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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038573302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385733021
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,127,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up—This novel is told in alternating first-person voices by two very different teenagers who discover that they have a lot in common. Theodora Twist is a hot 16-year-old actress whose bad-girl reputation is threatening her career. Straight-laced Emily Fine has just been dumped by her dream guy because she's not ready to have sex. She and her family now own the house in Oak City, NJ, where Theodora grew up and lived until she hit it big and moved to California. The two girls had shared a brief friendship when their fathers died around the same time. When the paparazzi catch Theodora skinny-dipping with identical-twin pop stars, her agent decides to fight the negative press by staging a reality TV show about the actress returning to Oak City for one month before the junior prom. Theodora dreads the idea of living in her old home with the Fines and still struggles with her feelings about her father's death. The school goes wild over her, and many students try to win influence through Emily. This time, the girls strike up a deeper friendship. The plot is all tied up in a neat package along with Theodora's hilarious stunts. Senate provides a unique look at teen stardom and reality TV. The mature sexual content makes this fun read most appropriate for an older audience.—Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL
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From Booklist

Gr. 8-11. Teen starlet Theodora and plain-but-insightful teenager Emily both have roots in Oak City, New Jersey. Theodora, who left home at 13, has led a wild life, and Emily's family now lives in Dora's former house. To sanitize her image, Dora returns to her hometown to star in a reality television show--and she moves in with Emily and her family. Neither girl is pleased by the situation, but they discover an affection that allows them to learn from one another. Senate uses stereotypes generously but to good effect here; there are beautiful, brainless boys; snarky girls; addled mothers; and aggressive business people, as well as the two 16-year-olds, who aren't as mature as those around them presume. With the exception of a few antigay sentiments couched in thoughtless teen cant ("it's another hour . . . while some gay guy with bad breath does your face"), the story, told from the girls' alternating viewpoints, is still an entertaining read. Francisca Goldsmith
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More About the Author

I'm the author of 10 novels, including my debut, SEE JANE DATE, which was made into a TV movie, and my latest, THE LOVE GODDESS' COOKING SCHOOL. My other novels are: The Solomon Sisters Wise Up; Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?; The Breakup Club; Theodora Twist (for teens); Love You To Death; Questions To Ask Before Marrying; The Secret of Joy; and The Mosts (YA).

Short stories can be found in American Girls About Town and Flirting With Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives On The Original Chick Lit Masterpiece. Essays in: It's A Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life In Your Twenties and Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.

I'm a former book editor (romance and teen fiction) from New York City and now live on the beautiful coast of Maine, where I write full-time. Please come visit my website at MelissaSenate.com for more information.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I admit it--I'm a sucker for light, fun, fast reads that deal with situations I would never in a million years find myself in. Such is the case of THEODORA TWIST, a book that deals with a sixteen-year old Hollywood starlet, a beautiful teen who has experienced more in her young life than I'll ever experience in mine.

The problem starts when Theodora Twist, young star and Hollywood's darling, gets caught one too many times in a scandalous situation. Since she's dating both of the twin Bellini brothers (and by dating, I also mean sleeping with), her many endorsers aren't so sure of her wholesome appeal to the tweens and teens that they're looking to rope into the theaters. Her agent-slash-talent manager, Ashley Bean, has schooled her in the art of being cheerfully untruthful, but Theodora once again lets her stubbornness get in the way of good acting--not only does she kiss both Bo and Brandon Bellini for the benefit of a reporter, but she's later caught cavorting with them in the ocean half-naked.

Ashley's job is damage control, and she comes up with what she believes is the perfect resolution to Theodora's wild child image. She'll be the star of her own reality show, Theodora Twist: Just a Regular Teen! The goal of the show is simple--prove to the world's population that Theodora isn't the spoiled, pampered, sexually-active teen that she really is, but the down-to-earth, normal teenager that you don't get to see on television and the big screen. Although Theodora was born Dora Twistler, she has no intention of ever being that person again. And spending a month living in her childhood home with Emily Fine and her family, going to high school, hanging out at the mall, and going to prom is not her idea of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on February 19, 2006
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Theodora Twist

This is a fun look at Hollywood Teens. This book could be about Lindsay Lohan, or any teen in the spotlight. The characterization of Emily and Dora is well done. This will be a hit for teen girls who can relate to both Emily's and Dora's plights. But be warned the sexual content might be a bit much for younger girls and tweens. I recommend this book as fun; fast read that reads more like watching a sitcom than reading a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on September 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Meet Emily Fine. She's as exciting as her name. That is, not very. The boy she spent two years loving from afar dates her for two weeks before dumping her. She wears boring clothes, does all her homework, is respectful to her mother and new step-father, helps with her new baby sister, and never gets into trouble. Now meet Theodora Twist. She's... well, she's Theodora Twist! The hottest sixteen-year-old actress ever to come out of Nowheresville, New Jersey. Nearly every high school boy in America has a crush on her, but she can't be bother with them. Not when she has twin hottie boyfriends of her own. So what do these two girls have in common? Well, Emily lives in Theodora's old house. And, once upon a time, for about four weeks, the two girls were friends. But that was years ago. Forgotten. What they have in common now is that Theodora is going to be living with Emily and her family for a month, for her new reality show, Theodora Twist: Just a Regular Teen. After some scandalous photos of Theodora are taken, her agent decides that she needs to re-invent her image. And what could be better than as a regular teen? Especially with Emily for a surrogate sister, how could she possibly get into trouble? Emily and Theodora are both a little weary about this arrangement, because it seems they have nothing in common. But they agree, and as the show progresses, they realize that they have more in common than they may initially think. This story about unexpected friendship is far from cheesy. It is written so realistically that you can't help but believe it. Emily is likeable right away, and Theodora grows on the reader as she reveals her true self to Emily, bit by bit. Poignant, touching, and true, you won't want to put this book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bedigian on January 18, 2007
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After being oh-so-disappointed with Melissa's book The Breakup Club, I was thrilled to read this charming novel about two teenage girls who, in a way, switch places for six weeks. Theodora is a teen actress headed down Lindsay Lohan's path and fast. Emily is an invisible sixteen year old living in Dora's hometown. When Dora's publicist arranges for her to live with Emily's family for six weeks to film a reality show, both girls' lives change and they're forced to re-examine everything and learn a lot about themselves. I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I think she could even pull out a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Cocca VINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
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The basic premise of Theodora Twist is that a young Hollywood starlet - who has a penchant for getting into trouble with the media - returns to her hometown of Oak City, NJ to film a reality show in a last ditch effort to save her reputation by showing she's "just a regular teen". The real draw of this story (aside from the not-so-subtle character similarities to the Lindsay Lohans of L.A.) is the relationship that develops between Theodora, the starlet, and Emily Fine, the truly regular teen who now lives in the house where the show is being filmed.

The touching back story that unravels, which shows that much of Theodora's facade is the result of losing her father at a young age, fuels the novel in an excellent way. And the fact that Emily's character blossoms so well as she simultaneously gets comfortable with sharing the limelight and provides support for Theodora's revelations about herself is great.

Melissa Senate really managed to grasp how "normal" teenage life can be, all the while mirroring that with the abnormalities of life that surround a teen Hollywood star. This was a superb first young adult novel and I really hope she pens some more in the coming years.
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