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A Novel Idea
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12+
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December 20, 2005
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9781416907855
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Required reading has never been so hot.
Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be bookish, but there are also a few hotties! Most noteworthy: sweet, literary James. He's like a modern Jane Austen hero.... Only, how to snag him?

Ever the romantic heroine, Norah devises a secret plan. And if it works, Norah may just find her "Happily Ever After" love story. The End.

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A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman
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Reader reviewed by Lilibeth

Norah Bloom seems to come up a bit short when it comes to her extracurriculars for her college applications. With the help of Audre--Norah's quirky, self-assured skinny-cord-leopard-print-wearing best friend--Griffin--the "cutie manning the soy latte counter"--and Scott--her gayish best friend who is the infinite confidence booster, and probably the most organized person she knows--Norah builds up her own a group based on what she likes to do most. Drink lattes and read. As the members pile in--some accidentally, some by obligation--Norah has a revelation when she realizes that she has a lot more in common with one particular member, and needs to devise a plan to snatch him up because she knows it's up to her to make the next step. After staying up one night reading one of her secret romance paperbacks, Norah finds that she has the to needs to lure James into her feminine entrapment.

Using her younger sister, Norah finds that she can actually look pretty decent with some make-up ans the *cough* right clothes. Using her best friend's college-ruled brother and James's best friend, Neil, she tries to make James a green-eyed monster--not totally unsuccessful, fortunately. Both times hilarious with just a pitch of humiliation. Using Philippa Askance, her favorite novel-writer of all time, as a common ground; this mix-matched group are bound together by some soon-to-be-unveiled secrets that reveal the full potential if their book group. And if some of these events aren't shockingly hilarious enough, get ready to be writhing on the floor when you come upon the ending. Where just one slight, whispered statement from James unravels everything. I guarantee that by the time you finish A Novel Idea, it will make you want to get a hold of the nearest guy handy and say "pucker up, dammit." Who knew that Norah was going to end up being one of those subway-couples that she "used to" make her gag.

A Novel Idea is one of the first romantic-comedies I have ever read. It's witty, comical, passionate (especially for reading, which was what really drew my attention to this book). It met my comedic expectations as a YA reviewer, which I really wish more YA books had, a laughing side. It gives a good name for all other RCs out there. Recommended to the single (and coupled) gals out there who want to read something they can laugh at, blush, and say "aww" too.
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excellent
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Reader reviewed by kathy

"A Novel Idea" was a brilliant book. For once you get to read about a girl who LOVES to read. Shes not all that and shes just like everybody else. Yet shes unique in her own way. I
n this book of the Romantic Comedies Series, a young girl is in desperate need of joining a extra-curricular for her transcripts. Because of this, she decides to form a book club.
Then later on in the story, she starts to like one of her fellow book club members. So she comes up with a scheme to get his attention by stealing one of ideas from a novel. (Hence, the book title :] )
To find out what happens you HAVE to read this book. It seriously is really good.


And while you're at it, check out the other great books from the Romantic Comedies Series. They might look kind of childish from the covers (that's what i thought) but they're interesting books.


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#1 Romance book
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Reader reviewed by Chioma

A novel idea is really an astounding book. It is about a girl named Norah. Who has about the unluckiest time with love. And to make matters worst the school counseler says that she might not get into the school she wants because her lack of extra curriculars. So to prove her counseler wrong she starts a book club where she meets the guy of her dreams. The only thing now is she must figure out a way to get him to be hers. So she divises a plan based on one of her favorite romance novels. Will it work and will she get the guy of her dreams? Or will it blow up in her face? I really think this is a must read!!!
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My two faves, Books and Boys!
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Reader reviewed by rachpaige11

" A novel idea", I liked it a whole lot. It combined my two favorite things, books and boys.

Norah Bloom thrives on her dream of going to college, but when her guidence conselur, Ms. Bliss ( who looks like a victoria secret model)tells her that colleges like extracurriculars, and she doesn't have any, Norah decides to start a book club at the book nook. When the big day comes ( the first day of book club) she meets James. She doesn't really notice him that much until one night at a club, when they have their first one-on-one conversation. She then develops a crush. Then after an almost kiss, Norah decides to take advice from her secret romance novel stash, namely a book called " To Catch a Duke". She drops forged love notes, sends herself flowers, and even dates his best friend, all to get to James. Does her scheming work or does it backfire? Read it and find out I know I liked it!
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Blah.
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Reader reviewed by Rin

Because her guidance counselor insists that she needs more extracurriculars to plump her college resume, Norah decides to start a book club in the local bookstore.

Her best friends as well as some other mis-matched high school students join her group. Norah finds herself attracted to James, one of her members. The book then loses focus on literature and instead follows Norah as she uses tips from romance novels to snare James.

I have to say, I was very dissapointed in this book. Firstly, it was shallow and pointless and I was not able to relate to the characters.

If you really are in need of a good romantic comedy, I suggest you read Ripped at the Seams, a much better book in the series.
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agreed with the above
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Reader reviewed by abscae

I have to agree 100% with the other reviewer, Stephenie, because what she states is true. I knew this book wasn't going to be about books, but the depth of the novel I found lacking. It could've been more involved, and the characters could have shown a greater development. And most importantly, the book matter discussed could've been most definitely better.

I didn't regret reading this book, but I did feel it was a slight waste of time on my part. Most novels like these tend to be a little more, but I was left disappointed.
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Cute, but Not About Books
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

Junior bookworm Norah Bloom is short on extracurriculars for her college resume, so she decides to start a book club. A group of arbitrary people arrive at the café the Book Nook the first day: Audre, Norahs cooking-loving best friend; Scott, the gay friend; Francesca, a hot senior whose popular-girl attitude doesnt seem to fit with why she joined the book club; Neil, mistaking the club for a sci-fi group; and James, Neils best friend.

Norah immediately feels a connection with the book-loving James as they converse easily. But due to her lack of experience with members of the opposite sex, Norah resorts to copying the male-snagging methods of a protagonist from a trashy romance novel, her guilty pleasure. This plan involves her writing herself a love note and letting James see it, sending herself flowers, and so on.

However, Norah soon realizes that this is real life, not a perfect fictional world, and that many things can go wrong with her planand go wrong they do. How many more interesting secrets will she find out about her book club members before she can finally snag James...IF she can get him?

A NOVEL IDEA is 10% books and 90% typical high school awkward love. Dont read this looking for some insightful views on books and reading, but if youre in need of a quick, cute read about high school crushes, this book is good for you.
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