She's So Money

She's So Money

by Cherry Cheva

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ISBN-13: 9780061288531
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,334,570
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cherry Cheva (full name: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) is the author of She's So Money. Cherry is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she writes for the animated series Family Guy.

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Lauren Myracle

“Cherry Cheva is hilarious. And She’s So Money is a kick-booty read!”

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She's So Money 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Maya Naravadee is just doing time. She goes to school, does her homework, tutors, and then spends her evenings working in her parents' Thai restaurant. It's not much of a life. She doesn't get out much and usually only sees her friends at school. She is graduating soon, and she has the GPA to get her into Stanford. It's her light at the end of the tunnel for getting away from Michigan. But everything changes for Maya the day the tutoring office assigns her to Camden King.

Camden is a lazy rich kid. Maya and her friends have never been privy to the hip circle of friends around Camden. So when Maya is assigned to Camden, she does all she can to get out of the arrangement. Being the only available Algebra II tutor available, Maya gives in. From the first session, Maya knows it's not going to work out. Camden spends the session texting various people and then cuts out on her. The next session goes just as poorly. Camden "kidnaps" her and takes her to his house and hot tub. Camden offers her money to do his homework for him. Frustrated, Maya severs all tutoring responsibilities for Camden.

On a weekend Maya's parents have left the restaurant in her hands, a Health Inspector shows up and fines the restaurant $10,000. Maya's parents can't afford to pay the tuition for Stanford, let alone the fine. She is determined to not have her parents find out about the fine. She has six weeks to make the money and pay the fine. So Maya finds herself crawling back to Camden, offering to do his homework for him after all.

The offer starts to snowball, and a business arrangement is quickly formed. Maya soon finds herself with more than just Camden's assignments. Functioning on little to no sleep, Maya expands the business with the help of some of her tutoring friends. All seems to be going well and she may just have the money in time to pay off the fine, when the unexpected happens. She is blackmailed.

Maya has to figure out something before her parents find out, she is expelled, and her hopes of attending Stanford are dashed to bits. She can't tell her friends the whole truth, afraid she'd lose them. And her parents would never understand. Maya only has Camden to help her resolve the problem. But what is Camden to her? She doesn't know if he's just using her, if he's a friend, a boyfriend, or what?

SHE'S SO MONEY is a great debut novel by Ms. Cheva. From the first page, I was pulled into Maya's life. I wanted her to be able to get out and experience life more than her reserved parents would allow her. This is an excellent "what if" story. If Maya had only cleaned the restaurant the night the two rude customers had been there, none of this would have happened. Then, she never would have had a reason to contact Camden again. When all is said and done, Maya has to give up things she hadn't planned to, but just maybe she's better for it in the end.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Maya is your typical high school nerd. She toes the line, does her homework, and helps out at her family's restaurant after school. Then the unthinkable happens. She makes a majorly bad judgement call and needs to come up with some major cash fast or her family could lose everything. She teams up with an unlikely partner, Camden, the cute (but stupid) popular boy of the school. Together they hatch a scheme that is supposed to help Maya solve her problem...but things never turn out the way you expect them to.Maya is a great main character. She has her flaws but does her best to hide or make up for them. She grows up a lot in the story and is forced to realize that she can't solve everything herself. Camden is an alright main guy for the story. He is a very sterotypcial popular guy. He's rich, gets everything he wants, and like to throw money at problems.I think the book needed one of two things. A few less pages - there were times it seemed as if I was reading the same chapter over again - or more twists and turns. More twists and turns would have given the author a chance to develop some of the secondary characters a bit more. Because I didn't feel as if I knew any of them very well the ending seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, well worth the read though.4/5
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
She¿s so Money was such an amazing read! I loved the humor, the witty comebacks, and the creative outbursts¿a prostitute, a rice-patty farmer, shipping you off to Thailand¿s boarding school! My friend had asked me to read this book for fun but at times I just had to stop to grab some sticky-notes to save that page or quotes because they made me laughed out loud so much. Here¿s a small sample of some that I absolutely adore: ¿The girl is fourteen and has a rack as big as my head. Or, I guess, two of my heads. If you want to get technical.¿ And another one, ¿I smiled back with an expression that I hoped said, ¿I understand,¿ and not, ¿Your husband¿s a douche,¿¿¿ There¿s a lot more but you¿ll have to buy your copy for that ;P There was also this one part where Maya¿s mother had told her a story about this family they knew in Ohio that I loved. It was something that my parents would do exactly if I were in her position!¿exaggerate a small situation to persuade me not to do something, ¿¿where she was free from the corruption of America.¿ XD another line that I loved! I would¿ve liked to see the romantic aspect of Maya¿s and Camden¿s relationship developed some more though. I guess in my mind there was a gap between from when it went from business partners to dating, a bit rushed. Also, the punishment that Maya received from this `little¿ adventure should¿ve been a bit more severe in my mind. Made up this huge cheating gig? Well that will cost you one shiny little penny mister oh, and a 3 day suspension :D. Maybe it¿s my opinion and whatnot, but I didn¿t think she should¿ve still been accepted into her college of her choice at least. Overall: A really hilarious read that had me waking up at 7:30 AM just to finish when it wasn¿t even a school day! ¿Cherry Cheva is hilarious! She¿s So Money is a kick-booty read!¿¿Lauren Myracle. I cannot agree with this quote even more (¿well I would¿ve changed the booty into something less appropriate ;P )! I eagerly waiting for Cherry¿s next YA book~ Pick your copy up if you want to understand everything I just said! XD
propelasaurus on LibraryThing 11 months ago
What do you do when you get fined 10 thousand dollars for not cleaning up the family resturant after closing? Start doing rich kids homework for money ofcourse. Maya an overachieving girl is in a problem she can't solve. Until the rich but hot jerk Camden King comes in with the solution ofcourse. What they don't know won't hurt them right?Cherry Cheva's first novel was very well written and judging by this generation seems highly possible in the real world.Maya is your typical above average asian, strict parents and above average friend. Maya basically doesn't have much of an exciting life. That is until her parents leave her in charge of the resturant for a day. Alone after closing she and her brother slack off and choose to clean up tomorrow. Little did they know that the health department was coming over tomorrow while they were at school. Maya comes backfrom school with a 10 thousand dollar shock. As she covers her mistake with lies, she meets her new issue. Camden King. A below average popular hot rich kid that is her new student to tutor. Maya just wants to get it over with but Camden has other thoughts. She soon finds herself telling lie after lie but soon confines in Camden about her 10 thousand dollar fine from the health department. And Camden's solution is to create the biggest sheme in her entire life. Her friends somehow finds their way into this sheme and Maya soon sees her world tumbling down along with her lies. How will she get out of this now ?This novel mixes in romance with humor. Looking into a teen's stress and future was an exciting read. For those who enjoy romance and humor, I would highly recommend it.
EllieHodgson on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is a story that tells a story of a girl who gets herself into trouble. It could have turned out okay until she tried to cover up what she had done. And then it was too late to turn around.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Over-achieving, parent-pleasing, Stanford-bound Maya has a small problem. Due to a teeny tiny mistake she made at her parents' restaurant while they were out of town, she's landed them with a $10,000 fine from the board of health. Whoops. What's a girl to do? Turn to Camden King, the rich playboy she's supposedly tutoring who offered her $100 to do his algebra homework. Together Camden and Maya build a clandestine business of doing people's homework. But soon things begin to spiral out of control. Can Maya keep it up until the fine is paid off? Or will she be found out and subsequently expelled and sent to live in Thailand? I really enjoyed this book. Its implausibility is part of its fun. Unlike your more typical bookworm-ish brainiacs, Maya's really sassy and won't take crap from anyone, especially frat-boy-in-training Camden. This is the perfect book to take a study break with.
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This book is one of the best books i have ever read. Right when i started reading it i couldn't stop and i know alot of people say that but this book kept me reading the whole time from the very first page!!!!!!:)Read it, you'll regret it if u don't.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Maya is your typical high school nerd. She toes the line, does her homework, and helps out at her family's restaurant after school. Then the unthinkable happens. She makes a majorly bad judgement call and needs to come up with some major cash fast or her family could lose everything. She teams up with an unlikely partner, Camden, the cute (but stupid) popular boy of the school. Together they hatch a scheme that is supposed to help Maya solve her problem...but things never turn out the way you expect them to. Maya is a great main character. She has her flaws but does her best to hide or make up for them. She grows up a lot in the story and is forced to realize that she can't solve everything herself. Camden is an alright main guy for the story. He is a very sterotypcial popular guy. He's rich, gets everything he wants, and like to throw money at problems. I think the book needed one of two things. A few less pages - there were times it seemed as if I was reading the same chapter over again - or more twists and turns. More twists and turns would have given the author a chance to develop some of the secondary characters a bit more. Because I didn't feel as if I knew any of them very well the ending seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, well worth the read though. 4/5
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Get4crazier More than 1 year ago
She's so money was a nice read it flowed and the author made you hungry for more. The main character, Maya, a 5 foot Asian-american had an atitude that was realistic and easy to relate to. The book is about Maya and her family, they own a little thai restaurant that they started when the moved to America. Well one day her parents left her and her brother, nat in charged of the restaurant when they went to DC for a wedding. Unfortunitly for them they had to deal with these to rude costumers and they're crazy demands. Maya gets feed up with they're behaviors that they leave the restaurant shouting about reporting them to the health department. By the end of Nat and Maya's shift they are tired and ready to go home. Maya proposes an idea of skipping the cleaning and doubling it the next day. Sadly for them the ladies threats weren't just talk. The health department rep comes in to inspect the place while Maya is at school. He then leaves a 10,000 dollar fine that she has to pay within 2 weeks. Enter Camden King, the schools reigning king, he proposes the idea of Maya doing his homework for pay. A desperate Maya agrees without comments. She finishes his homework and hers but loses sleep in the process. The next day waiting at Camden's locker is not only him but his friends each wanting her to do their homework too. She agrees. Soon she become in it over her head. Camden then tells her to tell her friends to join her also. Her friends Cat and Jonny agree, but a sulking Sarah says no. Thrown in the mix is a blackmailer that wants either Maya to go to spring fling and prom with him or 5,000 dollars. There's also someone getting exspelled and a round of suspensions being given out. Sadly the book ends in a bad way. You never get to find out the ending of parts iv the story the author plotted in the rising action of the book. All and all this is a page turner. Make sure to buy a copy. XOXO Esther
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this is one of the best books i have evah read in my life 1
i wish this plot would have happened to me i love this book !
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She's So Money is the story of a Thai teenage girl named Maya living in Michigan. She's the nerdy smart girl who tutors for extra money. She's the girl who waitresses at her parents' Thai restaurant for tips which go into the college fund. She's also the girl who's never been kissed, wants to go to Stanford, pisses off one unhappy vegan customer, and now has to come up with $10,000 in fines to pay the Health Department. That's right the one time Maya's parents leave Maya is charge of the restaurant, nearly everything that can go wrong does. The angry vegan customer threatens to call the Health Department, and at first Maya doesn't take her seriously. Unfortunately, she and her brother also decide to save cleaning up the restaurant for the next day. That leads to the large fine. Maya is too ashamed to tell her parents, her brother, or her friends. All that's left to do is come up with the money to pay the debt. The only problem is how. Maya then makes the decision to do other people's homework for money. When I first saw this book, I have to admit that I was a little skeptical because the cover was a little over the top. But, I tried not to judge and started reading. I was very impressed. Cherry Cheva does a fantastic job of portraying the strict Asian parents of the geeky Asian girl (and I would know). Some of the characters were stereotyped, such as the nerdy Asian kid and the ditzy popular girls. There were a couple slightly unexpected twists, but the plot was overall straightforward. It seemed a little unrealistic that the popular guy Camden fell for Maya in the end, because things like those almost never happen in real life, but it was cute anyway. I definitely recommend this novel to all people interested in accurate representations and stories of high school. The novel is very funny, and readers who liked The Squad series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes will especially appreciate the humor. I also think readers who liked How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler will also find She's So Money a fun read.
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she's so money is a book about a girl named maya and camden and maya is stuck trying to pay a 10,000$ fine and camden gave her an idea to get that money. it is an amazing book and it is funny!
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Although I had quite a few issues with this book, I couldn't help but feel myself reeled in. I stayed up reading it really late and even though I wasn't satisfied with all of the aspects of the book, I think it was a very good read. Now about those things that I had issues with...I think that the characters weren't developed enough and that the plot was a little too predictable. Don't get me wrong, I like me some nice, fluffy, and predictable books every now and then, but I definitely think that Cherry Cheva could've have worked to throw a few more twists into it than she did. And I also would've loved to be able to get to know the characters better. I think that that aspect of the book was rushed and not filled in very well. Also, the ending came a little too fast for my preference. It was very sudden and it just kind of ended. All that stuff probably makes this seem like a horrible book, but it really wasn't. One of the things that I liked was the unique plot. It might not have had many surprises, but it was a new and unexplored concept which was neat. I also liked how the side characters got to shine along with the main ones and we got to see the alternate sides of many of the 'popular' characters in the book. And overall, I think that Cherry Cheva did a great job writing She's So Money. Even with all of the faults that I found with it, I really couldn't stop reading it. She just has the kind of writing style that leaves you wanting more and I am completely satisfied with this book and I would highly recommend it as a very fun and light read. Perfect for summer! Which, by the way, has arrived without me even noticing. I swear, I woke up last week and I was like woah-there are only two weeks of school left! When did that happen? And since then I've been in a huge fog because of lack of sleep from studying for finals. I'm amazed that I'm having time to read at all. I probably shouldn't be reading...but oh well. Can't pull a girl away from her obsession, can you? And enough with my rambling already. :D Go read She's So Money!