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Grade 8 Up–Josie is an independent, self-assured sophomore who doesn't care what anyone thinks about her–until Carson Gold, senior and hottest guy around, suddenly shows an interest. Neither Josie nor her best friends quite understand why she tentatively indulges his attention. At first, she makes out with both Carson and Michael, her neighbor and longtime best friend, following her own philosophy of not getting too involved with one person. Though her friends discourage the relationship, pointing to Carson's fame as a heartbreaker, Josie still finds herself falling for him and his lifestyle. She begins to dress to impress and alters her behavior to fit in with the Beautiful People. Pleased to see Josie taking an interest in her appearance, and also impressed by Carson, her mother approves Josie's request to go on a trip with him and his friends. Several traumatic events during the weekend lead Josie to rediscover what is really important to her. Ultimately, she proves that she is the bright, secure person her friends have always admired. Throughout her first-person narrative, confident vs. insecure Josie argues with herself about all of her relationships, giving readers a true glimpse of her confusion. Her friends are realistically portrayed and their reactions to her romance add to the story's development. Josie shows what often happens to a smart, young woman when a charismatic young man starts paying attention to her. This cautionary tale begs to be read by girls everywhere, before, during, and after they fall in love.–Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX
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Gr. 8-11. As always with Vail's books, it's the voice that takes precedence. Here, it belongs to independent sophomore Josie, who earns money working as a clown at children's parties. Thinking she's immune to the charms of golden-boy senior Carson, she hooks up with him a couple of times. But when Carson declares he has feelings for her, she's caught as surely as a fish on a hook. Josie is a profoundly appealing character, although the rest of the story is hard to believe: Would Josie really ever catch Carson's eye? Would his love for her grow when she shows up for a party at his house wearing her clown suit? As Josie slowly loses herself to Carson, Carson withdraws his "love," finally returning to an old girlfriend as Josie begs him not to leave. There's something depressing about this--the casual hookups (second base), Josie's pathetic unwinding. But, perhaps that's part of the point of this morality tale, which concludes with babbling Josie uttering lines such as, "You were my first love, Carson." No one wants to end up like that. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060569190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060569198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Love is a brat," Josie's new crush, Carson, tells her. "Whatever you don't love, loves you. But whatever you love kicks your butt." Carson Gold isn't just any crush. He's a hot senior who had a very public breakup with his longtime girlfriend, Emelina. He then ran through several girls who Josie scorns as she sees them begging him to take them back at the parties she and her friends crash on weekends.

Josie doesn't believe in love. She's happy hanging out with her two best gal pals, Zandra and Tru, and her longtime best friend Michael. She even enjoys running little kids' birthday parties, doing magic tricks dressed as Tallulah the Clown. Her life is full and uncomplicated. It is true that she and Michael make out frequently, but they're still just friends, she believes.

Things get complicated though when Carson starts noticing Josie. She discovers that even she is not immune to his many charms. Things start out with secret makeout sessions during their free seventh periods. She continues to write songs and make out with Michael, which begins to feel weird.

Carson doesn't call her and they don't really go out. But then he starts getting serious, asking her to be his girlfriend and to stop being with Michael. After some convincing, Josie agrees. She scraps plans for Michael's birthday and starts hanging out with Carson and his popular crowd, which includes his ex-girlfriend.

Soon Josie is changing how she dresses, how she acts, and canceling birthday party gigs to go spend a weekend with Carson at his ex's cabin. Josie tells him about how much she loves him and is even thinking about having sex with Carson, who is pushing her farther than she has ever gone during makeout sessions.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. It is deep but also funny and so intense. It is about Josie, who has always been strong and smart and comfortable with herself, and how she falls in love with gorgeous, charming Carson -- and throws away everything important to her, trying to keep him. ACK!!!! I know exactly how she feels! Rachel Vail absolutely captures the feelings (fantastic AND devastating) you have when the most important thing in your life is this one special relationship, and even when you KNOW you shouldn't do stuff (call him constantly, IM him, ask him what's wrong, cry in front of him) you just can't help it, you are nuts and obsessed and lost all track of who you used to be. I love Josie. I love this book. It just came out yesterday and my mom got it for me and I read it last night without looking up from it once! I couldn't stop! I just had to find out what happened... and now I can't wait to read it again.
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By Klb1991 on August 9, 2011
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Waste of time book. The ending was AWFUL like someone rushed her to finish it, what about Michael? He actually loved her and she and the author literally just wrote him off like he never meant a thing. Waste of time and money to read this stupid book, would NOT recommend!
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I am quite used to reading soppy happy romances but personally this one of the few books that left me pondering for a minute. This book is not for everyone. In the beginning it plays off as being your typical Girl dislikes Boy, Boy goes after girl, Girl eventually likes Boy. But at the moment when it seemed like everything was going to work out, everything changed. This book plays on the heartbreaking side of love. I noticed many people didn't really like the ending of the book. But I found that it played off perfectly. After ending this book I was utterly devastated but after a while you realize that she moved on. In the end it didn't really matter that she didn't end up with Micheal. If she had it would've seemed like she wasn't actually in love with the guy that broke her heart. She needed time to heal which is understandable. Although this isn't my favorite book, I feel that the author did an amazing job portraying the emotions of the characters and making them easy to understand.
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Format: Paperback
Okay, I would like to talk to the author and ask her what the deal was? When I first started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. VERY interesting! Loved the story! Could relate. Loved Josie and the way she could be cool when talking to guys. Loved the use of "You, maybe". That was PRICELESS!! I could never do that! That was so funny. I wish I had the courage to be like that in high school. (I'm 26 now.) Anyway, I really loved reading the book, but I HAVE to say, it's really bugging me. It ended really bad. The book just needs 1 more chapter. I was sooo hoping for Josie to end up with Michael and it would have a wonderful happy ending. I can't believe it ended the way it did. There needs to be a sequal. But then again, it really only needs one more chapter I think, not a whole other book. I'd like to know what the author was thinking in not having a good ending. Real life is too dissapointing as it is, books need to have wonderful happy endings.
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Format: Kindle Edition
If you want to be annoyed about the poor portrayal of teenage girls read this book. The star of the book was great. A strong strong female character, that has an idea of who she is. Then suddenly the cool senior gives her the time of day. She suddenly goes against everything she is, because a guy likes her. Sure I know girls can be crazy over guys but is this what we want to be the accepted behavior? Also is this the way we expect teenage guys today?

Overall
Characters had potential and then fizzled.
Story started out great but the writer went in the wrong direction.
The authors writing style is great, just needs work on building characters and completing a story.
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