Wicked Jealous: A Love Story

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A fresh and funny twist on Snow White from the author of Cindy Ella and Geek Charming! The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy

Simone never saw herself as the "cute girl"—she was always the chunky smartmouth. But after a year of avoiding her wicked almost-stepmonster through Zumba class, Simone's now sporting a whole new retro style. And people keep acting oddly. One thing: her stepmonster seems to be trying to accidentally kill her, or at least ...

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Overview

A fresh and funny twist on Snow White from the author of Cindy Ella and Geek Charming! The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy

Simone never saw herself as the "cute girl"—she was always the chunky smartmouth. But after a year of avoiding her wicked almost-stepmonster through Zumba class, Simone's now sporting a whole new retro style. And people keep acting oddly. One thing: her stepmonster seems to be trying to accidentally kill her, or at least fatten her back up. And so when Simone's brother offers to let her move in with him and his six roommates for the summer, Simone jumps at the chance for some normalcy. Only living with seven very different college boys isn't exactly going to help her land her very own happily ever after . . .

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Snow White has a new twist. It's true that Robin Palmer's Wicked Jealous features a very evil stepmonster, but her devilish plans aren't limited to homicide; she's also trying to refatten the sympathetic Simone so that she will relinquish whatever social standing that she has recently found. And Simone/Snow White isn't waiting idly by for any happenstance Prince Charming: She's moved into a house with her brother and six male friends! A trade paperback and NOOK Book original from the author of Geek Charming.

VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
Zumba, Redbull, and stress have taken Simone Walker from the "weird fat girl" to Audrey Hepburn "with breasts and an appetite." While a whole new look, new wardrobe, and male attention ends up being more fun than overeating, it also makes life a bit complicated—especially when her glamorous new look so threatens her evil, soon-to-be-step-mother, Hillary, that she plots to sabotage Simone. To top it all off, Simone finds herself agreeing to live with her college-aged brother and his six roommates for a month while her father and her almost-step-mother take a vacation in Tuscany. While nurturing a relationship with a sweet but vapid popular boy from her high school, Simone also finds herself falling for Blush, one of her brother's roommates. With Simone as the Snow White character (allergic to apples, naturally), the roommates as the seven dwarves, and the requisite evil step-mother, Simone's story is a pop-culture-laden fairy tale retelling similar to Palmer's prior novels Cindy Ella (Penguin, 2008), Geek Charming (Penguin, 2009/Voya April 2009), and Little Miss Red (Penguin, 2010/Voya April 2010). The humor of the book is that old people mess things up by saying things like "off the doorknob" and calling Justin Bieber "Jackson Brewster," and the major tension in the book is an absurd lack of communication. To be fair, the novel is not trying to be anything more than a quick read, a light and fluffy fairy tale set against a fantasy LA/Hollywood. It will not be winning any awards for its faux-feminist commentary, but it has its charms. Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
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In a modern wish-fulfillment fairy tale that applies and removes feminism like makeup--frequently, easily and with relish--Simone goes from That Weird Fat Girl to hottie. Simone has pale skin, jet-black hair and lips so naturally red that her wannabe-stepmother smolders with jealousy. Hillary's 28-year-old, zero-fat body and blond hair have Simone's widowed father under "some kind of spell." Snow White details sparkle: Classmate Jason's "sort of a prince" in this wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood because his dad's Oscars make him royalty; Simone spends summertime in a house with seven men (her happy--get it?--brother and six others, including a sleepyhead with narcolepsy); Hillary evilly provides Hostess Apple Pies to trigger Simone's apple allergy. The frothy danger matches the contemporary pop culture (Jersey Shore; Urban Dictionary) and brands (Saab; OPI vs. Essie). Simone's first-person narration is wryly funny. However, messages mix: The text name-checks feminism, then counsels passivity because being "girl-like" is bad. Palmer conflates being "officially fat" (size 16) with Tastykake binges and emotional repression, and she imbues dieting to fit a size 8 dream dress with Simone's new feeling that "I looked like… me." Her real dream boy is African-American--Blush, one of the seven--yet offhanded racial jabs pepper the story. Apple-flavored cotton candy: fast and tasty, possibly slightly poisonous. (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142418949
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 721,412
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Palmer worked in TV and movie production before she decided to give the writing thing a try. Since then, she's written everything from screenplays to essays to novels to TV pilots. Her novel Geek Charming was made into a Disney TV movie starring Sarah Hyland. She is also the author of the Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker series for middle grades. She currently lives in a pink barn in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great book

    This book was a very good book. It was an easy read i readit from back to cover in a day. It is perfect book for teens because it was a light funny romance! These days it is hard to find good romance novels, but Robin Palmers books are top notch! You have to read her books!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Best book Ive ever read

    I loved this book to bits because even though you wanted her to go with another guy she ends up with the perfect match. I really recommend this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

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    When I first saw this book and read the teaser, I thought, alrig

    When I first saw this book and read the teaser, I thought, alright, might be worth the look. Boy, was I disappointed.

    For the record, this is not the first modernized fairy tale I have read or for that matter, film I have seen. This book was disappointing.

    There are several things that seem to bog this story down. First off, the prologue was unnecessary, and when it connected to the point in the story, it wasn't the same. A prologue does one or two things, connects to a future part of the story, or fills in a few blanks to ensure the reader isn't lost when they begin the story.

    The villain in the tale should have a motive that makes sense. Ok, I could the "stepmom" to be, marrying a wealthy and older man to set herself up for life. When you modernize a fairytale, things can be altered without ruining the tale. I mean really be jealous of someone who would soon be going to college, and then be out of her life for the most part. She's so narcissistic that a teenager, is a threat to her, seriously? She lives in Hollywood, a lot of pretty people there. Or change her reason for wanting "Snow White" out of the way.

    When would her Dad have time to date? Workaholics can't make time to keep a serious relationship. Look at Ryan Seacrest. He's got money, but why would the "Evil Queen" not go after someone higher up on the ladder of Hollywood success?

    Way too many cultural references. I don't need titles for everything. Leave things to the imagination. Some refernces can add to a tale, too many just become annoying.



    Seven dwarfs. Why have seven when five were focused on?

    The story was too long? Might make a semi-decent movie.

    An alright read, but nothing more. Will not read any more of her books.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Book review

    This book was amazing. Robin Palmer is a great author, this book was no exception. It reminded me of Cindy Ella, another one of her works. It was a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Unknown1234bad

    I love this book so much.it so clever and funny but i might not gonna talk about it because i dont eant to be a " Spoiler Alert " so bye until next time.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    To ?

    She is holding an apple because it is a twist story of snoow white. Dif u not read the overview?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

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    Why is she holding the apple in her and

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    The book

    I jut finished reading this book and it's amazing! Although I just have to say that Jason was a big let down and Hillary was just plain crazy! Thank god she got arrested!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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