10 Steps to Girlfriend Status

10 Steps to Girlfriend Status

by Cynthia T. Toney

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10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney

"Without knowing or caring where I'd wind up, I sneaked out of the house and took off running."

Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants in high school: two loyal best friends, a complete and happy family, and a hunky boyfriend she's had a crush on since eighth grade-until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That's when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say "crawdad," Wendy digs into the scandal. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V's cute grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why.

Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away from her? And will she lose all the friends she's fought so hard to get?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938092640
Publisher: Write Integrity Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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10 Steps to Girlfriend Status 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AJCattapan More than 1 year ago
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status is a lovely tale about a young teen (freshman in high school) who is learning how to manage her many changing relationships. First, she's hoping her guy friend will become more than just a friend. Second, her mom has just remarried, so she's figuring out how to be part of a blended family, complete with a stepdad, stepsister, and stepbrother. Third, her surrogate grandmother who lived next door to her old house is developing Alzheimer's. As someone who recently lost her mother, I found this last changing relationship the most emotionally moving. While my mother didn't have Alzheimer's, it's never easy to see someone you love lose their grip on life. Cynthia Toney does a lovely job handling this difficult topic. Parents, this is a "clean" read for your young teen. It has a light faith element in the story, but definitely nothing overly preachy. A very enjoyable read.
GlennHaggerty More than 1 year ago
Wendy Robichaud steps into ninth grade with two girlfriends and the eye of a baseball-playing-hunk at LaMoyne High School. Now mom is marrying her best friend’s dad and life is looking good. However, as Wendy ticks off her 10 steps to girlfriend status, her friendships with Gayle and Alice suffer. And when another boy enters the scene and grabbed her attention, Wendy discovers that romantic relationships are more complicated than she’d thought. Cynthia Toney does a masterful job of delving into a young teen’s first crush. Girls will find the relational issues entertaining and educational, and sleuthing out an ancestral scandal kept the plot moving forward. In Birdface Book 1, Wendy overcame wicked bullying, isolation, and parental divorce with courage and humor. In Birdface Book 2, she applies the same humor and courage to the next set of young teen issues. And faith and common sense win out in the end.
mrsmackerelsnapper_op 4 months ago
Heartwarming & heartening, this story for teens deals with first dates, new stepfamilies, jealousy, (possible?) final goodbyes, and friendships put on shaky ground by all of the above. 10 Steps deals with so many issues teenagers face, and the story does so with charm and aplomb. This is a reading treat for any teen in your life!
LDWahl More than 1 year ago
This is actually the second book in Cynthia Toney’s Birdface series, but you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this wonderful YA novel. I actually read this one first but found the characters so intriguing I had to pick up the first book, 8 Notes to a Nobody, to find out more about the characters. I loved that this novel was about a regular girl who faces real issues – misunderstandings with friends, complexities of blended families, difficulties with aging loved ones and complicated feelings of a new relationship. Toney expertly blends all of this around an intriguing family mystery which makes the story even more compelling. This is the kind of book so many parents search for – a thoroughly enjoyable wholesome story with issues that teen readers can relate to.
TheresaLinden More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book! 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia Toney is a sweet story of Wendy Robichaud, a freshman in high school. Wendy seems to have everything together. She knows exactly what she wants and all the steps it will take to get it. But she’s in for a few surprises that throw her off her game. When neighbor lady Mrs. V, who Wendy loves dearly as if she were her own grandmother, begins to show signs of trouble, everything changes. Wendy’s attention is divided several ways. She still wants to achieve girlfriend status, but now she wants to look after Mrs. V, and Mrs. V has just hinted there may be a scandalous mystery from the past. Additionally, her mother has just remarried and her best friend has become her sister, adding struggles she hadn’t foreseen into the mix. I loved the humor, fun writing style, and character development in this story, just as I did in the first book in this series, 8 Notes to a Nobody. The characters do not fit neatly into any stereotypes, often seeming to surprise Wendy with their behavior. My favorite character was Sam, the deaf grandson of Mrs. V. Too often we jump to conclusions about people with special needs or challenges, but Wendy soon discovers this character faces his own fears, goals, challenges, and needs, just like any teen. I hope that Sam will be in the next book in this series! While I particularly enjoyed watching the mystery of the scandal from the past unfold, I was able to relate to the challenges of fitting in and finding yourself in high school. I remember how starting a new school threw everything in my life out of whack, and I often felt like a fish out of water. This story shows the importance of deciding what type of person you want to be. Wendy and all the characters grow in this story of friendship and forgiveness, a story teen and preteens are sure to enjoy.
annasmama More than 1 year ago
In the story, Wendy wants to work up to being David's girlfriend. She breaks down the process into ten steps which she hopes to complete. It's all innocent stuff - holding his hand, meeting his parents, that sort of thing. Her journey to understand what it is to be someone's girlfriend made me laugh and tear up a little bit remembering my own experiences. Wendy's life is full of relationship changes. Her mom has just married her step-dad. One of her friends becomes her step-sister. She learns about a scandal in her family's past that makes her rethink some things she thought she knew about love and family. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I think the innocent approach to dating makes this a great read especially for younger readers who are just starting to explore dating relationships. It's also a great story for anyone who's experienced or will experience the transition into a blended family. I definitely recommend this one.
JeanAnnW More than 1 year ago
I've read Book 1 of The Bird Face series, and just now finished Book 2, Ten Steps to Girlfriend Status. Cynthia Toney's attention to detail makes this book outstanding. And Wendy's unique voice is still spot on. Cynthia has a knack for active use of verbs, no passive writing from this author. Cynthia kept my attention through the whole book, especially when Wendy set out to discover what happened to a relative of the past. I found the relationship between Wendy and her boyfriend sweet, and very clean. Nice going! Cynthia touches on a sensitive topic, and does a real fine job. I can't wait to read the next Cynthia Toney book.
Grnmtnwrtr More than 1 year ago
I seriously enjoyed this book. I love the clever writing and how the author layered Wendy's relationships. A quick, but enjoyable read, just right for a quiet Saturday afternoon on the back deck with a cup of coffee and sunshine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Toney's second novel picks up where 8 Notes to a Nobody (originally published as Bird Face) left off. It's no surprise that this novel also addresses tough topics this time it's blending families, Alzheimer's Disease, deafness, family secrets, friendship and boyfriend struggles. Like 8 Notes, the novel is humorous and full of hope. Wendy is as funny as ever although the transition from junior high to high school has matured her, and the zaniness is replaced with wittiness. One thing I loved about 8 Notes was that the secondary characters were as well-developed as Wendy herself. That remains the case with 10 Steps. All of our favorite characters are back but they too have evolved. Some of Wendy's friends have moved on others change in ways that are both realistic and a bit uncomfortable - that's a good thing! Of course, the story can't be completely devoid of a crazy Cajun adventure. In this case, it's a decades old mystery involving a family scandal that Wendy is determined to solve.
C_Astfalk More than 1 year ago
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status picks up where Book 1 in the Bird Face series left off but could be read as a standalone without any problem. Wendy is now a high school freshman, but that's not the only or biggest change in her life. Her mother is about to remarry, which means the addition of a stepfather and two siblings as well as moving to a new house in a new neighborhood. Her surrogate grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and she's navigating her first boy-girl relationship with crush David. The beautiful thing about 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status is that Cynthia Toney doesn't try to wrap it all up in a neat little package. Like life, there are fits and starts - bursts of maturity and clarity and slides into uncertainty and childishness. In other words, it's real. There are arguments, disappointments, and loss but also forgiveness, new beginnings, and hope. The strain in the relationship between Wendy and her step-sister/best friend Alice is spot on, repeated countless times the world over as one friend acquires a boyfriend before the other and an unintended rivalry is born. Neither Wendy nor Alice handle it perfectly, but they learn and they forgive. The romance is sweet and perfect for young teens. I loved the little tidbits of life on the Cajun bayou intertwined in the story. A light mystery with a little history also adds a bit of suspense and intrigue. The intergenerational relationships are refreshing, especially since so often teen stories are populated with only teens. (I received a complimentary copy for my honest review. The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild.)