Saturday, February 23, 2013

Barbie Girl Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

 But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

My Review:

    Well what can I say about this book guys because I just really had contradicted feelings about the whole thing. At first the story sounded so cheesy but honestly as the events of the story unfolded I was imprisoned. Firstly, because here we had a bad girl instead of a bad boy which I enjoyed this fact by the way, it changed the story's essence and instead gave it a unique touch.

    The storyline, although was for the most your typical high school story, there was something gripping about it but also lets not talk about the majorly tacky parts in this book. But apart from that, I really liked the twists that the author added but I wouldn't want to give anything away, would I? and I know it may seem cliched but there was more to the story than the cheap drama.

   Told from two different POVs but the guy's - Dylan, the male lead - narrating his side of the story wasn't as guy-ish as it should be, I guess it was just lacked something and add on this that Dylan had this really glinky character that didn't at all match with his build-up body. Seriously, his character was so contradicted and you wouldn't know how to precisely specify him as; the cute, kind & witty type of guy or just an old-fashioned jerk. 

   Barbie - the female protagonist - was well, really 
contradicted within her herself firstly and outside, to people as well. She at times was a cranky slutty girl whom didn't care for other people's sayings and at other times she was a kind girl with a broken heart. There was definitely more dimensions to this character - whom was my favorite of all
 - and I can't wait to see more of her in the next book and overall, the author nailed it pretty well with her characters. The relationship between Barbie & Dylan though was electric and utterly sweet for the most part, it started a bit weird but it was good.

   Overall, I had some mixed feelings about Barbie Girl but I actually ended up liking the story and I'm definitely planning on reading the next book in the series - although I guess contemporaries are more appropriate as standalones but in this case it was totally fine because of the killer cliffhanger. A thought-provoking story, full of emotions, intensity and cool epic-ness. It presents a story of struggle, love, responsibility and most importantly life, Moreover, the contradiction in this story won't make it easy to forget.

Title: Barbie Girl
Author: Heidi Acosta
Series: Baby Doll #1
Release Date: November 3rd 2012
Source: Review Copy from Blog Tour 
Rating: 3.5/5

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About the Author:
Heidi.jpgHeidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

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Kelly said...

The last book I read was Unravel Me! Loved it!!

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