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High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the papHigh school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos....

Title : Teen Idol
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ISBN : 9780060096182
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Number of Pages : 293 Pages
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Teen Idol Reviews

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    2019-04-08 12:49

    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !Beware spoilers ahead!DNFI had read this book back in September 2015. I was going through a Meg Cabot funk and I was really excited to read this. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.The book begins with a piece from Dear Annie. A girl was having a dilemma with her grandmother. Her grandmother thought that everything said girl had an interest in is going to send her to Hell. The girl has no idea what to do. Annie responds saying that her grandmother is crazy and that she's already in Hell, it's called high school.We are then taken to the first chapter in which Jenny is in class. A couple of the boys want to play a prank on their teacher so they steal her favourite doll and go to hide it somewhere. This upsets Jenny because she knows how important that doll is to her teacher. Jenny tries to express her concerns to her best friend (I've forgotten her name). But said best friend brushes it off claiming that the teacher will be fine.That's about as much as I read. I found it surprising that Jenny was nice whenever you interacted with her for example she really did care about that doll, but when she was Dear Annie she was absolutely rude. I know that in media they portray high school as such, and while it isn't rainbows and sunshine, it's not like Hell. I just found that stupid. And yes that girl's grandmother was weird to consider everything her granddaughter liked Hell worthy, that still doesn't mean you have the right to call someone's grandmother nuts. Even if it's true she doesn't right to say that.Overall this was not a good book. I cannot bring myself to recommend this.

  • Tabatha
    2019-03-22 16:38

    You can check out more reviews by me on my blog:I liked this book, in ways that I really didn't think I would. I had pre-conceived ideas about Teen Idol (I mean, reading the back cover synopsis who wouldn't?) But Meg Cabot did something she tends to do a lot --something I tend to forget and therefore don't give her credit for-- she surprised me! (view spoiler)[I mean, come on! I can guarantee thatat least99% of reader assumed that Jenny -- the main character-- was going to fall for the super hot, super famous Luke... Only she didn't! The reason why? She had already fallen head over heels for a certain someone, a certain someone who shared the same taste in literature as her (which,believe meisn't easy to find --a guy with the same taste in books--) and could cook!(hide spoiler)]And, Cabot really intrigued me by making sure that not only did I not realise Jen wasn't falling for Luke for a while --she was too busy realising she was already in love with the cute editor-in-cheif of the school newspaper-- but that thereasonI didn't realise this was because Jenny herself didn't realise it..It was cute, and if you're looking for a light read then this is the perfect choice!Over and out, T x["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    2019-04-20 12:23

    DNF at 30% because:- The story narrator is supposed to be sixteen, but she sounds twelve- The audiobook narrator has the most irritating voice I've ever heard- Dull, dull, dull, dull- Plot's going nowhere, and it's doing it slowly- Everyone's been fooled by the super famous Hollywood star's awesome disguise of ... glasses- Hollywood star gets labelled 'sensitive' because he stands up for someone who is being bullied. No, that makes him a fucking human being. Nope. Just nope.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-04-12 15:52

    This was every bit of what I expected from Meg Cabot. Yeah, the setup is beyond unlikely and not just the celebrity vising the high school part. But all the unlikely bits make perfect sense in a fun story with people I came to care about and an engaging plot. And, of course, Jenny was a lot of fun to spend time with and joining her while she learns who she wants to be and what she's going to make important in her life was just outstanding.

  • Mishma
    2019-03-27 13:33

    Teen Idol was the book which changed my opinion of ‘pink covered books’.After going through a lot of hideously pink covered ‘Mary Kate and Ashley’s and ‘Hannah Montana’s in the library shelves,I was actually disgusted with the colour pink.So you can imagine my eagerness to read Teen Idol.Note my sarcasm.It was also my first book by Meg Cabot.And from what they say “First impressions are the best ones”,I thought she is one of those authors who write nonsense.But,boy,I was wrong.Teen Idol was absolutely amazing and Meg Cabot was equally wonderful.Line to line,page to page,this book made me smile.The first thing I loved in this book,was Jen.She was so normal and the kind of a girl,I’ll admire immediately.In fact,in times I saw myself in her.From the way she runs to everyone’s aid to the way he gets along with everyone.she was a lot like me.Well,scratch that ‘like’,I was as if I am experiencing the story myself.Unlike many other books,the hero didn’t grab me.It was not as if I didn’t like Scott,or even Luke for that matter.I liked them both,but not as much as Jen.I enjoyed Teen Idol greatly.It was like going through a personal experience.I had depth.that can be only understood if you think about it twice after you read it.

  • T.K.
    2019-04-05 17:35

    Though there were some good messages here, I didn't love the repeating theme that all teen sex is normal and fine, just use a condom. I'm sure I was more sensitive to it as my 13-year-old was reading it to me, but I still think that's irresponsible in a book so very clearly geared to tweens. Hearing this story was akin to being trapped in a 12-year-old's silly fantasy: intelligence-insulting and way too long.

  • Mireille
    2019-04-12 16:46

    Oh, I just really liked this. I loved Jen, and how she was mayonnaise and secret sauce, and how she wielded so much power through niceness. I liked her secret identity a lot, and how she cared about her latin teacher's doll, of all things. I really liked that a hot movie star came to school - secretly! identity porn! - and that he became friends with our heroine but was clearly not meant to be her love interest. And Scoooott, I thought he was so dreamy, with the reading of dystopian books as a means of seduction. (This would also work on me, fyi, I mean, if anybody wants to seduce me.) I liked the growing up everybody does (Trina and Steve! "Anything you want, baby, I love you!" Cara! Obviously Jenny herself!).And I liked how it ended with a girl saying she wants to be President, because it seemed like a good omen for today. I'M WITH HER.

  • Nasty Lady MJ
    2019-03-28 09:43

    To see full review and Hollywood Analysis click here: often forget about Teen Idol and it's not because it's a bad book, in comparison's to Meg's other titles this one is sort of....well, just there.The book itself has fairly decent characters and it the storyline is solid enough. But it's nothing special. And perhaps that's what my problem with it is.The plot is pretty generic, good girl Jen's life is changed when movie star Luke Striker shows up in her small town and shakes up things. Honestly, while I am glad that Cabot didn't go the cliche route of having Jen and Luke end up together, I really wondered what Luke's purpose was other than to be a catalyst. Couldn't Jen come up with the conclusion that things in her life weren't perfect? From what was happening in her life before Luke's intervention, I believe she could. But I guess the book wouldn't have sold if he hadn't made an appearance.Also, another big issue I had with Luke was who he ended up with. Geri was a quasi horrible bitchy character. And while it was true she was nowhere near the likes of Lana Weinberger, I still didn't like that all the boys-including Scott-seemed to like her. Especially Luke who seemed to be about seeing someone's natural beauty. Geri just seemed to be this brash kind of bitchy character. She wasn't terrible, but I just don't see her Luke let alone Scott.As for Scott, the love interest in the novel, I didn't like him as much as some of Cabot's other heros. He wasn't awful. He was nice. He cooked. And I liked that, I just felt like I didn't get to know him that well. And while I understand why Jen liked him, I wished their relationship would've been more developed.Things I really did like about this book: the fact that it was a stand alone. While I do like series, it was nice to read something where I didn't have to wait for a sequel. And I really liked how everything was wrapped up in this book. Plus, did I mention it had a nice message that wasn't overly preachy. Yes, that was nice. Plus, did I mention that there's show choir in this book. Yes, all you Gleeks there are some pretty funny show choir scenes in this book which makes me think they really need to bring on Meg Cabot as a consultant for Glee. Best Feature: Not Your Typical Hollywood Story: This book isn't what I expect, meaning I thought Luke and Jen were going to fall in love with each other. No, that didn't happen. And I liked that in a weird way, but at the same time I really had to wonder what was Luke's purpose other than being Jen's Jiminy Cricket. Still though, despite Luke's lack of a role to the story, I liked that it wasn't cliche.Worst Feature: Meh. As far as Meg Cabot novels go, this is a good book. But it's not that memorable. While I think there was a good message in the novel. I just....I wanted something more. I honestly, felt while the foundation was there, there was just something off about the book that it never reached its potential. Perhaps, it was how Luke was handled as a character and for that matter who he ended up with.Appropriateness: This is a pretty clean novel. There is some bullying that goes on in the book, but other than that I can't think of anything remotely inappropriate. In fact, I would recommend this book for teens because of the bullying issues that go on in the book. I love the message this book tries to send without being overly preachy.

  • Marlee
    2019-03-20 12:52

    Well, I'm hit-and-miss with Meg Cabot. I love love love All-American Girl, but I'm so very disappointed in the premise of the following title that I refuse to read it. The Princess Diaries did not interest me, and Avalon High didn't immediately capture my interest. Anywho, I did not have extremely high hopes for Teen Idol, but I was hoping for a nice little light, predictable teen romance.It's pretty much just that, but with random messages of social change that are really quite annoying. This book makes being "just the nice girl" seem like the worst thing in the world. In order to be a good person, this book claims, you must break whatever rules you don't happen to like, and boss people around. I kind of understood the point Cabot was trying to make, about not being a pushover who's always just fueling the negatives when they're really trying to make things better, but it seemed that the main character was becoming a jerk.Teen Idol is not fully what you would expect if you look at the back cover. I thought the novel would be more about Jenny as an advice columnist on her school paper, and helping the star. Early on, his identity is revealed and the story shifts to the "social change" thing and Jenny's "complicated" relationship with the guy she should obviously be with.Final rant: You know it's bad when a book's syntax is so obvious that it's detracting from your focus on the actual story. Well the story goes a lot like this - with hyphens - all over the place ... and it gets confusing - the story, I mean. (How many times could she use the phrase "I mean"? !!!!!!) I suppose this is part of the character's voice, but it is excruciating to read at times. You should never be struggling to understand a book like this, but at times I caught myself trying to keep things straight simply because it was like a math problem, with parentheses within parentheses within brackets.After all that, I have to say the story had some nice twists and somewhat complex characters. If you like Meg Cabot's stuff, you'll like this. But once you've read one, you've read them all, and I'd suggest that one be All-American Girl, not Teen Idol.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-16 17:40

    Reviewed by Spreeha for TeensReadToo.comJenny Greenly has been everybody's best friend or, like her REAL best friend called her, mayonnaise. She even helps out people with them not knowing it's her. You see, Jen is the secret advisor, Annie, who people go to to solve their personal relationships. She does the layout and the other secret thing (being Annie) for the Clayton High School Register in Clayton, Indiana. Of course, only the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a few other administrators of the school know about the Ask Annie thing. But something very big is about to happen in the small town of Clayton. Nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker is coming to this town to research a role for a big project coming up. So the school suggested Jenny be the one to show Luke around the school and keep this whole deal a secret. They decided for him to be a transfer student named Lucas Smith. Jen thought that Luke was going to be coming in like a week -- not the very next day! Anyway, Jen is not the type of person who gets star struck by a CELEBRITY! But I guess this was a very first for her. As she got to spend more time with Luke she seemed comfortable around him and didn't think he was one of those people who are just snotty, mean, and self-centered. But will Luke turn out to be someone Jen didn't think he was going to be? Will she blow his cover with a little mistake or will Luke manage to do that on his own? Find out! This book is so awesome! It's just so many things happening that you feel like you're totally in the moment! I personally think that Meg Cabot's books are really good and just right on with the every day life of teens.

  • Miriam Mathew
    2019-04-20 12:41

    Sweet and romantic. I found it extremely satisfying. This is one of those reads when after a tiring day, you just lean back against your couch, prop your feet up on a stool and start to read. It was nice to see that the heroine- a character who always has to be the "nice" person, grow up into someone who can actually take a stand. I found Luke and Scott extremely lovable as well; they're just perfect.

  • Elissa
    2019-03-28 14:25

    (3.5 stars) Okay, this was cute. The story was actually a decent one, and not what I expected when it comes to "celebrity heartthrob goes undercover at local high school and interacts with the normal students" because that usually means that there's a celebrity-falling-for-a-mortal plot. This was refreshingly different! Jen Greenley, an ordinary junior in her small Indiana school, is the anonymous student newspaper columnist Ask Annie. Because she can keep a secret so well, the school administration asks her to keep some exciting news on the down-low: Luke Striker, 19-year-old Hollywood celebrity, is coming to their small town for two weeks to research a role, and want her to be his student guide. Meg Cabot, unfortunately, sounds the same no matter what. Her Jen Greenley's voice and style is the exact same as Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries. Her writing is also very conversational, which helps Jen/Mia to sound like a typical 17-year-old, but can be pretty irritating. Probably 80% of her sentences started off with "And" "So" "Anyway" and "But." Still, short cute read, nice palette cleanser before going on to something heavier.

  • Paige Miller
    2019-04-04 13:28

    Very good. Please try it! I loved it. Girl next door gets to be a movie star's school guide, discovers her love has been with her all along.

  • Lint
    2019-04-20 17:45

    Dear Annie,I love him. He doesn't know I'm alive. What do I do now?Desperate-Dear Desperate,When you figure that out, could you please let me know?Because I haven't the foggiest idea.AnnieJenJen's your typical 'girl-next-door.' She's nice, she's caring and she will always be there to wipe your tears. Jen was, what you would call, a 'goody-two-shoes,' and could get away with a few things.Luke, a teenage heart throb, and once he got to know her a little, had told Jen that she could make a difference to the school, which happened to lack respect and courtesy.She was on the school newspaper because she was "Ask Annie" and gave advice to those who sent for help. Jen actually had a truthful and trustful nature, maing it easier for people to like her.At times, her advice was funny and I think her responses were pretty good.ScottScott's parents split, making him move to another place with his mother. Then one day, he came back to Clayton High, seemingly giving his father a chance, and started to live with him.He's apparently the 'geeky' type and worked at the newspaper thingo as well. He, and a few other staff members, knew that "Ask Annie" was in fact Jen.I actually liked Scott. He was pretty laid back and, to be honest, was way more attractive than Luke.TrinaAt first I was like, "WTF, bro?"But then I realised that's how she is. Crazily, overly obsessed with Luke Striker, a guy she will never have.Then I was like, what a son of a bitch.I hated her. I really, really, really, really, really, - words cannot express how much I didn't like her. Trina was a self absorbed, using bitch that used Steve and didn't care for Jen.SMH.But even when she apologised, I still didn't like her. At all. I still don't.LukeLuke was alright, I mean, I thought he was supposed to be hot? I guess he was but I didn't fall for him one. Tiny. Bit.He was annoying, bossy and confusing. But I liked how he cared for people and cared for 'making a difference.'Yeah...that's all I got.OverallThis book was a light read - I read it in, like, a few hours.I liked Scott, disliked Trina.No, what I liked was when Jen stopped being nice and started being straight forward. I don't know why she wasn't like that in the first place.Anyways, I have no idea why I read this and now I'm going to stop because I have nothing to say...type? Whatever.

  • Sidi Bao
    2019-04-10 09:40

    I really enjoyed it! It was quite different to the books I usually read but I'm quite happy I ventured outside the box. The ending really surprised me and I can't say I liked it very much but overall, this book was interesting and exciting! :D

  • Steph Su
    2019-04-07 09:48

    Even better than The Princess Diaries series, TEEN IDOL is the story about a girl-next-door who learns to use her influence to change the world. (Okay, not the world. But at least the people at her high school.) Nice girl Jenny Greenley has a secret position on the school newspaper: she's Ask Annie, the unofficial school psychologist who gives advice to anyone who writes in. Only the school administrators and Scott Bennett, her friend and the newspaper's editor-in-chief, know about her extra job. Jenny is good at keeping secrets and not making a big deal out of things; that's why the administration chooses her to be the student guide for Luke Striker, a famous teen actor who's going undercover at Jenny's high school in order to research how normal high school students act for his next movie. If it had been anyone else being the guide, “Lucas’” secret would have been out and at the mercy of the high school’s extremely silly girls, including Jenny’s best friend, super-devoted fan Trina.Through unforeseeable circumstances, Luke's real identity is exposed, and he jets it back to Hollywood--and safety. Before he goes, however, he gives Jenny a challenge: everybody likes her, why not use her power to inflict social change at her high school? Doubtful, Jenny nevertheless tries to speak up more. The results are incredible. She gets Trina mad at her, helps turn a class laughingstock's life around, and stands up for herself for the first time in her life. The only problem is that with her newfound courage, she realizes she might be falling in love…with Scott. As with all of Meg Cabot's books, TEEN IDOL has romance, humor, a bit of ridiculousness, and a happy ending. Jenny is a likeable protagonist, while Scott is a sweetheart. Fans of her other books will by no means be disappointed by this sweet tale.

  • Lanie
    2019-04-20 12:38

    Well. This was pretty.... "Meh" feeling. You know what I mean? I shelved it under "realistic fiction" but that might be a BIT of a stretch. I found "teen idol" far fetched and silly. Which might have been the point, but really, I mostly just found it tedious and dull. The romance seemed forced with little chemistry. Both Scott and Luke were ok as far as Young Adult male characters go (so many are creepy stalker asshats) but both were pretty underdeveloped and bland.Seriously? Why is he called "sensitive"? He was only doing what any decent person would do, and that was feel bad about those jerks being mean to Cara & Ms. M.... But he still didn't do anything for them did he? He told Jen to do something. Not what I would call sensitive. & if he eats fish & whatever was in that food Scott brought for lunch, then he's not a fucking vegetarian! Wtf? Why even say that? Sorry. I'm a vegan, so this kinda thing really ticks me off.Jen's voice really irritated me. For some who claims to be as well read as her, she sure usually a lot of junk words. Like, you know, I mean. The sorts of words and phrases that teachers always tell you leave out of your essays? Seriously, I almost didn't finish the book because of it. It doesn't read well. And why the hell is she taking Latin and French classes?Was there anything I did like? Well, I did like mentions of famous books and writers. That's always fun. And the dear Annie letters in between chapters were really nice. And the book wasn't Terrible.... Just not great. It was kinda cute, but it was more boring and Annoying then it was entertaining. At least for me. Maybe younger tweener fangirls might enjoy this more, but it simply wasn't for me. I look forward to trying "Avalon high" though. :)

  • Andrea Hussey
    2019-04-14 14:41

    Another typical Meg Cabot book. I just don’t like it because it’s so unrealistic and childish. Like a young girl wishing to be with a movie star, the whole princess, fairy tale type thing that I just don’t go for. Meg Cabot is all about these plots that would never happen in real life. How many movie stars would come to somebody’s high school like this?And the style is writing is the most annoying I’ve ever read. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be funny or what, but having the character say, “I mean” after everything she says like we can’t follow a simple sentence is annoying. It’s also insulting to my intelligence. I don’t know if Mag Cabot’s mind works this way or not, like she has to remind herself what she’s talking about constantly, but I can follow along quite easily, and I don’t need to be reminded of It would go something like this:I didn’t want to go to the dance at all. It’s not like they even had good food. So I decided not to go, to the dance I mean.WTH?!?!?!?!?!?!?Why would you have to specify what you were talking about WHEN YOU HAD JUST SAID IT! Does she think we’ve forgotten the topic of conversation in a second’s time?I won’t be reading any more of her books, except maybe the series with Hades if my library gets it in, but otherwise I’m staying away from the rest of her books, with unlikeable characters, bad writing style, barely any of a plot, and unrealistic occurrences with movie stars, actresses, models and every type of fanciful thing that makes for a slightly childish book.

  • Aiman Rahim
    2019-03-25 16:38

    The only reason I continued reading this book when I started it was because I had high expectations...Until I found myself on the last page.The plot BORED me. It was just too predictable. Meg Cabot can come up with such awesome story lines for her books yet decided to make this cliché with no purpose. Time for inconveniences!The only disguise for a superstar who everyone knows is a damn pair of glasses. Sunglasses. What ever. And it works. Wow, just wow.This girl (main character) is well known for her Godly trustworthiness and Teacher's Pet material. So much that teachers give her the job of being this Ask Anne thingy. Which she is bad at.This book would've been so much more better is she told her bestie about Luke Striker/Lucas Smith and then her bestie would tell everyone else.Why did people start calling Cara a cow in the first place? Plot never explained that. The MC is such a popular person. Unfortunately, she is a naive dimwit and cant use her popularity properly. If she did, Cara would've been better ages ago.This random teacher has a mental disorder and is obsessed with a doll. She shouldn't be a teacher without this condition being solved. And she should put her precious doll in a safer place.Didn't anyone think about asking Lucas/Luke about his sunglasses? Ever?Plus, isn't he meant to be paying the MC to keep his identity secret?This book wastes your life. Don't, just don't.

  • Deondra Cherry
    2019-03-22 09:37

    Meg Cabot’s “Teen Idol” was one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read. In this book Jenny has to try to keep teen star, Luke’s, identity a secret. It turns out this wouldn’t be as easy as she thought.I’ve never been able to relate to a book as much as I do now. Just like Jenny, I often help a lot of people with their problems. I know how hard it is to keep secrets, that are worth telling. This book is also relatable to “ How to be Popular”, also by Meg Cabot. In this book both of the lead characters fall for unexpected people. In this book the lead female, Jenny, has to help so many people with their problems, that she doesn’t have time for her own. Luke, the lead male, is a childhood star who can’t go anywhere without being mobbed by girls. Just like me, Jenny is a people pleaser. Luke pushes Jenny to change. Jenny has no clue how much power she has. I highly recommend this book to anyone. If you like usual high school experiences with a twist, then I highly suggest this book. I would give this book five out of five starts, on a scale from one to ten, a one hundred!

  • Kylah Polidore
    2019-03-31 13:49

    OMG this book is amazing. As soon as I started I wanted Jen with Scott. I like Luke's character he was funny, I wasn't a fan of Trina and Geri Lynn. But the book was funny and really good. I'm so happy Scott and Jen are together and how Jen was actually speaking her mind. Luke with Geri Lynn was a surprise but that means Jen can be with Scott so yay!! :)

  • Trinia
    2019-04-09 12:44

    Ok, I’m probably a bit old for this book but I really enjoyed listening to this one. It was a cute teen high school story that was full of good lessons and many “aww” moments. I’ll be checking out more of Meg Cabot for when I need a little pick me up :)

  • May
    2019-04-02 17:22

    My #1 Meg Cabot book for no deeper reasons but the fact that I just really like it. MC has a great ability to make first person narratives actually bearable, and even, enjoyable.

  • Lindsey CB8
    2019-04-03 09:44

    very good, page turner

  • Muse-ic ♬
    2019-04-12 15:25

    2.5. I listened to this on audio and that is not what I didn't like about it. I really enjoy audio books. What I didn't like was the ending....mostly.I shall now begin ranting.So I'm a total sucker for books where the snotty stuck-up celebrity/popular person falls in love with the normal-ish everyday main character.Before you ask, yes that did happen in the book.....but was it with our main character Jenny Greenley? NO!Was it with some dumb stupid senior girl named Geri who we barely know anything or even care about?! YES! Seriously we don't know that much about her. There was barely any characterization there! She is a senior and she was dating Scott.....the end. Any other facts that I'm missing? NONE! Because there are none to mention.That pissed me off so bad!And that's not the main reason I hated it. WHO THE HELL FALLS IN LOVE OVER THE FREAKING PHONE?Yes people that is EXACTLY what happened.Our beautifully handsome sexy and kind male celebrity Luke Striker was phoning Geri very often to check on Jenny, and then their conversations slowly switched to talking about Geri and then Geri/Luke combo. They fell in love over the phone. Is that not the stupidest romantic outcome ever?! First off, Luke never bothered to associate with Geri before. He always hung around Jenny and mainly talk to Jenny. Geri only "loves" him because he's a hot and sought-after celebrity. There is no way she can fancy herself in love with him, or him her, for that matter.When I heard that part, my eyes went wide. I was so tempting to look at the screen of my Mp3, scream "WHAT?" and risk being dubbed crazy by my family, and chuck the device across the room. On top of that Luke ditched his Spring Fling/Prom date (Jenny). Even if she gave him permission, who does that? finish the night then go get a room with the stupid hormonal senior girl!On to the Scott situation. I can sort of see why Jenny would fall in love with Scott, but he didn't have much characterization either. More than Geri, but still.I think my ranting is over.I find it cool that Jenny is "Ask Annie". I also find it interesting that her personality/outgoingness changed by the end of the book. I liked the change. Except how she was being sort of mean as Ask Annie. She didn't have to switch her hidden and real personas. She could have staying nice and helpful in both....guess not.I am confused by the relevance of the Betty-Ann doll. The Senior Prank? It was an interesting touch but didn't have much importance.The Cara Schlosberg case: sad yet inspiring. Good of Jenny to do some helping in the spotlight instead of behind the scenes.Catrina "Trina". She finally realized that Steve was her "soul mate". only know you love her when you let her go....In this case it's "him". It was really mean of her to take advantage of him like that. At least Jenny made her open her eyes. I loved their reunion! It was so cute!I didn't like her "I hate Jenny" episode. At least she came out of it and realized she made a mistake.There definitely could have been more characterization of Jenny's family.I love Luke. Even though his head didn't seem to be screwed on right when he fell in love OVER THE PHONE! Sorry....I will never get over that.He's hot (of course) and he isn't stuck-up. I liked that he actually cared about what happened at Clayton and in high schools in general. It was rather stupid of him to take his shirt off though.Mr. Hall is a self-loving jerk face of a teacher who I don't like. The Troubadours bit was funny. A nice touch.I was liking this book mostly until the end. I didn't hate it, but it definitely annoyed me!

  • Briza
    2019-04-02 11:43

    (Warning: contains spoilers)I have read so many books (okay, four so far, including this one) written by Meg Cabot, and this… This book is amazing. Though, not amazing as the "Airhead" series, in which I have come to love through the first few pages of the book, which I will soon be reading again. There were many things I like about “Teen Idol” and very few little things that I disliked. So, before I go on about my likes and dislikes on this book, here is what I predicted:I was expecting that the main character, Jenny Greenley, was going to complain (or just talk) about her life and how easy-going (or rather boring) it was—that is, until some famous star shows up at her high school and made her life topsy-turvy, too much for her to handle. But just as soon as he arrives, she slowly starts to fall in love with him, starting by his charm.But once I read this book, boy was I wrong.1) Jenny Greenley is not the type to complain about how boring her life was. She doesn’t even complain about the things that are going on in her high school (things in high school are tough!) nor stand up to it. In fact, she is quiet the opposite actually. Instead of going against others, she agrees with most of the things that people all around her say since she is “Jen Greenley and everybody’s best friend”… That is until famous big star Luke Striker, “star of the silver screened and lover scorned”, changes her point of views, and 2) She did not fall in love with Luke Striker (or vice versa), which really shocked me the most in this story. If you have read this story then I know exactly how you feel because he lead us on, all of us. Even Jenny seemed pretty convinced for a moment at the dance, that is, until he walked off with another girl from her high school. But even as that event happened, only one thing came into my mind: OH. MY. GOSH.Wow, what an amazing plot twist that was.The only thing that I disliked from this story was that it ended too early for me. It must have ended too early because I couldn’t stop reading this book—I read it all in a day! My favorite parts of the story are the ‘Ask Annie’ Pages. They are my favorite parts of the story because not only does ‘Annie’ give good advice to her readers (“You know. Life's short. If you don't try new things, you'll never know what you're best at. And you can only make time for new things by quitting the things you know don't work for you”), but Meg Cabot is also offering her advice through the story. And I, for one, gladly accept.I recommend this book to people who like to read books like the “Airhead” series and Esperanza Rising (which is another good book that I strongly recommend).

  • Myra Sullivan
    2019-04-12 17:52

    Jenny Greenley is "Ask Annie", the writer behind the advice column in the school newspaper. Jenny handles everybody's problems and always makes sure to smooth things over, thus making her everyone's friend. But when teen heartthrob and superstar Luke Striker comes to their small town, Jenny finds out that maybe it's more important to stand up for what you believe in than to try and make the rest of the world happy.Ugh. Big disappointment. :/ I read 70/30. That is, 70% for plot and 30% for writing. Meg Cabot's writing is as fun, hilarious, and easy as ever, but the plot really let me down. From the blurb, I completely expected the story to go one way...and it went another. ENTIRELY. The book teaches a valuable lesson to pre-teens and teens alike, but I expected a lot more out of it. It's a likeable book and to be fair, the story is still nice. just didn't go the way I wanted it to. And yes, that's enough for me to give it two stars. I told you, I read for plot. :/ And while the story was nice, it was so...simple. It seemed to be thrown together with very little effort. Maybe that's me being harsh but that's what it felt like. With Cabot's other books (Heather Wells series, Airhead series, even the Princess Diaries series) you can tell of the insane amount of work the author put into them. You can tell of how those stories really do require a lot of talent and effort. The plot twists were things I never could've come up with. But this book? I totally could've done it myself. :/ In fact...anybody could have. All in all, it's a sweet, quick (VERY quick) read that will probably leave you with a nice little smile. :) There were also moments in the book when I literally had to put it down because I was laughing so hard. I've found that only Meg Cabot books can elicit that sort of reaction from me. But definitely not one of her more impressive works.

  • Natali
    2019-04-08 16:32

    Okay, first things first. I have some odd connections to the main characters of the story. Usually, I'll find a book where it's like, "omg! They like acting too? And they like photography? What a coinky-dink!" But there were some seriously weird connections to me and this main character. 1) She lives in Indiana. 2) She loves reading and finds the chance to argue about them with anyone. 3) She is also in show choir. 4) She is also an alto. 5) She is a junior in high school. 6) She is on her school's newspaper, which I had decided to join before reading this book. 7) Now I don't mean to sound conceited or arrogant, but I'm just going to be honest: I'm the nice girl. With everyone other than my close friends, I'm nice. I get along with everyone. I don't really say anything bad about anyone (except when I'm with close friends). And personality wise, I really saw myself within the main character. I'm sure that no one else with understand this book or get as much as I did, because it's a typical girl book. It's Meg Cabot. Not to bash on Meg Cabot because I love her, but she writes typical girl books! The plot line wasn't riveting or deep. The characters were kind of one-dimensional and it wasn't that hard to read. So you can choose to read this book, or not. Whatever you decide is up to you. Because I can't really recommend this book to someone without having a bit of a biased opinion. But from what I can tell you, it was the perfect way to kick off my summer reading and I loved it in its own special way.

  • Ruhama
    2019-03-31 14:46

    Jen cannot believe that Luke Striker (of TV and movie fame) is coming to her high school in her podunk town in Indiana. AND that she’s been asked to keep his identity a secret while showing him around as he observes what a day in the life of a high school student is like.Eventually his cover is blown, and girls everywhere are screaming that they love him and they can’t believe that Jen knows him, etc. etc. Jen also decides to take a stand and not be the nice girl that everyone likes anymore—she’s going to affect social change at her high school. She also is in love with the editor of the school newspaper, which she happens to work for, partly as layout editor and partly as the secret Ask Annie column. All in all, Jen has a lot going on in her life.This book was a bit of a disappointment to me—felt formulaic and stale. I love the concept of Jen and what she goes through, but Cabot seems to be writing what people want, not what she’s fully capable of. Several times Jen’s thoughts were stilted and her slang didn’t jive. I also felt like I was reading a cross between Dear Lovey Hart I’m Desperate and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. This book will check out—readers will see “Meg Cabot” and snatch it up—but don’t be surprised if they tell you they were disappointed by it.

  • Diana
    2019-04-09 09:39

    Teen IdolBy Meg Cabot320 pgsHarperTrophyISBN: 0060096187Jenny Greenley, a high school junior, is the greatest at keeping secrets. Because of this ability, she's the anonymous advice columnist in the school newspaper. She's so good at keeping secrets that she's the only one who knows the true identity of Mr. Hot Hot Hollywood star, Luke Striker. Because Luke makes it so difficult, soon everyone, meaning everyone, knows his secret and Jenny is involved in this big chaos.I like the writing style of Meg Cabot because she makes me feel like I'm Jenny Greenley. She makes it seem like I'm the one who knows the secret about Luke Striker and that I'm the one who is in the big chaos. I can just imagine how it'd be like if I know a famous star in the future and how I would feel.I would recommend this book to anyone because anyone would like this book. There's no specific audience to this book and I think that everyone who reads this book would like it. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet a famous star? And that you're the only one who knows about it? In other words, you have this star ALL TO YOURSELF! Who wouldn't want to know how this feels?