This book reminded me of the movie "mean girls". I think because both had main characters who arrive at a new school and are pretty enough to get into the "in" crowd and then aren't sure if that's where they want to be. In this case, Rio is the daughter of a famous model, so she has the genes to infiltrate the beautiful crowd, which is what her mother would love her to do, but initially she feels more comfortable with the art geeks. Soon she gets very popular but there are consequences (similiar again to the movie mean girls), and eventually Rio learns who are her real friends.
Dear God! Do NOT waste your time reading this book! Just go out and rent "Mean Girls" on DVD and you will have the exact same story/plotline only the characters have different names.
This book was shallow and unrealistic. 1/2 star!
Halfway into the book and I must say, I'm highly disappointed at the amount of drug use, drinking, sexual suggestions, swearing and lack of morals!
I would not recommend this book for younger readers(I was pre-reading for my 10 year old who wanted to read it), as the content portrays giving in to peer pressure & inappropriate behaviors as something that everyone in high school is doing.
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com
Rio Jones is the new girl at her school. As if that isn't hard enough, her mom is an ex almost-model and expects her daughter to be pretty and popular, and she's named after a Duran Duran song. Except that she is an art geek. On her first day, she meets kids from her art class that take her off campus for lunch (which isn't allowed). And she gets detention for it, so her mom tells her that she can't hang out with them anymore.
Rio is a geek, until she meets Kristi.
Kristi is a rich, beautiful, popular cheerleader. She and Rio become friends and in Kristi's group there are rules. You always have to smile even if you don't mean it and be nice to everyone. Kristi is the only one in the group who thinks that the rules don't apply to her because she's Kristi. Soon Rio becomes even more popular than Kristi is and, of course, Kristi is jealous. Not that she would ever tell anyone that. But there is one rule that her friends left out -- don't cross paths with Kristi. Rio's life soon goes back to worse than it was before she met Kristi, since even her art friends won't talk to her.
I am obsessed with this author! She is SO funny and all of her books are so realistic! As expected, another must read from Alyson Noel!