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Review: Barbie Girl - Heidi Acosta

Barbie Girl (Baby Doll, #1)

Review: Barbie Girl - Book #1 Baby Doll Series - Heidi Acosta - November 2012
This is a book that I have had on my kindle for years and I brought it originally as I loved the cover. Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta is an Edgy YA novel and shows readers not to judge others by what they look like on the exterior as in this book we have two female leads Barbie and Katie. Barbie is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she looks rough and there are always rumors about her flying around that she has done drugs and sleeps around whereas Katie gets the perfect grades, has a good family and looks wholesome and clean as she is saving herself supposedly for marriage. The truth is though that these girls couldn't be as different from the facade they put out. Barbie is failing in maths and so she gets a tutor - Dylan whom they were friends in second grade. As the book goes along, Dylan agrees to help Barbie on the condition she can help make Katie fall in love with him. Barbie agrees as she needs to pass so she can make a life out of the trailer park for her autistic brother and herself. I loved this part as some of Barbie's stories resonated with my own upbringing including having a sibling with autism. During the book though Dylan starts to have feelings for Barbie, she won't let him in and he gets jealous as Barbie is becoming good friends with Dylan's BFF Third. I have to say I hated Dylan's character as he judged too much whereas his best friend actually got to see the real Barbie and her family and accepted her for who she really was. This was a good edgy YA Novel filled with angst and showed us that beautiful on the outside doesn't necessarily mean you are beautiful and a nice person on the inside aka Don't judge a book by its cover.

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