Thursday, May 5, 2011

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin.
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH.
Pages: 304.
As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.
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.

Other reviews for Girl Wonder:
Hobbitsies.
365 Days Of Reading.
Reclusive Bibliophile.
Eve's Fan Garden.

6 comments:

  1. I read the book and i agree I wanted to smack her too. But I agree it was honest look at friendships and the length that people will do.

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  2. This sounds really great, awesome review :)

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  3. Girl Wonder sounds awesome. I often want to smack characters, hopefully I won't quite feel that extreme with this.

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  5. I haven't read this, but it's on my TBR list. I think it's great when you can relate to a character. It's makes the story more personal, and you may be able to see or understand things that would be lost on someone else.

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  6. I haven't heard that much about this one, but WOW does it sound powerful (on the brink of vomit?!). I'm not sure I can keep my cool with the main character, but I'll definitely have to look into it -- awesome review!

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