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If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Ehrentreu
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Carolyn Samuels is obsessed with the idea of being popular. She is convinced that the only thing keeping her from happiness is her too heavy for fashion body and not being a cheerleader. Hyperventilating when she gets nervous doesn’t help. When she is paired for a math project with the girl who tormented her in middle school, Jennifer Taylor, she is sure it is going to be another year of pain. With Carolyn’s crush on Jennifer’s hunky junior quarterback, Brad her freshman year in high school looks like a rerun of middle school. When Jennifer is the only student who knows why she fell in gym class, Carolyn is blackmailed into doing her math homework in return for Jennifer’s silence. Jennifer takes on Carolyn as a pity project since she can’t be seen with someone who dresses in jeans and sweatshirts. When Jennifer invites Carolyn to spend the night to make her over and teach her to tumble, Carolyn learns Jennifer’s secret and lies to her own friends to cover it up. Will Carolyn become a cheerleader and popular? Does she continue to keep Jennifer’s secret? Or will she be a target of this mean girl again?

Product Details

  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (September 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWRLL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! October 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was Carolyn Samuels in high school, although my grades weren't high enough to tutor anyone or for anyone else to ask me to do their homework. Fortunately, I grew up in Chicago and the high school I attended was large enough that the kids who bullied me in grammar school went their own way and I made new friends. Cheerleading? Tumbling? My favorite sports were reading and writing fiction. I was terrified of falling and of balls flying at me. But I digress. I identify with Carolyn, even forty-some-odd years later.

Whether you're seventeen or seventy, you'll identify with someone in this book. It was written for young adults, but it's a great read for everyone. However--it is a MUST READ for teenage girls. Jennifer's secret is one shared by girls everywhere and Carolyn's dilemma whether or not to keep that secret is probably shared by just as many other kids. If you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece or any teenage girl in your life, by all means, give her a copy of "If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor" for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could be like...myself. October 5, 2011
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If I could be like Jennifer Taylor is the only young adult novel I've read that was so absorbing I didn't want to put it down. It's a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance and the consequences of our secrets and lies. We learn that sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Barbara Ehrentreu's break out YA novel may indeed be a cross-over book, enjoyed by adult women as well. The main character, one Carolyn Samuels, pulls you into her world from the opening scene as she is dreading her first day of high school and her "too large" jeans hanging over her bedroom chair. The novel is not only a wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age novel but deals with the delicate issues of self-discovery during the painfully self-conscious teen years that girls must successfully negotiate in order to become self-confident women. If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor will catapult an adult woman back to her teen years and resonate with teen or preteen girls in a way that is both genuine and ultimately inspiring. As a former teacher and a psychoanalyst I can easily see this novel included in Middle and High School reading lists. I would not be at all surprised to see this book as a TV or Studio film. An important and thoroughly enjoyable read, written in a voice crackling with authenticity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable July 29, 2013
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High School Freshman Carolyn Samuels wants what every girl her age be accepted. She thinks being friends with the most popular girl in school, becoming a cheerleader and having the Junior hunk she's been crushing on since middle school notice she's alive will grant her wish, but she's mistaken. However, she does learn some very important things.

The author truly remembers what it's like to leave the never-never land of childhood and forge blindly ahead into young adulthood, and she tells the story with such flair, I can visualize and empathize with every angst-filled scene. I especially love the way Carolyn matures during the book. She begins to realize what she can change and what she needs to learn to accept about herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took Me Back to My Teenage Years October 1, 2011
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I read this book as a woman over 50, and yet it took me back to my teenage years. Carolyn is awkward and uncomfortable with herself, and Jennifer appears to have it all. As Carolyn tries to fit into high school, her parents, though loving, are distant from the trials she's experiencing. She struggles with keeping old and solid friendships while seeking greater popularity. We get to see the character of Jennifer gradually expose her own problems, and the result is poignant.

There are a few moments when events happen "off camera" that would have added to the drama had they been brought front and center and heightened more -- such as when Jennifer confesses her deepest secret to her parents. However, I found that even at my age, I couldn't put the book down. Watching Carolyn come into her own, in a way true to her character, was thoroughly enjoyable.

I often tell my stepdaughter that we shouldn't compare our insides to someone else's outsides. That, to me, is the essence of this book, and it's a good one for teenage girls. Kudos to Barbara Ehrentreu for writing a touching story that young women, and in fact older women, can relate to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Was Me! November 26, 2012
Fourteen - year - old Carolyn Samuels is sick and tired of being bullied. At the same time, she'd give anything to be like her bully, Jennifer Taylor. Why? Jennifer is everything that Carolyn isn't. She's popular, pretty, wears the latest fashions and is thin. Boy's flock around Jennifer. She's actually been out on a real date!

Middle school ends and high school begins. Carolyn is sure this year is going to be just as miserable as last year. She's sure that this will be another lousy year with Jennifer constantly laughing and harassing Carolyn about her breathing problem. Carolyn's fears are confirmed when she's partnered with Jennifer by the math teacher to do a project. Or are they?

Working together starts out like Carolyn expects. Jennifer is just as snotty to her as she was in middle school. Suddenly, Jennifer is giving her clothes, taking her home, inviting her to dinner. What's going on?
I loved this book. Not only did it bring back many memories for myself but it shows that some bullies (I don't imagine all) have deep problems of their own. The author, Barbara Ehrentreu, did an excellent job of showing this. She painted an excellent portrait of a poor little rich girl who's own parents don't know her at all. Believe me, the previous sentence isn't a spoiler at all. You have to read the book to find out what's going on!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought moving up to High School was great...
HIGH SCHOOL...Will it be any different than {gulp} MIDDLE SCHOOL?

Carolyn Samuels sure hopes so... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lady Bug Lin
4.0 out of 5 stars Especially for Teen Girls
Teen girls and their problems are presented so well in this book in Ms. Ehrentreu's well-drawn characters. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janet Glaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
The other night I began reading If I Could be Like Jennifer Taylor by Barbara Ehrentreu. Having read so many paranormal romance books recently, this one was a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Samantha T
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!
I don't often read YA, but I might need to change if I keep running into novels like this one. The writing is clean and crisp with a plot very easy to follow. Read more
Published 20 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Teen Fiction
Carolyn Samuels suffers from a lack of confidence, a negative body image, and a tendency to hyperventilate when nervous. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Gemmell
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Contemporary Tale
Carolyn dreads going to her first day of high school as she doesn't fit what she considers to be the 'perfect' girl. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer"
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens are priceless teens...
Someone has to be the fall-guy, so which one will it be...the clunky, unpopular (or so she thinks she is) girl, or the made-to-order, highschool fashion plate, out to get the... Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Elysabeth Faslund
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!!!
I am not one for leaving long reviews, but I do want to comment about 'If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor' because it was a really good book, and took me right back to high school... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Jan Fischer-Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Be Popular
This story of a girl who wishes to be popular rolls along at a galloping pace. The author really know girls and what they think about. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Madeleine McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu
Wow, reading Carolyn Samuel's story swept me back to my own younger days, when one of four children, I couldn't wear dresses and shoes outside my parents' limited budget, and I was... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Ginger Simpson
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