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Gr 9 Up—Student (and hacker) Bec has been in trouble plenty of times before, but this time is different. Instead of being sent to yet another boarding school, she's shipped off to stay with her mom's college friend Parker in Rome. Fashion magazine editor Parker's next assignment is big: to run photo sessions of the First Lady during her visit to the Italian capital. When Parker is seriously injured in an accident, Bec suspects a more sinister explanation and uses her hacking skills to investigate. The teen also has her hands full with juggling the affections of cute Italian messenger Dante and sexy fashion blogger Taj. Tension mounts as clues reveal that the First Lady's life may be in danger, and the hacking fashionista stops at nothing to unravel the mystery. Bec's narration is sincere and intriguing, but readers will find it difficult to connect with her. While her hacking skills are good, they are nowhere near as advanced as one of the "bad guys," yet she is able to thwart the operation with only a little help. Most of the characters remain two-dimensional, and the fashion focus, including tips at the beginning of each chapter, feel tacked on and not completely integrated into the plot. A fun read for those who can suspend their disbelief.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

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High-school junior Bec Jackson is expelled from her sixth boarding school in three years for hacking into the school’s computer system and changing grades. Against her will, she is sent to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips and her high-fashion magazine, Edge. When Parker has an accident just before the First Lady arrives for a photo session, and made-of-steel former supermodel Candace Worthington takes over, all hell breaks loose. On top of that, Bec has to deal with bitchy models, CIA agents, a handsome Italian on a Vespa, and a suave fashion blogger—all while trying to find out where Parker is and what happened to FLOTUS. The only person Bec can trust is herself as the plot twists and turns in this hypercharged thriller of fashion, high-tech sleuthing, and power, with bella Roma as the backdrop. Close calls, mysterious phone conversations, surreptitious whispers in office corners, and a clandestine conversation in a dark warehouse make for highly improbable, but also highly entertaining, escapist fun. Grades 8-11. --Jeanne Fredriksen

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed Bennardo and Zaman's previous collaborations and I love mysteries so when I heard they were writing this, I knew I'd be reading it. What I didn't know until I got my review copy was that my name (real, not blogger) was in the acknowledgments. Whoa. That was so sweet. I still smile thinking about it, but it doesn't affect my review.

Bec is a high school student who enjoys hacking into other people's computers. She's been kicked out of yet another school, to the dismay of her mother. She finds herself in Italy, the temporary ward of Parker, a magazine editor and friend of her mother's. Bec's parents are too busy with their unnamed careers to spend time with their daughter. Bec is dismayed to be shunted off but excited about being in Italy. In no time, she's put to work as an unpaid intern at the magazine and then disaster strikes. Being nosy, and naturally concerned about her life, she begins sticking her nose in to things that are really none of her business. She's a bit naive but clever and some of the tricks she uses were a little scary while some I'd love to know how to do. Before long, she's completely involved in several related mysteries while working at the magazine, romancing several local boys, and asserting her independence.

I had problems with the overall believability of the premise but despite that I enjoyed the book. It was fun, frothy, sweet, and had just enough action to keep the story moving at a good pace; I pretty much read it in one sitting. I did figure out the identity of one of the villains early while another one kept me guessing. I kept changing my mind about that one character. The motivation I could believe but again, the how was difficult to swallow. The romances were sweet and I didn't even mind the love triangle, something I usually hate.
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When Bec is thrown out of her private school for hacking, her mother ships her off to Rome. In this new summer setting, Bec will be an unpaid intern at a fashion magazine. Things become really odd—her boss, the editor, is harmed in a highly suspicious accident. There’s also a kidnapping of a very important person who’s a political figure. It’s up to Bec to use her hacking and investigative skills, as well as her intuition. This book was non-stop action and fun. Along with the suspense, there was also a lot of romance and fashion thrown into the mix.
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With so many post-apocalyptic series swallowing the young adult shelves, it’s refreshing to read a YA title as lively as “Blonde Ops.” And when two authors merge their voices and make it look like a walk in the park, that’s just the icing on the cake for a reader like me.
Similarities between sixteen-year-old, Bec Jackson, and her peers are unmistakable in the smart-mouth and attitude areas, but she’s craftier and more determined than most. Of course, having been shipped from boarding school to boarding school—yes, she’s dropping expulsions like a trail of breadcrumbs—would tend to give most teens more attitude and Bec’s picked up some skills along the way. Not that the expulsions weren’t warranted, because hacking is frowned on everywhere, but Bec is still cringing at how her parents will react when St. Xavier’s Academy places her on a plane.
When she finds that she’s being shipped off again, this time to Rome, Bec acts every bit her age. She’s irritated, tired of being transferred about, and her mother only offered a cryptic comment as she shoved her aside for a work-related call that she’d be staying with an old friend from college who’d agreed to babysit.
Bec finds herself interning for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief for a rising fashion magazine. Maybe Rome won’t be so bad…yep, not bad at all, when she gets a look at the boys. When a near-death accident removes Parker from the equation and her replacement is a difficult, former top model, Bec finds herself in a tough position. The First Lady is slated to visit for an exclusive photo shoot and Bec realizes things are not the way they should be. Her curiosity and burning desire to discover what happened to Parker leads her on wild and dangerous ride, firmly positioned between two hot guys. But who can she trust in this foreign city?
An entertaining, one-day read! If you like the young adult genre, you’ll love “Blonde Ops.”
Reviewed by Shannon Raab
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This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/09/blonde-ops-by-charlotte-bennardo-and.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this book WORTHY!


Charlotte Bennardo And Natalie Zaman are fellow blog-spotters although I don't know either of them, but do pay them a visit (if you're on my blog, then the links are at the top of the review). I have to confess right up front that I had some real reservations about this one. It really intrigued me, but it was so reminiscent of the Ally Carter spy novels (which I began by liking, and then quickly ended up despising) that it made me seriously hesitate. The fact that it had two strikes against it (it was first person PoV and it was about fashion!), yet still won me over is, I guess, testimony to the joint authoring skills of these two writers.
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