Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?

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Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s ...

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Overview

Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi's completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.

But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

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"Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up delivers the perfect one-two punch of coming-of-age tale and Hollywood magic in one hit." -Allison Rushby, author of Being Hartley, the Living Blond Trilogy and Shooting Stars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622662623
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Entangled Teen Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 950,271
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives in Australia (via ten years in New Zealand). She has a PhD in Education and lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children who have yet to grasp the fact that the bottomless money pit will soon be closing over. When not writing or working, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV—in fact if TV watching were an Olympic sport she'd win gold. She is also the author of In the Blood and The Second Virginity of Suzy Green.

www.sarahantz.com

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Okay, I¿m not normally into romance novels. However, Sara Hantz

    Okay, I’m not normally into romance novels. However, Sara Hantz has written one that makes even guys like me take notice — her main character is a female kickboxer! I’m not talking Tae-Bo-in-your-living-room-to-firm-and-shape-your-butt. I’m talking Get-in-the-ring-with-a-live-opponent-to-kick-his-butt. Not only that, the plot involved making a movie, complete with devious actors and directors who desperately needed a roundhouse to the pearly whites. For me, that takes romance to a whole new level. 
    Another element that held my interest was Hantz’s fantastic job of making me love characters who were supposed to be loved, and hate characters who were supposed to be hated.
    For example, I immediately fell in love with Abi Saunders, a sweet girl who is respectful of her parents and loyal to her friends. She is also self-conscious about her stutter, which makes her extremely cool in my book. She has her stutter under control while around close friends, but not so much in public. Her favorite sparring partner, Matt, who is also her best friend, is one of the few opponents who can not only give her a good workout, he can push her to do things she doesn’t believe she’s capable of. So when she is asked to be a stunt double for her absolute favorite teen movie star ever, Matt urges Abi to take the job in spite of her self-doubt about her stutter. 
    At the other end of the character spectrum, I immediately hated Tilly Watson, the star Abi adored and whose stunt double she played. Tilly is a diva… self-centered, bossy… and she made fun of Abi’s stutter, which I found totally despicable. I just love a good, hateful character!
    Then something unexpected happened — Abi changed, and I totally lost respect for her. She sort of became Tilly. Not only was Abi wigged and made up to look like Tilly so she could play her stunt double, Abi took on some of Tilly’s less than desirable qualities, which led to some very stupid choices on her part. 
    This is a totally character-driven story, with growth in all the right places. Without giving away any spoilers, by the story’s end, Sara Hantz has taken Abi down a nasty path that many teenagers take, and expertly used that journey to help Abi find her true self. I have to say, the ending was absolutely, totally, and in all other ways satisfying. Sara Hantz has written a book that shows what true friendship (and true love) is all about, and I would love to see more of Abi Saunders. The real Abi Saunders.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    I¿m giving this book a two-star rating because it¿s not the wors

    I’m giving this book a two-star rating because it’s not the worst story I’ve ever read, and the cover and title won a lot of points with me. 

    From the book summary, I was expecting a no-nonsense, butt-kicking heroine who performs stunts, gets a taste of the Hollywood A-list high life while still retaining her butt-kicking, no-nonsense attitude, gets carried away by all the attention, learns a hard lesson or two, shrugs it off and moves on. I was also expecting glitz and glamour, and what it must be like for a stunt double on a movie set. Clearly, I set my expectations too high. Maybe I should’ve read the book summary three times or more, and not let myself be misleaded by the awesome cover. What did I get instead? An annoyingly and incredibly insecure, shallow Abi Saunders who always second-guesses herself, needs constant reassurance and praise, and who carries on and on and on about how handsome her best friend Matt is; the same Matt on whom she has a huge crush. 

    Honestly peeps, I had a hard time with this novel. I find it disheartening that a publisher who generally publishes above average books would publish something like this. This sort of YA protagonist has been written to death, and her crush, whom we are told over and over again is so handsome and has incredibly good looks, has similarly been written to death. I found Abi’s character frustratingly tiresome. Apart from her passive, whiny, insecure behavior, I found it even more irritating to be told the entire time how much she adores Matt. I simply couldn’t understand why! Was there anything more to Matt than his good looks? Apparently not. His character was so monotonous, it bored me to tears. Don’t even get me started on Tilly Watson. She was just a plot device to make Abi’s character look like a saint. It didn’t work for me. 

    My problem with this novel is that it doesn’t offer anything exciting or different. It’s just the same old story with a great cover, an interesting title, but the same typical YA characters with different names, and the same typical YA plot with mediocre romance for a backbone. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, unless they’re new to this genre and haven’t read any such books yet. They’ll find this plot formula new and exciting, but for the rest of us who have been reading YA for quite some time, this book offers nothing new. Insecure protagonist with one flaw? Check. Hot bestie friend on whom she has a crush? Check. Stinted, unrealistic dialogue? Check. Predictable plot with a weak ending? Check, check, and check. 

    I’m still waiting for the real Abi Saunders to please stand up. 

    Give this one a miss. 

    My thanks go to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for this free eARC in exchange for an honest review.   

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up by Sara Hantz is a YA

    Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up by Sara Hantz is a YA novel that caught me by surprise. Most YA books I read are usually dystopian, or other strong types of stories. Though I have read Sara Hantz before, I did not expect to love the story as much as I did. This was a simple sweet, entertaining story of Abi Saunders, an 18 year old girl, who is not comfortable around people, as she stutters. Abi is our heroine, who works out in the local gym, being an award winning young female kickboxer. Abi has two great friends, Liv and Matt, whom she is totally comfortable with. The three of them are inseparable, and Abi never stutters with them. Abi also has a crush on Matt, whom she feels only sees her as a friend.

    We spend time early on with this wonderful friendship, and then Abi is offered a chance to become a stunt double for a well-known actress, Tilly Watson during a movie shoot. It is Liv and Matt who convince Abi to take the job, since it would be good experience for her, and help her become more confident in herself. After the first audition, Abi makes friends with the crew, and each passing day, she becomes more confident, since she truly is one of the best, and stunt work seems to be perfect for her.

    At first Abi would run home to tell her friends about the work behind the scenes of a movie, and meeting all the actors and director. Slowly, as her hours increase, Abi becomes too comfortable playing Tilly. She meets Jon, an actor and boyfriend of Tilly. Soon Abi becomes hooked, & begins spends more time with her new found friends, ignoring her Liv & Matt. She thinks she is doing nothing wrong, as it’s a job. She also finds herself becoming more and more attracted to Jon, and fancies that he too is beginning to care for her.

    What follows is an excellent story, allowing us to see Abi’s confidence build, as she garners the respect of the crew and director with her ability. We watch her as she slowly changes, totally caught up in the world of movies and fame; seeing herself giving up her kickboxing, and life at home to become a full time stunt person. Will Abi give up her life at home and her friends? Is Jon really as nice as Abi thinks?

    Sara Hantz proves herself to be a wonderful writer, as she grabs our attention from the start with this fast paced sweet story, that was a very enjoyable and fun to read. We find ourselves totally in Abi’s corner, rooting for her; worrying about her; as well as shaking our head at times. Hantz has also done a fabulous job creating the wonderful secondary characters, as I loved Liv, Matt, and even enjoyed the different faces of Tilly. This was a nice, quick, and fun storyline to read, and I totally recommend reading this book.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    I am the kind of reader who actually goes against the grain and

    I am the kind of reader who actually goes against the grain and will actually want to read a book that has mixed reviews as opposed to all glowing. I tend to enjoy books that cause opposing views as long as they are well written and not too many grammatical errors so I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked this one up, but I was pleasantly hooked into the story within that first chapter. I did have a love and hate relationship with the central character as she made some bad choices about who follow, but she came good in the end. She was young and impressible and all teenagers make some error in judgment at some point, it is all part of the learning curve of growing to be a better person and I feel Sara Hantz developed Abi in a believable way to be a more thoughtful individual by the end of the book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

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    Life has a way of getting sort of messy sometimes but, miraculou

    Life has a way of getting sort of messy sometimes but, miraculously, things often work out better than you might expect. Originally, my spot on this tour was scheduled for May 5th but, having managed to become, shall we say, a bit disorganized, I needed to ask for a postponement and the tour organizer graciously worked with me. Then, I was hit with an illness that really screwed up my reading and reviewing schedule and I had to delay several things. I pushed on with this one, though, because I just couldn’t beg off and I’m so glad I did because Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? was precisely what I needed to lift my spirits.

    Is this the greatest novel ever written? No, but it’s a light, easy read that’s fun and, putting aside the issue of whether many teens would ever find themselves in such a position, it really does show what teens (and, let’s face it, many adults) are like. I’ve seen other reviews that think Abi is shallow and insecure and makes foolish choices. Hell-o-o! Isn’t this the essence of being a teenager? I don’t read young adult fiction because I’m looking for a protagonist who is mature and wise in all things; do you? Think how unrealistic that would be not to mention boring!

    The most appealing thing to me about Abi was her speech impediment. I love that Ms. Hantz saw fit to show a girl with a disability as a person who doesn’t let it rule her life and friends Liv and Matt help her do that. Abi is also the poster child for anyone who has ever found themselves in a world of instant celebrity and let everything get out of control. It’s not hard to sympathize with her even while wanting to shake some sense into her, especially when she blinds herself to what—and who—is really waiting for her.

    I enjoyed this tale for what it is, a bit of fantasy in the midst of real life and, once again, Sara Hantz has completely entertained me. When all is said and done, that’s just what a reader needs sometimes and I thank Ms. Hantz for it ;-)

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

       This book rolled around at seemingly the right time for me. I

       This book rolled around at seemingly the right time for me. I needed something light that lacked all of those feels that seem to overwhelm the fangirl in all of us. Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? had plenty to offer with a light story. But that became my issue with this book. It was too light. Where was the substance? 

      Abi wasn't a character that I found myself liking at all. That made it more of a task to trudge through the pages. She just repeatedly grated on my nerves. I don't feel like she evolved at all from the insecure girl that dominated the story and weighed it down. The other characters didn't hold much of an interest for me, either. I was bored with the entire lot.

      I'll admit. The very first thing that got my interest about this book was the character's name; Abi. My cat is named Abi, and I have a soft spot for people who spell it that way. Then I saw what I thought was going to be a kick-ass main character. I just don't think that's what I got from this story. 

    **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Entangled Publishing and Sara Hantz.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    I fell in love with Abi Saunders. I fell in love with Tilly Wats

    I fell in love with Abi Saunders. I fell in love with Tilly Watson as well, it just took a lot longer to get there. The contrast between their two lives is striking, but at heart they are still both teenagers trying to fit in. When Abi gets the chance of her lifetime to be Tilly's stunt double, she almost doesn't take it. She stutters and is not very sure of herself, but her very good friends eventually talk her into going for it. Her best friends which are totally awesome throughout the whole story.




    On set isn't anything like she expected, and Tilly isn't anything like she expected either. Abi gets a little carried away a few times, and a lot carried away a few times too. I love how this book put both Abi and Tilly's lives side by side. Both girls thinking the other had it so much better than they did.




    In the end, everything seems to end up right where it should - which is the perfect way to end this type of story.




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Sara Hantz made it impossible for anyone not to fall in love wit

    Sara Hantz made it impossible for anyone not to fall in love with this book. Abi is a super-awesome-kickboxing-champion, and how could you not love a female kick-but kick-boxer, she has a stutter which makes her very self conscious and shy. I think her stutter makes her that much more awesome because she tries from the help of her friends Matt and Liz to not let it define or control her. When Abi is given the opportunity to be a stunt double for her favorite teen starlet Tilly Watson she is hesitant on entering that new environment and making a fool out of herself, but with a maybe not so gentle shove from her best friends she gives it a shot. 
    Abi finds that the movie life I sent all that it's cracked up to be, Tilly treats her like dirt and makes fun of her stutter every time they meet, she feels like she can't get anything right, and the only thing that still feels right is being with her friends. When the tables turn and Abi starts turning into one of the movie crowd type her new image starts taking over the real Abi and her life turns upside down. Abi starts acting like the one person she didn't want to be like, Tilly, she starts to blow off her classes at the dojo, she ignores her parents, and even ditches her best friends, and  the worst part she doesn't even notice what she is doing until it's too late. Hantz shows how teens in the real world are willing to do anything to fit in, to get people to like them, be apart of the "in crowed" but when they finally get there is the nasty path they take really worth the destination. 




    This book was a fun and easy read perfect for summer day on the beach or a few hours to dip into a light but fantastic story. If nothing else the possible sweet innocent romance between Matt and Abi will defiantly keep you turning the page. Hantz made the characters relatable no matter if you are a famous movie star or a regular reader  you can relate to what the characters to through and some of the choices they make. Although it was a perfect stand alone I would really like to get to see more of the Real Abi.   




    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

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