Review: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta (+ Giveaway)

I have the pleasure of bringing you a review of Barbie Girl as a part of the Xpresso Book Tour! Be sure to enter the giveaway below for an ebook of this awesome story.

Barbie GirlSource: Heidi Acosta/Xpresso Tours – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Heidi Acosta
Series: Barbie World #1
Edition: Ebook, 189 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

Barbie Girl is a nice little twist on the typical contemporary high school romance. Instead of giving us a cast of characters who are exactly what they seem and having it center around the girl, Barbie Girl gives us two main point of views and a surprising amount of depth.

Dylan is a quiet guy who takes pride in his school work and spends a good deal of his time with his friend Third. He’s managed to stay out of the way and instead of being picked on he’s invisible, until Barbie saunters into his life and demands to be tutored. A deal is struck and Barbie becomes his fake girlfriend to help catch the eye of the girl of his dreams. It sounds a bit cliche but there is a lot to this story that I didn’t expect. At the beginning of the book you kind of take these three at face value, you can’t help it. Dylan is the good kid, Third is the guy who tries way too hard, and Barbie is pure trouble. However a big part of this book is not seeing things in black and white, and you begin seeing the flaws and the problems that each of these characters really have. You get a glimpse of what they keep hidden and how they bring out the best in each other.

I loved the relationship that Dylan and Barbie have. It starts out in a rather unconventional way and given how different the two are I expected very little in the way of a true connection, but they really come together. Barbie, despite all of her flaws, has a good head on her shoulders and just wants the best for her little brother and she manages to give both Dylan and Third a much needed make over when it comes to confidence. I felt so torn for her because of her broken home, but at the same time I just wanted her to realize she was worth more than she thought. Dylan helps Barbie just as much she helps him.

There were a few places of editing mishaps but I enjoyed the story too much to truly care about it. It’s a quick read and I look forward to the next book in the series.

4 stars

Giveaway:

1 ebook of Barbie Girl to 1 winner. International giveaway. Ends on March 1st, 2013

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8 Responses to Review: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta (+ Giveaway)

  1. Vasiliki says:

    Sounds interesting. I’m glad i read your review and the synopses because i don’t think i would’ve paid much attention to a book called “Barbie Girl”, but i’m glad it’s not what i thought it was. I should stop judging books by their covers and titles.

  2. I am a fan of unconventional, and I think that I would like Dylan’s character a lot.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Delightful review and I was surprised about the amount of depth and different pov’s…i generally shy away from YA contemporaries but this has piqued my interest.

  4. Christy @ Love of Books says:

    I love the colorful cover of this one. And it sounds like a fun book. Great review!

  5. I gotta admit, when I read the title I almost let it pass, but it sounds like it is much more than a Barbie/Ken relationship.

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