Inside Girl (Inside Girl Series #1)by J. Minter
Flan Flood is determined to be more than just Patch Flood's little sister when she begins her freshman year at Stuyvesant High, a huge public school downtown. When she meets a new group of friends that could help her become a new person, Flan has to convince them that she's just an ordinary girl, like they are. This becomes nearly impossible when her very not… See more details below
Flan Flood is determined to be more than just Patch Flood's little sister when she begins her freshman year at Stuyvesant High, a huge public school downtown. When she meets a new group of friends that could help her become a new person, Flan has to convince them that she's just an ordinary girl, like they are. This becomes nearly impossible when her very not normal friends Liesel, Philippa, and Sara-Beth Benny move in! Can Flan keep the Inside Girls hidden, find a new high school boy to date, and get her new friends to accept her? Featuring Flan Flood, long a favorite character of the original Insider novels, Inside Girl offers a fresh, young, and girl-centric perspective that is perfect for early teen readers.
This bland but sweet-natured tale centers on Flan Flood, younger sister of notorious Patch, a central character in Minter's Insiders series, from which this novel has been spun off. Tired of living in the reflected glow of her glamorous siblings, Flan has left her private all-girl school to attend Stuyvesant High School, the competitive public high school in downtown Manhattan. There she befriends Judith and Meredith, two thinly characterized girls who are also refugees from private schools. A love interest effortlessly materializes in the form of "the second-cutest boy in tenth grade." Predictable hijinks ensue as Flan attempts to keep her cooler-than-thou background a secret from her new crowd, while also accommodating the needs of three glitzy pals (including a needy teen star on the run from paparazzi) who have set up camp in the Flood family's Greenwich Village brownstone. It's assumed that Flan's high school friends will be intimidated if she reveals the truth about herself, yet some of the book's most humorous (and oddly touching) bits revolve around the fashionista set's fascination with the down-to-earth details of ordinary teenage existence. Fans of the Insiders series will likely welcome Flan's slightly more down-to-earth take on New York City life. Ages 12-up. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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The glam world of Patch Flood, familiar to readers of "The Insiders" novels (Bloomsbury), lights his younger sister's life with the same privileged and wealthy glow. Flan wants to forge something of a separate identity and emerges from private school to try her luck at a New York City public school for her freshman year. She makes new friends there and is invited to a party. This typical teen-novel scenario is knocked askew by Flan's high-society house crashers: Sara Beth, a former child TV star made unbalanced by paranoia and paparazzi; Liesel, a socialite who makes or breaks new NYC clubs; and Philippa, the star-crossed lover of one of Patch's insider friends. Within a few days of the start of school, all three are staying with Flan, whose parents and older siblings are off doing their own things, leaving the 14-year-old to figure out how to keep her two worlds from colliding. She can't let her new gang find out that she's already part of the über-cool kings and queens of the city; her celebrity friends sigh wistfully for her new "normal" pursuits. While some of the seemingly requisite posing, drinking, and clubbing occur, Flan is actually a kind girl caught in a dilemma she manages to solve with sincerity. Tamer than most of its counterparts in the genre, and with some semblance of a moral compass, Inside Girl should be popular for a light summer read.
Suzanne GordonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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