Triple Shot Bettys in Love [NOOK Book]

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Geena is freaking out. She's been going out with Ben for five months, their relationship is comfortable and perfect, and then Bam! he's suddenly putting the pressure on to be way more physical. She's not sure she's ready. Enter Mr. Rex Sands, Geena's delectably hot and brilliant English substitute teacher (he speaks to her soul!), on whom her best friend Amber develops an immediate crush when he stops by the Triple Shot Betty coffee shack. Amber needs Geena's help talking to him because he is such an ...
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Overview

Geena is freaking out. She's been going out with Ben for five months, their relationship is comfortable and perfect, and then Bam! he's suddenly putting the pressure on to be way more physical. She's not sure she's ready. Enter Mr. Rex Sands, Geena's delectably hot and brilliant English substitute teacher (he speaks to her soul!), on whom her best friend Amber develops an immediate crush when he stops by the Triple Shot Betty coffee shack. Amber needs Geena's help talking to him because he is such an intellectual, so Geena finds herself writing love notes, MySpace messages, and texts to Mr. Sands under Amber's name. And he writes back! Geena is just doing it all for Amber (sort of), so it's not technically cheating on Ben . . . right? In this romantic and playful update of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jody Gehrman reintroduces readers to Geena, Amber, and the Sonoma gang as they walk the rocky and confusing path toward true love.



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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Featuring the same Sonoma setting and many of the same characters as in Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty (Dial, 2008), this book comes infused with smart skater-chick-barista attitude, a plot nod to Cyrano de Bergerac , and, of course, a jolt of caffeine. Readers join Geena, her boyfriend Ben, and her pal Amber several months after the events of the first novel. While Geena isn't sure where she's ready to go physically in her relationship with Ben, she's pretty sure that model-perfect Sophie De Luca would be happy to take her place by his side. To complicate matters further, a hot, brainy new English teacher attracts Amber's attention; to woo him, she pretends to be an Ivy League college girl by using Geena's intellectual and writing abilities. At times, Geena thinks she might want Mr. Sands's attention herself instead of helping Amber reel him in, and Ben's not sure what is preoccupying his girlfriend. Typical plot complications propel readers toward a satisfying ending by way of strong characterization and realistic dialogue. Just like a cappuccino from the drive-through coffee joint where the Bettys work, this one is frothy fun. Readers don't need to have read the prior book to enjoy it, though acquaintance with the characters' history enhances the brew.-Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA

Kirkus Reviews
The Triple Shot Bettys-Geena, Amber and Hero-are back, serving up frothy lattes and falling in love, but this time their relationships are heating up and about to boil over (Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, 2008). This time the focus is on Geena, a skater-girl who isn't comfortable being a "girlfriend" especially as she and her boyfriend, Ben, wade into new territory that leaves Geena wondering if he is interested in her body or her brains. To further complicate matters, Geena finds herself drooling over Mr. Sands, the intellectual doctoral candidate who takes over her English class. However, Amber provides the real twist when her infatuation with Mr. Sands quickly puts her in over her 16-year-old head. Hero plays a minor role this time, sending her sage advice from boarding school. Geena's spunky voice will draw both returning and new readers into the girls' tight circle, which, despite some relationship woes, manages to stay entertaining and upbeat. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101014905
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,153,674
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 382 KB

Meet the Author

Jody Gehrman is a Betty of all trades. She writes novels for adults, is a playwright, an actress, and a singer-songwriter. This is her first foray into young adult literature. She lives in Potter Valley, California.
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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Geena's life tangles up rapidly in Triple Shot Bettys in Love. She's completely out of her comfort zone with the way things are heating up with her first boyfriend, Ben, and she's having difficulty keeping up. Then there's Sophie, Ben's "old friend" who is back in town with the appearance of having every intention of stealing Ben away. At school, things aren't any less simple when the gorgeous and profound new English teacher steals away all the female hearts, including that of Geena's best friend, Amber. Amber gets Geena's help to put on a sophisticated front to capture his interest. Geena, a bit besotted herself, agrees to compose messages and texts to be sent to him. In great contrast to Geena's muddled relationship with Ben is her mother's stable relationship with her new boyfriend. Nothing seems to be going right for Geena as her life grows more intricate and abstruse.

    Though this book is a sequel to Gehrman's earlier Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, reading the first book is not a necessity for enjoying Triple Shot Bettys in Love, though it may prove helpful. I found this novel to be one of the most delightful I have read in months and was extremely pleased. For one thing, Geena had an impeccable taste in reading (in my opinion), with Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre ranking amongst her favorite books.
    I loved the dynamic relationship between Geena and Ben and watched in horror as Sophie sabotaged it. And Sophie was truly the boyfriend stealing demon from every girl's nightmares. She proved a fashionable, sleek, and provocative opponent for a not-so-fashionable, slightly insecure skater girl like Geena. At first, readers may be unsure of Geena's views of Sophie stem from Geena's insecurities or from actuality. But by the end, readers will have no doubts of Sophie's true motives. Though Sophie may add to the problems between Geena and Ben, the greatest enemy is Geena's insecurity which is magnified when the Sophie-catalyst is added to the equation. Her feelings of inadequacy are emotions thousands of teenage girls can empathize with.

    Gehrman's presentation of the steamy physical aspect of Geena and Ben's relationship was flawless. She aptly described how awkward and almost amusing certain moments can be with one's first boyfriend while other moments are delightfully intense. I felt Amber and Geena's fascination with the new English teacher a little over the top, but not so much that it distracted overly much from the general tone of the novel.

    Reader's who decide to pick up Gehrman's Triple Shot Bettys in Love should not be disappointed.
    ~bella aire~

    This was first written for the Not-So-Closet-Geek book review site: http://not-so-cg.blogspot.com

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Great Follow Up!

    Fast-forward 5 months into the future: we find out that Geena isn't sure how to be a girlfriend to Ben, who's becoming more of a horny lapdog by the day. (He couldn't be perfect forever, could he?) She's more and more focused on her courses and getting into a great school. Especially English, which I'm sure has nothing to do with the hotness of her new teacher, Mr. Sands. This reminds me of the crush I had on my government teacher in tenth grade. He was way out of my age bracket (and I mean way), but he seemed to have this devilish glint in his eyes that, when he looked at you, seemed all for you. He complimented me on my skirt once, and it was over. I was ready to become a registered Republican then and there. (Can you guess which way he leaned?) Geena's teacher tries to turn her on to Kerouac, and all I could think was, "The things we do for high school lust, honey."

    Anyway, Mr. Sands also catches the eye of Amber, whom he meets at the coffee stand and assumes is considerably older. Amber is now living her dream, working part-time at a tattoo parlor, and appears mostly free of her skanky reputation. But beneath that pretty face and her flirtatious armor lies: insecurity. In her intelligence, in her self-worth. Her mother the absentee drunk and Geena sort of reinforce this insecurity throughout the book, to varying degrees of inadvertence. So, Amber lies to Mr. Sands about her age and claims to be a college student. She convinces Geena to help her make a MySpace page to impress Mr. Sands and write e-mails and instant messages to him. It's all very Cyrano de Bergerac. (I've not read it, but I've seen Roxanne. Speaking of, whatever happened to Rick Rossovic?) Of course, the more Geena writes to Mr. Sands, the more involved she becomes, and the more she withdraws from Ben. Amber begins to feel more and more stupid and inadequate as time goes on, and a rift begins to form in their friendship.

    Hero is not gone from the picture entirely. She is back at boarding school in Connecticut, and keeping up with Geena via e-mail. I like how in this book, Hero seems to have matured the most of all the girls. She seems to be the voice of reason when Geena is about to do something stupid or just thinking irrationally. It suits her well.

    I liked how Gehrman updated the letter writing and speeches under the window for the present day. I didn't know any teens that were as well read on the classics (for leisure) in my day, but maybe they DO exist now.

    One thing I really liked was Geena's exploration into her parents' divorce, and why they didn't stay together. It was clearly making an impact on her current relationship with Ben and her mom, and was worth discussing. Then Gehrman takes it one step further and makes it apply to Amber, who becomes just lovable by the end of the book. The message I got from it all was: never stay with someone who makes you feel small. And if you've got to be someone completely different to make them like you, is it really worth it?

    This is a very good follow-up to the first book. I'd definitely recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Better than the first!

    I actually enjoyed this sequel more than I do most- the story was a bit more relatable. Like its predecessor it is a fun, witty, and feel-good novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    GREAT!!!!!

    I love the trpple shots they are Halairous! It is sooooo funny and cool great book!!!;)<3 love it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I absolutly Loved this book!i would recomend it to any young teen looking for a good drama book! This is my new favorite book

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Triple Shot Betty's In Love

    The second book in the Triple Shot Bettys series was fantastic. It perfectly matched the first book, The Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty. The book took Geena and Ben's relationtionship to new heights. Ben's sickening gorgeous friend moves to Sonoma and she seems to be in love with him. Meanwhile, Amber is in love with the AP English sub while a cute sophmore is hooked on her. Will Ben's friend cause major problems for Geena? Will the sub like Amber or eill Amber go for the sophmore, Jeremy? Read the book to find out.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Geena Is Funny!

    I Really Enjoyed This Entire Series. I Wish That Jody Will Write More..It Excited me. It Had Twists, And It Was FUNNNY!! :) I Think I'm A Lot Like Geena. I Think She's Cool! :) Read This Bk..It's Awesome Just Make Sure URead The First 1 Though 2
    It's called
    Confessions Of A Triple shot betty! :)

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