter Girl contest. Though foreseeable, the reconciliation between the girls is credible and carries some emotional heft. Ages 10–up. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
" Runkle and Webb deliver an empowering message about striving to be true to oneself for middle school readers.
" - Kirkus

"Kat learns a few home truths throughout the course of this book, but she takes responsibility and reevaluates a few aspects of herself. Mostly it's a book about friendship, loyalty, and doing the right thing; perfect for a high school library! " - Wondrous Reads

"Runkle and Webb debut with a 21st-century take on the idea that "All that glitters is not gold"...[and the book] carries some emotional heft." - Publishers Weekly

"If there's one thing parents and tweens can take away from "Glitter Girl," it is that friendship is something we can't take for granted, at any age." - Whittier Daily News

"Glitter Girl tackles the very important topic of friendship vs. popularity, hitting on one common issue many of today's teens face: The need for approval from others. " - Girls' Life Magazine

"This is a fun read with a powerful message of what can happen when the lure of popularity and fame gets in the way of best friends. Perfect for girls who love a little bit of glamour and fashion, Glitter Girl sparkles while it also shows tweens how your best friend doesn't have to be exactly like you." - The Parents Connection

Kirkus Reviews
A fashion-savvy eighth-grader's blog garners the attention of a major company. Due to her skill in discerning forthcoming fashions, Kat is selected to be an Alpha Girl. As one of 50 throughout the country, Kat is chosen to have a sleepover party featuring a new line of teen products and entered into a contest to become the "Face of Glitter Girl." However, Kat's fantastic opportunity soon illuminates the differences between her and best friend, Jules, who is skeptical of the project. It also creates tension in Kat's developing romance with Jules' older brother, Kyle. Events culminate in a crisis when Kat discovers that the party to reveal the winner of the contest coincides with Jules' 14th birthday party. Runkle and Webb's narrative convincingly conveys the emotions of the characters, allowing readers to consider both sides of Kat and Jules' conflict. They address dilemmas familiar to young adolescent readers, such as friends growing apart and the longing for acceptance. The authors also include more lighthearted milestones, adeptly portraying the giddiness of first dates and first kisses. By the story's resolution, Kat demonstrates maturity in evaluating her priorities and accepting responsibility for her choices. Runkle and Webb deliver an empowering message about striving to be true to oneself for middle school readers. (Fiction. 11-14)

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890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Chapter 1

All That Glitters Comes via UPS

There it was. In the middle of the Connors's living room. The Box. It had been shipped overnight from Los Angeles. Kat had to look at it twice before the reality sank in. It was her name all right: Ms. Katherine Connors, 5473 Jasmine Court, Carmel, Indiana. Her name looked funny there on the box, even though she'd seen it a million times before on papers, report cards, and the Christmas cards that she and her BFF Jules always sent to each other.

But this box was special.

This box was going to make her the first Glitter Girl in all of Indiana.

Maybe no one had heard of Glitter Girl yet, but that was about to change, and Kat was how that was going to happen.

Glitter Girl was a new line of products for teens and tweens. Kat hated that word, "tween." Who invented it? she wondered. This company in California (Remoulet Worldwide, Inc., according to Kat's googling on the matter) was going to start selling these products next month. But before that, Remoulet Worldwide, Inc. wanted to get everybody excited about it.

That's where Kat Connors came in. And that's why the box ended up in the middle of her living room. Inside that box was simply every Glitter Girl product that any girl could ever want. Kat's hand reached closer to the box; she could only imagine what treasures were waiting inside.

"No, Kat," she told herself, pulling her hand back. "You promised Mom you wouldn't touch the box until the sleepover tonight when Jules and everyone else is here."

Kat told herself that, but it's hard to listen to yourself sometimes, especially with all that stuff sitting right in front of you. Lip gloss! In who knows how many different shades! And every cool other thing in the history of coolness! And they were giving it all to Kat. For free!

As her hand still hovered over the box, Kat thought about how and why this package came to her in the first place. And how she knew, just knew, that this box would change her life. Forever. Obviously, this was no ordinary box. Which made sense. Because Kat Connors was no ordinary girl. She was an Alpha Girl.

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Glitter Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Let me start by saying that I am not aspiring to be a book critic as it seems some of the other reviewers are. When I read a book I seek to be entertained, educated, and moved. Check, check, check. This book was recommended to me by a friend who said that it did a great job exploring, from all sides, issues young people face. I agree. Reading Glitter Girl brought me back to some happy, and some painful memories of dealing with popularity when I was younger and where I fit in. As a father, I must say I dread having to see my daughter go through this. This book will definitely be something that we share to help us through.
KitKat98 9 months ago
What a fun story. It really showed the joy and heartache of girl/girl friendships well. You always saw the conflict between the two main characters from both points of view. I found my sympathies going back and forth between the two, because even though Kat and Jules are coming apart at the seams as friends, you could see that beneath it all, they were dear friends. Both I and my daughter really enjoyed this light read with a good message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive actually met Runkle and Webb and theyre nice!!!!
YAReader8 9 months ago
A terrific book dealing with the heartbreak of shifting friendships especially in the transition that comes from leaving elementary school and entering junior high. This story follows two girls who have been friends since they were little but who, now that they are young teens, find themselves evolving and going in different directions. On their road to self discovery, they must make many choices, including if their friendship will survive. Perfect for anyone who has experienced the pain of losing a friend, being left out, or being ridiculed because they are different.
JamieTF 9 months ago
I identified. I remember the piercing emotions of friendships transitioning. Gosh, I'm still navigating these treacherous paths. The lessons, and humor! of this story are as valid for adults as they are instructional for young readers. Smart writing, fun inside jokes, honesty, vulnerability, and so much more! I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages, makes and models.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book I would have read as a tween just because it's what the other girls were reading. It's not a book I would have picked out myself. So please keep in mind that my rating is based mostly on personal preference in reading material. I have a hard time finding middle grade contemporary reads that don't fall into the traps that this one did. The plot and characters are precisely what you would expect to find by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis. The plot is predictable and follows the same pattern you see in most teen/tween movies and books. The characters are likable, yet lack any real depth. It's like the tween edition of The Devil Wears Prada, which is not a bad thing if your daughter likes these kinds of books. It's sweet and it has a positive message about being honest with yourself and not bending to pressure. The book has a nice moral and a gift wrapped happy ending. There isn't anything wrong with the book, really. But there isn't anything to make it stand out either. It's clean. It focuses on Kat and her friendships, and has a light sprinkling of age appropriate romance. The writing isn't going to blow you away, but it's not bad. Verdict: A nice, solid (if predictable) story that will appeal to the right kind of reader (most tween/younger YA girls). Content: clean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book. My daughter liked it a lot.
Bolek59 9 months ago
What a perfect story for the tween or teen girl of today struggling with the pressure (and, yes, the desire) to fit in and at the same time striving to be true to herself and her values. The main characters in the book aren't good or bad, but rather the consequences of their lives are the result of decisions that they make, and they're not always black and white ones, either! Well-written, funny, engaging and thought-provoking. After reading Glitter Girl, I went out and bought four copies for all the girls in my family! (By the way, adults won't be able to put it down, either!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glitter Girl is a fun, topical book that lets young readers examine a friendship and see both sides of the popularity coin. What happens when your best friend is the most popular kid in school? And what happens when your best friend most definitely isnt? The story of Kat Connors, an internet mini-celebrity because of her style blog is complicated when Glitter Girl, a cosmetics company taps her to be one of 50 Alpha Girls. This wish-fulfillment part of the story is fun, but it's not at the heart of the book. At the heart of the book is the story of two friends going in different directions, and how external forces can heighten pre-existing tentions. I found the writing style light and breezy, and the character development solid throughout. This book won't change the world, but it will give girls (especially girls, not much for boys here) a familiar story with some engaging characters, and a good message about being loyal to your friends and true to who you are.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Glitter Girl is a scary snapshot into what it's like in many high schools today. As parents we might read it and think “my kid wouldn’t do that” but the sad reality is that even though your kid may not, your kid probably knows someone just like Kat who does. They probably watch it every day. And wonder what would they do if they were Jules. And that’s what I love about this book. It lets us see all sides of the equation. We get to feel each side of the argument. Good or Bad. And we get to decide which girl we are more like. Or our kids are more like. And what would we say to our kids if they came home one night with this story. It’s a wonderful Mother/Father/Daughter conversation that should be happening around everyone’s dinner table. The general gist is there are girls so preoccupied with money, fame and their appearance that they forget to notice what's going on around them and who gets hurt in the process. It focuses on the celebrity orientated society we live in "hello – the Kardashians", and an emphasis put on looking and behaving in a certain way (thanks to Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram we all have to "look" perfect, even if we don't feel perfect). What I loved about Glitter Girl is that it even though it magnified these ideals, it ultimately proves that happiness doesn't come from having the best car or the largest amount of money. It proves, if you haven't got friendships and compassion, you have nothing. Which is a good message for all of us. Not just tweens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good? The ratings that I've read weren't so good. I'm still putting it on my wishlist anyway.
Thoughts_and_Pens More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 0.5 stars This review first appeared on my blog at: Thoughts and Pens. This has a lot of potential but the jumping POVs, the seemingly childish prose and the instalove ruined it all for me.  Heaven knows how I struggled to teach myself to love this book. I mean, it’s about blogging and so I was expecting that I could connect with it. Apparently, Glitter Girl is more of a tamed Mean Girls story than a narrative about blogging. Glitter Girl follows the story of Kat and Jules, two high school bestfriends who are like the sun and the moon. Kat’s beautiful, popular, and every shallow girl in the school looked up to her for fashion guidance. Meanwhile, Jules is the brains of the duo and your typical plain and anti-social girl. I know. I know. I know that Glitter Girl’s premise has already been retold countless of times to the point that it’s already tiring. But still, I requested it because of the blogging twist. Alas, after reading the whole story, Glitter Girl is just one of those books that would be indiscernible once it’s thrown into the overflowing pile of eyerolling contemporaries. There are just a lot of things that didn’t work for me with this book. Let’s break them down, shall we? The eyerolling factors: 1. The blatant stereotyping of characters- Again, why does it have to be that the beautiful girls are the ones with less brains and popularity bigger than their wits? And why do the plain girls always have the brains and the proper sense of what is really important? Why can’t they just be both beautiful and academically competitive? Pfftt! 2. Overall Character Development- Glitter Girl has semi-developed characters. For one, I did see some development in Kat but not enough to make me love her. Meanwhile, Jules, Kyle, Darcy, Zoe and Chelsea got left out. Jules is the bestfriend who spends her time moping around because Kat seemed to forget her. And then Kyle is her 2D brother who I don’t know except that he’s good in basketball and he volunteered for a housing for the humanity cause something. To make the story short, there’s no character worth rooting for in this book. 3. The jumping POVs in one scene- Good lord, if you want to tell your story using dual POVs, please do it by chapter and not in one scene where the abrupt change of train of thoughts can cause confusion. 4. The glaring instalove-Why in a rush, man? Why do they have to be kissing and becoming boyfriend and girlfriend on their first date? They barely know each other and didn’t have interactions prior to that unless you consider the fact that Kat only knew Kyle as Jules’ brother. 5. The blog twist became more of a side story- When I dove into Glitter Girl, I seriously assumed that blogging would play a very important part in the story. I expected that I would be reading the struggles and the bliss of becoming a blogger but… In actuality, if it’s not mentioned in a particular scene, I would have totally forgotten that Kat’s a blogger. 6. The relationship between Jules and Kat- It felt very phony. I didn’t see or even feel the depth of their friendship. The whole time I was reading Kat and Jules moments, it was like I am seeing two persons being forced to like each other. 7. The childish prose- I had the impression that this book is intended for Young Adults given that the characters are ages 14 and up. However, the manner of writing is certainly for ages 7 to 10. And that didn’t click with me since the story would have done well with a more mature tone. 8. The plot- Too predictable. And while I am okay with predictable stories, it should be well executed for me to really appreciate the whole thing. But Glitter Girl neither has the unique storyline nor the proper execution. What worked for me? 1. The message of the story- Glitter Girl greatly resonates with one of my principles in life: That it doesn’t matter how you look on the outside but what’s on the inside. Summing it up, I didn’t hate Glitter Girl… I just felt a lot of regrets that a book such as this has gone to waste. The premise’s really refreshing but the way the whole story was told was bleaaaaaaak. Verdict: 0.5 stars because it’s not the worst book I’ve read. Note: I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review obviously
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because what i wanted to say it did not show it :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(: :( :):(:(:(::(:(:(:(:(:(:(:( find the difference in the faces