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Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty Paperback – November 26, 2008
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Gehrman blends realistic teen characters...with skillfully descriptive writing, leaving readers with a double shot of a highly caffeinated and hard-to-put-down book. -- School Library Journal, starred review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Loud, wild Amber and preppy, conservative Hero are like oil and water - they just don't mix. Throw in a bunch of guys - including a conceited recent graduate, an intriguing Italian boy, and Geena's lifelong classmate who is her academic rival - and someone's sure to reach their boiling point.
Geena, with her hair set in two long braids and her skateboard often underfoot or by her side, is a cool leading character - even though she doesn't necessarily think she's cool. She's also smart, top of her class, yet socially awkward and sometimes even shy. Her academic rival turns into her crush, naturally, while the girls plan a special kind of revenge on another boy, a suave and handsome recent graduate who has hurt many of their classmates.
This book is a modern-day version of Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare, complete with mistaken identities and romantic blunders. The sequel, Triple Shot Bettys in Love, will be a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. It will be fun to see what happens to Geena, Amber, and Hero next.
I have to give this book credit where it's due: although this is categorized as a young adult novel, it doesn't fulfill the cliche of turning every little event into a life-or-death matter. Some mundane things happened and were treated mundanely, and some kind of crazy, gut-wrenching things happened and were in turn addressed as such. That being said, the end was a little cliche. I can deal with a happily-ever-after ending (if I must), but it was all a little too cleanly wrapped up, and in kind of an unbelievable way.
I can't say I'll pick the sequel up.
Rating: 4 Enchantments
Geena Sloane hopes that this summer will be the best yet, after all her cousin Hero is coming home and will be working with her and Geena's best friend Amber at Triple Shot Betty. However, she didn't count on them hating each other on sight. Now all her plans for girls' nights hanging out are teetering on the brink of never happening.
Geena, Amber and Hero are three girls who couldn't be more different. Geena's all about becoming valedictorian and is known as the skater chick; Amber has a `rep' with around town and Hero is the shy, boarding school girl with an overprotective father, who because of her sister's mistakes won't let her date till she's in college.
I really liked how CONFESSIONS OF A TRIPLE SHOT BETTY was set up, written in a journal style, rather than chapter form. Filled with some great secondary characters, which Ms. Gehrman does so well, I loved how when things went downhill, it was the stofers who figured into the girls' plans on how to get even with `The Man'.
One of the scenes I really enjoyed was when Geena sees Ben, her really hot arch rival and possible crush, biking by her house (which is highly unusual) and decides to go out and see what he's doing. Instead of simply going outside, she pretends to look for her non-existant dog, Auggie. It was truly one of the most laugh-out-loud scenes in the book.
All in all, CONFESSIONS OF A TRIPLE SHOT BETTY is great, fun read, perfect to tote with you on summer vacation or just laying out by the pool.
This is Ms. Gehrman's first Young Adult novel. She previously wrote chick-lit for Red Dress Ink. You can learn more about Ms. Gehrman's books at her website, [...]
Geena's plotting for perfection when she lines her cousin, Hero, up a job at Triple Shot Betty, a coffee shop her best friend, Amber, and her work at. But Hero and Amber clash at first sight, and the great summer Geena was envision begins to fall apart. Figure in a case of mistaken identities and a group of boys who are not exactly what they seem, and trouble starts shaking up in paradise. It's up to the Triple Shot Bettys, armed and armored with a legion of wronged girls, to set things straight once and for all.
There are many, many reasons I loved this novel. Behold:
I've probably said this in every review I've ever written, but I'm such a character-driven person, it's not even funny. I loved the characters Jody Gehrman created here: they all had a certain depth, and even the bad-guy, which usually comes out archetypal in most novels, had substantial development.
I'm also a sucker for feel-good feminist stories. This one's it. It's very subtle, without an overload of women-vs-men superiority, and it gets a clean message across.
The voice. This is very good chick lit. I caught some passages which reminded me faintly of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. This goes to say something, because I'm one of those people who worships Megan McCafferty and think of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings as the best teen chick-lit books ever.
The plot. Most novels I've read recently are beautiful coming-of-age pieces with great characters but just very little actual plot. Not here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remembered reading this in HS so I reread it and I didn't like it as much but it is a good book for teenagers girls.Published 15 months ago by shell_92
Maybe I didn't read the description enough, I don't like to have too much given away. But this book is about teenagers. I'm raising one, don't want to read about one too. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sadie
The description may have stated there was writing on the front page but I did not realize it until I received the book. I was disappointed as it was a replacement library book.Published on February 15, 2013 by Catherine Bonde
THIS BOOK IS GREAT GEENA IS MY FAV CHARACTER SHE IS A GOOD MIXTURE OF TOM BOI AND GIRLY GIRL ^_^ !!Published on February 2, 2013 by jada curet
All Geena wanted out of this summer was for her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero, to become instant friends. Unfortunately this does not go down without a hitch. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Brittany Moore
Geena has the perfect summer planned out. Her, her cousin Hero, and her best friend Amber are going to have some quality girl time working at the Triple Shot Betty coffee... Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by And Another Book Read
Geena Sloane has her summer all planned out. She's even thought up a code name for the plan - Operation Girlfriend. Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Karen Keyte
This book is excellent! I was going through a period of not knowing what to read and Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty brought my out of that period. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by BookishRachel