Thursday, February 21, 2013

{Book Tour: Review + Giveaway} Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1) by Heidi Acosta

Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1) by Heidi Acosta
Publication Date: November 1st 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 189

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?
~My Review~

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.

Will disturb your being

~About the Author~
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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  1. Great review sweets ~ I really think this book deserves a ton of attention. It's so much deeper than you would think from the title and cover!

  2. The review was really helpful, particularly because this is the first I have heard of this book. It sounds unique because as you mentioned there are not a lot of MC that deal with many of the issues that she is. I have seen girls bullied for being poor, or being thought of as easy, but usually not both.

  3. I first heard about this book through Xpresso Book Tours as well. I was really intrigued by it, but for whatever reason didn't try to sign up for the tour. I'm glad you liked it, though. I may have to try to get my hands on it.