To Keep or Not: Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel

to keep or not

When I moved a couple of years ago, I was’t very organized. I have boxes of books I haven’t been able to part with yet. But now I’m trying to get rid of things I don’t need and grow out of my pack rat ways. So, I’m going to reread some of the books that were boxed and decide if I should keep them or not!

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Art Geeks and Prom Queens

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September 1st 2005 | St. Martin’s Griffin | On the Back: Dorks, Dweebs, Debutantes, and Jocks—Where would you fit in?

Being the new girl is tough—just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she’s going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn’t make the first day any easier for her.

Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn’t friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she’s invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don’t mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys). 

At first Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don’t cross Kristi . . .

What I remembered before I reread: New girl in CA school, photography, art guy, popular girl. Not a whole lot, and I can only imagine that my mind refused to remember much about this book in self defense.

Reread thoughts: This book is Mean Girls gone wrong.

“I mean, I tried being all friendly to Kristi, and while she was nice, she obviously doesn’t hang with retards like me.”

Rio is the new girl that likes photography. She misses her old friends but meets Mason and Jas in art class. She has a huge crush on Jas, but finds out he has a beautiful girlfriend. She thinks that guys only go for the prom queen type, so she decides to dress the part.

When Rio starts wearing labels and mini skirts, queen bee Kristi invites her to sit with her group at lunch. Kristi and her friends Kayla and Jen Jen are rich, shallow and popular. They tell Rio not to hang out with Mason and Jas and give her rules about drugs, attitude, image, sex and fashion. The first rule basically says drinking is okay but drugs aren’t, yet Kristi regularly does coke and Valium.

These girls are horrible people and Rio knows this. Rio understands that they are not nice people but she still hangs out with them. They act better than everyone else at school and think people look up to them. She becomes more like them and starts treating everyone badly. She starts dating a popular guy she doesn’t like, does drugs and loses interest in art. People start liking her more than Kristi and things turn ugly.

There’s not much to like about Rio and it’s difficult to sympathize with her. She finally stands up to Kristi, but it didn’t seem like she grew. The end of the book tries to make it seem like she learned a lesson and wraps it in happy ending that made me roll my eyes. The writing also leaves a lot to be desired. I almost didn’t finish the reread, but I was curious to see how it ended. Not a keeper.


2 thoughts on “To Keep or Not: Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel

  1. Hey hun, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today 🙂 i love ur site as well and am following back via bloglovin and my advice..Keep them ALL. Ive gotten rid of books in the past i thought i didnt want anymore only to buy them again a few years later 😦

    • Thanks for stopping by and following! I probably would keep them all, but I need SPACE! I will probably hold on to most of them and only get rid of books I really don’t like!

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