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?
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The idea for Barbie Girl really interested me, so I was excited to give it a try. It was a good book, but both the characters and relationships weren't too great.
Barbie Girl is about a girl named Barbie who convinces Dylan to help her with algebra and in return, she’ll date him to make the girl he likes jealous. It was a great idea and I loved seeing how it played out.
Unfortunately, I didn't like either character too much. The chapters switched point of views between both of them. Barbie dresses extremely inappropriately by wearing super short, tight clothes to school and other places. At the same time, she doesn’t do anything to stop the rumors spread about her that call her a slut. Her reason for this is not caring what anyone thinks. I agree you should be your own person, but dressing the ways she did and everything else she does I just don’t think was right to do, no matter how messed up her life got.
Dylan was a completely different character, but he could come off as so stuck up and arrogant. He made so many terrible assumptions about Barbie, after supposedly trusting her completely. That brings up another aspect of the book, their relationship. It was so quick and I honestly wasn’t convinced that they cared about each other so much. At the most random of times, they’d confess their feelings for one another. The next second they’d be fighting. It just seemed so insincere to me.
I know that probably seems like a lot of negative, but I did actually really like how quickly the plot moved and the different pieces of both characters pasts revealed throughout the book. The ending was so confusing to me, though. I couldn’t really understand it that well. Like I said before, the plot did keep me reading the entire time :) I’d give Barbie Girl 3 out of 5 flowers. It’s an entertaining read!
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