Plan B (MTV Books)

Plan B (MTV Books)

by Jenny O'Connell


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Coast through senior year. Graduate. Travel around Europe. Join boyfriend out East for college.

That's the plan. Then the phone rings.

Vanessa has the next year of her life pretty much figured out. Sure, there's some parental convincing to do but she and her celebrity-obsessed gal pal Taylor pretty much think their plan is airtight.

Then Vanessa's parents get a mysterious phone call and drop a bombshell on her that she never could have imagined. She has a half brother. And he's coming to live with them.

If that wasn't bad enough, this half brother is none other than Hollywood bad boy Reed Vaughn. He's famous. He's going to be a senior, too. And he's going to ruin Vanessa's life for sure....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416520337
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Series: MTV Books
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jenny O’Connell is the author of eleven books, including the nationally bestselling Plan B. She lives outside Boston. Visit her website a

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Plan B

By Jenny O'Connell


Copyright © 2006 Jenny O'Connell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1416520333


I knew it was too good to be true. Only nine months. Forty weeks. Two hundred eighty-four days. If I wasn't so busy getting ready for the first day of my senior year, and I'd remembered to buy the calculator required for my AP calculus class, I could have had it down to the exact hour. The day I graduate from high school. Then a summer traveling around Europe with Taylor, where hopefully five years of conjugating French verbs would finally pay off.

Anyway, I had life all figured out. In one short, hopefully relatively painless year, I'd be on my way out East to college, where I'd join Patrick and things would be exactly like they were last year when I was a junior and Patrick was a senior. Only better. Because we'd be away from home and on our own (in a manner of speaking, of course, considering our parents would be footing the entire bill for our college experience and the road trips Taylor and I were already planning to Boston).

That was the plan, anyway. But then came the phone call. I was waiting to hear from Patrick, the cordless phone sitting silently beside me on my bed so my parents wouldn't get to it first. But when I picked up the phone it wasn't my college-bound boyfriend calling to tell me he couldn't wait for me to visit. It was a woman asking for my father in avoice that was so polite, so practiced, I thought she had to be a telemarketer trying to get him to switch our long-distance telephone service or, at the very least, renew his subscription to the Chicago Tribune.

If I'd known then what I know now, I might have just told her she had the wrong number, replaced the receiver quietly on its cradle, and unplugged all the phones in our house. Maybe even called the phone company and asked to disconnect our number all together. But I didn't. I brought the phone over to my dad, who was in his study reading a book while my mom worked on the laptop at his desk. And that's when everything changed. In that single moment when my dad said hello and I watched his face transform from a look of practiced calm to a look of petrified shock, I realized that life as we knew it was about to change.

And that's when my carefully laid plan went out the window.

Copyright 2006 by Jennifer O'Connell


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Plan B (MTV Books) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Although I sometimes get irritated by the label of "chick lit" as a book genre, I'm going to be my own oxymoron and say that PLAN B by Jenny O'Connell is, indeed, teen chick lit. And that I also really liked the book, thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact, and can now no longer say "chick lit" with my previous snobbish sneer.

Vanessa has her life all planned out. All she has to do is survive the next nine months of senior year at the prestigious and private Cabot Academy, ace her SATs, and then spend a year touring Europe with her best friend, Taylor. After that, she'll be more than ready to enroll at the same college in Connecticut that her boyfriend, Patrick, attends, and life will be perfect.

Except life isn't perfect, and it's the definite fault of Reed Vaughn, Hollywood "It" guy, the most good-looking hottie to have graced the planet with his existence in the last several years. Taylor is already ga-ga over him, and although Vanessa can appreciate his good looks, she's not entirely sure about his appeal. Appeal is the last thing on her mind, though, when she finds out that there's more to Reed Vaughn than meets the eye--he's actually her half-brother, the son her father never knew he had.

As if a previously unknown sibling wasn't bad enough, Reed is coming to stay with her family in Chicago. Even that wouldn't have been so bad, if not for the fact that Reed is also a senior, will also be attending Cabot Academy, and will, without a doubt, ruin her life as she knows it. Now school is going to be as messed up as her home life, where tensions are running high between her parents and the lack of regular phone calls from boyfriend Patrick is driving Vanessa insane. How can she possibly survive this last year of high school with a celebrity brother, a maybe-cheating boyfriend, a disgruntled mother, and a shell-shocked father? All the plans she's worked so hard on getting perfectly arranged might just have to go out the window--and it will be time to put PLAN B into action.

This is a fun story about friendship, family, love, and loss that will have you remembering the ups and downs of having a sibling, and the trials and tribulations of getting ready for college. PLAN B is an engaging, entertaining read from a talented new author, and you won't go wrong by picking up a copy.
iloveya More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever!!!!!its a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenny O'Connell is an awsome auther, and she's also able to grasp things that go on in everyday teenage life. 'Plan B' was such a good book, and I finished it in less than two days! If you like drama, this is a book for you! :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to put down. I was continually wondering about what would happen next. It was one of the best books I've ever read! I am extremly sad now that the book is done. I want to know what happens next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book and thought it wouldnt be that good but then i read the first chapter and fell in love with book! I couldnt put it down..the suspense was so great in this book..Its not just another teen book about rich kids in beverly hills..this actually has a girl that is normal and isnt a snobby brat..i would recomend this book to anyone 12 and up..its a great story to get your kids interested in reading!
lynnm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vanessa has her life all mapped out. She'll finish her senior year at her private high school, spend the summer traveling across Europe with her best friend, Taylor, then join her boyfriend Patrick at Yale, where the two will continue their wonderful relationship as if the year-long separation had never happened.What Vanessa doesn't plan on is learning that she has a half-brother who is not only coming to live with them, but just so happens to be a famous television actor. To say that Vanessa does not look upon this new development with excitement is an understatement.While this book read quickly, I found Vanessa to be a somewhat annoying heroine. From the moment she learns that her brother Reed is coming to live with her family, she holds an irrational hatred toward him. Other than the fact that he is disrupting her only-child status, I was never sure why Vanessa held such bitterness towards a guy she'd never met before. And this bad attitude only improves in small degrees by the end of the book, her feelings toward Reed changing only begrudgingly.Too, the premise of a famous actor coming to live with you and disrupting your life was given short shrift. Reed remained pretty much a background character - we never got to know much about him. Why he had to be a famous actor rather than just some random guy was never quite fleshed out. I felt this area of the story was left unexplored. In the end, this book was only okay for me. I'm not really sure what the point of the story was. While Vanessa learned that sometimes things that you don't plan on can turn out to be okay, the beginning premise was never played out to its fullest.
calexis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel was a great story about how sometimes life doesn't have to be so controlled and planned out. Sometimes, the best things in life happen when we choose not to plan, or when things don't go our way. That is definitely what happens to Vanessa and though she struggles and freaks out about all the changes.. which is completely understandable. I don't think I could ever grasp the concept of a half brother but then again, I don't have such artistic parents or that kind of lifestyle to begin with. But still... it's a fun story about life of a senior in high school. And for those who still remember those days, or living it now... well we know how stressful they can be without so many other unexpected changes thrown our way. O'Connell proves to be a great writer who knows how to get at the things that teenagers worry about and reassures us throughout it.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vanessa Carlisle--salutatorian, Yale prospie, and unacknowledged control freak--knows exactly how she wants her senior year of high school to go. She's going to breeze through, get accepted into Yale to be with boyfriend Patrick, and take a summer trip through Europe with her gossip-crazy best friend Taylor. However, her family gets extremely unexpected news: it turns out that Vanessa has a half-brother, and not just ANY half-brother. She shares 50% of her chromosomes with the nationally known pretty-boy actor Reed Vaughn. And Reed is coming to stay with her family and attend her school in order to get away from Hollywood. Vanessa knows they won't get along. After all, what does she want with a drop-dead gorgeous bad boy who makes the girls swoon and has gone through rehab more times than she can count on one hand? But initial impressions may be wrong. Vanessa struggles to deal with unexpected bumps in her senior year plan, including drifting apart from Patrick, finding academic competition from the new smart girl Sarah Middleton, dealing with Taylor's PEOPLE magazine and famous people fetish, and having feelings for another guy, John. When will this I-hate-surprises girl learn that unexpected events in life can actually help her grow up? PLAN B is a quick and cute read. The characters are rather flat and their circumstances are a little far-reaching, but it makes for great last-days-of-tanning reading material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself is okay, but the line of text is really small. Also, the story doesnt really seem to have a plot.
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This book uses a very narrow format to disguise how short it is. Pathetic way to rip people off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book and i really injoyed it but the ending seemed to abrupt and open ended too much so like the story wasnt quite finished.
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