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Grade 7 10–Nothing much happens in the small town of Clayton, IN. At least not until major teen heartthrob, 19-year-old Luke Striker, comes to town to research a part for a new film project. Jen Greenley, a junior at the local high school and all-around friend to everyone, is assigned to show him around. The only problem is that no one besides Jen is supposed to know who he really is. Between keeping his identity a secret, lying to her best friend who's Luke's biggest fan, writing the advice column for the school paper, and developing a crush on her friend Scott who happens to already have a girlfriend, Jen is feeling a little overwhelmed. The characters are funny and engaging and the dialogue is just right; both elements redeem the somewhat predictable plot.–Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA
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Gr. 7-11. To research an upcoming movie role, teen actor and heartthrob Luke Striker goes undercover as a new student at a small Indiana high school. Junior Jenny Greenley (the archetypal girl-next-door) is assigned to be his student guide, and she must swear to help keep his identity a secret. Jenny is great at keeping secrets: no one has guessed that she is the face behind the school newspaper's agony column, "Ask Annie." This predictable but wholly satisfying combination of three love stories reads like a cross between a teen sitcom and Much Ado about Nothing. Cabot has an uncanny ear for both teen dialogue and interior monologue, and she punctuates the plot with aptly selected excerpts from "Ask Annie" and instant messages. The text is peppered with pop-culture references that may date the story eventually, but which, for the moment, give it an extra jolt of immediacy. Debbie Carton
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