From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–When 17-year-old Astrid Krieger's latest boarding school kicks her out for cheating, her parents give her one option: public school. Despite being guilty of this crime and more, Astrid schemes to expose the traitor in her old clique who set her up for discovery. In the course of stringing along her psychologist; avoiding her fake boyfriend; and coming up with an elaborate exposé involving a doppelgänger, a basket of sandwiches, and a horse, she also learns some lessons about family, friendship, and romance. Weaknesses in plotting and clichéd, underdeveloped secondary characters are overcome by the sheer force of Astrid's voice as the whip-smart, spoiled, snarky narrator in this fast-paced and funny novel.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Astrid Krieger is filthy rich and lives in a rocket ship parked in her backyard. (You read that right.) When she is expelled for cheating at her private school, her parents decide to send her to public school. Astrid, who only thinks of herself, is forced to attend therapy, where she is asked to complete at least three things that she doesn’t want to do but would make someone else happy. Sitcom scribe Iserson fills his debut with whip-smart and cynical observations, and while the characters and plot might be over the top, the fun never stops. Of course, as Astrid completes her tasks, she grows and manages to make new friends in the process. Perfect for readers looking for dry, witty humor; exaggerated characters; and boatloads of quirk. Grades 8-11. --Sarah Bean Thompson