It's senior year and Charlotte Locke has just transferred to a new high school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future starts to seem like a black hole. Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, and rich. As her new sidekick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, the most perfect boy she has ever seen. Senior year is finally looking up. . . .or is it?
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About the Author
Alexa Martin holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives near Seattle and complains about the weather a lot although she secretly likes the rain. Initially Girl Wonder was a story about a horse, which just goes to show you that art is what happens when you are making other plans.
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Girl Wonder based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
It's senior year and since her parents decided to move, Charlotte has to attend a new school and with that make new friends, too. From the beginning Charlotte's story is all about her school life. She has a learning disability and isn't very good with numbers. GIRL WONDER shows that you can't be good at everything and even if you have flaws and weaknesses you should still be respected and not treated any differently for it. So GIRL WONDER has all the main issues occupying a teen's mind. School days, family dinner conversations, new friends, and two boys, Neal and Milton, warring for Charlotte's heart. GIRL WONDER is about learning to grow up, to trust the right people and leave those behind who don't trust in you. How does Charlotte decide who is right for her? My favourite thing about Alexa Martin's debut novel was its setting, the rural landscape, pine trees, snowy mountains that brought on an extra winter charm and fun activities like skiing. 3/5 *** GIRL WONDER – An average YA contemporary read for a younger audience about a girl finding her way in life . Somehow the cover of GIRL WONDER made me assume I'd picked up a book with paranormal background, only to discover a plain and common YA contemporary story. I couldn't relate to the characters very well, but the story kept me entertained to some extend.
School can be tough for everybody, but for Charlotte Locke, it's even harder. She suffers from a learning disability that makes numbers and letters particularly difficult. Moving to a new school for her senior year doesn't help things either. Then she meets Amanda Munger and Neal Fitzpatrick, two beautiful people with reputations of their own and an interest in her. Amanda is quirky and fearless. Neal is sexy and funny. Charlotte is drawn to Amanda and Neal like a moth to a flame. And like the moth, Charlotte may find herself getting burned if she gets too close. This book shocked me, mostly with it's content. Be warned: there are a lot of drug and sex scenes in this book! Charlotte ultimately learns her lessons, but throughout most of the story she doesn't have many redeeming qualities. Readers will be able to identify with her insecurities as well as her parents going through a turbulent divorce. I found myself getting annoyed with her attitude and behavior, but I had to consider it was justified in a lot of places, based on her character. I liked how Alexa Martin fleshed out Charlotte's brother James Henry (great name!) and his friend Milton. Those two made me chuckle out loud! So even though it felt like the story took a little bit to ramp up, once the middle of the book hit, it was a climactic read until the last page.
This was a heartfelt debut novel by Alexa Martin that I really enjoyed. Charlotte Locke has a learning disability that makes her see numbers strangely in math, even while she excels at other classes. With a university professor mother, and author father, and near genius-like brother, Charlotte's disability turns her into the "odd man out," so to speak. Her disability becomes less of a nuisance and more of a brand that stamps her as a failure. And a failure is how she feels. It was agonizing to watch this girl and see how she looked at herself. Internally, she spoke to herself so negatively, and saw herself as so worthless, it was sad to see such internal insecurity. The author did a superb job, however, not making her sound whiny or self-pitying. It was, instead, believable insecurity that Charlotte displays unconsciously. It also explains her fascination with Amanda, who is flamboyant and overly confident. She is the complete opposite of Charlotte, and it was easy to see why Amanda would draw Charlotte, as if, by extention, Amanda's confidence would rub off on her. It was also easy to see how Amanda could end up leading Charlotte into some situations that she never would have picked for herself. Some of these situations are powerfully raw and pitiful to read. I wouldn't recommend this book for younger readers, but older teens. Despite her mistakes, Charlotte begins to find herself, begins to find her own worth, and to realize just which guy is worthy of her. These were very real characters with real issues. I loved it. Alexa Martin proves, with her debut novel, that she is an excellent storyteller who knows how to draw a character. This was an excellent, powerful story. I look forward to see more from this author.