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Summer Intern Paperback – June 10, 2008
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—When Kira Parker submits her fashion ideas to Cotton, a group that is offering a summer internship to one student designer, she is chosen and spends the time working in New York City for the magazine Skirt. At her first meeting, she learns that the magazine owner's daughter, Daphne, and her friends (who are called the Trumpettes with disdain by other staffers) are also interning. The most coveted spot, working directly under the editor-in-chief, is up for grabs. In spite of Kira's hard work, Daphne ends up getting the job, even though she never works and is haughty at every turn. Still, Kira has a fabulous experience that extends outward from the fashion world to encompass learning more about people, about relationships, and about running a business. By the end of the novel, readers will be impressed with her growth. The authors do a great job of describing the ins and outs of fashion couture. This addition to the chick-lit genre is funny and lighthearted, and worth purchasing if you have students who love stories about strong female characters who persevere in the face of adversity—and do so with style.—Emily Garrett, Armstrong Elementary School, Sachse, TX
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“Perfect summer novel...the authors pull the reader in and never let go.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for Bittersweet Sixteen: “Teen readers will love the details and vicariously whirl their way through social contexts they only read about in magazines, but they will also see what it means to be true to oneself.” (KLIATT)
“Funny and lighthearted.” (School Library Journal)
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To summarize the plot, Kira is a Philly girl who wins an internship at Skirt magazine. Along the way she makes a number of friends (many who waffle between friend and foe) but feels frustrated at being under the shadow of the heiress to the magazine Daphne - who barely does a thing to earn her keep, her friends, or her boyfriend. Enter various hilarity and you'll get the plot.
I've actually read a couple of other books by this author duo - who specialize in writing about the Upper Crust of NYC. I still have mixed feelings about Karasyov & Kargman's talents...I've failed to reallllly love one of their books, although Wolves in Chic Clothing was by far the best I've read of theirs.
Overall if you're into the whole teen chick lit going on right now, this is a better written, more palatable version of books like the Gossip Girl series. If you don't think you'd be interested in reading a full-length tome like Devil Wears Prada, this is a great teenage version of it...but if you're expecting some revolutionary writing/plot, skip it.
Kira gets her dream job at the high profile fashion magazine, Skirt. But did Cinderella get prince charming without a few bumps in the road? Uh, no! During the course of the book Kira even meets her own Prince Charming at a club--or at least she thinks she does.
Daphne is a fellow intern at the magazine, but she just happens to be the daughter of the owner of the entire corporation! Kira stays late, works very hard, knows a lot about fashion, and is super nice to everyone--but Daphne doesn't like her because she is a threat to the real dream job...being the intern of the editor-in-chief of the magazine!
After finding out who wins the coveted internship, things get worse. At the end of the book something ties the whole story together, the mean girls get what they deserve, and something VERY unexpected happens! You will just have to read this amazing novel to find out the rest of the story that is also about more than finding the perfect pair of shoes for an upcoming cover!
Reviewed by: Taylor Rector