Dorks, Dweebs, Debutantes, and Jockswhere would you fit in?
Being the new girl is toughjust ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier.
Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach, and she isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don't mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys).
At first, Rio is having a great time, but, as she becomes more immersed in this jet set crowd, she discovers there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don't cross Kristi...
"I absolutely loved this novel ...Alyson Noël is a brilliant author who really captures the essence of her lead character and all the highs and lows of being a teenage girl in a world of superficiality and backstabbing drama queens ... brilliant...deliciously funny. I was snorting with laughter from page one until page two hundred and twenty-six! Art Geeks and Prom Queens is a must read!"
"Fans of Gossip Girls and other series about the rich and gorgeous will recognize all the familiar elements here: designer labels, gleaming houses, and a model-perfect, central character drawn straight from the fashion fantasies of Teen Vogue. However, Noël, the author of Faking 19 (2005), writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her chick-lit contemporaries..."
"Art Geeks and Prom Queens is a fun and funny read, as you might guess from its quirky title, with wittier writing than some of the very popular chick lit for teens..."
Detroit Free Press
"...Rio is well drawn with believable inner dialogue, and the stereotyped popular crowd is so much fun to hate..."
School Library Journal
"Cool, uncompromising, superbly writtenthis is a wonderful journey through teenage life by a writer who really gets it."
Kevin Brooks, author of Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing the Rain, and Candy
"Get ready for a wild ride with Rio Jones. And hang on tight, because you're going to love every minute of it!"
J. Minter, author of The Insiders
"A book about life in the fast lane... The reader cheers for NY transplant, Rio, as she wanders through a minefield of peer pressure in a quest for popularity and a place to belong. Slick and hip!"
Lurlene McDaniel, author of My Secret Boyfriend and Angels in Pink
"Delicious, irresistible fun. All that's lacking is a poolside chair and a cold drink."
Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
St. Martin's Griffin, (September 2011), ISBN: 9780312619220