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Title: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta
Series: Book 1 in the Baby Doll series (WOOHOO it's a series!!)
Available Formats: currently just ebook
Details: Published November 3rd
Source: Bought
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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?


...I want nothing more, but to drown in her
Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta was a totally different read, it was a contemporary romance, but none like I've ever read! You always read romances about the guy that’s a player ending up with the nerdy girl, well what if it was a nerdy boy, and what if the girl was the school slut? (although she really isn't) This was a great read, not only was the romance unique, but our main character Barbie, was nothing but unforgettable.

I’m going to go ahead and just jump into my problems with the characters so I can move onto the awesome things about this book. Now to say I didn't like the characters would be completely wrong, I did rather enjoy each of the characters, they were very unique, and for the most part very likable. The only character that really frustrated me while reading Barbie Girl was Dylan, our main male character/love interest. To me Dylan just came off rather stuck up, and just frustrating. There were multiple times when he was still getting to know Barbie that he would think horrible things about her character, and say horrible things to her. The things he would say and think, he had no right to. He didn't know Barbie, he was just judging her like everyone else does. Although Dylan was frustrating, at the end of Barbie Girl I did learn to like him, actually quite a bit too. I think he realized his mistakes, and in the end he pulled through!

Then there was our main girl Barbie. Oh how I loved her! She was so…different. I can easily say she is a character I will never forget! I have literally never read a book with a character like her. I have to say, while I did love Barbie, I didn't really understand her. The whole school sees her as some slut, and she portrays herself as one by the way she dresses and how she flirts a lot, but she isn't actually a slut…like at all. Barbie would say that she didn't care what other people thought of her, cause she knows who she is. While I think that is a great thing to think…I still found myself getting so mad during Barbie Girl! I wouldn't get mad at Barbie, but mad at the other students who would say the awful things about her.

Barbie was just one of those characters I think readers will fall in love with, I know I sure did. Throughout Barbie Girl when anyone would say something rude to her or about Barbie I found myself just wishing I could be in the book so I could tell that person to shut up and they have no idea what their talking about! (and then maybe punch them in the face too) Barbie was just flat out an amazing character, I love how careless she was, how strong she was, and overall how loving she was even if she didn't get shown love in return. I hope I can meet more unique characters like her in the future.

Aside from the characters I really loved Heidi’s writing! The story and romance between Dylan and Barbie was amazing, and the writing was just beautiful! After reading Barbie Girl I can easily say I am super excited for anything this author writes in the future.

Overall, if you’re looking for a good contemporary romance, that has some very different characters, than Barbie Girl is a book for you! I loved it, and hope you will too (:

  • So I just found out this is going to be a series....YAY!!!!!! I cannot wait for the next book! Barbie Girl was a great read, but it as a series?!?! EPIC! :D Cannot wait!

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Unknown said...

Way to go Heidi! Congratulations on the review.... definitely sounds like a must read... when you become famous I'm totally going to tell everyone you were my bestie in HS :)

Book Passion for Life said...

Great review Haley. I totally forgot to grab this one while it was free the other week but I'll just buy it now. =)

Book Passion for Life said...

PS: Lol just got it for free! =)

Unknown said...

That sounds like a fun read, and the cover is really cool!

Irene Jennings said...

Barbie isn't all tight clothes and bad attitude. Shes got a soft side screaming to come out. that is if you just let her be herself and get beyond that huge wall she's put up.

Irene (Renton's River Adventures, Inc.)

Marlene Detierro said...

I absolutely loved this story! Barbie is such a unique and real character. Third kept the humor around and Dylan...our confused nerd turned hot stud (thanks to Barbie). This story was so well done that it is an emotional roller coaster as you swim through Barbie & Dylan's very different lives. They are each finding themselves and finding each other and seeing how they fit together.

I can't wait to read book 2!

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