Teen bookworm queens

| 10 May , 2009 | Reply

Teens seem to be the fashion right now, everything is about them.  I don’t recall it being like that when I was a teenager but may be it was and I just didn’t realise.

So for the teens who love to read, there are a stack of new books on shelves for you to get caught up in a fairytale world of being famous and wearing the ‘IT’ clothes and having the ‘IT lifestyle that we can only ever dream of.  I notice that this theme is very popular not just in the book world but the TV world.  Is it wrong to encourage this fantasy world in books when they get so much of it from the internet or TV already?  What I do know is reading is good for you, it expands your mind much more than the internet or TV does.  So here are a few teen books that are on bookshelves and ready to be gossiped over with your bestie.

InfamousFramedGossip Girl is a hit television show and I am a out and proud addict!  But before Blair, Serena and all the other rich socialites hit the screen, Gossip Girl was a best selling book series. I find the characters and their lives so addictive even though it is aimed at a younger age group.

So spinning off from Gossip Girl is “The It Girl” series of books. The lead character is little Jenny Humphey who has just started at a private, mixed and of course, sophisticated boarding school. Jenny dreams of being miss popular, but things don\’t start off as easily as she hopes.

Infamous is the seventh book in the series and sees Jenny survive the trial of the barn fire with only a few scratches, and has managed to make allies of the notorious Tinsley Carmichael and Callie Vernon in the process. Easy Walsh has been kicked out of Waverly once and for all, and Callie is struggling to keep it together in her love’s absence. But new friends Jenny and Tinsley have a plan to get her out of her funk: head to NYC over the Thanksgiving holiday for a little rest, relaxation, and pampering. And of course, a whole lot of trouble. But can the alliance between Jenny, Tinsley, and Callie last? They’re all beautiful, captivating, and a little crazy… and they all want to be Waverly’s It Girl.

PopPrincessFramedNext up is Pop Princess by writer Isabelle Merlin who also wrote the popular Three Wishes teen book last year. Isabelle loves the world of traditional fairytales and magical stories that were told to her by her French grandmother.

Her latest novel has an Aussie teen , Lucie Rees, being transported to an exciting job in Paris through a simple twist of fate.  Her job is as ‘friend’ to an ultra-famous but troubled young pop star Arizona Kingdom.

There’s nothing like a modern-day fairytale with the added thrilling excitement that young girls love.  Lucie and Arizona get entangled in mysterious happenings that soon put them both in danger.

Who can Lucie trust? Will the holiday of a lifetime in Paris turn into her last days on earth? Sounds dramatic doesn’t it?

And WOW, not only can you discover the characters through the book, you can extend the experience and connect with them on Bebo.  You can hear the Pop Princess, Arizona, singing to original music composed for the book and connect with Max and Lucie as a friend. I’ve never been onto Bebo but it sounds like fun.

FrenemiesFramedFrenemies, when best friends become worst enemies.

Avalon Greene rules the fashion scene at her sunny middle school with a diamond-clad fist, giving props to classmates for their fashion-do’s and calling them out for their most unfortunate clothes-pas.  She’s determined to host the social event of the season – a soiree in honor of her forever-friendship with Halley.  Unfortunately, Halley’s new look is one thing Avalon just can’t celebrate.

Halley Brandon just back from art camp, Halley can’t wait to share her funky new style with her best friend, Avalon.  But when Avalon cries fashion foul, Halley realises her best friend’s true colours may clash with her own.  Has their ultra-fabulous friendship finally gone out of style?

The book deals with the real life experiences of girls growing up and puberty changes more than their body shape.  Frenemies deals with popular culture, the media, fashion, family and romance.

Can you believe teens have so much crammed into their lives?  They’re not just cramming for their exams anymore!

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