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The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions
Contributor(s): Spalding, Amy
ISBN: 0316382787     ISBN-13: 9780316382786
Publisher: Poppy
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
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Annotation: Determined to win early acceptance into her first-choice Ivy League college in spite of those, including her friends and mother, who think she should enjoy her life more, Jules refocuses her attention on avenging herself in hilarious ways after a betrayal at the hands of a once-famous, ridiculously cute boy band member. Simultaneous eBook. 25,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015021419
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.95 lbs) 309 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Before socially awkward seventeen-year-old Jules started dating Alex, all that mattered to her was editing the school newspaper and getting into Brown. When Alex joins a new media group that's threatening the paper's existence, Jules feels betrayed and starts an all-out war, compromising her relationship and integrity. A well-paced plot and Jules's distinctive neurotic voice help balance the underdeveloped romance. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 January #2)

Spalding (Kissing Ted Callahan) adds an element of betrayal to the age-old theme of opposites attracting in this lively if somewhat stereotypical romance featuring a workaholic heroine and a former boy band idol. Jules's mind is on editing the school newspaper and getting into an Ivy League college when she begins her senior year, but when the school welcomes a new student, the once-famous pop star Alex Powell, she can't help being distracted, especially when it becomes clear than Alex, now intent on leading a normal life, wants more than just friendship with her. Before a romance can spring off the ground, Alex does something unforgivable: he joins the staff of the school's video news show, which is in direct competition with the school paper. Will Jules and Alex become archenemies, or will love conquer all? The answer brings both suspense and laughs. Characters and plot are painted in broad, bright strokes; Spalding has a quick, easy sense of humor; and while the resolution is perhaps too neatly packaged, it paves the way for an upbeat, gratifying ending. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

Gr 7–10—Jules McCallister-Morgan has first-world problems. It's her senior year, and this overachieving, neurotic, privileged perfectionist might possibly explode unless a few things happen first: 1) her favorite Ivy League school accepts her application, and 2) she becomes the new editor in chief of her high school's newspaper. Just as things seem to be going well for Jules, her senior year veers off course when she falls for a hot former boybander with a mysterious past. Then, a rival journalist creates a video newscast, throwing her beloved newspaper under the bus. Even her volunteer job as a dog walker is compromised. It doesn't take long before there is an all-out, vicious war between the print and the video journalists, with Jules at the helm. Spalding excels at creating flawed characters whose own issues and mistakes propel the plot forward. Readers will grind their teeth over some of Jules's narcissistic and selfish decisions, such as publishing a hurtful article about a person she really cares about and ignoring and lying to her best friend for months. Her change of perspective at the end feels a bit contrived but does create a satisfying end. Jules's two moms add a layer of diversity, but many readers will find this Los Angeles prep school drama difficult to relate to. VERDICT A cute and fluffy read, this book will appeal to those who want a gentle high school drama with a touch of romance.—Leighanne Law, Scriber Lake High School, WA

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 7–10—Jules McCallister-Morgan has first-world problems. It's her senior year, and this overachieving, neurotic, privileged perfectionist might possibly explode unless a few things happen first: 1) her favorite Ivy League school accepts her application, and 2) she becomes the new editor in chief of her high school's newspaper. Just as things seem to be going well for Jules, her senior year veers off course when she falls for a hot former boybander with a mysterious past. Then, a rival journalist creates a video newscast, throwing her beloved newspaper under the bus. Even her volunteer job as a dog walker is compromised. It doesn't take long before there is an all-out, vicious war between the print and the video journalists, with Jules at the helm. Spalding excels at creating flawed characters whose own issues and mistakes propel the plot forward. Readers will grind their teeth over some of Jules's narcissistic and selfish decisions, such as publishing a hurtful article about a person she really cares about and ignoring and lying to her best friend for months. Her change of perspective at the end feels a bit contrived but does create a satisfying end. Jules's two moms add a layer of diversity, but many readers will find this Los Angeles prep school drama difficult to relate to. VERDICT A cute and fluffy read, this book will appeal to those who want a gentle high school drama with a touch of romance.—Leighanne Law, Scriber Lake High School, WA

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