Title: Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1)
Author: Heidi Acosta
Tagline: Drama. Rumours. Catastrophe.
Book Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (happy 5 :)
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?
Having just read another cliché ‘bad boy loves Miss Perfect’ Barbie Girl was a breath of fresh air. Honestly. This time round Barbie’s the high school slut (even though she’s not) and Dylan Knight is Mr. Perfect. He gets the grades, he’s not popular but he’s cool. So who could be better to tutor Barbie right? And then they fall in love and get married tralalalaa. Umm…NO! Because a guy like Dylan doesn’t go for bad girls, he prefers the girl next-door, like Katie. Now its Barbie’s job to help him get her if he’ll be her tutor.
Barbie Starr – Reading her name for the first time gave me this image of a blonde (yes), preppy (no way!) Miss Popular (rumors). I loved the reason that was given for Barbie’s name, because it shows how society craves perfection. The reason is also quite ironic because for a Barbie she doesn’t really care what people think. Barbie’s nothing like the typical girl character I’d expected, actually quite the opposite. Usually whilst reading a book you would find that a girl like Barbie was stealing Katie’s boyfriend and throughout the book you’d hate her and judge her. This book makes you step back and think twice about people’s appearances. Barbie just shows that what’s on the outside, is nothing like the inside. She doesn’t break into pieces because of what everyone thinks, she stands up tall. You can’t help but to accept her for who she is, faults and all.
Dylan the Knight in shining armour
Reading the start of Barbie Girl did remind me of Romeo and Juliet. Dylan’s love for Katie seems similar to Romeo’s for Rosaline. He’s not in love with her, he loves the idea of her. After reading that I just thought ‘well come on Barbie, come sort him out’ and she did. I wished Dylan was a lot more understanding of Barbie at the start. Have you ever read a book and wanted to change one of the characters but knew you couldn’t without ruining the book? Well that’s how I felt.
Now I can’t exactly due a Barbie Girl review without mentioning the awesomeness that is Third and of course Roxie! Those two just made the story ten times better for me because of their loyalty and just utter cuteness (I think I love Third).
The ending aarrrhghggh I CANNOT wait to read the sequel!!