From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—KJ is a girl with problems. All of the boys she likes—those who are cool and suave—don't seem to know she exists, but the geeky guys—theater types, intellectuals, nonhotties—are attracted to her. Since she is nice to them, they hang around and won't leave her alone. When she lands the coveted position as stage manager for the school production of Grease
, popular girls befriend her, and, in turn, popular boys. With guidance from a new "friend," she alienates her old acquaintances and best friend in trade for a cute guy. KJ's other problems—an alcoholic father and an unstable home situation—enter into the story, adding a bit of depth to KJ's character and allowing for the final friendship showdown. Written in a chatty, chick-lit style, complete with realistic teen-speak, the book will appeal to older readers. Though there's not much sense of place (other than high school), and the secondary characters are thin, the play's the thing, and this story will appeal to readers who enjoy a funny romance and friendship novel, and will be nice filler for collections that can never have enough "pink" books.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Junior KJ Miller is psyched to be the stage manager for her high school’s production of Grease. But issues offstage are taking center stage, including her father’s alcoholism. KJ also wonders why she attracts geeks like All Hands Glen, who brings unwanted attention to her large breasts, and dependable neighbor Fred, but remains invisible to cute jock Cameron. Being befriended by popular Tama brings her closer to Cameron, but pivotal events show her that Tama and Cameron aren’t what they seem, and she is forced to examine her feelings about who and what matters most. KJ is a lively, appealing protagonist, whose intimate narrative, told in five acts, incorporates humor, pop culture, some non-gratuitous swearing, and drama-club details, along with quintessential teen struggles with body image, popularity, and standing up for oneself. An enjoyable, touching read about self-discovery with a hopeful ending that avoids too-neat resolutions. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld