Baby Doll #1
Published November 1st 2012
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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?
About the Author
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).
My first I thought when I started reading this novel was, 'This guy Dylan is such a stalker, the little creeper!' and then I had a good ole laugh because that is exactly what he says about himself, not a minute later. So then I'm thinking, maybe this guys not so bad after all. And then there is Barbie, the poor girl - could imaging being called that? When you're first introduced to her, it's through the eyes of others and the only word you can think of yo describe her is 'slut'.
But that is just a matter of perspective.
As the story progressed, and you got to see things from both the perspective of Dylan and Barbie, I began to discover the depth and quirks of the characters. I fell in love with them both. After I had gotten past the first stalker-ish chapter, I was laughing and feeling heartache, confusion and happiness of the characters right along with them. Before I knew it, I'd found myself three quarters of the way through the book with no idea where the time had gone.
The thing that really brought my rating down for Barbie Girl was my anger and some of Dylan's actions and responses to Barbie. The guy could be a total douche. Sure, I understand that he had to do those things in order for there to be conflict within the storyline, but that in no way means that I have to like it! Shame on you Dylan for listening to the gossip. Everyone knows that doing so never ends well. To me, gossip is just out of context assumptions that people make about others - and you know what they say about assuming...
When I sadly, and inevitably, got the end of the book, I had this panicked moment when I was, NO, IT CAN'T END THERE! because I am an idiot and did not release Barbie Girl belongs to a series and is not a stand alone. Tsk Tsk. It just goes to show, I suppose, that for your own metal well being that you should always do your research on a novel before reading it - it could save you some heartache.
Barbie Girl is a well paced novel that peeks behind the facade of those stalked by the rumour mill and is not afraid to take some drastic twists and turns to shine a light on the truth.
3 out of 5