Even better than The Princess Diaries series, TEEN IDOL is the story about a girl-next-door who learns to use her influence to change the world. (Okay, not the world. But at least the people at her high school.)
Nice girl Jenny Greenley has a secret position on the school newspaper: she's Ask Annie, the unofficial school psychologist who gives advice to anyone who writes in. Only the school administrators and Scott Bennett, her friend and the newspaper's editor-in-chief, know about her extra job. Jenny is good at keeping secrets and not making a big deal out of things; that's why the administration chooses her to be the student guide for Luke Striker, a famous teen actor who's going undercover at Jenny's high school in order to research how normal high school students act for his next movie. If it had been anyone else being the guide, "Lucas'" secret would have been out and at the mercy of the high school's extremely silly girls, including Jenny's best friend, super-devoted fan Trina.
Through unforeseeable circumstances, Luke's real identity is exposed, and he jets it back to Hollywood--and safety. Before he goes, however, he gives Jenny a challenge: everybody likes her, why not use her power to inflict social change at her high school?
Doubtful, Jenny nevertheless tries to speak up more. The results are incredible. She gets Trina mad at her, helps turn a class laughingstock's life around, and stands up for herself for the first time in her life. The only problem is that with her newfound courage, she realizes she might be falling in love...with Scott.
As with all of Meg Cabot's books, TEEN IDOL has romance, humor, a bit of ridiculousness, and a happy ending. Jenny is a likeable protagonist, while Scott is a sweetheart. Fans of her other books will by no means be disappointed by this sweet tale.
As one guy said today in the doctor's office..that book ought to be good..it has a pretty back cover on it. It is a good book, slow at some points, but then it catches back up. I won't spoil any of it for you because if I let one thing slip it might ruin the whole book for you, and it is a good read.
This surprisingly not as shallow as I thought it would be.
Reviewed by Spreeha for TeensReadToo.com
Jenny Greenly has been everybody's best friend or, like her REAL best friend called her, mayonnaise. She even helps out people with them not knowing it's her. You see, Jen is the secret advisor, Annie, who people go to to solve their personal relationships. She does the layout and the other secret thing (being Annie) for the Clayton High School Register in Clayton, Indiana. Of course, only the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a few other administrators of the school know about the Ask Annie thing. But something very big is about to happen in the small town of Clayton.
Nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker is coming to this town to research a role for a big project coming up. So the school suggested Jenny be the one to show Luke around the school and keep this whole deal a secret. They decided for him to be a transfer student named Lucas Smith. Jen thought that Luke was going to be coming in like a week -- not the very next day! Anyway, Jen is not the type of person who gets star struck by a CELEBRITY! But I guess this was a very first for her. As she got to spend more time with Luke she seemed comfortable around him and didn't think he was one of those people who are just snotty, mean, and self-centered.
But will Luke turn out to be someone Jen didn't think he was going to be? Will she blow his cover with a little mistake or will Luke manage to do that on his own? Find out!
This book is so awesome! It's just so many things happening that you feel like you're totally in the moment! I personally think that Meg Cabot's books are really good and just right on with the everyday life of teens.
My daughter and her friends love this author and anything she writes.