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Length: 186 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (September 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWRLL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Ehrentreu grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Queens. She has lived and taught in Long Island, Buffalo, NY and Westchester, NY as well as a year in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Masters Degree in Reading and Writing. Currently she is retired from teaching and living in Stamford, CT with her family. If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor won second prize in Preditors & Editors as Best Young Adult Book for 2011. It was inspired by Paula Danziger for her children's writing workshop at Manhattanville College. Her second book, After, considers what can happen to a teen when her father becomes ill with a heart attack. It is based on her own experiences when her husband had a heart attack and the aftermath of what she and her family experienced. She is preparing the sequel to If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor. Barbara also writes poetry and several of her poems are published in the anthologies, Prompted: An International Collection of Poetry, Beyond the Dark Room, Storm Cycle and Backlit Barbell. She has a blog, Barbara's Meanderings, and she hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio, Red River Radio Tales from the Pages once a month.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Weber, Roses & Thorns Reviews on 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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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 By Susan A. Royal on July 29, 2013
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High School Freshman Carolyn Samuels wants what every girl her age wants...to 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 By Kindle Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on November 21, 2011
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Jennifer Taylor seems perfect on the outside. Carolyn Samuels would give anything to be her carbon copy. On the outside Jennifer Taylor appeared put together, secure, smart and confident. But, was that the real Jennifer? Deep down Jennifer had a secret that she wanted to keep hidden from everyone. Jennifer wore an invisible mask or shield that covered up truths hidden beneath them. Appearances are everything to teens and being popular and beautiful paramount in their minds. Author Barbara Ehrentreu takes readers both adult and teen inside the mind of two young girls: Carolyn and Jennifer in her outstanding debut novel "If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor." Ehrentreu brings to light the pressures and issues teens face when trying to fit in, dealing with bullies, weight problems and just surviving in high school. This is one novel that all teens and YA's should read.

Dreams often mirror our true feelings about people and events in our lives. Carolyn Samuels wakes up from a really great dream. The only problem was she was not the person in it. Although thinking she was experiencing the events the description of the person mirrored that of Jennifer Taylor. The young man in question Brad, Jennifer's boyfriend. Realizing it was time to start her first day of high school, reality set in, her feelings about herself, her appearance and weight issues brought to the forefront and Carolyn begins her day skeptical about her wardrobe choices, dreading meeting Jennifer in school and hoping she can fake being sick and get away with it.

Peer pressure, body image, friends with the right people and popularity are just some of the vital and valuable issues that are brought to light in this novel. Lessons are going to be learned by both Jennifer and Carolyn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cellophane Queen on October 20, 2011
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Barbara Ehrentreu offers a taste of those nasty old days of beginning high school when you're not the cheerleader with all the friends. Most of us, right?

Carolyn is the nobody who wants to be somebody, and that somebody is Jennifer Taylor. Blond, beautiful, dating the star quarterback. Jennifer has it all, and Carolyn envies and fears her ridicule.

By chance, the two girls are paired to complete a math assignment involving statistics. That means they have to cooperate to get it done. Thrown together, Carolyn is scared spitless of the haughty and rude Jennifer. Strangely, though, it's Jennifer who saves Carolyn from an embarrassing situation.

The story continues even when the assignment is done. As Carolyn learns more about Jennifer, she begins to see the cracks in the perfect facade. Jennifer begins to rely on Carolyn because she's NOT one of Jennifer's in-crowd friends. In other words, a person who can keep a secret.

A mutally symbiotic relation takes shape, with Jennifer helping Carolyn become the popular cheerleader she wants to be, and Carolyn kindly helping to first hide, then help, Jennifer's own secret.

This is a pretty good book looking at two sides of the social spectrum in high school: the haves and have nots. While written in first person from Carolyn's point of view, she's a good narrator who sympathetically shows us the dark side and light sides of Jennifer.

I think the dialogue was a little stilted. I've been run through the teen talk mill by a friend who happens to have five kids and knows every bit of jargon and slang. Perhaps the speech should have a few more yannos and BFFs in it. That's not a huge downside given an otherwise well-written book. I have to rate it down a star because it's a little bland. Carolyn is too nice, Jennifer isn't evil enough. It's a better read for a tween who hasn't yet been corrupted by the cliques and meanness. Maybe it will help them become a better person.
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