Confessions of a Not It Girl

 
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Confessions of a Not It Girl
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Release Date
April 02, 2004
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0786818379
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High school is never easy . . . and when you are suffering from a hubris complex and are convinced that the gods on Olympus have focused their attention on you, things are sure to get even harder. In this smart and sassy debut novel, the spotlight is on Jan Miller-a self-labeled "Not It" girl struggling to find out what and who she wants. From her best friend, who is an It girl, to her parents, who are way too embarrassing to her crushes (who always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time), there is never a dull moment for Jan. With college application deadlines looming and a group of seemingly vindictive gods ready to sabotage her every move, Jan is about to set off on a memorable trip through senior year and prove that being a "Not It" girl has some major rewards. From first-time author Melissa Kantor comes a fresh and witty look at senior year from the perspective of one girl convinced she is everything but "It." Melissa Kantor teaches at a high school in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband. This is her first novel.

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Confessions of a Not It Girl starts off with a quiz, introducing you to Jan Miller. Jan, named after a favorite artist, is supposed to be pronounced "Yahn," but does not correct people when they call her "Jan." In fact, she prefers it.

Thankfully, neither she nor this book are a "Yahn." Jan's series of adventures in babysitting lead her to fall for her charge's older brother -- a male classmate that Jan hadn't looked twice at before. Suddenly, he's the object of her affection. Jan must balance this new crush with school, college applications and procrastinations, not to mention her best friend being named a New York "It Girl."

Kudos to Melissa Kantor for giving us a teen romantic comedy that is both funny and clean. The writing is fresh and modern without relying too heavily on pop culture references, so it will stand the test of time. It will appeal to adults and teenagers alike, as Jan is G-rated enough for the younger set but she is also fumbling and quirky enough for the twentysomethings trying to make their way through.

If you like the lively pace of books like Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and the Gossip Girl series, you will love Confessions of a Not It Girl. Give it a try and you'll find yourself laughing almost immediately.
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Confessions of a Not It Girl starts off with a quiz, introducing you to Jan Miller. Jan, named after a favorite artist, is supposed to be pronounced "Yahn," but does not correct people when they call her "Jan." In fact, she prefers it.

Thankfully, neither she nor this book are a "Yahn." Jan's series of adventures in babysitting lead her to fall for her charge's older brother -- a male classmate that Jan hadn't looked twice at before. Suddenly, he's the object of her affection. Jan must balance this new crush with school, college applications and procrastinations, not to mention her best friend being named a New York "It Girl."

Kudos to Melissa Kantor for giving us a teen romantic comedy that is both funny and clean. The writing is fresh and modern without relying too heavily on pop culture references, so it will stand the test of time. It will appeal to adults and teenagers alike, as Jan is G-rated enough for the younger set but she is also fumbling and quirky enough for the twentysomethings trying to make their way through.

If you like the lively pace of books like Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and the Gossip Girl series, you will love Confessions of a Not It Girl. Give it a try and you'll find yourself laughing almost immediately.
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Funny, Cute, and Enjoyable.
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Reader reviewed by Carolinee

This book was a very cute, teen novel.
Jan is your typical high school student, with an IT girl bestfriend., tiffany, who seeems to prefer older men.
At first, when Jan meets Josh, she didnt think it was a big deal, up until a few days after she suddenly began to get excited around him, as they would semi flirt (:
And the best part is, Jan gets to babysit his little sister, meaning she gets to see him even when theyre not in school.
As she faces a few misunderstandings, she ends up letting them take over her mind and not giving Josh an explanation to explain.
This book is realistic, funny, and very cute. I certainly enjoyed it, so i hope you consider giving this one a shot!

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Confessors of a Not It Girl
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Reader reviewed by Erica

Confessions of a Not It Girl
Melissa Kantor
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 256

Rating: 3.5 stars

Jan Miller is a senior in high school who's convinced she in destined to lead the world's least fabulous life. From her best friend, who is an official New York It Girl, to her parents, who are way to embarrassing, to her crushes (who always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time), Jan never feels that she's got it. Her college application deadlines are looming and her French homework is taunting her. And when it comes to love, Jan's destiny appears to be as tragic as a Greek play. When a romantic Shakespeare scene-reading with her crush turns humiliating, Jan feels more starcrossed than Juliet. She never seems to say the right thing around guys, unlike her best It Girl friend, who knows the moves and lines to catch an older, adorable, sophisticated boyfriend. If only Jan could write and star in her own reality . . .
But in spit of feeling that the forces of the universe have it in for her, Jan's about to learn that in lilfe and romance, being a Not It Girl has some major rewards.


This was a pretty good book that was well written. The whole story is about the main character Jan (whose name is pronounced Yahn) trying to get with Josh. It wasn't exactly my thing. Overall it was a good plot, but sometimes along the way I found myself a little annoyed by Jan's best friend. While trying to act more mature, she just looked so much more immature. Plus, Jan herself didn't always make the smartest moves. I liked Jan's little "inserts" of what she would like to happen, I thought they were entertaining and lightened the book a bit more.
Confessions Of a Not It Girl was a page turner, and kept you wanting to know what happened next.
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Cinfessions Of a Satisfied Reader
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Reader reviewed by Katie

This book was laid out like the classic movie love story. Girl like guy, guy likes girl, complications happen, happily ever after. I thought this was a really cute book. I like that in the end she finally got the guy she wanted because to me they sounded like the would be cute together. This book was entertaining and funny. It was the classic love story for high schoolers. I have to say that while reading this book I felt bad for Jan because she had to see Josh with a girl that he had feelings for for a while and I was almost relieved for her in the end when they finally got together. Its was a bit corny, but adorable nonetheless. I give this book kudos for humor and wit and for pulling together the classic teen love story. 

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Too good!
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Reader reviewed by HeatherMiller;;

Ending made me scream in pain! My parents came rushing into the room because they thought I was dying then were pissed off because I was just finished my book. Melissa Kantor is THAT good of an author that she made me cry at the end of this book. I lent it to my friend too and she said she cried at the end. I so highly reccommend this book because it is SO good! You will love it! I guarentee! The whole book makes you keep reading, but I advise to get it from a library if you can becuase you will be reading it for a day and a half, its way worth the money but save the planet. =D
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A Book of Excellence
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Reader reviewed by Jayne

I loved this book because it was exciting and kept me interested throughout the entire book.  I would definitely recommend this book to any person, especially someone who has got a crush. :) This book will keep you hoping and laughing all the way through.

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Teen Chick Lit
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Reader reviewed by Cowgirl

Yahn has a problem. She cant seem to find a boyfriend, plus her "it" best friend has had loads of them already! When Yahn meets one that she thinks might just be the one, it doesn't look like it will end up the way she plans. They have a fight, make up, but then everything starts getting awkward. Plus, they were never girlfriend, boyfriend in the first place! Will her dream come true? Or will she just have to keep searching? Find out in "Confessions of A Not It Girl" by Melissa Kantor.

This wasn't one of the best books that I have read. Almost all of it was about boys and didn't really have a main plot other than Yahn getting a boyfriend and about her best friends boyfriend (who thinks shes 21). It was still pretty fun to read though, it was light and different.

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The Book was Good
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Reader reviewed by Ariel

I liked this book it was a good book for teenage girls although this book is more of a fun read book because it talks about the life of a senior in High School and the social and romantic aspects of her life. The end of the book was a wonderful ending and i think Mrs. Kantor did a very well at writing it.
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loooooved it.
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Reader reviewed by abscae

I don't know why, because I usually don't prefer books such as these, but this book just intrigued me. I loved the plot line, however cliched it sounded, and one wonderful thing about it was that Jan, the protagonist, wasn't afraid to admit that she had a fault: that she was crazy jealous of her best friend. That part captivated me, and held me in, and got me through the whole book. Just Jan's discoveries about self-worth and life were amazing, and the romance was completely cute.

I'd say go for it, when reading this book. I found it a little hard to read at first, but I forced myself to and never regretted it :)
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One of the best YA books I've read
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Reader reviewed by Sara

Jan Miller is a senior in high school who's convinced she is destined to lead the world's least fabulous life. From her best friend, who is an official New York It Girl, to her parents (who always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time), Jan never feels that she's got it. Her college application deadlines are looming and her French homework is taunting her. And when it comes to love, Jan's destiny appears to be as tragic as a Greek play. When a romantic Shakespeare scene-reading with her crush turns humiliating, Jan feels more star-crossed than Juliet. She never seems to say the right thing around guys. Unlike her best It Girl friend, who knows the moves and the lines to catch an older, adorable, sophisticated boyfriend. If only Jan could write and star in her own reality...
But in spite of feeling that the forces of the universe have it in for her, Jan's about to learn that in life and romance, being a Not It Girl has some major rewards."

I thought that this book was really amazing. Jan was an great lead character... full of witty one-liners and sarcasm that was very entertaining. Jan's It Girl best friend was amusing and a good foil to Jan... highlighting all her qualities (good and bad). I identified with Jan because we are the same age (about 17) and I am going through a lot of what she was going through in her life.
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AWWW
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Reader reviewed by bria

omg, how to sum this book up. it was so cute and real seeming i almost felt like it was me in the story. i loved the plot, of a girl who wasnt a cool as everyone else. and doubted herself in to thinking that she couldn't get the guy. i feel like that all the time. i thinkevery teenage girl should read this becuase it gives you confidence that you can get the guy you want and that it's not impossible. this is a wonderful book.
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