Monday, January 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Jerk Magnet (Review)

Chelsea Martin lives life as a wallflower.

That is, until her future stepmother turns into a "fairy godmother" and helps her transform from geek and gawky into a "hot" blond "popular" gal.

Suddenly, Chelsea is no longer living life from the sidelines.

But she finds that life as a popular, "hot" girl, has its disadvantages - especially when she discovers that she is a "jerk magnet." Attracting all of the wrong types of guys, Chelsea only has eyes for one guy - who decides based upon her looks, that she's not the gal for him.

Through a series of events - including a surprise "make under" at camp, Chelsea and her friends learn that true beauty isn't just what you see on the surface.

What I Thought About The Book
This is a fun read. It really highlights stereotypes of today's teens - especially what revolves around the "popular" or "beautiful' people, and those, who well, find themselves on the outside of the popular crowd.

I loved the lessons Melody Carson highlights in this book - in subtle, yet humorous ways.

I really liked some of the twists she included - including the "make under" at camp, and the lessons that Chelsea learned as she grew in her faith.

Ultimately, this is a good read. I'd be glad to pass it along to a tween reader - in fact, it might even be a good book to use for a middle school girls book club.

On the scale of one to five, I give this book a solid three. I It has a solid plot line, lots of humor and a great moral message.

More About The Book
What if beauty is more than just skin deep?

When Chelsea Martin's future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks. Oh, and stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't exactly make her BFF material for the girls.

Finally a great guy catches her eye. But he's the only one around who doesn't give her a second glance. Can Chelsea come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will her new image ruin everything?

About The Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie.

She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, The Jerk Magnet, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Carson was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and 2011.

She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information about Carson visit her website at

Online Resources
Buy at Amazon
Find it at Barnes & Noble

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Publishing, a division of Baker Books. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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