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by Sue Wyshynski

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Tallulah Jones makes a huge splash at her new high school when the popular It Girl invites her to go surfing. The only problem? Tallulah can't surf. After a humiliating near-death experience, her little lie backfires completely and the in-crowd labels her a poser. Only a miracle can save her from outcast hell—one that arrives in the form of a frizzy-haired,


Tallulah Jones makes a huge splash at her new high school when the popular It Girl invites her to go surfing. The only problem? Tallulah can't surf. After a humiliating near-death experience, her little lie backfires completely and the in-crowd labels her a poser. Only a miracle can save her from outcast hell—one that arrives in the form of a frizzy-haired, nearsighted, completely unhip surfing phenom who takes Tallulah under her wing and teaches her to surf. When an enticing phone call tempts Tallulah to risk her new best friend's trust, Tallulah must prove once and for all that she's no poser; she's the real deal—- as a surfer and, more importantly, as a friend. Full of authentic surfing situations from an author who's caught a wave or two, readers will be hooked by the surf, sun, and teen drama.

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VOYA - Betsy Fraser
When asked by Jenna, her new school's "It girl," if she surfs, Tallulah says she has surfed. Her one humiliating experience in Florida soon morphs into claims of extreme surfing, and a life-threatening incident finds Tallulah labeled a poser and an outcast by the entire student body. Determined to make up for this, Tallulah grasps at the incredible opportunity afforded her when she meets Katie, an unlikely acquaintance who not only offers to teach her to surf, but whose strange appearance and dorky social affectations will show her the true meaning of friendship and fitting in. Tallulah's journey is the tale of an outsider who has to prove herself—she suffers when the bullies, popular kids, and other misfits deride her for misrepresenting herself. The herd mentality is also apparent when teenagers follow along behind the "It girl," who is angry because her boyfriend has become interested in Tallulah's progress. The surfing scenes are well written and show Wyshinski's knowledge of the sport. Tallulah's interest in surfing, which develops slowly over the course of the book and takes into consideration the hard work she invests in developing skills and convincing her parents to let her try, will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Reviewer: Betsy Fraser
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Tallulah Jones recently moved from Florida to California. In an attempt to impress Jenna, the most popular girl in the 10th grade, Tallulah lies and says she is an expert surfer. Jenna is psyched to have a surfing buddy and invites Tallulah to show off her skills. When the new girl embarrasses herself in front of Jenna and Jenna's equally popular, dreamy brother, Corey, she is tagged a "poser" by the entire school. Luckily, she meets Katie, a talented surfer who knows nothing of the incident and teaches her to surf. Unfortunately, Katie is a social outcast and it doesn't take long before Tallulah's superficiality threatens the friendship. Even though this main character isn't the most eloquent narrator ("Then he leaned over and kissed me again. A real kiss. I even saw stars and stuff"), most readers won't care. The Tara Reid look-alike on the cover and the surfing premise are enough to attract both avid and reluctant readers. A romance with Corey and moral lessons about lying and loyalty provide some substance.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Tallulah Jones, recent Florida-to-California transplant, wears all the latest surfer-girl fashions and earns the nickname Hurricane Girl after telling a whale of a story about her surfing skills. The surf as well as the jig is up when her new friends take her to the beach and learn the truth about her nonexistent wave-catching skills. She's now an outcast at school, but she won't stay away from the ocean. On weekends she's learning the sport from the talented but dorky Katie. Due to a series of wrong-place-wrong-time mishaps, Tallulah never gets to prove her new talents until she has to rescue expert surfer Jenna, who tries to take her board out during a storm. Tallulah isn't always graceful or even gracious, but her dedication to surfing and resolve in standing up to her bullies make her a believable heroine. She sometimes wipes out in the boy and friendship departments, but she also gets back up and tries to set things right. The beauty and danger of surfing are captured through Tallulah's mile-a-minute, often funny descriptions. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Walker & Company
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Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Wyshynski has been surfing for over a decade and once spent two full years traveling around the world on a surf expedition. She worked as a body double/stand-in on location for fourteen episodes of the hit TV drama about teen surfers called "Beyond the Break." Poser is her first novel and she lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Poser 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Acting_coach More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy and I enjoyed this book tremendously! I recommended it to my 15 year old daughter who never likes anything I recommend. I was surprised when she started reading it. She's not even a surfer but she couldn't put it down. It's one of her favorite books (and she reads a lot). It's a book that deals with issues that everyone deals with in their life. The main character, Tallulah, faces problems we all have faced (although we probably don't want to admit it). She makes lots of mistakes but her heart is always in the right place. The author seems to have a very keen understanding of human nature - as well as a very dry sense of humor (I laughed out loud many times at Tallulah's thoughts). This book has drama, comedy, and at the end, even becomes a bit of a thriller. Great read for teens and adults. I'll be reading it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. This book actually got me reading so much, when i first got the book, i couldn't put it down. I HAD TO READ IT. I read this in about a week or so and i couldn't believe how i was well connected to Tallulah even though i don't know how to surf but it gives detail about it and i would really love to try it sometime. Anyways, i would recommend it to a 13 or 14 year old or anyone who just starts reading novels
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Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago
http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/ "After today, I'd speak up. Be totally honest. Even if it was the most awkward, embarrassing thing ever. Unless, of course, it was some life-or-death situation." My Rating: 10/10 Poser is fun from the beginning and all the way to the end! Wyshynski definitely grab any reader who would read past the first page! Definitely a beach-read and a good book to reread for surfers and non surfers!!! :D In High School, teenagers tries hard to fit in. In Poser, Tallulah Jones' first day was great she had the right clothes (Roxy head to toe). Her one (and biggest) mistake, though, was that she told a lie just to fit in. Jenna is the most popular girl in Tallulah's new high school and Jenna surfs. Tallulah did surfed once...but it ended up very badly. But the thing is, Tallulah told Jenna that she surfed. Through the hurricane waves. Now she's Hurricane Girl and the whole school knows it. Plus, she has to prove it--she has to surf with Jenna. Everyone's going to be there. Tallulah decided to come clean...but can she? Jenna was glad she finally has a surfer friend that's a girl. What will Tallulah do? Well...she tries to explain to Jenna at times. But then there's Corey--Jenna's brother who's really hot and he's the guy who lent Tallulah his short surfboard. Unfortunately, Jenna broke his surfboard, her chance to be with him, her rising popularity and also her friendship with Jenna. Hurricane Girl becomes Poser in no time. Sue Wyshynski's debut novel is definitely fresh and funny. If you enjoy Elizabeth Scott, Sarah Dessen or Meg Cabot's novels, you'll definitely be captured in reading Poser. Despite Tallulah's desire to make friends, Wyshynski had created a fresh personality in the bookstore's shelves. What I love about this book: I fell for the cover and when Bloomsbury USA sent me a copy, I knew I was going to love it--I read it in 2 and a half hours! It was very funny from beginning to end. In some parts readers will just be confused (unless, of course, they surfed) but since Wyshynski created Tallulah as a girl who only pretends, we as the readers get the explanations, too. I read something different (because I have no clue about surfing except the part that it's done in the beach, with a board and a surfer wears the wetsuit...) and I learned from it. Readers can definitely relate to Tallulah Jones because everybody needs somebody and Tallulah only wants her friend. In Poser, Wyshynski also describe how cruel high school can be, which can be pretty funny sometimes. What I dislike about this book: In the beginning, when Tallulah wanted to come clean, her mind conflict stopped there. I think Poser would be even better if Tallulah's conflict was displayed throughout the novel--although it's well shown in her actions and words, I think a bit more of the mind-conflict wouldn't hurt... ;) http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/
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I havnt read it yet but it doesnt look too great.
Catherine Butz More than 1 year ago