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A Novel Idea
     

A Novel Idea

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by Aimee Friedman
 

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Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah

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Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be bookish, but there are also a few hotties! Most noteworthy: sweet, literary James. He's like a modern Jane Austen hero.... Only, how to snag him?

Ever the romantic heroine, Norah devises a secret plan. And if it works, Norah may just find her "Happily Ever After" love story. The End.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
This newest entry in the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies line is sure to please. After being told by her guidance counselor that she needs extracurricular activities for her college applications, Norah Bloom decides to start a book group with her friends, Audre and Scott. Audre has a crush on Griffin, an employee at The Book Nook where the group will meet; Scott has sworn off love as he has just broken up with his boyfriend; and Norah has as much luck with romance as she has had with extracurricular activities--so all three are able to give the group lots of their time. Norah, as the leader, is at once excited and nervous about her role. She does, after all, have a reputation of being quite the discerning reader and is now at risk of everyone discovering her "dirty" secret--she has a serious thing for cheesy romance novels. When she is surprisingly attracted to one of the boys in the group, she devises a plan using plots from the newest purchase for her romance addiction to attract his attention. Secret crushes, altered personalities, subtle humor, and one allusive author all add up to pure fun. Readers will enjoy the references to known books and authors throughout. A must have for libraries where this line is already popular or for those looking for a light-on-the-sex-talk fun romance for their collections. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 234p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
School Library Journal
Gr 7-11-When Norah's guidance counselor informs her that she needs more extracurriculars to strengthen her college r sum , she starts a book club at a local independent bookstore. Along with her two best friends, several interesting high school students from different backgrounds join the group, and Norah becomes attracted to James. From that point on, her focus is less on literature and more on how to grab his attention. Taking cues from her favorite romance writer, she sets up various scenarios that inevitably go awry. For example, she writes herself a love letter, planning to let it flutter down and land at James's feet during a party, letting him know that other boys are interested in her. Instead, the note lands near James's friend, who embarrasses her by reading it aloud. Ultimately, Norah discovers that James has read the same romance novel and has watched her plotting with rapt attention. He also shares her feelings. Norah's voice is quick-witted and strong and conveys the lack of confidence that many teens experience. The book's urban setting, in Brooklyn's Park Slope, comes through clearly, and Friedman's references to numerous popular-culture icons will grab the teen crowd's attention. Recommend this light read to fans of Janette Rallison's All's Fair in Love, War, and High School (Walker, 2003).-Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416907855
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Series:
Romantic Comedies Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
861,864
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Novel Idea 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good romance and this book just did not have it! After 1 conversation at a party (which the reader is not a part of), Norah was in love!? All the reader mainly hears is Norah's saying "we talked, it was great, I'm in love". Seriously!?? Then Norah tries to get the guy to like her by making him jealous. It wasn't even cute. Everything she did was just lie and decieve and make a big fool of herself. It was also annoying that her friends supported her ideas. I actually found myself hoping that she wouldn't get the guy! Normally, I can finish a good book in a day. This took me a week and the only reason I finished it is because I paid for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning was good, I was really getting into the story. But I don't get why Norah would take an idea right out of a book. And it was kind of cheesy how the guy of her dreams just happened to read romances and catch onto her plan. And when the two main characters finally got together, I was feeling like, 'What the heck ...' because it just happened out of nowhere. After all the good reviews I read about this book, I guess I was just a little disappointed. No, make that VERY disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I'm a sucker for a good romance novel, but this book was lacking something... romance! Norah and James didn't spen enough time together to fall in love, or even like for that matter. All we know is they share alot of interests, but just because you like the same book as someone doesn't mean they're your soul mate. The ending wasn't nearly romantic enough and when the two characters got together, I didn't feel like saying, 'You go girl, get your man!' It was just like, 'Um, okay.' This novel was sadly dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not that bad of a book, but there really wasn't much romance to it. I also felt that the main character was pretty snobby and hipsterish. She didn't really seem like a genuine person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this humorous look at romance novels first kisses and high school and keeping secrets worth the read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book is just too adorable omg its perfect fir that dose of cute oh love it really out there in that classic but not cliche way that nivels nowadays either have to much of or not enough the sweetest read that i Totally relate to {^•^}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book, couldn't put it down once i bought it. I loved how Norah referred to a book to get James. This is a good read for teens that love romance/comedy books.
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john wren More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of the Ro-Com series books and this is my favorite! I love it because it is a romantic comedy book about romance and books! This book isn't one of the predictable books with a plot used in most romances. It is very original and you will end up falling in love with the characters, too! I give it a 11/10 and recomend it.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
When Jane realizes that she has a crush on James, she decides to try to make him jealous with help from a romance book. Will it work or will it just create disaster? It seemed it went by quickly. These books are good, not that great but not bad. Perfect for reading either on a rainy day or in a day. Still, I recommend it if you like romantic comedy type books.
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