Review: Barbie Doll #1, Barbie World by Heidi Acosta

16127403Blurb from Goodreads

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

ebook, 191 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2012)
edition language: English
series: Barbie Doll #1
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thought
I have to confess I didn’t want to read this book in the beginning. I picked it up randomly when I couldn’t decide which book I want to read next. It didn’t tempt me because I didn’t like the main character name as I read in the blurb, moreover when I read the first few chapters. Barbie Starr, Dylan Knight, Third and Tyler Smalls made me thinking “are you kidding me?”. I have a weird connection with character names. I tend to pay more attention to it and thought that character names are as important as other elements of the story. So, when I found this book has weird-obvious, if not ridiculous, names I almost give it up. Yet I try to keep reading it and put away my judgment. While hoping the author had a reason picked those names which I’m glad that she did, at least for Third and Barbie, though I still didn’t like her last name it’s too obvious for me.

Along the story I’m glad I keep reading it. It has more story than just about a mess up girl named Barbie Starr who fall in love with a knight in shining armor named Dylan Knight. Although it reminds me of few of YA contemporary books I loved and it was like the author mix those stories in to Barbie Girl, somehow it works for me and I enjoyed it. Through 2 POV I can feel what characters feel. In the end I can see why Barbie and Dylan acted the way they did. And the choices they chose are reasonable for me.

Despite of characters name, typos and punctuation mark, I really enjoyed this emotional book. And the ending made me wanting more. More about Barbie and Dylan, more about Third and Roxie and even more about Everett and Emmy.

Result: 3 of 5 stars