Art Geeks and Prom Queens
Being the new girl is tough—just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier for her.
Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don't mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys).
At first Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don't cross Kristi . . .
Right off the bat, even just reading the blurb on the back of the book, I knew that it was going to be reminiscent of Mean Girls. I enjoyed Mean Girls when I was younger, so nothing made me think I wouldn't enjoy this story. However, everything that I didn't like in Mean Girls... I didn't like in this novel.
Rio, our main girl, starts out as a slightly awkward yet stronger girl. Sure, she's unsure of herself but she doesn't give much thought to what everyone thinks of her and she doesn't have to be popular to enjoy her days at school. At least... that's what I thought. Then she begins socializing with the popular girls at school and she changes - drastically. Suddenly she's too cool to hang out with her other friends, she likes to party, she likes to experiment with alcohol and drugs... basically, she turns into a follower. A very annoying one at that. Even her dialogue changes to fit the new personality she seems to have grown into. There are things she says in this novel (A LOT of things, actually) that made me want to roll my eyes. Like this:
"JC looks at Tyler, eyes narrowed, jaw clenched, hands shaking, And even though I'm totally against violence of any type, I have to admit a part of me is thinking:
Ohmygod! Are they gonna fight? Over me?
Because how cool would that be!"
See? But, as the novel goes on, she gets a little better and even more tolerable. However, a small part of me couldn't help but think that Rio wasn't the only one I had problems with - I just picked on her the most because she was the protagonist. To be honest, she was a little flat. And even worse, all of the other characters seemed to be almost one-dimensional and fell flat for me as well - even predictable. The "good" characters seemed to be good, and the "bad" characters were bad - with almost no redeemable qualities whatsoever. I couldn't help but think that some of the situations the characters were in seemed a little far-fetched. I understand teens aren't saints, but it seemed as though every single character used some form of alcohol and/or drugs. It was a little much.
I bet you're probably thinking that I hate this story, right? Despite what I have said though, I did enjoy this story. Yes, there were things that I think should be different in the story.. but it doesn't mean that it's absolutely horrid for being a little outside of what I think makes a great story. There were definite redeeming qualities to the story. Alyson's writing, though a little too conversational and simple for my taste, flowed well enough and eased you through the story. The story itself, even if slightly far-fetched, is something that is relatable and has a decent message that can be taken away. There were some good supporting characters that I enjoyed, and even the revised cover caught my attention.
If you enjoy stories like Mean Girls, I'm sure that you will enjoy this novel. And you'll probably enjoy this if you're a fan of Noel's other stories as well.
Even though her mother is a beautiful society gal, Rio has never aspired to be more than an art geek. Shes used to baggy clothes and hiding behind her camera. But with her mothers encouragement, she makes friends with Kristi, the beautiful, rich, cheerleader that runs the school.
Things seem perfect for a while well, perfect, if you dont mind Kristi telling you who to hang out with and what to wear. But then Rio becomes too successful. Shes getting dates when Kristi isnt. Things start to spin out of control for Rio between keeping up appearances, pressure from the boys (including a sizzling hot senior), and the various vices that Kristi has introduced her to: drugs, drinking, and hooking up.
Rio finds out that looking perfect and feeling perfect are two very different things. Will she be able to cross Kristi and live to tell the tale? Will she be true to herself or give in to the popular crowd? Will she tell her mother that all the pressure shes under is just too much?
While the plot might sound outwardly a bit like a Gossip Girls novel, theres more of a heart in this story. Readers will really root for Rio even when shes making some bad decisions and will pull for her when the going gets tough. Realistic scenes and sharp dialog make this book a real winner. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Honestly I got caught up in what was happening and that's good, you don't have to reread something just to understand. I keep saying this but really. It requires nothing of us, perfect for right after exams.
Basically this book celebrates being a geek and doesn't over-sell being true to yourself. We are allowed to make mistakes and by doing so find out who our true friends are.
It's not a love story. It's the quest of growing up. It's about taking all the shit the world throws at us and making it through every day. About suffering through the taunts and teasing and projectiles. Being strong and knowing you are the only person who can make a difference in how everything effects you. It's just about finding that light that says I can do it.
i think this book is really good.it shows how in high school everything is not about being popular.its about having a good experience with good friends.i also liked rios name since i love brazils soccer team and i love the budding romance between jas and rio.
Rio Jones, named after a popular Duran Duran song, is going to attend a new private school in California. With her artsy look upon the world, and a camera to go with it, she makes some new friends at first, but then comes along Kristi: rich and popular Kristi. Suddenly, it's not art that she's focused on, it's this new world that immerses her. Until it all goes wrong.
I despise the Gossip Girl series, and the like, but I was surprised to admit that this held more than those series. It's about real problems, and not only about name-dropping designers and such. Noel's wit and humor had me laughing, and I personally got a lot more than I expected out of the book.
At a brand new school, Rio does not know what to expect. Her mother wants her to be popular and her dad is never around. When the chance to become popular comes up, Rio goes for it and becomes just as beautiful as the rich and beautiful at school. But with the fame comes a price. Losing friends who loved her for who she was, the "almost" love of her life, and worst of all, herself. Will Rio fight the system and be friends with the people who liked her from the start? Or will she suck it up and take the pain of fame?
The book had good lessons in it, like why not to get drunk, and you don't have to be popular to get people to like you. I thought that this book was fairly good, it had romance and then there were some parts that totally left me wondering why would she do that?!
Rio Jones doesn't have a clue how she is going to fit into her new private school. Just as she is about to drown in hopelessness, she is rescued by a couple of geeks in AP Art. Then Kristi, the most popular girl at the Newport Beach school, takes an interest in her, and Rio thinks her life is perfectuntil she learns the importance of being true to oneself. The characters are very stereotypical and the story is a bit too predictable but I still think its a good book with a good moral behind it. It makes you think about the group you are in and how you treat other groups
It all starts out with Rio Jones (named after a Duran Duran song). She is not that popular and is being moved from New York, to Newport Beach, California. Her father is not around much because he is a highly known lawyer, and her mother is a "Former Almost-Supermodel". When she becomes friends witht the popular girls and more attention from guys, everything changes. This book has good lessons in it like dont spread rumors and more importantly, dont cross the popular girls.