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The Queen of Cool
The Queen of Cool
Author: Cecil Castellucci
The author of BOY PROOF is back with a funny, incisive look at a teenage girl whose reign of popularity comes at the price of ennui - until she dares to take off her tiara and do something truly cool with her life. On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. She has the coolest friends, the hottest boyfriend, the trendiest clo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780763627201
ISBN-10: 0763627208
Publication Date: 2/14/2006
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Hardcover
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Unique, Reccomended 13 and up.
I like the school and intern refrences, great for a high school freshman or sophmore.
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Libby Brin is the popular girl. She has the right friends, the right clothes, and goes to all the right parties. Where she leads, the school follows, from "pencil day" to "funny walk day." But she's hiding a deep, dark secret. She's bored. No matter what she does, she doesn't feel alive. Which might explain the temporary insanity that causes her to sign up for an the zoo. When she's assigned to a team with two of the biggest losers in school she worries that her life as the Queen of Cool might be over.

In this light-hearted and funny novel, Castelluci explores typical teenage themes--finding yourself, and discovering what true friendship means--in her usual frank and honest style. Her prose is sparse, with no extra words or long descriptions, and short chapters make for a quick read. She unflinchingly portrays the reality of teenage life, from drinking at parties, to making out with boys, with a non-judgemental attitude that lets the reader draw their own conclusions about Libby's actions. Readers will be able to relate to Libby's struggles to feel like she belongs as she's changing and learning new things about herself, and growing away from friends she's had her whole life.

Recommended, especially for older, reluctant teen readers.