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She's So Money

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,354 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Question: What do you get when you take . . .

1 overachieving girl + 1 insanely cute guy + 1 massive fine + 1 scheme involving a little dishonesty and a whole lot of cash?

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 p
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Harper Teen
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!


This book falls under my all-time favorites category, where no matter how many times I re-read it over a number of years it’s still just as good and feels like I’m reading it for the first time every time. I can’t really put into words just what it is exactly about the book that makes it such an amazing read for me because it is far from perfect, but every time I’m tempted to say ‘hey, that’s so cliché Cherry Cheva’ my brain kinda just shuts down. I mean...this is such a FUN book it’s
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Sep 02, 2015 Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!

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***Just a small note, this review is geared toward my tween advisory project, so it will written a bit differently than my normal reviews. If you are a friend and would like to see the tween advisory blog, please pm me. Thanks!***

Maya is a top notch honor student at her high school and works diligently at maintaining her GPA in order to earn a scholarship to Stanford. Her schoolwork and job pretty much keep Maya on a very busy schedule. Maya also works with her younger brother after
Apr 21, 2015 NinaReader rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!!!

I was in a mood for something different and this was a bit different than what I normally read. And I liked it!

As an asian, I can identify with the Asian family dynamics like the super strict parents who doesn't trust you as far as they can throw you (not very much). How school and grades were the most important things.

Maya was smart and sometimes really funny. I liked her. It was a bit hard though to read about her spiral into doing all the wrong things she did. It was like watchin
Dec 24, 2008 Yan rated it really liked it
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Aug 03, 2009 Reggie rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious. I laughed so much when I was reading this.

Maya's problems start when her parents leave her and her brother in charge of their family-owned Thai restaurant for the weekend. When Maya is worn out and tired by Sunday, she decides to delay the clean up until the next day, after school. When she arrives, a health inspector is there with a $10,000 fine. In order to pay for that fine, she masterminds-along with Camden-a multi-thousand-dollar cheating ring and risks jeopardizing
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Maya has always been a good girl. I wish I had her drive! Not only does she work every night at her parent’s restaurant, and tutor students at her school, she also has an unbelievable GPA. All Maya wants to do is make it through the rest of her year with her GPA in tact and run away to Stanford in the fall. And everything seems to be heading in that direction, well everything was headed in that direction until she hit a huge detour!

When her parents leave town for a wedding, they leave Maya in ch
Apr 05, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
Maya gets straight A's in every classes. After school she tutors for money and help out at her family Thai Restaurant to earn more money not like small rich popular snob in her high school who sit back, relax and tease all the geeky and ugly people. Well, Maya is about to get a help from the king of the snobs. Camden!

With the brain of Maya and the looks of Camden they are gonna pull up a scheme that will help both Maya and Camden. Maya used to be Ms. Goody Two Shoe until Camden "the hottie" int
Jan 03, 2015 Leslie5373 rated it really liked it
I really liked it! It kept my attention for the whole 5 hours it took me to read it. I would also like to beat my friend over the head who made me read it. Awesome book though, so I guess at least she didn't steer me wrong. Did I mention I love Camden?
Apr 25, 2014 Marj rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I have a feeling the author had so much fun writing this book.. She started with a stupid plot and just got crazy later on as their scheme got bigger and bigger.. Then she probably got guilty for condoning cheating so she had sarah became the good girl reminding us thst cheating is bad. Lol.
The plot about the health inspector was so ridiculous and stupid of her to think she can just hide this problem from her parents.. Had she fessed up earlier she wouldn't even be in this dilemma. I also don't
Apr 18, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Full review/potential spoilers alert:

Rewind to my sophomore year of high school, aka the first year I began to write book reviews. One day I decided to ask for donations of books for my school, as I went to an alternative school and the head teacher there is an absolute angel. Through the years, it was obvious the bookshelf in one of our classrooms wasn’t growing, so I figured I’d surprise my teacher and classmates with some new books.

Cherry Cheva was one
BAYA Librarian
Jan 30, 2009 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, humor
* Maya is a typical, although not stereotypical, Asian-American teen: she works at her parents' Thai restaurant, tries to maintain an A average and tutors on the side, hoping to get into Stanford. When she needs $10,000 quick she devises a scheme to do homework for the slacker rich kids and gets help from her straight-A friends. Cheva is a writer for the animated TV series "Family Guy," and her first novel contains a lot of snappy one-liners and funny scenes. There is some swearing but no sex sc ...more
Apr 09, 2011 Jasmyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Maya is your typical high school nerd. She toes the line, does her homework, and helps out at her family's restaurant after school. Then the unthinkable happens. She makes a majorly bad judgement call and needs to come up with some major cash fast or her family could lose everything. She teams up with an unlikely partner, Camden, the cute (but stupid) popular boy of the school. Together they hatch a scheme that is supposed to help Maya solve her problem...but things never turn out the way you ex ...more
Maya is a senior in high school. Her parents own a Thai restaurant and make her and her brother work at the restaurant for long shifts almost every day. They also tell her how important her grades are, and when she doesn't come home with good grades, they get really mad at her.

Which is why Maya can't tell them about the $10,000 fine that the restaurant got when they were out of town and Maya was in charge. This fine leads her to start a cheating ring with the very popular, very unattainable Camd
May 04, 2010 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Taken from my blog.

I truly enjoyed reading this book!

The book is about Maya who is an excellent student and never really gets in trouble. She never had reason to do something that wasn't right. That is, until her parents decide to put her in charge of their restaurant while her parents are out of time. During that time, many things happen that make Maya desperate to earn some money.

I could really relate Maya. Even though she was a student who got straight As, she didn't let herself be dominate
I liked every moment of this. It's a good choice of book to read if you want something fun and quick. I sat down with this book and pretty much read it in one sitting. The writing itself was wonderfully hilarious and entertaining. The whole cheating ring plot was nicely executed and ended up being way more complicated than I thought it would be. The extent of cheating when I was in high school was basically skimming Cliffnotes or swapping worksheets with friends to copy their answers.

I loved the
Jennifer Wardrip
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Maya Naravadee is just doing time. She goes to school, does her homework, tutors, and then spends her evenings working in her parents' Thai restaurant. It's not much of a life. She doesn't get out much and usually only sees her friends at school. She is graduating soon, and she has the GPA to get her into Stanford. It's her light at the end of the tunnel for getting away from Michigan. But everything changes for Maya the day the tutoring office assigns her
Nov 28, 2013 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Every time I read this book, I'm honestly a little baffled as to why I love it so much. It's a contemporary, high school-set teen dramedy (not really my preferred genre - not nearly escapist enough) in which we learn that cheating and lying are bad, friendship and honesty are good, and the love of a nerdy good girl can redeem a popular bad boy; all of which are cliches that have been done to death in teen-oriented books and movies, and it's all written by, of all things, a writer on Family Guy, ...more
Apr 29, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
She’s So Money is the story of a Thai teenage girl named Maya living in Michigan. She’s the nerdy smart girl who tutors for extra money. She’s the girl who waitresses at her parents’ Thai restaurant for tips which go into the college fund. She’s also the girl who’s never been kissed, wants to go to Stanford, pisses off one unhappy vegan customer, and now has to come up with $10,000 in fines to pay the Health Department.

That’s right; the one time Maya’s parents leave Maya is charge of the restaur
Jan 30, 2009 Qian rated it it was amazing
Maya start a cheating ring with Camden, the hottest guy in her school when her parents leave the restaurant in her charge, but she screwed up by deciding not to clear up for one night. The next day health inspector came to visit because somebody had called to report on their food and they are fine about a thousand dollars. Maya was afraid to tell her parents because she know their family is also suffer from financial problems, so she decide that she will figure out a way to pay off the money. Ca ...more
May 04, 2010 Nic rated it liked it
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Aug 27, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
This book being set in Michigan, and reading it with my sexy American boyfriend is what gives it three stars. I mean, c'mon, Cherry, what you trying to pull here?

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Jan 08, 2009 Ash rated it liked it
A very funny book, although the reason why I gave it less stars was for this very reason. Don't get me wrong I like funny books, it's just that the humor was very crude at times. Not that I shoudn't have expected it. I mean the author is a writer on the show South Park, so yeah. I really liked that even though the main character was a "nerd" she wasn't some mousey shy girl with low self-esteem. The story line was good, although sometimes it was a little predictable but that doesn't usually bothe ...more
♥ Sarah
Alright, so this book was sort of reminiscent of The Bling Ring, since the story took place in a high school full of rich kid$. But probably not so similar in that our protagonist-heroine was an Asian goody-two shoe, and her particular flavor of felony didn’t involve any five finger discounts, or exclusive access to all things Chanel.

But still.

Anyway, in both The Bling Ring(“TBR”) and this book, I enjoyed vicariously living through these characters’ highs. The popularity. The rush. The invincib
Feb 23, 2014 Brandon rated it it was ok
This book wasn't the worst.

I mean, it almost is, but Caliban Cove exists, so the bar for one star is pretty low.

In this book, some dumbass gets into some financial trouble (though to be fair, it wasn't ENTIRELY her fault. Some fatass bitches flip out because her restaurant doesn't make food specific to every person on Earth. So they tell the health department "Everything's finer than being at their diner."). So what does she do? She starts up an illicit homework fraud operation to pay back her f
Jan 11, 2016 Savannah rated it it was amazing
This book is to be re-read over and over again. For the first time in a while I was laughing out loud from a novel. This is the first I've read by Cherry Cheva, but after reading this I am interested in the other writings she has to offer. Maya, the protagonist is the not so good girl she is portrayed to be by her peers. Her straight path has become crooked as she has a $10,000 fine she has taken upon herself to pay. Desperate she resorts to making choices and trusting people she never expected. ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Cassie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls
I liked it. Definately a girl book. Good but not great.
N.A. Fedorak
May 15, 2015 N.A. Fedorak rated it did not like it
Why are so many teenaged books centered on the girl wanting a boyfriend? It's pathetic, and women/girls deserve more.
It is a bit interesting that the girl is Asian-American/works at a family restaurant, but it didn't really go far enough into characterization. Lawrence Yep is a VERY good author who has written about a lot of Asian-American characters, and who is able to bring in very interesting parts of (generally Chinese) Asian culture and balance it with the character's growth and experience
Christine Marie
Aug 03, 2016 Christine Marie rated it it was ok
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Sep 03, 2008 Bg rated it liked it
Recommended to Bg by: Family member
Once again My older sister picked this book out for me and to my discovery, this book was actually very funny and entertaining. I was very satisfied. So the main character Maya is a very smart good natured girl. Her Asian family owns a successful Thai restaurant and she top of her class and her a 4.0 GPA. She's never been to be manipulated hence going back to the part where she is smart. So when her parents off on a trip leaving Maya and her younger brother Nat in charge of the restaurant everyt ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Wisteriouswoman rated it did not like it
This book really kept my interest because I didn't know how it would end and it was fast paced. I loved the humorous put downs that Maya had for the popular crowd. That was the best part. I also liked the fact that she worked hard at school and had great friends. Working in a family business could have developed into a more interesting story than it did especially since you had the feeling that her parents really cared about her. It was disappointing that the author didn't flesh out more of the ...more
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Cherry Chevapravatdumrong ("Cherry Cheva") was born in Columbus, OH, and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. She majored in psychology at Yale and earned a J.D. from NYU Law School. While in school, Cherry spent her summers working at law firms and her winter breaks waiting tables at her parents' restaurant, Lotus Thai. She then moved to LA to pursue a career in writing, and is now the only female writer on ...more
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“I practically sprinted to the parking lot to meet Camden. This time I made sure to stay far enough away from his car door that he couldn't lure me in and drive off someplace random; I was hovering about ten feet away from the Escalade's fender as he walked up.
"What are you doing," he asked, "standing far enough away so I can't lure you into the car and drive off someplace random?"
Observant bastard.”
“Here," I said, the morning after the lazy, stupid Derek incident, as I intercepted Camden on his way to his locker shortly before the first-period bell and dragged him into an empty physics lab. I handed him three problem sets with the words PECKER and BALLS written all over them in multicolored highlighters, plus pictures of stick-figure people having sex in different positions. "This is to force your douche-bag friends to copy over the stuff in their own handwriting before they hand it in. There's no way I'm letting us get caught just because our clients get lazy." I crossed my arms and stared at him, daring him to get mad.
He didn't. He just looked at the papers, surprised, then looked at me. "That's actually a really good idea," he said, sounding impressed.
"I know," I said.
"And these pictures you drew are weirdly hot."
"I don't disagree," I said. "By the way, I'm charging you for the highlighters I bought."
I think he might've said "I love you" as I walked out of the classroom, but the hallway was noisy, so I couldn't be sure.”
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