Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Genre: YA

The Story: As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

My Review: Charlotte is an average girl in a not-so-average family. Her father is a famous writer, her mother a professor and her little brother is a genius. When she moves with her family to a new town, Charlotte doesn't get accepted into the private school that her brother gets into and is forced to attend public school. She doesn't fit in and feels out of place no matter what she does.

When she meets Amanda everything changes. Amanda is not only popular but has a thing for getting into trouble and making fun for herself wherever she goes. And she also has the hottest best friend in the entire school, Neal. Becoming friends with Amanda means Charlotte automatically gets access to him. Neal is not only hot but also a talented debater. Charlotte falls for him quickly and things heat up between them just as fast. 

Although Charlotte's academics are not looking very good, her popularity is soaring with the new friendships she's made. Unfortunately, the good times don't last forever and all the partying starts to take it's toll on her. Amanda may turn out to not be quite as good a friend as Charlotte had believed and Neal is determined to keep their intimacy a secret. 

Girl Wonder is a fun, fast read with lots of issues for poor Charlotte to work through. Her family dynamic, her friends, her school system, essentially everything in her life is handing her a raw deal but I loved Charlotte's resolve in the end. I really enjoyed this book and the crazy twists and turns it takes. There are mentions of sex, drugs, wild parties and other things some parents might not approve of, but let's face it--these things are surrounding teens today. I thought Girl Wonder gave an accurate portrayal of the temptations a teenager faces today. Overall, this was a really good book. 

My Rating

This review was written as part of the Girl Wonder blog tour with The Teen {Book} Scene. Click the graphic below to follow along with the rest of the tour.


  1. I love the cover of this book and the summary sounds promising! I'll have to pick this one up soon!

  2. Yes, I definitely want to read this. I wasn't sure about it, but so far I've seen some reviews that make it sound really intriguing.



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