Blog Tour: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta
Hello, once again, rambling readers! I am bringing you another blog tour in a span of few days, organized by Xpresso Book Tours.You will find the information about the book, author and giveaway for the tour prize bellow.
Series: Baby Doll #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication date: November 1st 2012
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?
Having just finished Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta, I want nothing more than to read the second book ASAP. And I mean, ASAP! I have loved reading this book. Reason behind this is how the author ended the book. Really? I usually read books that have a closed structure with an ending and not leave me hanging like that. Why did you, Heidi, do that? I seriously didn’t think you liked to torture your readers. Oh well.
Nevertheless, I loved this book. Barbie Girl is one of those books you cannot put down until you finish it in one breath. The storyline is a perfect example of judging the book by its cover. Same applies to people. Barbie Starr is a character that I have extreme appreciation for, her strength in surviving, love for her little brother, and not giving up. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! And is she tough! She is one of the characters that you love because she is so different; she does what she wants, lives however she wants and doesn’t go against her beliefs. Dylan, Barbie’s match is a great character, with both good and bad sides to him, just like any real life person. Third and Roxie, they are also excellent characters. Barbie Girl proves that Heidi Acosta weaves a net of greatly developed characters that naturally step out of the pages and come hang with you while you’re reading their story. And that is what I love about this book the most. I have missed that feeling, almost as if you can see and talk to the “people” you are reading about. That is what makes the best books I have ever read. I appreciate Acosta’s ability in writing and success in bringing the characters to life.
This book is a perfect young adult (I would even say new adult) contemporary romance with all the following drama of family and peer relationships. There were a lot of crazy events in the book, which made me feel a range from hate to love, concluding with a very high opinion of the book by me. Also, at some strong emotional points, the book reminded me strongly of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, but a story completely its own, even if it is told from two points of view, Barbie's and Dylan's. Overall, I would recommend this book to any young adult/new adult book lover in search of a great and quick read in hope of losing themselves in a fantastic world of characters.
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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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