The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.
The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.
But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?
Barbie is one of those rare characters that you don’t just connect with, you don’t just like- you LOVE her! I thought barbie was spunky, and sassy and just an all around great person. I adored watching her with her little brother Everett. And I thought it was adorable when she started to get a crush on Dylan. I really liked that she was the first one to develop feelings for him. I thought it would have been the other way around because Barbie is so pretty and awesome.
Barbie isn’t the only great character in Barbie Girl. Third is great, Dylan is swoon worthy (most of the time), and I thought each character was well thought out. Sometimes I wanted to punch Dylan in the face but I preferred his actions because they seemed realistic to how a 17 year old boy would react to things.
I could go on for a while about all the things I loved- the writing was incredible, the story telling was perfect, the romance was adorable and sexy, and I am so happy that this is a series! I even teared up multiple times because of the connection I had made with Barbie. It was impossible not to love her. Fans of contemporary/realistic fiction should read Barbie Girl. If you are passing this book up because you think it is a cliched smart guy tutors girl from the wrong side of the tracks, you are really missing out. This is a gem of a book. It makes me want to go back and reevaluate some of the other books I gave five stars too. That was how much I enjoyed it.
Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.
Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).
Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.