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The Jerk Magnet (Life at Kingston High #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  636 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Bestselling teen author spins a tale about a girl who goes from geek to chic and discovers popularity isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Jan 29, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty girls don’t always get the good guys, high school junior Chelsea Martin learns.

A geeky frump, especially since her mom died, Chelsea suffers from awful teeth, hair and skin, and hides from her image. Worse than zits, her dad blindsides her with a double whammy: he’s getting married again and they’re moving. Chelsea barely knows her new drop-dead gorgeous stepmom2B and grudgingly accepts her advice for new clothes, skin and hair treatment and confidence-building exercises. Realizing she ha

Melody Carlson...this my be my favorite book by you yet. It was just so good. I'm serious, guys, I was contemplating giving this 5 stars, but there was one plot element that I wasn't okay with. I'll get to those in a second.

This book handles teen issues from a Christian perspective. It's probably the edgiest novel I've ever read; I'm not saying that it IS edgy, I'm saying that I'm not edgy at all. Even slightly. I still stick mainly to the Juvenile section, honestly. But this book didn't bother
I don't know what it is about Melody Carlson's YA books published by Revell that I love so much, but it probably has to do with the relevant, timely subject matter and how well she puts everything together in a story that anyone can relate to. If the rest of the series is half as enjoyable as this book was, then I'm reading them all. In fact, I read this story through in one sitting. I didn't get out of the chair until I'd turned the last page. Not even to take a break. That's a great book if I ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
2.5 Stars

Reading the blurb on the back of this book makes it seem RIGHT up my alley.
Frumpy girl gets makeover, now she's suddenly hot and has to figure out how to deal with the new attention. Awesome! Right? Wrong.....

Suddenly, this fun, easy reading book turns into a preaching Christian religious book with a morality tale on every page. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, but I did NOT like having God shoved down my throat every other page.

Promote this book for what it is. Christian Fict
I think that this was a great book. It looks at teenage friendships, self esteem, modesty and some effects of lack of modesty, the way people can judge and withhold friendship based on appearance (without getting to know them).
Chasta Schneider
Not my thing. If you're religious you will like it.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“When Chelsea Martin's future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't endear her to the girls either.
Chelsea finally finds a true friend in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, c
Paula  Phillips
Feb 22, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you got an author that you love so much, that whenever they release a book - you just have to sit there and read it. For me , one of those authors is Melody Carlson. Ever since I read her book "Finding Alice" at 16 , I fell in love with her writing and since then plowed my way through her numerous series. So it was just natural, that when I saw she had a new series out that I purchase the book to read.
Her new series takes us to the world of Kingston High,and in Book #1 we meet Chelsea, eve
Feb 26, 2013 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Chelsea Martin is a big-time geek. Not only does she focus on academics and other "nerdy" subjects, but she is very socially awkward, and guys don't really take notice of her. However, she is in for some big changes: Her widower father is getting married, and she is moving to San José, California! To prepare Chelsea for her new life, her fashionista stepmother-to-be Kate gives her a makeover, which causes her to be the belle of the ball at her new school. However, Chelsea's new-found g ...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)

The Jerk Magnet was a cute, interesting look at what happens when a young girl goes from a geek to a hotty, and how it changes her life.

Most girls, might say that if they could be as hot as the other girls in school, they wouldn't turn into those mean girls. We think we will be just like we were before, but it doesn't always turn out that way. Chelsea, always thought of herself as a geek, she even thought her and Dracula had something in common, they both hated mirrors. Then her soon to be step
Jill Williamson
Feb 20, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Jill Williamson

Chelsea’s dad drops two bombs on the same night.
1. He has a new job and they’re moving! 2. He’s getting married!


At first, Chelsea is overwhelmed in a negative way. Can’t say that I blame her! But her future stepmom starts to grow on her when she gives Chelsea a live-changing makeover. When Chelsea starts school, it’s like she’s a completely different person—at least that’s how people are treating her. She’s attracting all the wrong guys, and the one she really like
Mar 01, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jerk Magnet
by: Melody Carlson

I read the jerk magnet this book is about a teenage girl whose name is Chelsea she lives with her dad because her mom recently got in a car crash about 5 or 6 months ago. Chelsea is a quit outgoing girl who is like a normal girl from school the acne sometimes braces but once all of this started happening and her mother died all the people from school started ignoring her. Plus her best friends have they only gone to her birthday party because they felt bad. The
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: Chelsea Martins is a big time geek. When her dad announces he's remarrying and moving to San Jose in a matter of weeks, she thinks that her life couldn't get worse. But it actually takes an unexpected turn when she starts to like her step-mom-to-be, specially when she's making a make-over of her appearance. When Chelsea and her Dad get to San Jose, Chelsea makes a friend trying to act a different and more confident way than she's used to, becoming a Jerk Magnet. She th
David Hudnut
Jan 07, 2013 David Hudnut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met Melody Carlson at a book fair where she was selling her books. She was so nice and interesting to talk to, I figured her books would be the same. I grabbed one at random, The Jerk Magnet, having no idea what to expect. I was not wrong. Melody Carlson is an amazing writer. While The Jerk Magnet is probably not a book I would have ever picked up normally, being that it's aimed at YA girls, I'm really glad I read it. I found it to be entertaining and engaging from page one, extremely well wri ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Jerk Magnet" is the story of Chelsea Martin. Chelsea had been eleven years old when the death of her mother changed her world forever. Now it's five years later and it's still hard to think about it, so when her dad tells her he wants to marry his girlfriend Kate and that his job is transferring him to another town, virtually turning her life upside down. She isn't looking forward to starting her junior year in a new high school, but when her soon to be step mom decides to give Chelsea a ma ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen year old Chelsea Martin’s life is about to get turned upside down. Chelsea’s father informs her that his job has transferred him and he is getting remarried. Chelsea wants to part of her dad’s plans and she especially does not want to get to know her soon to be step mother, Kate. Though, once Chelsea does get to know Kate she likes her. In fact, Kate takes Chelsea on a shopping spree for a new make over. The transformation is great. It seems that others have noticed Chelsea’s make over a ...more
Abbie Riddle
Jan 22, 2012 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ugly duckling turned swan, the wall flower turned center attraction. What if you could become something that you never were before? What if you discover first hand that beauty really is more than just skin deep - because you are the transformed one - the overlooked that becomes the looked upon? That is just what unfolds in this teenage drama.

Chelsea Martin has long been the one to fade into the background. She has managed high school by just blending into the crowd, where no one notices her.
Amanda J
So this book was free, it fit a monthly challenge and it was a quick read, but the Pros end there.

The plot was forced and the dialog felt fake and unnatural. The author beat you over the head with the Christian message of salvation rather than weaving it into the story.

The life lesson was not to judge people based on appearances, but the whole reason the protagonist got a make over was because her stepmother thought she was ugly on the outside, "(quote forthcoming)." And yet the stepmother is he
Jun 03, 2012 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was afraid this book was going to become a DNF for me. I always feel guilty when that happens on books I request for review, because I try not to request books unless I think I will like them. However, this book started out slowly and it looked as if Chelsea was going to become one of those vain girls who focus only on her outward appearance, and this was barely 20 pages in! Luckily, the plot picked up quickly and I flew through this book with ease. The characters are all lovable, even some of ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Katelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: females
Recommended to Katelyn by: saw it in bookstore
The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson really hit me emotionally. It is not a sad story, but the reality behind the main characters life and thoughts relates to me so much. I'm a cheerleader, but you could never tell just by looking at me. I get judged based on appearances and connections every day, and so does Chelsea, the main character. This is definitely a chick lit book, and I'd gladly read it over and over again.
Melody McBride
Apr 11, 2013 Melody McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what I thought this book was going to be about, but what it ended up being wasn't quite it. It was a little deeper than I expected, not so frilly and silly, and that was a good thing. Also, it was a bit religious, and I wasn't expecting that either, but it didn't bother me. Not bad for a book I got for free on my Kindle. I liked it. 3 1/2-4 stars.
Dawn Turner
Mar 13, 2012 Dawn Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My teenage nieces - without qualms
Recommended to Dawn by: Michelle Sutton
This story captured my attention from page one. Not only does Melody do a fabulous job of nailing down the way a teenager thinks and reacts to their circumstances and peers, the "lesson" in this book is something that is, sadly, so overlooked today. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to passing it along to my teenage nieces for their enjoyment.
Emily Rittenberry
I absolutely loved this book! I think that most teenage girls can somehow relate to this story. Learning not to judge people based on what they look like is a valuable lesson, an this book proves that people are not always as they appear to be. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially teenage girls. Very inspiring!
Brianna Yang
Jan 15, 2015 Brianna Yang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I am choosing to review is The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson; it is a work of fiction. The theme that the author choses to convey is how teenage girls should be careful of how they present themselves. In other words, Melody Carlson is making a point of how young women should be conscious of what they wear and how it affects others around them. Carlson is a Christian writer who is known for her two-hundred- plus books for teens; she displays her firm beliefs about Christianity in a moder ...more
Aug 23, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked reading this book. You can't tell from the back cover or anything, but it's teen Christian fiction. It's written in the third person and the narration is a bit disconnected, but the story is fun and intriguing. It would be a great story to read on vacation or if you need a break. :)
Mar 20, 2013 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The main theme of the Jerk Magnet is to not judge others based on their appearances, but rather on their character. I loved Chelsea and Janelle, they were easy to relate to and identify with. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Apr 23, 2015 Bree-anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book. I wish i had kate bas my own step mother she did amazing things. I loved how that Chelsea and Janelle had done the reversal because it was truely inspiring.
Elizabeth Blackmon
I really liked this book because it opened my eyes to the fact that I judge people and I shouldn't. I loved how real life it was and how I can relate.
Aug 15, 2013 Damilola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very spiritual and focus' on God taking the main character Chelsea Martin into his hands and changing her life drastically
Mary Harnish
May 13, 2013 Mary Harnish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melody has a way of combining real life with being Christian. Like the stuff in her books could actually happen. It's so awesome!!
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi
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