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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

She's So Money

She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva (February 1st 2008)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary from inside cover: "I've always been the good girl—working seriously long hours at my family's restaurant and getting straight As. And Camden King was always just that hot, popular guy I'd pass in the halls, whose ego was probably much bigger than his brain. I didn't think there'd ever be a reason for us to actually, like, interact.

Then again, I never thought I'd mess up so badly that my family might lose our entire restaurant if I didn't come up with a ton of money, and fast. So that's where Camden comes in—he and his evil/genius plan to do kids' homework for cash.

I know cheating's wrong, but it's better than being dead, right? Which is what I'd be if my parents knew about what happened. I never expected things to spin so far out of control. Or that I'd be such a sucker for Camden's lopsided grin. Or that falling apart could be the best thing that ever happened to me."

Review: She’s So Money was such an amazing read! I loved the humor, the witty comebacks, and the creative outbursts—a prostitute, a rice-patty farmer!

My friend had asked me to read this book for fun but at times I just had to stop to grab some sticky-notes to save that page or quotes because they made me laughed out loud so much. Here’s a small sample of some that I absolutely adore: “The girl is fourteen and has a rack as big as my head. Or, I guess, two of my heads. If you want to get technical.” And another one, “I smiled back with an expression that I hoped said, “I understand,” and not, “Your husband’s a douche,”…” There’s a lot more but you’ll have to buy your copy for that.

There was also this one scene in the book where Maya’s mother had told a story about this family they knew in Ohio that I loved. It was something that my parents would do exactly if I were in her position!—exaggerate a small situation to persuade me not to do something, “…where she was free from the corruption of America.” Another line I love!

I would’ve liked to see the romantic aspect of Maya’s and Camden’s relationship developed some more though. I guess in my mind there was a gap between when it went from business partners to dating, a bit rushed and not enough details.

Also, the punishment that Maya received from this ‘little’ adventure should have been a bit more severe in my mind. Made up this huge cheating gig? Well that will cost you one shiny little penny mister oh, and a 3 day suspension! Maybe it’s my opinion and whatnot, but I didn’t think she should have still been accepted into her college of her choice at least.

Overall: A really hilarious read that had me waking up at 7:30 AM just to finish when it wasn’t even a school day! “Cherry Cheva is hilarious! She’s So Money is a kick-booty read!”—Lauren Myracle. I cannot agree with this quote even more (…well I would’ve changed the booty into something less appropriate)! I am eagerly awaiting for Cherry’s next YA book.

Cover: A-

I love the natural feel of the cover, the energy that comes off. Even the slight angle to the title, it adds to the ‘loudness’ of her scream. Love the different hair textures and highlights. The stars are a nice touch, a nice bright pink that pops. My only issue has to be the shirt. I don’t think the stitches underneath the bust was such a good thing, it makes it seem like she has half a chest...

3 comments:

  1. Yan you are a reading machine!

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  2. This is my only time I can actually concentrate on reading without stressing over homework and projects XD I'm cramming in all I can this week before I study my butt off for midterms~

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  3. That's exactly how I was when I was in school, read til my eyes couldn't take it anymore during breaks!

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