Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Title: Barbie Girl
Author: Heidi Acosta
Series: Baby Doll #1
Release Date: November 1, 2012
ISBN13: 9781301739783
Format: eBook, 189 pages
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Source: blog tour

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?

Heidi Acosta
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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Barbie Girl is a story told from alternating PoVs of Barbie, a girl who lives on the wrong side of town, and Dylan, extremely uptight nerd. They make a unlikely acquaintance due to Barbie's need of passing math, and become seriously involved in each other's lives.

Firstly, though Barbie Girl's title seems slightly whimsical, this book is not to be looked upon lightly. It pulls in the family issues, the viciousness of high school, as well as expectations the status quo places upon everyone, even those at the absolute summit of the social hierarchy. I was a little taken aback with how frankly it presented itself, borderlining on exaggeration, but it's just making the truth a little bit obvious.
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