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All's Fair in Love, War and High School
When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line...
Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. Unfortunately, with her razor wit and acid tongue she's bettersuited to dishing out insults than winning votes.
When she brashly bets her classmate Logan that she can go two weeks without uttering a single insult, Samantha immediately realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. And when her current boyfriend dumps her, less than three weeks before the prom, it couldn't be a worse time to be forced to keep her opinions to herself. Finding a new boyfriend will be a challenge now that Logan shadows her every move, hoping to catch her slipping back into her old ways. Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream date for the prom, no matter what it takes. After all . . . all's fair in love and war (and high school!).
Rallison's (Playing the Field) breezy comedy is narrated by Samantha, a popular, self-absorbed head cheerleader who, after receiving abysmal SAT scores, decides that her resum needs some beefing up if she is going to get into a decent college. When she asks Logan, a fellow junior and her one-time boyfriend, for his help running for student body president, he scoffs-"To campaign, you have to talk to people outside your clique," he tell her. "You can't walk into a room of six people without insulting five of them." Samantha accepts his challenge to avoid insulting anyone for a full week (which is then extended to two weeks), a bet that paves the way for a host of humorous exchanges and near slip-ups. While struggling to hold her tongue and coping with campaign trauma (someone distributes flyers divulging her SAT scores), Samantha must also land a last-minute date for the prom after her current beau dumps her. Though readers will have few doubts about where Samantha and Logan's coy cat-and-mouse game will lead, they will follow along contentedly enough, as appealing characters and snappy dialogue give this light fare a satisfying bite. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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August 09, 2005
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