I'm a college student still trying to get a handle of the adult world. When I need to get away from it I lose myself in books, my own writing, and in spending time with my amazing boyfriend which he supports me to no end.
Finding my passion in books has led me to finding a passion in writing my own fictional stories back in 2009, I have turned this into a dream career and going one step further I would love to open up my own book store.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Ehlers
- Barbie Girl
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.