Author: Debbie Rigaud
Genre: YA romantic comedy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Challenges: POC, YA
FTC Disclosure: I won this book from the author through the POC challenge and I am going to add it to my school's library collection
Summary (from the back of the book): London Abrams' first love is volleyball, so why does she enter an online modeling competition? Answer: superhottie Brent St. John. London spots Brent signing in contestants at a store, and she gets in line simply to say hi. But she never dreams she'll make it into the competition!
London's now up against fourteen hungry fashionistas willing to do whatever it takes to win. All she wants to win is Brent's heart... but the money prize couldn't hurt. If London plays this right, she can win the contest, the boy, and the cash. GAME ON!
Review: It turns out there is a series of sorts of romantic comedies published by Simon Pulse. I've only read Jennifer Echols' The Ex-Games before this one. They are fun, funny, and perfect summer reads.
The characters in this book--mostly London, Brent, her best friend Pam, but with a host of secondary characters--are all believable. They have normal dialogue and actions and I liked the main characters. They would be people I would enjoy having as students. I especially like that London is a strong female. She plays volleyball well, is a good student, and gets along with her family. Yay, a "normal" teenager in a book.
The story line was also good: competition; dating/crushes; goals and dreams. It's all good and will definitely appeal to high school students. There's a good combination of funny parts, serious parts, and everything in between. However, there is no violence, no drugs, no alcohol, no sex. Amazing!