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The Other Girl: A Midvale Academy Novel Paperback – October 26, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Midvale Academy Series

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Grade 10 Up—Predicting your boyfriend's every wish is easy, especially when you are in his head. Molly knows everything that Gideon thinks, and she uses that to be there when he wants her, to leave when he doesn't, and to fulfill his fantasies when the opportunity arises. However, when she catches him thinking of another girl during an intimate moment, Molly dumps him on the spot. And when a game of spin the bottle goes wrong, Molly ends up inside the head of Pilar, the hottest girl in school, dealing with her insecurities as well as her fantasies about Gideon. In this sequel to Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn (St. Martin's, 2006), one can't help wondering where all the strong female characters have gone. Pilar is a cardboard popular teen, differentiated only by her accent (she is from South America), which is transliterated on the page. Molly spends too much time in other characters' heads to ever assert much of a personality, though the tension that develops with her roommate smacks of authenticity. The wise teacher spouts platitudes that Molly can easily brush off, and the twist at the end and explanation gives pause rather than cause. Not as engaging or appealing as the first book, this title won't stretch the author's fans too far beyond the established base.—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
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“Readers will again find Molly's Midvale world full of bawdy talk, pot smoking, and naughty pranks, but they will appreciate the smart insights, too.... This is fun fare--and deeper than a typical prep school series.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The tongue-in-cheek humor, posh prep-school lifestyle, and teen romantic angst make this perhaps the most enjoyable and believable chapter in the lives of Midvale's preppies.” ―Booklist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312334168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312334161
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,099,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molly is a prep school student that is in madly love with her boyfriend Gideon. She has a secret. She is inside his head, meaning she can see and hear everything he does and knows his thoughts. She's been using this advantage to make him fall in love with her. She achieves her goal but is still insecure and when he thinks of school beauty, Pilar, during a private moment, she breaks up with him. The problem is she is still in his head and he starts to get much closer to Pilar. Molly's ability is volatile and she finds herself suddenly out of Gideon's head and inside Pilar's head. She has to try to ignore their thoughts and focus on her own life, her studies and a chance to win a much-needed scholarship. Can she handle the distractions and possibly win back her ex-boyfriend?

This is a great story with a great conflict. The characters of Molly and Pilar were very good. Both start out unlikeable but they grow personally through the course of the story. There are some hilarious moments and sad moments throughout as the students deal with the classifications they've been given, ex. the smart one or the pretty one. What the author does wonderfully in this context is show their inner, secret thoughts, then what they actually say to others. This book was a nice surprise. Highly recommended.
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This book was a good sequel to the last. The whole idea didn't get tired, like what usually happens with many sequels.
Being inside Pilar's head was a fun. She seems really shallow at first, but you begin to understand why, and then there is major character development. I found myself pitying her, and liking her more than Molly.

I also found the development of Edie quite interesting. Again, like the first book, the descriptions of people and their reactions was great. The reactions of boys to Pilar are priceless and can have you laughing out loud.

I DEFINITELY recommend this book.
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The Other Girl is the follow up book to Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn. Molly McGarry has been in the mind of her boyfriend, Gideon, for about six months now. While on one hand this is great because she can anticipate his every desire there is also the downside of over hearing him checking out their beautiful classmate, Pilar. When Molly's jealousy gets the better of her she ends up breaking up with Gideon and then watching as he hooks up with Pilar. Suddenly Molly finds herself out of Gideon's mind and in Pilar's mind instead. She tries to use this opportunity to sabotage the new relationship but everything she does seems to push Gideon and Pilar closer together.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first book in the series and did not want to put it down. Gideon's mind was pretty one tracked about girls and sex. Seeing inside of Pilar's mind was much more interesting. We see that while Pilar is arguably the most beautiful girl on campus she still has her own insecurities and wants to be known for more than being the dumb cutie. I found myself liking her much more than I did in the last book and even found myself liking her more than Molly. I actually felt sorry for Pilar and was hoping there would be a happy ending for her. This book will have you smiling and laughing to yourself as you read what goes through Pilar's head.

While we do not see as much of Gideon's roommates, Nicholas and Cullen, they do make some appearances that always liven up the story. It was also enjoyable to get to know Devon and Edie more in this story as well. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book that I highly suggest picking up even if not a fan of the first book.
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