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Fringe Girl (Fringe Girl #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Adora's place in the pecking order of her posh high school is decidedly on the fringe: Pretty but not beautiful, comfortable but not rich, popular but not the ruling class. But for her latest social studies project (and to exact a little old-fashioned revenge), she decides to put what she's learned about political revolutions to good use.With the help of her friends, Adora ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by NAL Trade
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Marsha
On the surface, this is just another young adult novel, dealing with all the typical anxieties of teen angst: fitting in, standing out, sibling jealousy, fractured families, awkward romantic entanglements, sexual frustrations (whether you’re getting it or not), school assignments, etc. But Ms. Frankel probes just a little deeper as we’re taken into the life of Adora, her too-understanding parents and her friends, who don’t necessarily have it together any better than Adora does.

Adora comes off a
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Aithen
Two weeks ago, I went book shopping with Beryl. Being kind of broke, I bought a paperback and then found a 2$ book section and discovered this little book. It looked interesting, and, though it was, it was definitely only worth the 2$ I paid for it.

The characters are what struck me the most. They were so completely and utterly unbelievable, I sometimes wanted to puke. Especially because of their love life. *SPOILER ALERT* Adora Benet, for instance. The main character. She is 16, and a "Fringe Gi
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Jennifer Wardrip
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If Adora Benet had her way, the first day of junior year at the Brownstone Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, could be summed up like this: "I am hot. My heat could melt the belly of an airplane. I am only slightly less on fire than the surface of the sun." Unfortunately, as soon as Adora utters this mantra, she knows it's not true. More matchstick than burning ember, more generally pretty than outstandingly beautiful, Adora knows that she'll n
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Steph Su
Adora Benet and her friends Eli and Liza have always been on the fringe of their high school’s social order: not one of the common people, but certainly not special enough to be treated honestly by the Ruling Class, led by Sondra and Noel. Dora is tired of Sondra always setting trends, including hairstyles, clothing, and even how to think. She wants revenge.

A perfect opportunity to inflict change occurs when Dora must complete a project on revolution for her social studies class. Why not try to
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Estelle
Later posted additional review on Rather Be Reading Blog.

Frankel certainly redeemed herself with me. So much better in every conceivable way then The Accidental Virgin, Fringe Girl is the story of a girl who like many is tired of the popular kids getting away with everything, and being worshipped in school. For a social studies project, she decides to bring down the popular crowd, and in the process, makes a lot of mistakes. I really liked the movitation of the character, and the realness of the
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Lea
somewhat predictable plot, a few genuinely amusing moments, enough boy-crazy teen angst to make you gag, and the uppercrust of the financial order in private school. not surprisingly, my favorite character is the younger sister
Katrina Knittle
This book just was not really for me. The characters seemed too much unbelievable. The relationships in the book 3 guys in 6 weeks almost made me puke. One nice thing for this book was that the author didn't abuse teenager slang throughout it. Lastly, I did like that at times it was hard for me to figure out the ending. AN okay book that I don't really ever see myself reading again for a second time.
Elizabeth
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Erin
A cute teen story about a girl making war on the "popular girls". A typical teen fantasy about changing social order in school. Made me realize just how old I am though with how different teen life is today.
Adele Allen
Well i read it a while ago. But you didn't really need this book in order to read the 1st one. I loveee her sense of humor and the way she handles herself for the most part...good read I thought
Michelle Chase
I really did not enjoy this book. It was pretty boring and pointless.
Cassie Lee
Eh, it was okay. I don't suggest you waste your time or money.
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this looks good!!!!!!
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She's written twenty books (e.g., The Accidental Virgin and The Girlfriend Curse), and contributed to dozens of publications including the New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of dieting and self-loathing, was recently described as "Rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny," by the Ne ...more
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