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This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular
     

This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular

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by Nina Beck
 

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Samantha Owens, the lovable "co-star" of THIS BOOK ISN'T FAT, IT'S FABULOUS gets her very own story in this hilarious tale of romance and friendship gone awry!

Samantha Owens is sick of being a good girl. So she's skipping out on her stuffy boarding school and finishing up her senior year in New York City. There, Sam reunites with her former fat-camp roomie, the

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Samantha Owens, the lovable "co-star" of THIS BOOK ISN'T FAT, IT'S FABULOUS gets her very own story in this hilarious tale of romance and friendship gone awry!

Samantha Owens is sick of being a good girl. So she's skipping out on her stuffy boarding school and finishing up her senior year in New York City. There, Sam reunites with her former fat-camp roomie, the irrepressible Riley Swain, and is drawn into Riley's high-glamour, high-fashion world of deluxe makeovers, dates with wealthy boys, and wild nights out. Then Sam meets D., the gorgeous, wicked boy who once broke Riley's heart. Sam is supposed to hate D., but she can't. And D. can't seem to stay away from Sam, who never wanted things to get this complicated. But no one said reinventing

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
When Samantha is denied admission to the creative writing program of her dreams because her writing—based on her own life—is boring and safe, she decides her unexciting life needs a change. She moves back home to New York City (from her boarding school) for the rest of her senior year. Riley, her new best friend, has many ideas to introduce some wildness into her life. When Samantha meets D, the gorgeous bad boy who is trying to straighten out his own life, all her plans become a little more confused. With a good dose of humor in the writing and the plot, this is a fun journey out of Sam's comfort zone. A variety of characters constantly entertain, and Samantha struggles with social issues and decisions that most readers have been through. Some of the issues are sacrificed for the light tone and the romance. Riley and Sam met at a camp to help girls deal with weight issues, but the serious matter of body image and eating disorders is glossed over. The bad boy attraction of D is also unchallenged; he feels he needs to be a better person to deserve Sam, but she never seems to feel this way herself. This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular is a companion to the novel This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous, but stands on its own well, with the exception of a clear understanding of the relationship between Riley and Samantha. For those looking for a quick and enjoyable read, this book is a good one to pick up. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
School Library Journal
Gr 9–11—High school senior Samantha Owens needs to shake up her life. Devastated over her rejection from a UCLA writing program (Sam's writing lacks passion), she returns to New York City to upset the balance of her perfect existence. She gets help from Riley Swain, a former classmate from her old boarding school, introduced in This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous (Scholastic, 2008). Riley encourages Sam to stay out late, embark on disastrous blind dates, and flirt with D, Riley's best friend. Although Samantha and D clearly like each other, D is determined to straighten out his life, which means focusing on college applications and not on women. After some jealous bouts and soul searching, the two eventually get together. Readers will applaud Samantha's upbeat resolve in the face of rejection from both her dream school and dream boy. The blind dates by committee are funny, if ridiculous (Sam goes out with a guy who only speaks to her in Latin), and Beck's snappy dialogue will score big with reluctant readers. While this novel may be a fluffy, predictable read, it's not a boring one.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Focusing on secondary characters from This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous (2008), this companion novel falls flat. Samantha, Riley's friend from fat camp, becomes the protagonist, the focus of the third-person narration as she returns from that (implausible) fat-camp-and-boarding-school to spend senior year in New York City. Riley's best friend D, another rich Manhattanite, is a secondary main character, but obscurely, with little insight. He makes a decision to stop partying and hooking up with girls, but neither his supposed romantic callousness nor a real self emerges clearly. Sam dislikes her own blandness, which got her rejected from a college's creative-writing program. The rejection letter mentions "a certain amount of passion missing," which also holds true for Beck's watery characterizations. Gone is the sparkle and hilarity of Riley's voice-here, even Riley's lost her zest. When the tension- and suspense-free climax finally occurs, it's hard to care. (Fiction. 12-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545017053
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author


Nina Beck spends most of her time reading, writing, reading about writing, or writing about things that happened to her in high school. She pretends it is all fiction.

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This Girl Isn't Shy, She's Spectacular 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages does this book have?
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Mckim Jean-Pierre More than 1 year ago
Great book really intresting loved it. The title of the chapters just botherd me cause they kind of gave away what was happening. Thats why there is one star missing.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Readers met Riley Swain, D, and Samantha Owens in THIS BOOK ISN'T FAT, IT'S FABULOUS. Whereas the first book was all about Riley, this novel focuses on Samantha and D. Samantha has convinced her parents to let her finish her senior year of high school at home in New York City. She's spent the past few years at New Horizons boarding school. She met Riley there when Riley spent two weeks on break attending "fat camp." Samantha has always been the good girl and never any trouble. She's created a list of things that she's not done, and she needs Riley's help to accomplish the list. On the other side of life, Michael D. Hammond III (aka D) has done TOO much and writes a list of things that have messed up his life. He wants to change his life and starts with the determination to get a good night's sleep before school the next day. He finds himself tossing in bed by 11pm and decides he needs to go for a walk. When Samantha and D encounter each other the night before Samantha is to start school, they are both interested in the other, but Samantha leaves with only a phone number in her phone that she labels THE BOY. She refuses to give him her information. Imagine the surprise they each show when they meet up at Starbucks before school because of a mutual friend...Riley. THE BOY is none other than the D that Sam heard all about while Riley was at New Horizons. And D knows that he can't screw around with Sam. Riley would kill him. So the rest of the story proceeds, alternating between D and Sam's voices. Sam is trying to accomplish her list, but her thoughts keep going back to D. D can't stop thinking about Sam, but he does all he can to keep his heart safe. THIS GIRL ISN'T SHY, SHE'S SPECTACULAR is a fast-paced read. Easily finished in one evening, the reader will come to admire Samantha's energy, Riley's passion for life, and even D's hesitancy. One doesn't have to have read the previous novel to enjoy the adventures that Riley drags Samantha through. I found that I enjoyed this novel even more than the first one and hope to see these three friends in future works by Ms. Beck.