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And I was right!
We are introduced to Nora who is really smart but decided to reinvent herself so she has become a cheerleader and she hides just how smart she is. She drops her AP classes and takes more normal level classes. She hides a lot of things, even from her best friend.
But when a new boy arrives named Adam she can’t resist letting her inner nerd show. Adam is also very smart so she doesn’t think he’ll be interested in her, since he thinks shes a brainless cheerleader.
I loved all the interactions between Nora and Adam. I also loved seeing how much Nora grew as a person. I loved her relationship with her family even if it was rocky at times.
And I loved loved how the chess angle fit in this one. I don’t know much about chess but I loved how Nora had to make deals to make everything fall into place.
This one was a very cute novel yet it had so many lessons throughout the pages. I loved Nora’s voice. I loved her family and friends and especially Adam.
Overall: If you are looking for a cute contemporary than you must try this one! It was spunky, cute, adorable, and I loved every minute of it! I’d definitely recommend this one!
Cover: Its neat! Love the guy as a chess player! Thought provoking cover!!
What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes
Taken From Princess Bookie
Nora Fulbright is a sophomore moving her way up to the elite of her high school. Nobody knows about her past at another school, where she was a straight A nerd and a member of the chess club. These days, she is a talented cheerleader with the hottest guy on the football team after her. Everything goes exactly as she has planned it, until Adam moves to town.
Nora finds out that Adam is in AP classes, the same classes she switched out of to not "look" smart. She quickly switches her schedule back, but everyone knows her as an airhead. She needs to prove herself, and tries hard to get into every group that Adam is in, going so far as to make deals with other students, that later come back to bite her. Plus, she has to keep up her charade of being a popular cheerleader.
To add to her troubles, she has a super smart family that are against her goal to become pretty and popular, all they want is a straight A genius.
Ah, the ever important high school question- Can you be a smart popular cheerleader? I totally understood Nora's goals. In the past she felt herself to be overlooked and nerdy. When she moves to a new school, she finally has a chance to change things. Years of gymnastics puts her into a top spot in cheerleading, and after dropping out of all of her honor and AP classes, no one will ever know the truth. What high school girl hasn't wanted to be part of the in-crowd, and would do almost anything to get there? Almost all.
For Nora, she is able to slid right in to the popular role. So, one guesses she must have been pretty to start out. The whole time I read the book I went back and forth between feeling happy that Nora had achieved the dream, and sad that she was dumbing herself down to do it.Read more ›
Admittedly I bought this book because of that attention grabbing title. I mean, just look at it, read it. It's so catchy!
ANYWAY, here's a quick rundown on the story. Let's say that this is my revised blurb:
Nora's smart BUT she wants to be popular. So when she moved schools, her plan: never admit to anyone that she's actually smart, dumb down her subjects from AP classes to regular ones, join the cheer squad, and date the hottest, most popular, and possibly one of the dumbest guy in school, Jake. But when Adam enters the equation, her plans changed OR has to change.
In all honesty, there's nothing this book can do that can make me love it, add it to my fave list, or plainly stop the rage that grew inside me while reading this. Admittedly, this book just isn't for me. It's got stereotyping, an annoying protagonist that's in desperate need of popularity, a protagonist who tries to please every people she meets and is highly insecure of her standing in the popularity list.
Surely, it's okay no be insecure and feel the need to have a good reputation. Valentine was able to successfully pull off a good development for Nora. This is nothing but a cliche story, if you ask me. Nora is in desperate need to get everything she wants. She finds her self in so many 'swaps' because of trying to achieve her a goal which is to get as close as possible to Adam.
The book mostly focus on Nora's struggle in keeping up with her social life, her swaps, her relationship with her family and her best friend, and her position in Adam's life. Romance, while is the driving force of the story, is basically a decent part of it although not exactly overtaking Nora's struggle.Read more ›
Of course, things always get complicated when you try scripting your future. The day before school begins, Laura is playing soccer with her little brother when the ball goes astray. It's kicked back by a stranger and hits her in the head. Enter Adam, new to town and possibly better looking than Jake. It's instant swoon for Laura and she senses that there's interest on Adam's part.
Would that getting his attention long enough to pursue her attraction be so simple—Not. Laura makes mistake after mistake in her attempts to connect with him. After switching out of her AP classes to help cement her popularity quest, she discovers that Adam is probably her equal in the brains department, so she initiates a series of well-intentioned, but disastrous swaps with other kids in an effort to get in the same classes and work on some projects with him, all the while trying to keep Jake far enough away so she doesn't have to go to the prom with him.
Reading as she navigates her way through this minefield, as well as finally realizing that being smart is as much a part of her as anything, is fun and cringeworthy in a very good way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great for teenage girls it keeps you on the edge of your seat and its relative 😀Published 15 months ago by Me
Nora Fulbright is the most talented new cheerleader on the Riverbend High cheerleading squad. Never mind that she used to be a friendless overachiever with a penchant for chess -... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maryam Dinzly
Ahhhh this book was the best ever it was like a roller coaster of things.I would recommend this book for anybody. GO READING!Published on January 1, 2014 by Ariel Nicole
Very fun read that captures the essence of teen angst; a quick moving, fun-filled novel. The plot is tangled, much like a teen's life, and the main character's voice is so true and... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by J. S. Heger
Cheers, chess moves and high school angst all blend together brilliantly in this wonderful book. I laughed, cried and celebrated with Nora and she goes through the traumas of... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Jennifer Pawlosky
How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend depicts high school (and it's many angst's) perfectly. Amusing and entertaining, I found myself laughing and crying right along with Nora as she... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by dmndranch
This is a really entertaining read that does not insult your intelligence. I hate cheerleading and found myself cheering not only for Nora but also for her awesome little brother.Published on June 17, 2013 by orion
Bought the book on friends recommendation for my 13 year old niece and ended up doing a quick read before sending. This book is WONDERFUL. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Axel C
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