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If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor by [Ehrentreu, Barbara]
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Length: 186 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (September 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWRLL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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If I could be like Jennifer Taylor is the only young adult novel I've read that was so absorbing I didn't want to put it down. It's a story of self-discovery, self-acceptance and the consequences of our secrets and lies. We learn that sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence.
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Barbara Ehrentreu's break out YA novel may indeed be a cross-over book, enjoyed by adult women as well. The main character, one Carolyn Samuels, pulls you into her world from the opening scene as she is dreading her first day of high school and her "too large" jeans hanging over her bedroom chair. The novel is not only a wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age novel but deals with the delicate issues of self-discovery during the painfully self-conscious teen years that girls must successfully negotiate in order to become self-confident women. If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor will catapult an adult woman back to her teen years and resonate with teen or preteen girls in a way that is both genuine and ultimately inspiring. As a former teacher and a psychoanalyst I can easily see this novel included in Middle and High School reading lists. I would not be at all surprised to see this book as a TV or Studio film. An important and thoroughly enjoyable read, written in a voice crackling with authenticity.
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Carolyn dreads going to her first day of high school as she doesn't fit what she considers to be the 'perfect' girl. She's plus sized and has her faithful two friends but she's nothing like Jennifer Taylor, who in Carolyn's eyes is nothing short of perfection. Though she fantasizes about being like Jennifer, she still remembers how she tormented her in middle school. Breathe, Carolyn, Breathe, was Jennifer's chant when Carolyn would become so nervous she'd hold her breath and pass out.

What I really liked about this novel is how the main protagonist isn't skinny but rather a healthy sized teen. Carolyn also deals with issues that are familiar with other teens such as struggling with wanting to be popular and fitting in. Her love of her family is shown throughout this book too. Another big plus has to been her attitude. She's not over the top negative or filled with 'tude which is refreshing in a market that at times is filled with darker stories. For teens that want a lighter story, this is the one for them.

It would have been so easy to have Jennifer be the stereotypical 'mean' girl. The author does a great job showing us the real Jennifer, who isn't all perfection.

The huge issue in this story is Jennifer's secret that not only high school but college girls have in common. How Carolyn deals with this information is the main crux of this novel. Jennifer's secret takes a toll on Carolyn in ways she can't even imagine. Add to that her crush, Jennifer's boyfriend, who seems to have taken an interest in her too.

If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor is a real, honest take on a girl who wants to be popular and then struggles with whether she wants to pay that price.
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High School Freshman Carolyn Samuels wants what every girl her age wants...to be accepted. She thinks being friends with the most popular girl in school, becoming a cheerleader and having the Junior hunk she's been crushing on since middle school notice she's alive will grant her wish, but she's mistaken. However, she does learn some very important things.

The author truly remembers what it's like to leave the never-never land of childhood and forge blindly ahead into young adulthood, and she tells the story with such flair, I can visualize and empathize with every angst-filled scene. I especially love the way Carolyn matures during the book. She begins to realize what she can change and what she needs to learn to accept about herself.
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I was Carolyn Samuels in high school, although my grades weren't high enough to tutor anyone or for anyone else to ask me to do their homework. Fortunately, I grew up in Chicago and the high school I attended was large enough that the kids who bullied me in grammar school went their own way and I made new friends. Cheerleading? Tumbling? My favorite sports were reading and writing fiction. I was terrified of falling and of balls flying at me. But I digress. I identify with Carolyn, even forty-some-odd years later.

Whether you're seventeen or seventy, you'll identify with someone in this book. It was written for young adults, but it's a great read for everyone. However--it is a MUST READ for teenage girls. Jennifer's secret is one shared by girls everywhere and Carolyn's dilemma whether or not to keep that secret is probably shared by just as many other kids. If you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece or any teenage girl in your life, by all means, give her a copy of "If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor" for Christmas.
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Teen girls and their problems are presented so well in this book in Ms. Ehrentreu's well-drawn characters. If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor is a real story with a real girl dealing with situations that many teens encounter every day. I'm sure many of us had to work through some of the very same ones facing Carolyn Samuels. She wants to be as popular as Jennifer Taylor or does she? Thrown together in math class, the two girls get to know each other and secrets are discovered. This is a great read for teen-age girls.
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