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by Jonathon Bernstein

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Alison Cole's got it all: She's gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special "symmetry" surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie - that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers!

Shunned as a


Alison Cole's got it all: She's gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special "symmetry" surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie - that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers!

Shunned as a Pyro-Freak, Alison must adopt dorky David Eels as her crime-fi ghting sidekick. Worse, she's falling for the one guy who wants to "extinguish" her forever, Junior Class President of Cuteness - and wannabe fi refi ghter - T. Hull. But she doesn't realize that a supervillain's lurking. . . .

Has Hottie met her match?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
When Alison Cole is first introduced, she seems to have it all: wealth, a home in Beverly Hills, flawless beauty, and popularity. She has just been elected freshman class president and her acceptance speech is nothing short of adorable. The only flies in the ointment are her best friends, who secretly hate her, and a wicked stepmother. The friends talk her into having an unnecessary plastic surgery procedure, which changes her face not at all but due to some kind of electrical failure during the surgery, turns her into a girl who can wield fire from her fingers. While she recovers, her friends turn the entire school against her, leaving her with few people still speaking to her, one a wannabe superhero who is spectacularly educated in the ways of super-herodom by his voracious reading of comic books. The other is the handsome and charismatic junior class president who still wants to date Alison even while she is shunned by the rest of the school. Of course, he does not know about her secret powers and she wants to keep it that way. The plot, always a little off, gets zanier as the story proceeds, yet by the end is fully captivating. Will Alison win the day and find her identity as popular girl or female superhero while remaining true to herself, or will it all come crashing down around her lovely ears? Read it and see. A good book for those who like crazy people, crazy plots, and over-the-top action. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

After gorgeous Alison is elected president of her Beverly Hills High School freshman class, some well-placed criticisms lead her to pursue a new form of plastic surgery that promises even more beauty through perfect symmetry. A power surge disrupts the process and though she emerges as beautiful as ever, she also gains the ability to shoot fire through her fingertips. When a few ill-timed shots of flame and some backstabbing by her friends lead to the teen's fall from popularity, she teams up with the class nerd to use her powers to fight crime and assumes the secret identity of "Hottie." First-time novelist Bernstein's rather long book takes a while to get going; however, once Hottie is on the scene, the diagetic narrator moves the plot right along. No mere superhero story, the novel introduces a love triangle and a supervillain whose identity is revealed in a surprise ending. Like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" novels (Little, Brown), Hottie drops brand names and Hollywood stars liberally; however, the book's funny but outlandish premise ensures that these details are not aspirational guidelines but more satirical asides.-Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston

Kirkus Reviews
Firestarter meets The O.C. in this mindlessly fun superhero send-up. Smart but shallow Beverly Hills High freshman Alison Cole manages to convince Daddy she needs "Symmetry," a dodgy new plastic-surgery procedure. Thanks to a power surge while in the CAT-scan machine, the already stunning Alison emerges no more symmetrical than before but with the ability to shoot flames from her fingertips. Bewildered by her new power, she turns to uber-nerd and insta-sidekick David Eels, who has read every superhero comic ever written and is eager to be the brains to her blonde. Together they fight against backstabbing girlfriends, mind-bending evil stepmothers and washed-up movie stars-turned-thugs. All while looking fabulous, of course, and coming up with memorable catch phrases like "I'm Hottie. And you're fired!" Using short action-packed chapters, Bernstein, a screenwriter, faithfully details the classic superhero stages: transformation, training, performing, rejection and, finally, acceptance. Though this one-joke paperback original goes on a little too long, seasoned chick-lit readers are bound to enjoy this Malibu Barbie makeover of a traditionally men-in-tights trope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.86(d)
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Jonathan Bernstein is a Scottish-born, L.A.-based screenwriter, author and journalist, and has written articles for Entertainment Weekly, Arena, Spin, Teen People, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone, and Time Out New York. Hottie is his first novel.

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Hottie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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"Ok"*slowly takes pants off well dancing*
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I say well i dont really wanna gtgtb bbt
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He shook his head. "Nuh uh."
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Plz write more
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" i..i can leave"
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I didn't read the book but the summary sounds awful! But sounds funny! Dont read it.
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acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book because of the unique sound of the premise. I couldn't think of any stories that focus on a female teen superhero (can you?), and jumped at the chance to read it. The fact that being a superhero helped to increase Alison's confidence, and allowed her to meet people who supported her growth, made the book even better. I should point out that it's fairly obvious who the villain is in the story, but the predictability didn't really detract from the fun of the story. Although I grew to like Alison over the course of the book, I wasn't really sure whether I was going to connect with her character. Plus, I was worried that she wouldn't show any emotional growth. She started off with great (or so she thought) friends, popularity, and she's just been elected class president. In my opinion, most high schools girls (not all, mind you) would be extremely jealous of Alison's current situation. It soon became obvious that, despite all of the aforementioned positive aspects of her life, Alison had self-esteem problems, a scummy boyfriend, and an evil stepmother. Eventually I did connect with her, although I wish that there had been more points where she showed a bit more depth of character. The one question I had regarding this book involved Alison's plastic surgery. If a girl is under 18 doesn't she need to have written permission, or a parent/guardian present? What kind of doctor would preform surgery on a girl who may not have even finished growing/puberty/etc (ok, a greedy one). Overall a fun, and fairly quick read.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
hottie is amazing!!! i just picked it up at the store because i couldn't find the book i wanted and i am sooooooooo glad i did because it is just awesome and i cant wait for the sequel. i tried to find a release date for the sequel which might be titled Hottie 2: burning desire but might not be and i found that it wouold be availible may 2010 but i only found that from 1 scource so it might be wrong. but anyway, back to the book lol.it was just great. i loved the whole superpower aspect of it. its a nice break form all the vampire-zombie stuff coming out in the YA section but its not boring and its not just a normal book about the problems kids face in high school because.... SHE HAS FIRE-POWER!!!! hehehe lol. but seriioouusly i loved this book and you should definently buy it! i stayed up until 4:00 in the morning reading it because i couldn't put it down. if yu absolutaly LOVED this book or your sure you will absolutaly LOVE this book or even if your not that into it, check out my b&n page for more books that i recommend to everyone. the books in my i also recoommend section are: My Fair Godmother by Jennette Rallison, Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn barmes, The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot, Dead is the New black By Marlene Perez, and Marked by P.C. and kristin cast.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I had to seriously ponder what category to place HOTTIE into when starting my review. I opted for the easy out with "contemporary," but HOTTIE is one of those books that could easily fall under "thriller" or "action-adventure." And if necessary, "comics" could even be applied, after knowing the premise of the story. Alison Cole seemingly has it all. She's just won the election for freshman class president. Fortunately, it helps to have a film crew following your every move in the hopes of your own TV show. Unfortunately, her two best friends, who should be celebrating with her, are secretly plotting her downfall. When her two (supposed) best friends, Kellyn and Dorinda, convince her that she needs plastic surgery to make her face symmetrical, the procedure is interrupted during a freak storm. It isn't until Alison gets into a cat-fight at Barneys with teen brat Treasure Spinney that the result of the procedure shows itself. Alison gets so upset that flames shoot from her fingers. At first, Alison doesn't realize it was her fault, but after another freak event in her boyfriend's car, and finally a blow up at a nightclub, Alison starts to put two and two together. To prevent backlash, her dad and her evil step-mom, Carmen, force her into therapy. And the school decides she needs a few days off to let the bad press die down. When she returns to school, Alison discovers she's become the school's pariah. The only person she can turn to is David Eels, a loser geek that jumped out in a superhero costumer during her presidential thank you speech. David can't believe someone like Alison would come to him, but it's the perfect combination. David is a superhero fanatic and immediately helps Alison create an alter-ego persona once he learns of her ability. As the two form a bond and start to battle the evil in L.A., Alison and her step-mom form a tentative truce. Alison helps with plans for Carmen's Christmas Ball event. All the elite rich will be in attendance. Little does either Alison or David know that the most evil of all, that which they've dubbed "Wettie," will also be in attendance. HOTTIE is definitely one of those books that can appeal to many audiences. With its superheroes, hot chicks, catty girls, and all the drama high school has to offer, what's not to enjoy? The book was a riot to read and a fun time all the way until the final page. This is the type of story that leaves you whining for a sequel.