Review: Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Posted 1 May, 2011 by Danny in / 4 Comments

Girl Wonder
by Alexa Martin (website)
copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Publication: May 3rd 2011 by Hyperion Book CH
amazon (Hardcover)
synopsis from goodreads

As if transferring senior year weren’t hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda’s equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she’s keeping a secret Charlotte doesn’t want to know.

Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

Oh this book was really amazing!

This is the story about Charlotte who is surrounded by a smart and successful family. Her mom is a Professor, her dad a popular author and her little brother is a super genius which is why the moved into a new town so that James can attent a school for gifted people. Charlotte is smart too but she has a learning ability in math and is just a normal girl. But it truly doesn’t help that everyone thinks she is supposed to be real smart too.

Her new school is divided in a “normal” part and a part for advanced learning, but again she failed to get into those classed and had to go to the normal school. She somehow doesn’t fit anywhere right. But when Amanda a super smart, rich and very special girl takes her under her wings she feels suddenly right. Having a girlfriend everyone looks up too makes her feel more special. She also meets Neal one of the smarter boys and she crushes hard on him…

Awesome cast of characters, especially Charlotte!!

Gosh I loved Charlotte and I saw myself in her easily! She had this huge crush on Neal and when her dreams finally come true she cannot believe it. She would do anything for him, even keeping this relation secret. Soon she’s caught in a secret affair that moves ahead very fast, but Charlotte is too happy to see the flaws in this relation.

YA novel that deals with sexa and drugs 
in a perfect Teen appropriate way!

I’m pretty sure people wil shake their head over Charlotte’s actions, there is sex and drugs involved, so be warned. I however, found it absolutely real and honest. Teenager love is not always just kissing and soft romance and they all make mistakes and try out things. This is part of becoming an adult. Yet, Girl Wonder handled all this in a wonderful genuine way! This is what I loved most. the earnest way of Charlotte’s decisions. I could totally relate to her, although of course I know better today, I know how it was when I was 17!! The only thing that bothered me was the rushed ending which is why I only gave it 4.5 instead of a full 5 star rating!

Bottom Line

This is a wonderful book about finding your own way and making your own mistakes. The story is told in a beautiful earnest and genuine way which I can only recommend to put this one on your reading list and grab it as soon as it comes out!

How do you feel about books that deal with sexuality in a honest way and not just 
the simple kiss and touch feeling most YA novels deliver? 
I think it is important to speak about it, 
which is why I also loved so much “The Duff”.

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4 Responses to “Review: Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin”

  1. I honestly thought it was a paranormal, but I was enchanted by its cover. Contemporary YA remains my favourite genre, and I can't wait to read this!! This has been on my top-wishlist since I first saw it. Great review.

    As for your question, I also think it's important to address. ESPECIALLY if it's something that's centric or crucial for the story, for authenticity. So what I'm saying is, NECESSITY is key.

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  2. "Teenager love is not always just kissing and soft romance and they all make mistakes and try out things."

    I couldn't agree more. That was one of the things I liked most about The DUFF as well – Bianca was real and flawed and made some poor decisions as we all so often do. I like when there is realism and the author isn't afraid to acknowledge actions that most people would try to gloss over:) Looking forward to this one, thanks Danny!

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