Glitter Girl by Toni Runkle and Stephen Webb
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
(December 3, 2013)
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
True Confessions of a Trendsetter
Hi! I’m Kat. Welcome to my blog. I may be from a small town but I’m also Glitter Girl Cosmetics’ newest trendsetter. Thanks to my flair for fashion and my popular style blog, I’ve been chosen to be an Alpha Girl, which means I get to try out all the Glitter Girl products before they hit the stores.
Forty-eight hours after she blogs about the goodies in the new line, every girl at Kat’s school is sporting the gear. Kat’s popularity skyrockets, but Jules–Kat’s BFF–seems to be the only one who’s not buying into the Glitter Girl lifestyle. Is Kat willing to sacrifice her friendship for life in the fab lane?
This is the kind of book I would have read as a tween just because it’s what the other girls were reading. It’s not a book I would have picked out myself. So please keep in mind that my rating is based mostly on personal preference in reading material.
I have a hard time finding middle grade contemporary reads that don’t fall into the traps that this one did. The plot and characters are precisely what you would expect to find by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis. The plot is predictable and follows the same pattern you see in most teen/tween movies and books. The characters are likable, yet lack depth and are self-centered. It’s like the tween edition of The Devil Wears Prada, which is not a bad thing if your daughter likes these kinds of books. It’s sweet and it has a positive message about being honest with yourself and not bending to pressure.
The book has a nice moral and a gift wrapped happy ending. There isn’t anything overly wrong with the book, really. But there isn’t anything to make it stand out either. It’s clean. It focuses on Kat and her friendships, and has a light sprinkling of age appropriate romance. The writing isn’t going to blow you away, but it’s not bad, either.
Verdict: A nice, solid (if predictable) story that will appeal to the right kind of reader (most tween/younger YA girls).
Source: I won this book in a giveaway which did not affect my review in any way.