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.