Girl Wonder

Girl Wonder

by Alexa Martin

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423152460
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 05/04/2011
Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 666,205
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

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 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
hobbitsies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl Wonder REALLY impressed me. It¿s so rare to find a book in YA that actually addresses the tough issues, like drugs, divorce, sex, etc. A lot of books steer away from the topics and ignore them altogether, but Girl Wonder faced them head on, which was very refreshing.I thought Girl Wonder was exceptionally realistic. I loved the way the author portrayed Charlotte¿s problems with public school and her learning disability. Everything about Charlotte was spot on, I suppose, although I do think she was really rather naive which was slightly annoying. But with everything going on with her parents and debate club and etc ¿ she was a really wonderful protagonist and I really enjoyed being in her head as she grew throughout the book.I loved all of the secondary characters a lot, too. Her genius brother was hilarious and so was Milton. I loved their characters a lot. I had issues with Amanda, Neal, and Charlotte¿s dad, but not with the way they were written, just with who they were and how they behaved, I guess.Girl Wonder isn¿t the book to read if you want to be taken by surprise ¿ a lot of the things that happen throughout the book you can see coming from a mile away. But when it¿s actually happening to you, you¿re not as quick on the uptake, and that¿s definitely seen through Charlotte.Overall, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Girl Wonder. It¿s refreshingly honest and doesn¿t shy away from topics just because they might be tough to talk about. The characters are well developed and the writing is excellent.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You might laugh at me, but when I read the prologue I had the irrational fear that we had another choker on our hands and it almost made me want to hide under the bed. I didn't want another hair-raising thriller, but I'll lay all worries to rest because Girl Wonder is not that sort of book! No creepy best friend, but it does have a girl who definitely has to look up the definition of "best friend" because she is failing that role miserably.Charlotte reminded me a lot of me in high school - wowed by the pink-haired girls who dared to break conformity, tongue-tied in über-hot boys who are waaaay out of my league, and awkward and unsure of her own level of awesomeness. The difference, however, is Charlotte gets the opportunity to rub elbows with said pink-haired girl Amanda and über-hot boy Neal - and she does so at extreme risk of losing her soul.Yes, it's that extreme. Metaphorically. Because, dear Readers, Girl Wonder has no soul-losing magic involved. It runs on pure real-life predicaments.I was surprised at how far from the tree Charlotte fell - and how high she jumped for Amanda and Neal without really considering the consequences. Joining debate club is a nice addition to the college application, but shoplifting and having sex with a boy who wants to keep your relationship a secret seem like questionable extracurricular activities. When Amanda and Neal finally show their true colors, it was a huge relief to watch Charlotte start to shed all that negativity and become her own self.Girl Wonder is a breath of fresh air that will find a home with readers who like a little bite with their dose of reality. Alexa Martin makes a remarkable debut that doesn't quite focus on ever-popular popularity politics, but instead the dangers of making the wrong sort of friends and crushing on the wrong sort of boy. It asks the hard question of "how high is too high?" and presents an answer that will have readers think hard about their current friendships.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl Wonder was a hard book to read, so summing up my feelings isn¿t easy either. And when I say it was hard to read, I don¿t mean that I hated it and didn¿t want to finish it, I mean that it was intense and personal. There isn¿t much going on besides Charlotte¿s friendship with Amanda and her relationship with Neal, but I¿ve been in a situation almost exactly like this before, so even if I didn¿t care for the pace and other characters and plot as a whole (which I did!) this story still drew me in.So many readers are going to just want to smack Charlotte in the face for the extremes she goes to to fit in with Amanda and Neal. I wanted to. I wanted to smack her, shake her, wake her up. Some are going to roll their eyes and not even finish reading it because they might think Charlotte is weak and pathetic. But like I said earlier, I went through this so I understood it. It¿s not just a random mindset the author put Charlotte in to move the story along. It¿s real. And while I never came close to the extremities that Charlotte has, I think everything about it was authentic; her decisions, her reactions, her emotions. Everything.This book just evoked a lot of feelings in me. It brought me and up down and had me feeling on the brink of vomit, like some kind of literary rollercoaster. But I mean all of this in the best way possible. Charlotte¿s story is not happy. It¿s brutally honest and kind of sickening and heartbreaking but it makes for a really engaging story.Overall, I might be biased, but for me, Girl Wonder was very powerful. Simply written, emotionally intense, brutally honest and raw - it¿s one that I think everyone should give a chance.
AnneRiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finished GIRL WONDER about five minutes ago, and I think the best word to describe the afterglow would be "reeling." To be honest, I had a little bit of a hard time getting involved with the story at first. Working with teens every day has given me an excellent sense of the way they talk, and in the first half of the book I didn't feel that the conversation was as authentic as it could have been. I also struggled to connect with Charlotte at first, as she came off a little perpetual-victim-ish. Another reason I say the book left me reeling is that I wasn't prepared for the situations Charlotte dealt with. I expected a much more lighthearted, fun, surfacey book - and that's not what this is. Not at all. Charlotte deals with some serious stuff, and I didn't see it coming, so it caught me off guard. Hold on, keep reading! I promise this review gets better! By the second half, when I had a better sense of where the story was headed and what its message was (because it does have a message) I found that I could not put it down. I felt deeply for Charlotte when she fell to her absolute base point, and found myself wishing I could help her. Something inside me started to hurt when she let her boyfriend treat her with so little respect. I could feel the pressure she felt to be accepted by her new friends (haven't we all felt that pressure and done things we later regret so that we will fit in?) In the end, I felt very connected to the story and affected by Charlotte's journey through her senior year. It wasn't a pretty journey by any stretch of the imagination, but I think Charlotte dealt with a lot of the same situations as many real-life high schoolers and the lessons she learned will definitely hit home with teens.
jinkay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Girl Wonder got me hooked from the moment I read that the MC, Charlotte had a Math-related learning disability. I told myself I might have a variation of this condition (slight dyscalculia, perhaps?) as anything above simple Math makes me want to bang my head on a wall. I see algebraic equations and calc formulas and my normally well-functioning brain turns to slush.A wonderful, very well-written story about growing up and dealing with other people's expectations and realizing that at the end of the day, the most important person you have to answer to is yourself.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about so many different things, but mostly it is about life. It is the story of one girl's journey that is very entertaining to read and leaves you with a hopeful, optimistic outlook on life in general (without being cheesy). Charlotte has always been in the gifted and talented programs at school. She excels at reading and writing... but she is diagnosed with a learning disability when it comes to numbers. When Charlotte switches to Shady Groves school, she is unable to enter her normal gifted programs because of it. Now she has to brave her scary - shady - school, ridiculously easy classes, and living with the weight of the impossible expectations from her father. Charlotte's education and learning disability may frame the novel, but this isn't just a book about school. Actually, it really isn't about school at all. It is about learning, yes, but learning from life experiences. When Charlotte gets involved with Amanda (A.K.A Girl Wonder), she will fight with everything she has to stay on the "inside". She's hanging out with the "right" group, the untouchably rich and popular.... but maybe the "right" group is more wrong. Charlotte finds herself experimenting with drugs, sex and debate team? She's kind of confused about it too. Bottom line, this story is a wonderful ride that you don't want to miss.I was not expecting this book to be so touching, endearing, sad and funny. It had so many different levels of depth that I would have ever pegged it for. It deals with tough issues such as family drama, first love, drugs, parental pressure, failure, learning disabilities and much more. This novel is just really filled with life. The worlds are so full of life that the story is consuming. From someone who loves science fiction and fantasy, a finding a great contemporary is a big deal. I would recommend this novel without a second thought. Read it.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Charlotte has just transferred into public school¿something she¿s never experienced before. After failing to make any friends, she meets Amanda, a girl with more confidence than Charlotte¿s ever seen before, and Neal, a gorgeous boy with an enticing personality. Amanda and Neal aren¿t the greatest influence on good-girl Charlotte, but Charlotte¿s ready to get out of her comfort zone. Things start to go downhill when Charlotte starts neglecting her schoolwork and aspirations to hang out with her new friends, though. And do Amanda and Neal really care about Charlotte as much as she cares about them?My thoughts: Girl Wonder is a startlingly honest tale about how easy it is to get caught up in the sunshine of people more confident and popular than you. Charlotte quickly loses sight of herself and begins to become something she¿s not¿a topic that sounds familiar but truly shines in Girl Wonder. Alexa Martin holds no punches when getting to the more controversial aspects of being a teen¿sex, drugs, power¿but still manages to come off as polished and objective.Girl Wonder is a very character-driven novel. Charlotte¿s decisions and thought processes make the book what it is. If we hadn¿t been inside Charlotte¿s head, I would have been baffled as to how a person could possible dig herself into such a deep hole. But because of the excellent narration, Charlotte¿s 180 made sense, and we even come to sympathize with her.Themes and morals aside, Girl Wonder is an incredibly entertaining story. Charlotte¿s endeavors were fun to read about, and I found myself experiencing a roller coaster of emotions throughout the whole book. I was disgusted at certain aspects and giddy at others. Books that are an experience¿that make you feel as if you¿re part of the story¿are the best kinds of books, and Girl Wonder certainly fits that bill.If you¿re looking for a solid contemporary read, give Girl Wonder a try!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
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.
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ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
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.