Barbie Girl

Rated 4.58/5 based on 19 reviews
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! More
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Review by: CRISSY MACKEY on Sep. 03, 2013 :
"Barbie Girl" was an absolutely enjoyable read for me. I loved it so much I finished it in one sitting; it will definitely make you laugh. All Barbie wants is to finish high school so she can take her autistic brother Everett and leave. Barbie's mom is a drunk who spends whatever money she gets on her next high leaving Barbie to fend for herself and her brother. Her teacher tells her that if she doesn't improve her grades in Math she will have to retake the class next year and he recommends she ask Dylan to tutor her. Barbie and Dylan come up with a plan on how she will pay him since she cannot afford to pay him cash. Their plan takes an interesting turn when they both realize that what they want was in front of them the whole time. One tragic night threatens to rip everything away from Barbie, especially the person she loves the most. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series; if it's anything like this book it will be amazing.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rachel Kelley on March 24, 2013 :
I absolutely LOVED Barbie Girl. Sure, there were a few flaws and it could have used more contractions but the story itself was wonderful!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: missaligirl on March 20, 2013 :
Barbie Girl has the potential to be a great YA read, if not for a few minor flaws and one fairly big one. I'll get to that; first, let me tell you all the things that are right about this book.

Barbie is a damaged girl from a broken home. Not damaged in the way everyone thinks; she wears a tough skin, flirts and teases to get what she needs, and doesn't let anyone give her any crap for it. Everyone thinks she is nothing more than drugged out crazy slut. Though she doesn't argue with them, she is none of those things. What she really is, is a poor girl with a drugged out crazy mother and an autistic little brother who relies on Barbie for care. Barbie will do anything to graduate and get Everett away from Alabama and their mother. Graduating means passing Algebra, which she currently is not doing. Hoping Dylan can tutor her into graduation, she bites the bullet and asks for his help. Something she does not often do and especially not from Dylan.

I liked Barbie, quite a lot actually. She's a rare beast in the teen world. The skirts she wears would put me in an early grave if I was her mother, but she's a good girl at heart. Always there to take care of everyone else with no thought to herself.

Dylan has all the makings of a good guy, if he could just get out of his own head and the perfect imaginary world he's designed there. He wants to do the right thing but he's so far out of the loop that he doesn't always realize what that is. Dylan aggravated me, often, but to no fault of his own. It's more through circumstance than choice and I could empathize with him, for the most part.

Acosta created some very intriguing characters. Not only with Barbie and Dylan but also their families and friends. Third, Dylan's best friend, is amazing. I loved him from start to finish. If only we could all have a Third in our lives. Roxie, a goth (ish ~ her room is pink, and she listens to Taylor Swift) girl comes in late to the story but in a huge way. I liked her very much too and hope to get much more of both of these two in Barbie World (book #2).

This book did not take me where I thought it would. I expected it to be a bit fluffy (really, her name is Barbie Starr), but it was much darker. Barbie is not a little princess with normal teenage girl problems. Her life is tragic and Dylan is the first bright spot she's ever allowed herself to hope for. But life never works out quite like we hope for, does it? The ride these kids take is tragic and heartbreaking at its core and it's not the happiest of endings. This isn't a fairytale where Malibu Barbie gets her Ken and they drive off into the sunset in a pink convertible Corvette, missing every speed bump in the way.

The problems I mentioned earlier are few and small. Except for one. The one major thing that holds this novel back is the editing. Now, I am a fan of indie authors and read a ton of self published books and usually make no comments about editing. I understand how incredibly hard it is to self edit and to pay for professional editing. That said, Barbie Girl needs it and I hope it becomes successful enough to get a bit of extra help there because the story itself is a good one. But there were too many times where I felt like I was reading a print out from one of those software programs where you speak and it types it for you. Too many words were, well... just wrong. I am not going to say any more about it though, I understood what was happening throughout the book and that is really what matters. I just know some have a problem with it and I would not feel right not mentioning it.

I also want to take a second to applaud Acosta for dealing with some fairly mature subject matter without ever making it feel cheap or too sleazy or crude. I think she really kept her target audience in mind and wrote a book about struggle, growth, love, responsibility and bravery.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amy Jerome on March 12, 2013 :
This book was NOT what I expected, it was so much more! I really thought I was getting a silly little girly book and then.. wham! it was this dark look at a young girls tormented life. Barbie has it rough and she wears her skanky-who-gives-a-shit attitude like steel armor. It protects her from the pain and reality of her life. Dylan is the boy she has always felt something for and he fails to recognize Barbie for who she is rather than who she portrays. But not Third! He sees right through Barbie and all her armor and he, along with Roxie, become her best friends and ally's in the book. I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Hill on Feb. 23, 2013 :
Getting pulled in by the cover, and how couldn’t you with those brightly stand out colors, so I click on the post for the info of the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Read a bit of the first chapter, which hooked me with its sense of humor and drooling teenage boys over hot girl’s haha. Then after the little bit I read, I said “Okay, I’m sold now let’s see what it’s really all about…” (honestly, that’s like a rough version as I don’t really remember what I said haha).

Anyways, as I read the summary the first thing that popped into my mind was the movie, Can’t Buy Me Love and I absolutely love that movie! :D Seriously, if it’s on then no doubt I’ll be watching it. That’s when I raced to go sign up for this lovely lady.

Now, with that movie in mind, I was overly excited to get my hands on this story and to read it. However, the buildup for their crushes on each other came awfully quick. After they made their little deal- just like in the movie- a week goes by and then all of a sudden we see them eyeing each other. I want to know what, in the week we missed, made them to start having a crush on each other. I wanted that development and sadly the author skipped right over it. One minute they are hating each other, a week goes by unnoticed, and then the next chapter they have little flutters in their stomachs for each other.

But nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not much bugged me (yes, there were edit issues but as the author as many times updated the book over time, you'll just have to get the newest to get a better edited version) as I read for entertainment; just a few things came up fast in this book instead of later as I would have thought. Other than that, it was a great read and one where I was surprised to see that this is part of a series, which makes me very excited and I can’t wait to read the sequel! :D

Barbie was a character I haven’t read much of before. She’s pretty much trailer white trash with rumors of being a total slut but only in the eyes of her school mates. In real life she is stuck with handy downs from her mom or her mom’s friends (and sadly they are strippers), her mother is a drunk so she’s taking care of her nonstop, along with this her mom is dating a creep that likes to hit on her with her mom in the room. He seriously gave me the creeps too *shudders*. Then she also has a 7 or 8 year old brother that’s autistic and he isn’t a big fan of talking, so she has soul and a life that calls for sympathy sadly.

But no one sees this, cause she doesn’t want them to, not even Dylan who wants to be in her life. Instead she’d rather have everyone see her as a slut and giving hand jobs to the nearest guy to her only cause that’s what they expect of her, in her mind that’s all she can own up to as she sees nothing much for her future than maybe ending up like her mother and that is one thing she doesn’t want to happen. So in the end you just hope she has a happy ending.

Over all I enjoyed this one and the two different points of views the author gave to us. It was great to see behind Dylan’s eyes too and he does have an interesting story but the one that made this book stand out most, was Barbie. Dylan is more learning to stand out, be confident in one self, and not caring what anyone thinks of him. In the end they are both right for each other as they can learn and challenge each other and those are the best relationships out there.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maja on Feb. 21, 2013 :
Having just finished Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta, I want nothing more than to read the second book ASAP. And I mean, ASAP! I have loved reading this book. Reason behind this is how the author ended the book. Really? I usually read books that have a closed structure with an ending and not leave me hanging like that. Why did you, Heidi, do that? I seriously didn’t think you liked to torture your readers. Oh well.

Nevertheless, I loved this book. Barbie Girl is one of those books you cannot put down until you finish it in one breath. The storyline is a perfect example of judging the book by its cover. Same applies to people. Barbie Starr is a character that I have extreme appreciation for, her strength in surviving, love for her little brother, and not giving up. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! And is she tough! She is one of the characters that you love because she is so different; she does what she wants, lives however she wants and doesn’t go against her beliefs. Dylan, Barbie’s match is a great character, with both good and bad sides to him, just like any real life person. Third and Roxie, they are also excellent characters. Barbie Girl proves that Heidi Acosta weaves a net of greatly developed characters that naturally step out of the pages and come hang with you while you’re reading their story. And that is what I love about this book the most. I have missed that feeling, almost as if you can see and talk to the “people” you are reading about. That is what makes the best books I have ever read. I appreciate Acosta’s ability in writing and success in bringing the characters to life.

This book is a perfect young adult (I would even say new adult) contemporary romance with all the following drama of family and peer relationships. There were a lot of crazy events in the book, which made me feel a range from hate to love, concluding with a very high opinion of the book by me. Also, at some strong emotional points, the book reminded me strongly of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, but a story completely its own, even if it is told from two points of view, Barbie's and Dylan's. Overall, I would recommend this book to any young adult/new adult book lover in search of a great and quick read in hope of losing themselves in a fantastic world of characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: S. Turner on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Background: Told from the point of view of two completely different high school students, Barbie and Dylan. Barbie is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the lifestyle that comes with it. She is just trying to finish high school, grab her younger brother, and get out. Dylan is a high school nerd just looking to get through another year, when Barbie needs a math tutor to pass her class. He is swept into her crazy life and they bond when Barbie tries to repay him by trying to hook him up with the girl of his dreams.

Review: This book held a lot of ups and downs. Acosta did a very good job putting this plot together. The storyline makes the reader think and love and hate and laugh very easily. I have been reading more contemporary YA romance stories lately, and this one was a very fun one to read. The characters are entertaining. They are snarky and sarcastic and trying to shield themselves from the dangers of high school and the cliquey groups that exist in them.

I found the beginning very slow moving and the boy/girl alternating point of views a little confusing. I read this as an e-version and I am not sure if later there are subheadings to tell readers of the changes, but I would begin reading a chapter in her voice and realize it was not Barbie at all but really Dylan. I think this was my only issue and it made me go back and re-read a bit.

Barbie Girl is a book about learning about others and perceptions about others. I think that the romance and the YA drama were all kind of afterthoughts to this main aim of: don’t judge a person by rumors and their appearance. It was very thought provoking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Etches on Feb. 17, 2013 :
That was so rude. How can you leave me hanging like this Heidi Acosta? That is…I don’t even know what to say. I simply want…no, NEED the second book in this series! Barbie Girl is a book that rocked my socks off! I wasn’t sure what to think about it when I started reading it, but I did not expect it to blow me away the way it did. I love Dylan. I loved Barbie. And now, now they have themselves in one hell of a predicament. I love love love it! This book grabbed me from page one. From the moment Barbie stomps backstage to find Dylan. There are a lot of crazy moments in this novel and I want to slap both characters for not getting their acts together. This book was filled with passion and it was described so well! I went along for the ride while these two people fell for each other unknowingly. But, they come from such different worlds! And for once we have a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and a guy with the picture perfect family. Oh, how I loved this book. If you are currently not moving your mouse to the “purchase” button of your preferred online store to get a copy of this novel, you do no know what you are missing. AND this awesome book only costs 0.99-$1.00!!! My heart is failing with this awesomeness!

Good:

Dylan Knight—The last name fits, and at times it doesn’t. I sigh when I think of him, and there are times when I want to slap him. But, I really wouldn’t mind being in his arms.

Barbie—Girls, you are messed up. But, you are such a good person. I love your attitude and how you don’t care what other people think, only those who matter.

Bad:

Katie—You were bad story wise, I just don’t like you. I think Barbie should kick you’re butt, and pull out your hair. Just sayin’

There were some grammar and spelling mistakes that were noticeable. There were also times when it felt like a scene was missing from the story. I don’t know maybe I got a bum copy from Smashwords, but thankfully none of these really distracted from the story (you think they would, but they didn’t. It was just too great).

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was fantastic! I recommend to any YA lover. Getting past the grammatical and spelling issues this book was pretty easy to follow. There were many moments when I laughed out loud (mainly when Third was involved), there were many moments when my breath caught in my throat, when my blood rushed, when I felt bad, when I was angry, and when I was just over-the-moon happy! Heidi Acosta introduces me to two characters that I absolutely love (one of which I would love to bare his children) and a world that I am so grateful to have been invited too. And I hope to be invited again!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer McDonald on Feb. 15, 2013 :
Barbie Girl breathes fresh air into the world of YA books. The book offers up a great story with some great characters. Barbie is an amazing character that you just love. At first I was trying to figure her out. I guess I was just like the characters in the book trying to pigeon hole her into a category. Was she the bad girl? Was she crazy? Was she an attention seeker? Page after page I was entranced with her character. She’s a walking contradiction. The rumors around the school were that she was a slut, got high, partied, etc. As the story unfolded there were glimpses of someone totally different than the image that was everyone’s perception of Barbie. I started to realize that she was a unique person. Her home life is less than stellar. The only thing that keeps her going is taking care of her autistic little brother. One thing I didn’t really care for was what she does to numb her feelings. I just couldn’t get it to add up. It also bugged me that she just brushed off the rumors about her. She didn’t try to defend herself or set the record straight. She had the attitude of “I don’t care what others think of me.” I can kind of get it. She had far bigger problems to worry about than her reputation. It just seemed to me that she hid behind those rumors so no one would see the real Barbie that deals with some bad stuff.
Dylan was the male lead and he just kind of turned me off in the beginning. He comes across as haughty and judgmental. He purposely stays away from social events, not wanting to draw attention to himself. His background included being bullied as a kid so he did a transformation so he would be left alone in high school but is content to just blend. What annoyed me most about him was that when Barbie seeks him out for help in math he is a total jerk to her. He believes all the rumors about her. He is judgmental and mean to her. He doesn’t like anything that draws attention to him and having Barbie around definitely draws attention. Even when he starts to develop feelings for Barbie he lets his beliefs about who Barbie is get in the way of what could be an amazing relationship.
The story has so many layers of awesome. I liked the budding romance of Dylan (the geek) and Barbie (the bad girl) until Dylan was a jerk. But he redeemed himself toward the end of the book. The friendships that develop between Third, Barbie, and Roxie are the stuff that BFFs are made of. Barbie’s fierce loyalty to her brother is awe inspiring. She just really is a fantastic character. I like when things are not wrapped up in a tidy little package tied with pink ribbon. I think the way this book ended was fitting for the tone of the book. It was beautiful and sad. Alas, I still have hope for a happy ever after. Barbie and Dylan are not done because there is a second book.
I recommend this book for all those who love budding romance and root for the underdog. Those who want to protect the ones who are considered outcasts. Those who love to see strength where there is weakness. This book is the one you want to get.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Star Noble on Feb. 07, 2013 :
Barbie girl was an interesting read for me. It reminded me of the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles and Pushing the Limits by Kate McGarry, except that this time, the girl was the bad one, whereas in the other books, it’s the bad boys!

I noticed a few grammar mistakes in this book, just a few tense mishaps, but nevertheless it was annoying and I had to read several passages again, so the reading wasn’t entirely smooth and seamless.

Barbie, the main girl character, was supposed to be this hard girl that didn’t let what anyone thought of her affect her, but in several scenes when she was talking with Dylan, she would burst into tears and run away from him. I can understand having a bit of a weep in private but she’s not supposed to care. Barbie needed to take some of her own advice and tell everyone to… “Please vacate the area.” And the scene where she dived from a cliff with Dylan was unnecessary. It was reckless and Barbie only done it to prove a point to Dylan.

During the book, Dylan kept changing and changing his mind about her. He’s in love, he’s not in love, he loves her, he hates her! Such a teenager! He needed to make up his mind quicker and decide if he wanted to be with Barbie or Kate. You cannot kiss two girls in the same day, man!

The point of view was sometimes confusing. It would have been better in third person instead of switching between Dylan and Barbie.

Barbie’s brother. We didn’t know much about him until about 90+ pages in. We knew that he wasn’t as developed as he should have been, that much was pointed out. But other than that, chapters containing him in were very scarce. I can’t even remember his name now. The relationship between Barbie and her brother was sweet though. You could really tell that she loved him and would protect him no matter what. Just wish that his condition was pointed out a bit earlier on in the book. (No, I don’t mean a full scientific run down of his whole brain synapses. What are you like?)

There was one thing that I hated about this book, about any romantic books really. The couple got together, fantastic! The wedding bells are ringing…Whoops! Not anymore! Someone done something, the couple break up and then a few chapters later, they’re back together. Please help me! We all know it’s going to happen! I must admit, I really did like the ending to this book, it wasn’t typical to other romances that I have recently read.

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers that enjoyed Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkelkes and Pushing the Limits by Kate McGarry. Don’t be put off by the pretty girl on the cover! I’m not going to get excited over the second book, but if a copy comes my way I would defiantly read it!

And by reading this book, I have realised that I read way too many romance books
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauren O'Halloran on Jan. 26, 2013 :
Barbie is the bad girl at school. She does her own thing, doesn’t have any friends and is seen as a slut. One day her Math teacher tells her that she needs tutoring… the best option is Dylan, a boy she has known since grade school but they haven’t spoken in years. Barbie doesn’t have any way to pay him so she makes a deal, that she will get Dylan the girl of his dreams. The girl of his dreams is stuck up, smart and perfect to a tee… the total opposite of Barbie. At first it’s just a deal they made but suddenly both Barbie and Dylan are fighting off whirlwind feelings… and there is more to be exposed than just feelings.

Holy SMOKES! This was not the average contemporary but I went into it thinking it was. I thought it would be the normal bad boy/girl falls in love with said good girl/boy, there is some rocky patches but eventually they are together. And don’t get me wrong, I love that story… it never gets old to me, lol but there was SO much more to this story. It touched on a lot of raw, deep, emotional issues.

First off I loved Barbie. She was such a bitch… but such a deep character. She had a lot of layers, and I wasn’t expecting that. (OK, forgive me… her name was Barbie!) She was also very free-spirited and didn’t care what anyone thought… and I loved that about her. I adored Dylan as well… the sexy, nerdy boy. Mmmhmm… who could ask for more really! And one of my favorites had to be Third. He was such a sincere honest character and I loved his loyalty(to a fault) for his friends.

Not only did this book have an amazing story, but it also made me laugh. I actually laughed out loud at several points… the Mean Girl references… and especially Dylan’s younger sister. I’m not sure why I found her so funny, but the things she would comment on were just so innocent.

Barbie Girl blew me away honestly… I absolutely adored it and I cannot wait for the second book. It ended at a place that is really open for interpretation what is going to happen and I just need to know!

If you love romantic contemporaries, that will make you laugh but also touch on your emotions, absolutely try this one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Angie F on Jan. 19, 2013 :
Barbie Girl is a different kind of YA Contemporary Romance, and it's one that I absolutely adored! This story puts a twist on the typical nerd gets the popular girl plot. We have Dylan who tries to remain under the radar after years of being stuff into lockers, Barbie who has a reputation of being the school slut, and Katie, the typical good girl who's loved by the whole school. Dylan wants Katie, but she has no idea he exists, until Barbie steps in to help him in exchange for some math tutoring.

This is told in my favorite multiple POV! First we meet Dylan, who unfortunately believes the rumors about Barbie and is reluctant to help her at first. He's worked hard to change his image into something less noticeable, so he doesn't want the attention that Barbie naturally attracts.

Barbie is such a great character. She's not at all what she seems. Sure she puts on this tough girl front and makes out with boys under the bleachers, but she's far from the girl her classmates think she is. She's not sleeping around or doing drugs. She's actually responsible for taking care of her younger brother and their drunken mother. It's a struggle for Barbie to keep her small family fed and safe, but she doesn't let anyone see this vulnerable side of her. At least, not until Dylan enters her life.

Oddly, my favorite relationship was Barbie and Third, Dylan's best friend. At the beginning I found him annoying and rude, but then he started to grow on me. He becomes a really good friend to Barbie and doesn't judge her, and he's there for her when she hits rock bottom. He's looking for acceptance just as much as she is, and I'm glad they were able to find each other. This might be one of my favorite friendships I've read in YA so far.

The one bad thing that stood out to me about Barbie Girl was the stiff dialogue that I've begun to notice is common in self-published books. There's also a few typos, but neither of these problems hindered my enjoyment of the overall story. They're just minor annoyances.

Barbie Girl is a wonderful story. It starts as a sweet romance, but then morphs into something much more. There are some heavy issues that I think are handled quite well. I was rooting for Barbie the whole time. She deserves so much more than life has given her, and I admired the strength that she showed. The ending isn't perfect, and I was super frustrated with Dylan. But I was happy to see Barbie in a better place.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Trisha Thomas on Jan. 03, 2013 :
I absolutely loved this story! Barbie is such a unique and real character. Third kept the humor around and Dylan...our confused nerd turned hot stud (thanks to Barbie). This story was so well done that it is an emotional roller coaster as you swim through Barbie & Dylan's very different lives. They are each finding themselves and finding each other and seeing how they fit together.

I can't wait to read book 2!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ruth Benitez on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Have you ever judged someone by what other people say about them? There is a saying that goes like: Never have to judge a book by its cover and I think it applies to people too. Not everyone is who they seem to be. Barbie Girl is one of those books that you can't put down. A sweet romance with a lot of drama and a rollercoaster of emotions.

Barbie needs a tutor and she asks Dylan for help. Dylan thinks Barbie is nothing but troubles but he is in love with Katie and Barbie can help him get the perfect girl. Since the first moment they set eyes on each other, nothing will be the same for them.

Barbie is the school slut, but appearances are only that. People can say what they want. Barbie has spent her life building walls around herself so nobody gets closer to her and she keeps her life as a secret. Her mother, her little brother and some really awful situations are a world that only Barbie sees.

Dylan is nerdy guy with a hot look. With an average life, a little sister, his best friend, he is trying to go through high school and has been in love with Katie for a while. He and Third are inseparable until Barbie comes to scene. Third is the funnier character of all. He is such a lovely guy with an incredible sense of humor. He surprises at times and takes a relevant part in the story, breaking with the classic best friend role.

The book moves really fast. The relationship between Barbie and Dylan evolves in a wonderful way, is a cliché in some aspect but is beautiful and romantic. They are perfect for each other, even if they don’t know it. Read about how they deal with these unknown feelings is the best part of the book.

There were moments where you hate Dylan for the way he reacts but is perfectly understandable. It feels real and natural. And Barbie too makes some decisions that are terrible. But those things only make them more real, more humans, people are not perfect and neither are any of the characters.

Barbie has a really tough life and the author makes a wonderful job portraying some situations which are really hard to read. Despite it seems a simple romance this book is deep and explores some realities that we don’t see regularly.

It has a very good resolution with a great ending. The end… what a cliffhanger! It leaves you waiting for book two and biting your nails.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alison Martini on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Thank you Heidi Acosta for posting your Smashwords code in ♥Teen Romance♥!

Synopsis:
Dylan wants Katie. Katie wants Tyler. Barbie just wants to leave.

With Barbie's failing grade in math and Dylan known as a math whiz, of course she'd go to him. But Barbie, the rumored slut, is using one card she can. She can get Katie to notice him. Dylan agrees, tentatively, and Third, his best friend, is all for.
Slowly, but surely, Dylan is finally being noticed by Katie. But is Barbie okay with that and even more so, is Dylan?

Prosecution:
Fire the editor. Seriously.

Defense:
This book is like an onion. Slowly, Barbie's and Dylan's memories and interactions are being pulled back to give a raw and in depth look into their lives. At first, Barbie is portrayed as a party girl, getting high and moving on. But as the story progresses and continues, Barbie is shown as what she is. She's just down on her luck and trying to get away from her mother, brother in tow. Dylan, I didn't connect with him as much as I did with Barbie. This was really just Barbie's story and included Dylan. I found him a little uptight and kind of annoying at times and really just seemed to be tolerating everyone in his life. He wasn't as there for Barbie as he should have.
Third was absolutely beautiful. I'm such a sucker for someone who really has a soft side while trying to hide it. Even though he's Dylan's best friend, he still takes care of Barbie. That's what a real man does and I'm more than happy that Barbie has that.

To read my verdict, go to http://frombowstobooks.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anonomous X on Nov. 15, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book! The story pulls you in and you won't want to leave! I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait for the next book! Take a chance and read this book, you won't be sorry!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nanette bradford on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Reviewed by Nanette Bradford
YATR Review Panel

Date read: 14 November 2012





I'm really enjoying barbie and Dylan's stories. This book wasn't what i thought it would be at all. Yeah ok so i thought "Barbie Girl", this is going to be

another hot stuck up girl who wants to be popular and hurt everyone along the way. OMG! I was soooo wrong. This book is nothing like that at all.



Barbie might look like the typical Barbie Doll but she does not act like one at all. She is just a confused girl trying to numb her problems away. Until the day

Dylan comes into her life that is and everything changes. I love Dylan but i was so frustrated with him only seeing barbie in the way all the

rumors at school portrayed her to be. Boys are so naive. Dylan starts to tutor Barbie in math and as they spend time together he starts to see

Barbie in a new way. Barbie doesn't care what people say about her. She's just Barbie, messed up family and all. Dylan wants so much to be able to be like

her but can't get over the fact of what the kid at school might think.

Barbie has finally let the walls around her heart fall down to let Dylan in. Shes actually falling really hard for him. They are great until there is a huge

miss understanding at Thirds house, Dylan's supposed best friend.. Dylan wont let Third or Barbie explain and turns his back on them. Ok, I'm thinking huge jerk now.

What do you think Dylan does now? Stupid Stupid boy..


I love Third. He reminds me of a great friend I had back in high school. He's a bit chubby and awkward but a great friend. The one's you could just

be yourself with and let loose. Third understands Barbie and he see's her for what she truly is inside. Barbie has never had a friend like him before.

Barbie isn't all tight clothes and bad attitude. Shes got a soft side screaming to come out. that is if you just let her be herself and get beyond that huge wall

she's put up.


I am seriously in ah of what that girl went through. No one should ever be put in a situation like that. oh and whats with the ending?? OMG!

I checked goodreads looking for the next book. I don't see it. please oh please tell me its coming soon. I need more Dylan and Barbie and so will you once

you've read this really great book. . :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nanette bradford on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Reviewed by Nanette Bradford
YATR Review Panel

Date read: 14 November 2012





I'm really enjoying barbie and Dylan's stories. This book wasn't what i thought it would be at all. Yeah ok so i thought "Barbie Girl", this is going to be

another hot stuck up girl who wants to be popular and hurt everyone along the way. OMG! I was soooo wrong. This book is nothing like that at all.



Barbie might look like the typical Barbie Doll but she does not act like one at all. She is just a confused girl trying to numb her problems away. Until the day

Dylan comes into her life that is and everything changes. I love Dylan but i was so frustrated with him only seeing barbie in the way all the

rumors at school portrayed her to be. Boys are so naive. Dylan starts to tutor Barbie in math and as they spend time together he starts to see

Barbie in a new way. Barbie doesn't care what people say about her. She's just Barbie, messed up family and all. Dylan wants so much to be able to be like

her but can't get over the fact of what the kid at school might think.

Barbie has finally let the walls around her heart fall down to let Dylan in. Shes actually falling really hard for him. They are great until there is a huge

miss understanding at Thirds house, Dylan's supposed best friend.. Dylan wont let Third or Barbie explain and turns his back on them. Ok, I'm thinking huge jerk now.

What do you think Dylan does now? Stupid Stupid boy..


I love Third. He reminds me of a great friend I had back in high school. He's a bit chubby and awkward but a great friend. The one's you could just

be yourself with and let loose. Third understands Barbie and he see's her for what she truly is inside. Barbie has never had a friend like him before.

Barbie isn't all tight clothes and bad attitude. Shes got a soft side screaming to come out. that is if you just let her be herself and get beyond that huge wall

she's put up.


I am seriously in ah of what that girl went through. No one should ever be put in a situation like that. oh and whats with the ending?? OMG!

I checked goodreads looking for the next book. I don't see it. please oh please tell me its coming soon. I need more Dylan and Barbie and so will you once

you've read this really great book. . :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Holly Fenton on Nov. 07, 2012 :
Loved this book! So cute, can't wait for the next one :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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