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Vanessa Rose Lee was a staff writer for Teen Scene Magazine from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2009. Vanessa was excited to have her first radio interview with Jill Sheets of KOPN 89.5 on Feb. 23, 2010 (kopn.org/a/showrss4.php?n=kopn.org/dc/dircaster2.php?p=pt).
"The Beauty Queen and the School Nerd" was accepted into two book festivals in summer 2010: Pennsylvania Teen Book Festival and the Alhambra (California) Civic Center Library Summer Program. On January 27, 2011Vanessa released her first children's picture book, "Funny Jimmy."
Vanessa is also the author of "The Haunted House of Riddles", "Beach Party Girls", and "The Land of the Gems." In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys reading, writing, and dancing.
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This is a Young Adult short story that was a quick read. I felt I got pulled back into high school with all the cliques and angst about dating and boyfriends, best friends, the Sadie Hawkins Dance, prom and applying to colleges. The only difference is that I didn’t go to prestigious school like Porter Academy and go to parties or locations that they did for senior skip day or the senior trip, go on elaborate shopping trips or to spa days. Putting the money aside they were normal teens with very normal problems, concerns and fears although many times without the parental support they often times needed. Jessica and Amanda both were pretty down to earth – one the Beauty Queen, who had a realistic head on her shoulders and the other the school nerd that lived a vastly different life. When their pasts caught up with them it seemed odd that they were both so accepting and were able to make the best of the situation.
I don’t usually read YA books although many of my friends do. This was a nicely told story that was kept clean throughout – no sex or cursing – which was nice to see. I could easily see this as a Disney type TV show or movie reminiscent to me of “The Suite Life, “Cory in the House” or even “Hannah Montana”. I would recommend this to others that like YA books especially middle schoolers and high schoolers.
Favorite Quote: She learned a very important lesson in life. She realized that what you do to others can come back to haunt you. And that is what high school and life is all about. It is about always being careful of your actions and how you treat others. In other words, karma will come back to you.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this YA novel. The beginning was a slow start for me but this quickly turned around and held my attention very well. This is a good clean, fun read. There is no language, a big bonus for me, and no inappropriate scenes. I thought Vanessa did a great job and I would recommend it!
Jessica is a popular senior that all the kids look up to and adore. Amanda is considered a nerd and is rejected by the entire school. Those two opposites soon learn that they are more alike than either of them wish.
This story has great values written in that I think are important to everyone of every age.
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