Poser

Poser

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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,

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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, 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802720948
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
272
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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