From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Gracie and Savanna are best friends, despite their differences. Gracie is short, shy, environmentally conscious, and an old movies buff kind of girl. Savanna, on the other hand, is tall, beautiful, and loves shopping and boys. The two have always gotten along until Savanna starts cheating on her boyfriend. She becomes "the worst best friend" ever by canceling or not showing up for things at the last minute. Even worse, she starts involving Gracie in her web of lies and uses her as an alibi to cover her tracks. Despite all of this, Gracie just doesn't recognize what a bad friend Savanna is. Then Savanna interjects herself between Gracie and her new friend/potential boyfriend. The scenario gets nasty and Gracie finally realizes how self-centered Savanna is. From then on their friendship takes a different turn. Fans of chick-lit and Sheldon's previous works will enjoy this book. The author has done a good job of focusing on themes teens will relate to: trust, friendship, and the importance of standing up for yourself. One thing readers may question is why it takes so long for Gracie to see the light.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
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Gracie’s best friend, Savanna, is a manipulative charmer who refuses to let truth interfere with her vision of life. Like Gracie, Savanna’s boyfriend, Archie, and his friends are merely Savanna’s pawns, who serve as a rapt audience for her stories and plans. But Gracie’s acceptance of her best friend’s foibles begins to erode after Savanna pressures her to lie to Archie, their friends, and both sets of parents so that she can surreptitiously date a college guy. Sheldon borders on the didactic as Savanna piles one ridiculous fabrication and exaggeration upon another, forcing Gracie into a deeper web of uneasy lies. Readers may grow frustrated with Gracie’s ready forgiveness and blind spots about Savanna’s behavior, but the humor and snappy dialogue, though not as polished as in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (1999) and Confessions of a Hollywood Star (2006), will still keep teens engaged and entertained. Grades 6-9. --Frances Bradburn