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Teen Idol [Hardcover]

Meg Cabot
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Aug. 1 2005
Ask Jenny your most complex interpersonal relationship questions. Go on, we dare you!

High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving other people's problems . . . so good she's the school newspapers' anonymous advice columnist. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jen's small town to reserach a role, he creates havor that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair . . . especially when he asks her, and not Jenny's Luke Striker-groupie best friend, to the Clayton High Spring Fling.

Can Jen, who always manages to be there for everybody else, learn to take her own advice, and find true love at last?

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 26 2007
Jenny Greenly has been everybody's best friend or, like her REAL best friend called her, mayonnaise. She even helps out people with them not knowing it's her. You see, Jen is the secret advisor, Annie, who people go to to solve their personal relationships. She does the layout and the other secret thing (being Annie) for the Clayton High School Register in Clayton, Indiana. Of course, only the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a few other administrators of the school know about the Ask Annie thing. But something very big is about to happen in the small town of Clayton.

Nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker is coming to this town to research a role for a big project coming up. So the school suggested Jenny be the one to show Luke around the school and keep this whole deal a secret. They decided for him to be a transfer student named Lucas Smith. Jen thought that Luke was going to be coming in like a week -- not the very next day! Anyway, Jen is not the type of person who gets star struck by a CELEBRITY! But I guess this was a very first for her. As she got to spend more time with Luke she seemed comfortable around him and didn't think he was one of those people who are just snotty, mean, and self-centered.

But will Luke turn out to be someone Jen didn't think he was going to be? Will she blow his cover with a little mistake or will Luke manage to do that on his own? Find out!

This book is so awesome! It's just so many things happening that you feel like you're totally in the moment! I personally think that Meg Cabot's books are really good and just right on with the every day life of teens. This book deserves a total of 5 Stars and a Gold Award.

Reviewed by: Spreeha
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Effort By Cabot July 30 2004
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Seventeen-year-old high school junior, Jenny (Jen) Greenley has always been great at solving everyone's problems. Friendships, relationships, parents, work, anything you have a problem with, she'll help you. Which is why she is Clayton High School's Ask Annie advice columnist. However, no one in school knows that. Not even Jen's best friend, Trina. But when nineteen-year-old screen heartthrob, Luke Striker, comes to Clayton High School posing as a transfer student named Lucas Smith, to research a new role, and Jen is forced to be his guide, she realizes that maybe she's not as good at figuring people out as she thought she was, as there's something about Luke that she can't quite put her finger on. I mean, who knew that a guy as famous as Luke Striker could actually have feelings, and care about people? But all bets are completely off when Luke asks Jen to Clayton High School's Spring Fling dance. And not as a friend, but as an actual...date.

Meg Cabot, being Meg Cabot, is able to create a mountain out of a molehill, and that's what she's accomplished with TEEN IDOL. Jen is a fun character, who so many girls will be able to relate to, as she is the All-American, girl-next-door who wants to help everyone, and cares more about everyone else in the world, and all of their problems, more than she cares about herself and her own problems. Luke Striker is a character who all female readers will fall in love with, as he is so not like what you'd expect from a teen celebrity. He's caring, intelligent, kind, not to mention very easy on the eyes. Cabot has created another book that will capture the hearts of readers the world over. Don't miss TEEN IDOL!!

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important teen issues presented in a delightful read Sept. 7 2004
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Jen Greenley is the "It" girl in all the magazines. Reporters want to know what color she's wearing to the Clayton High School Spring Fling, and whether she's going to wear her hair up or down. Despite what you may think, though, Jen Greenley is not the title's "teen idol" --- she's just going to the Spring Fling with one.

It all started when reliable, thoughtful Jen, advice columnist for the school paper and "everybody's best friend," was asked by the school administration to guide a new student, Lucas Smith, through his first days at Clayton. Jen and the administration are the only ones who know that Lucas Smith is really Luke Striker, the hottest movie star in Hollywood. All the girls at Clayton think the new boy is cute, but when he accidentally reveals his true identity, Jen finds herself thrown headfirst into her fifteen minutes of fame, and a lot of turmoil with her friends and classmates.

Meg Cabot's trademark charming wit and ability to capture Jen's multitude of emotions make this book a delightful read for everyone. Jen's transformation from laid-back listener to instigator of social change, with inspiration from Luke Striker, will have you cheering for everyone touched by Jen's bravery. TEEN IDOL is a story with messages concerning self-image, confidence and friendships, but Cabot always keeps it lighthearted and funny. A perfect read for summer --- or fall, or winter, or spring.

--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Idol Aug. 9 2004
By kmr - Published on Amazon.com
The main character in this book seems quite different than the ones in Meg's other books- but definitley had a great personality.

Jenny has always been the 'mayonaisse' of the social sandwich- she keeps everything together and everybody, yes EVERYBODY, in her school loves her. Little do they know that she is the secret author in the Advice Columnist of the school newspaper, Ask Annie.

When a teen hearthrob actor comes to their small Indiana school to "study" for a part he will soon be playing, Jenny is the one trusted with his real identity. As more people figure out who he is, he causes Jenny to question her role in the school. Will Jenny be able to help save a few of the school or will she falter under the pressure of being the girl everybody loves?

I personally thought that this story was incredibly well-written. Cabot grasped the way schools usually work and twisted it into a manner that can't help but be loved! AKA: IT ROCKED!!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book! Aug. 9 2004
By Saruia - Published on Amazon.com
Although this book wasn't what I expected, it is still just as fun and enjoyable as all of Meg Cabot's other books have been. Jenny, the main character, is likeable, entertaining, and easy to relate to, as are the many issues that she has to deal with. Even though most of us will probably never meet a celebrity, standing up for other people without being scared of being teased ourselves is something I can definitly relate to. I loved this book, and you will too if you liked any of Meg Cabot's other works!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Meg Cabot Materpiece!! Aug. 12 2004
By Megan E. McLaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Meg Cabot does it again in her new book Teen Idol. Her signature humor and Jane Austen style happy endings shine in her newest book. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good summer read or has read her books before. Its defintely worth losing sleep over to stay up and finish reading!!!
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