Barbie Girl

Rated 4.56/5 based on 18 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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Dijerz reviewed on Dec. 29, 2018
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CRISSY MACKEY reviewed on Sep. 3, 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 7 months after purchase)
Rachel Kelley reviewed 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 23 days after purchase)
missaligirl reviewed 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 71 days after purchase)
Amy Jerome reviewed 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 22 days after purchase)
Ashley Ehlers reviewed 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 47 days after purchase)
Maja reviewed 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 44 days after purchase)
S. Turner reviewed 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 22 days after purchase)
Jessica Etches reviewed 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!


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.


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 40 days after purchase)
Jennifer McDonald reviewed 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 17 days after purchase)
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