Barbie Girl

Barbie Girl

by Heidi Acosta

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Overview

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Barbie is the bad girl at school. She does not have any friends, names like, slut, druggie, skank don't even faze her anymore. Sure they hurt, but she knows how to numb that pain. Besides she has big plans to take her little brother and run as soon as she graduates. That is until she is told that she is failing math and will not graduate if she does not pass. Her small hope at a normal life for her and her brother dwindling she will need to get a tutor and the best option is Dylan. The boy she has known since elementary school, but has not spoken to in years. Even if he agrees to tutor her she has no way to pay him. Any money she does get her mom manages to blow on drugs or booze.
So she makes a deal that Dylan cannot refuse. She will get Dylan the girl of his dreams in return for a passing grade. At first it's just a deal that is made but suddenly both Barbie and Dylan are fighting off whirlwind feelings... and there is more to be exposed than just feelings.
Dylan has been in love with Katie from the moment he seen her. If only she knew that he existed. He could not pass up the opportunity to finally get her to notice him. Barbie's unpredictable behaviors will ether destroy the little social life he has or boost him in to popularity. But is that what he really wants? Barbie has him questioning his feelings? But how can you fight something that you crave? Can Dylan see past what he believes Barbie to be? Can Barbie risk losing more than just her heart?
A heartwarming tale of romance, friendship and the meaning of true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482340778
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.
Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.
Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).
Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.
Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series.

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Barbie Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
You know those books where the bad boy finally tempts the good girl into going out with him by doing really good things? Flip it around and you have this book.  I instantly fell in love with Barbie Girl, both the character and the book. Barbie has had a rough life. You just feel so bad for her, and she is working so hard to take care of her younger brother and put on this face to show everyone that she is the tough girl. But she has seen enough of the underside of life that she knows that life isn’t always roses. Dylan on the other hand has grown up typical middle class and doesn’t seem to know how easy he has it. In a weird way, Dylan and Barbie fit together perfectly. I really, really, really liked this book! It was a quick and easy read, and so fun. Of course I ADORE contemporary romance, so that helped for me, and I love when two people who aren’t necessarily supposed to get together end up together, so there is that as well. This book was just so well written that it pulls you in from the get go, and there is a great dose of humor, mainly in Dylan’s best friend Third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WANT MORE!!!!!! how can someone just end a book like that?! do they end up together after everything that happened? i mean... they probably do but i need some reassurance. There has to be a second book. There just HAS to be!!!! They are just so cute together though. It was just meant to be.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
The title of this book is Barbie Girl. The cover has a bit of a light feel with the &ldquo;OMG&rdquo; and font style. Don&rsquo;t let that fool you, though. The inside is much darker that you might expect&mdash;or at least more than I expected.  The title and name of the characters fit well with the themes of the book. It was about being placed into a certain &ldquo;box.&rdquo; Each character was a certain type, or stereotype, and therefore misunderstood because others failed to see past appearances and rumors.  This was especially true of Barbie. She was believed to be an easy girl who did drugs, but in reality, she was quite clean and innocent. She wore revealing clothes and a very colorful personality, and her classmates didn&rsquo;t think to look past the surface to see the damaged girl in hiding. Barbie was a very fun heroine, but she was much more complex than her perfect plastic name let on. She was a strong girl that fell&mdash;now she needs to pick up the pieces and pull herself together in the next book. Barbie Girl was also about gaining and losing trust, and believing differences to be too big of an obstacle. Barbie and Dylan settled for thinking they were too different&mdash;from two separate worlds&mdash;to be together. Therefore, they had a ton of trust issues that kept preventing them from truly sharing themselves with each other. That was a shame, too, because <i>a lot</i> of misunderstandings and assumptions just pushed their relationship to disaster.  Dylan too, was a big factor in the downturn of their relationships. He was a bit of a jerk that made too many assumptions about Barbie like everyone else did. I did like him&mdash;sort of&mdash;but sometimes his attitude and slight obsession with her irritated me. Hopefully, he will grow out of it in the next book (I really like Barbie and Dylan together, so I want him to be a good guy that deserves her). Overall, I loved the characters (wait, I need to mention Third: he was the stable point, the rock, of the whole story; he was always more calm and understanding that the others), and the elements of this contemporary book. However, it was in need of a thorough round of editing&mdash;missing words and run-on sentences were quite common. With better editing, I would&rsquo;ve been less distracted from what was going on in the book. Nevertheless, Barbie Girl was a good book, and I am looking forward to its sequel.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Can a book with as much heartaches and anguish as Barbie Girl be 'perfect'??? Heidi Acosta's intense characterisation and poignant plot require a deep attachment on the part of the reader; I found the world of Barbie all-encompassing. This is not a straightforward YA romance, and initially it seems that Heidi Acosta has written the perfect Alpha female in the role of Barbie. However. she refuses to surrender to the labels her peers have given her, and though she walks the school halls with a short skirt and a swagger she does this to hide the pain of her life at home and to protect her huge heart from hurt. When Barbie has to ask Dylan for help with tutoring, little does he know that she is doing this because she remembers him for when they were young. he reluctantly agrees when Barbie presents him with a deal he cannot refuse and they have to 'pretend' to be a couple, whilst real feelings for each other are growing. One of my favourite characters of the book was Third, who begins as Dylan's best friend and ends closer to Barbie. He has been bullied throughout school so he has a sensitivity, yet also an awesome sense of humour and no matter what he is loyal to Barbie. I admit there are some inconsistencies in the story, particularly related to Everett, Barbie's brother who is Autistic, but as a mum of an Autistic son I probably picked up on this more than anyone else! :-) So, yes a book with pain and deep emotion like Barbie Girl can be perfect because Heidi Acosta also offers her reader so much more - apart from beautiful characters and an amazing plot - she gives us hope! Go grab it and wait with me for Barbie World!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HORRIBLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please go to daddys girl. your friend wants to talk to you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read once you start reading this emotional roller coaster love hate breathtaking story you won't be able to put it down...I know I couldn't you're going to love this book and the sequel is even better. This is like nothing I've ever read it takes you to another world don't let the title fool you this story is worth your time...i fell in love with the characters right away. This won't disappoint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!!!!! But what happens to barbie and the guy? I want more of barbie and the guy!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi every one if you have seen the barbie book its not the children book its more like a teen ager or older i reall do like it if you havent seen it you should. Bye
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes you really think about what some people do thing for, like acting out or dressing in certain ways.
Geniafl More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not think it was going to be good. Pleasantly surprised
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book about not judging a book by its cover in a way. It involves true love, sterotypes, and just some greatness. My only cons about this book per say was the large amount of sexual things included. No actual stuff occurred, but it was hot and heavy. And you connect with the characters on many different levels(the feels). A must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it made me cry and all that jazz.
Belinda-G More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Barbie is such a character. Dylan is our typical confused nerd trying to be hot. Third (Dylan's best friend) keeps the fun going. This story was so well done that it is an emotional roller coaster as you swim through Barbie &amp; Dylan's very different lives. They are each finding themselves and finding each other and seeing how they fit together. I also loved the fact that Autism was introduced into the book. Would definitely recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saying what happend havent read it yet
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
Not everything is Black and White, sometimes there is some gray in the middle. But that&rsquo;s not how everyone sees Barbie. Barbie doesn&rsquo;t care about the rumors that spread around about her. She just wants to graduate so she can finally leave Alabama. She can&rsquo;t do that without getting her grades up and hiring a tutor. So she asks Dylan to help her. Little does she know that he can get under her skin like no one else. Will Barbie get her happily ever after or will everything go up in flames? What can I say about this book? It was emotional, it was inspirational, it was magnificent, but most of all it was gut-wrenching. Most of the time I had to keep my tears in check. This book has to come the closest to what really happens in high school. Girl and rumors can be cruel and if you act different or dress different you&rsquo;re a freak. Barbie doesn&rsquo;t care what anyone thinks of her and does what she wants. She knows people will are going to come to their own conclusions so she doesn&rsquo;t bother to correct them. This book wasn&rsquo;t just about falling in love, it was about a girl that wants to graduate and make a better life for herself and her brother. This is a book about what you see on the outside is not what you always see on the inside. Barbie: She is misunderstood. She dresses the way everyone thinks she should dress. She also dresses like this b/c she doesn&rsquo;t want people to know the real her. She is so strong and admirable. Sure some of her choices aren&rsquo;t the best but it&rsquo;s all part of the act. I can&rsquo;t wait to see what she does next. Dylan. He was one of the people who only looked at what was on the outside. He is so stuck on his crush Katie that he can&rsquo;t see what&rsquo;s right in front of him. There were times when he got on my nerves and others I wanted to kiss him. Hopefully he will be more grown-up in the next book. Third: This book wouldn&rsquo;t have been the same without him. At first he just wanted to be with Barbie and nothing else. But as the story goes on her starts to get to know the real Barbie. He gets a clear understanding of who she is. He becomes her closet friend in the the book. He was a sweet guy who deserves a girl that will treat him right. I wish him the best. The cover: It is just awesomesauce. The girl on the cover looks just like I Picture Barbie to be. You couldn&rsquo;t have picked a better cover model. I also love all the words that are in the background. It makes it more real. 5 STARS!!
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fem18firefighter More than 1 year ago
When I first read the name of the book, &quot;Barbie Girl&quot; I have to admit, I was a little turned off. The cover did peak my interest though, because I figured she wasn't going to be the typical &quot;Barbie&quot; type. I'd actually struggled with the idea of whether or not I wanted to buy the book. When the author offered me a chance to read it for free, I jumped at the chance. Funny thing was, I decided to buy it after reading a couple pages. This author def. deserved the purchase of her work. I was trying to read this book in the middle of reading a few other stories...that didn't last long. This book drew my attention and I spent hours thumbing through it, unable to resume my other reads until it was complete. This story brought me back to my high school days and reminded me of all the different &quot;types&quot; of people that were encountered in my youth. It was a heartwarming and heart wrenching story line that begged for my attention. It was an absolutely astounding reminder that you never know what another person could be hiding. I think it was amazing that she was able to weave so many life's lessons into this short and easy read. Well done, Heidi Acosta! I cannot recommend this book enough. :)
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The story kept my attention. There were funny moments, sad moments, and even some cringe worthy moments. That all made for a highly entertaining read. Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta was provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barbie is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her mom's an addict and it's ultimately up to Barbie to put food on the table and to care for her younger brother. When her grades start to slip, she strikes a deal with Dylan. She will get him the girl of his dreams (Katie) if he'll tutor her and help her pass her math class. They pretend to date to get Katie's attention but pretty soon the lines begin to blur. I loved this story. I had been on the fence for a while about whether I'd read this or not. I'm glad I gave this a chance because I found myself instantly falling in love with the characters and their stories. They each start out with this preconception of who the other person is. Barbie is supposed to be this slut who does drugs and drinks all the time and Dylan is this nerd who has never kissed a girl before. As they hang out more, they start to learn that they not only were wrong about the other person but that they actually enjoy the others company. I also really enjoyed the side characters in this story too. We have Dylan's best friend Third, and 3/4 of the way through the book Barbie becomes good friends with Roxie. They are both in the story a lot and over time, just like Barbie and Dylan, we learn that appearances can be deceiving. Looking back that seems to be the theme &quot;looks can be deceiving&quot; because not one character was exactly how they appeared at first introductions. My one major complaint with this book is the lack of editing. There were so many errors in this book that it had me questioning if I had somehow ended up with an ARC version. Sometimes it distracted me from the story because I was trying to figure out what the author meant and other times I read right over it not even skipping a beat. I think that once this book gets a good editor scrub down it would be perfect. Due to this, I have retracted a star.