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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142312135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423121350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A solid debut captures the social maelstrom that is high school. Martin keeps readers involved with her distinctive, colorful and believable characters. Insightful--and entertaining too.  --Kirkus Reviews

Charlotte's voice is honest and relatable. Her ultimate self-acceptance is gratifying.  --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Alexa Martin holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives near Olympia, Washington and complains about the weather a lot although she secretly likes the rain (don't tell!) For fun and torture she runs long distances on muddy mountain trails. Over the years she's worked a lot of random jobs in trying to keep the writing dream alive, such as the time she worked in a steakhouse even though she's a vegetarian. Initially GIRL WONDER was about a story about a horse, which just goes to show you that art is what happens when you are making other plans. To learn more about Alexa and GIRL WONDER please check out her website at alexamartin.com.

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Alexa Martin holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives near Olympia, Washington and complains about the weather a lot although she secretly likes the rain (don't tell!) For fun and torture she runs long distances on muddy mountain trails. Over the years she's worked a lot of random jobs in trying to keep the writing dream alive, such as the time she worked in a steakhouse even though she's a vegetarian. Initially GIRL WONDER was about a story about a horse, which just goes to show you that art is what happens when you are making other plans. To learn more about Alexa and GIRL WONDER please check out her website at www.alexamartin.com.

Customer Reviews

On the other hand, Neal, I just didn't get.
Confessions of a Book Addict
I could have been sympathetic, had there been a foundation for me to empathize with Charlotte but I just didn't feel it.
bookworm1858
The characters are well developed and the writing is excellent.
Tara Gonzalez

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woodard on May 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Charlotte is a normal girl that is full of principles. She isn't super smart and kind of feels out of place at her new high school. I liked that she didn't give into peer pressure really easily and had plenty of flaws. Amanda was kind or everything that Charlotte wanted to be and they quickly became friends. I didn't feel that she was great to Charlotte at times. I never really trusted Neal, because of the fact that he wanted to keep the relationship a secret, but I still swooned along with Charlotte. I really love her family. Her father was a famous author, her mom was really caring and a professor, and her little brother was really smart.
The plot of Girl Wonder kept me guessing the whole time. There were so many twist and turns that kept me guessing. I loved that it was all centered near or in Seattle. It was a fast read that kept me wanting to read more. Girl Wonder was full of so many surprises that made me love this book so much. I love Realistic fiction, and Alexa Martin's debut captured high school so well in in Girl Wonder.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. I rated it 3 stars on goodreads when I finished reading it and then forgot about it. The book dealt with many different issues from family to friends to boys to school, partying, sex, drugs, learning disabilities, expectations… At times I felt for Charlotte and at other times could not relate to the choices she made. For me the subject matter of the book was the drawback not the writing itself. I would likely pick up and read another book by this author.

Content: Language, sex, drugs & alcohol use

Rating: 3 Stars

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Format: Hardcover
Charlotte Locke transferred to a new high school for her senior year and often feels judged for her learning disability in math. In her family, she is surrounded by high achievers and Charlotte is just trying to find her own way. She meets Amanda, a rich non-conformist, who takes Charlotte under her wing. She also meets Amanda's friend, Neal, who happens to be Charlotte's dream guy. They all join the debate team, hangout, and attend crazy parties, but Charlotte finds that she is losing herself as she is trying to be someone she is not just to fit in. Girl Wonder by debut author Alexa Martin is a cautionary tale about trying to fit in, the perils of peer pressure, and essentially losing yourself in the process.

You can't help but feel sympathy for Charlotte who is just trying to have a good senior year at a new school. She falls into the trap of trying to impress Amanda and Neal, which ultimately sends her on a downward spiral and she ends up doing many things she will regret thanks to peer-pressure. What Charlotte needs is the guidance of a good friend or mentor, but her dad, a successful novelist, doesn't have time for her and only cares about her SAT scores. Her mom, a literature professor, doesn't really pay much attention to her either, because she is more focused on her failing relationship with her husband. Her brother, who is younger and has a good heart, tries to be her friend, but to make matters worse, he is pretty much a genius and Charlotte finds herself in his shadow quite often. I just wish she found a good friend towards the beginning of the Girl Wonder, because that is what she really needed.

Amanda is the girl in high school I'm sure we all knew. She is too cool for school and tries so hard to stand out.
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Format: Hardcover
Review - Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
February 2, 2011, Posted by Maryanne at 3:55 am

From the author's website:

Desperate to escape the mediocrity of her third-rate classes, seventeen-year-old Charlotte Locke joins her new school's elite debate team, where her heart is quickly captivated by Neal Fitzpatrick, the team's captain extraordinaire. Even better than being in Neal's orbit, however, is Charlotte's debate partnership with Amanda Munger-aka Girl Wonder. Bold and sophisticated, as whip-smart as she is wild, Amanda pulls Charlotte out of her mundane existence into a more daring and glamorous world. Unfortunately, no amount of charm can mask the heart of a viper, and on the night when Charlotte needs her new best friend the most, the real Amanda strikes. Fighting her way through the fallout, Charlotte has no one to turn to except an obnoxious neighbor, a quirky boy with a passion for hunting wild mushrooms and a talent for pushing her buttons.

Imagine you're 17, a senior in high school and your parents uproot you and move to the other end of the country - from Florida to Washington State. Culture shock, much? Even worse, you've got a learning disability, called dyscalculia, that makes numbers look like hieroglyphics to your brain. Bad enough, yet? How about if your younger brother is a boy genius, your mom is a college professor and your dad is a best selling author? Enough hits to your self esteem?

Charlotte Locke is the new girl in town. Her brother, the genius, is off to his first day of school at the Barclay School, "Home of Future Leaders". Charlotte? Well, she's off to the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) at the local public high school. Unfortunately, when she gets there she finds out she doesn't qualify for GATE after all.
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