The Jerk Magnet

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Title: The Jerk Magnet
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
Series: Life at Kingston High
Pages: 224
Released: January 1, 2012

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The last thing Chelsea Martin would describe herself as was beautiful, however her soon-to-be stepmother disagrees and tries to give her a makeover. Chelsea reluctantly agrees to her future stepmother’s plan, not really expecting much. What she gets isn’t what she expects. Her future stepmother turns her into the hottest girl at school.

Now Chelsea has to deal with guys who have one thing in common: they’re jerks. Also, stealing all the attention of all the guys around doesn’t exactly put her on good terms with other girls. A great guys catches her eye but he won’t give her the time of day. All Chelsea wants is for him to notice her and not avoid her like the plague, but will she be able to do that?
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I’ve said this before and I will say it before, Melody Carlson is one of my favorite teen authors and I don’t think there will be a book that she writes that I won’t like. This book didn’t change my mind. Melody Carlson made a book about self-image, a subject all teens deal with, however she took it and showed that being both a wallflower and a peacock can be lonely because of how you look.

Melody Carlson touches on stereotyping and what it feels like for the person being stereotyped, and she does it all while perfectly describing the teenage mind. Melody Carlson has a perfect grasp on teens, I don’t know how she does it, but somehow she does.

Unlike a lot of books I’ve read by her, this book is written in second person, not first. This made the book easier to follow along with and get into. I enjoyed the change in viewpoint and found it refreshing. It allowed the reader to know the thoughts and feelings of the character without having it in first person.

Another factor that’s different from the other books I’ve read by this author, there really isn’t any romance, which is kind of shocking due to the subject matter. However, I liked the fact that this book was more about repelling guys than becoming a slut over them. It’s also nice that the author made Chelsea really only change her outer appearance and her introvert tendencies, not who she was on the inside.

This author definitely is blessed in her understanding of teenagers and she writes in such a way that makes even girls who have never been close to being in the situation of the book can relate to the characters in the story. She makes them realistic and brutally honest with each other, particularly in this book.

In this book, Chelsea’s friend is extremely honest with Chelsea, even to the point of being hurtful. Chelsea herself is even brutally honest with Nicholas. Both girls even tell a whole camp how they were received as someone else. The courage and honesty in this book was incredible. I loved it.

Overall, this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s perfect for any teen girl of any age. I give this book a four and a half out of five.

I received this complimentary book from Revell for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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