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Art geeks and prom queens
Alyson Noel
Teen Fiction NOEL

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Shortly after 16-year-old Rio Jones moves with her family from New York City to California?s ritzy Newport Beach, the popular crowd swoops her away from the arty kids with whom she initially bonds. No longer a ?short, chubby, acne-splattered, flat-chested dork,? and pressured by her mother (a ?former almost supermodel,? the suddenly pretty narrator lets herself get drawn into a shallow world of shopping, drinking, drugs, pushy boys?and a backstabbing best friend who instructs her not to talk to arty Jas anymore. Rio loses her passion for photography but enjoys her popularity, comparing it to ?being a celebrity.? Readers will not be surprised when Rio and queen bee Kristi finally fight, and Rio suddenly find herself on the outside once again. The plotting is rather predictable (right down to the last-sentence kiss between Rio and Jas), but this will likely appeal to Gossip Girl fans. Kristi is almost too mean to be believed (she gives Rio a list of rules, including a suggestion that she keep a journal so she does not wear the same outfit more than twice a month), and readers may cheer when she finally gets her comeuppance. This intelligent narrator?s predicament will likely draw readers? sympathies. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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main characters Rio Jones
Age: 16
Recently moved with her family; made a few friends in her art class; becomes friends with the cheerleading crowd; gets a designer makoever; becomes involved with drinking and drugs; returns to her art crowd friends.

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