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Vanessa Carlisle has the next year of her life planned. Coast through senior year. Graduated salutatorian. Spend the next summer in Europe with her best friend. Come back from Europe in time to make orientation at Yale, where she'll be joining her boyfriend, with whom she'll live happily ever after. The End. Except that it's not. Right before school starts, the Carlisle's get a shocking phone call. Vanessa's half-brother is going to come live with them for the year. Yes, brother. Who no one even knew existed. Well, they didn't know he was a relation. Everyone in America has heard of Reed Vaughn, Hollywood bad-boy who needs to get away from that scene or he'll end up in therapy forever. Oh, and Reed's a senior. Starting at Vanessa's school. Suddenly, Vanessa's plans are shattered. She's never been good with change, and now she's scrambling for a Plan B... one that will still end with happily ever after. Though the plot is a little far-fetched, the writing style and characters makes it seem absolutely realistic. The reader, who will probably be smarter than Vanessa, will also want her to find happily ever after, but maybe not the way she sees it.
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Put your other plans on hold and read PLAN B!
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Vanessa has it all planned out. She's starting her senior year of high school, and after that "short, relatively painless year," she's going to go to Yale, where her boyfriend, Patrick, is already a freshman. It'll be great, just like before, only without parents around.

Then comes one phone call. Who would have thought one phone call, a fairly short one, could change Vanessa's life so drastically?

Apparently, Vanessa has an older half brother. Her parents were separated for awhile before she was born, and she has a brother that she just found out about. And he's coming to stay. Not just for a visit; he's going to be spending his senior year at Vanessa's school.

He's not completely unknown to her. In fact, the whole world knows Vanessa's brother. She sees his face every day. Her best friend has posters of Vanessa's brother on her wall. Reed Vaughn, Hollywood's favorite bad boy, is Vanessa's half brother.

That's a pretty big bombshell, and it changes things in ways Vanessa could never have imagined. When Reed comes to town, Vanessa's life, every aspect of it, is turned upside down. Things will never be the same for Vanessa again...But is change so bad?

Plan B, Jenny O'Connell's first young adult novel, is sure to be a hit. Published by MTV Books, it's full of believable characters, interesting plot twists, and great writing. This book had my attention all the way through! I've been very impressed with the novels MTV has published, and this one is no exception. The people at MTV have surprisingly good taste in books!

Vanessa is a great character to whom readers will certainly be able to relate. Her unwillingness for things to be different is very understandable, and so is her realization that change isn't always bad. This book is much less predictable than one might think, and the ending especially is surprise -- but not a bad surprise. Nothing about this book is bad! Pick it up and you won't be disappointed.
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A must read for all teens
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I've read Jennifer O'Connell's chick lit books ('Off the Record' and 'Dress Rehearsal') and really enjoyed them so I knew I'd have to read 'Plan B' her latest book.

It was everything I expected and more. Vanessa and Reed, half brother and sister only 3 months apart, find out about each other. Reed is the son of a Hollywood celebrity and has gotten into trouble so his mother sends him away to live with his birth father's family. Vanessa is shook up about all this and has to get used to life with a famous star for a brother.

Any fan of O'Connell's writing or fans of teen chick lit will enjoy this book.
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