Teen Idol Hardcover – Jul 26 2005
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From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
Junior year. Not many books at written about junior year, but for Jenny that is where her story begins. She is the page formatter at her school's newspaper the Register. Yet her job is more than that. She is also the school’s anonymous advice columnist! Too bad only a few people know about it. Her name is Ask Annie. Jenny enjoys her job as she was pretty much born to be a councilor. So there she goes every week publishing a letter and her response. Her life was pretty much the same it always been. Until the principle called her into his office. What could the principle want with everybody’s best friend Jenny? It seems that he had a new friend in mind for her. Luke Striker, Hollywood’s biggest star is doing a movie on a small southern school. Never going to school, Luke decided to do a little research for his own self purpose at Clayton High. It was up to Jenny to show him the works of school and keep his identity a secret.
Luke was excited about school. Never going he did not know what to expect. He manages to charm all the teachers and making every girl at the school fall in love with him, all while keeping his identity a secret. Following Jenny around, she got to experience school through his eyes as well. Even after the Cara incident Luke thought thing could change. Demanding from Jenny to be the social change.Read more ›
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!!
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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
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!!!!