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She's So Money

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,117 ratings  ·  118 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...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Harper Teen
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Karen (BookishWonders)
This book is a MUST-READ! It was so funny and quirky (in a good way) that I couldn't put it down! The chemistry between Maya and Camden was H.O.T and hilarious at the same time.

Maya is a straight A student that attends AP classes and Camden is the hot, popular, lazy...well, you get the point. One day the Principle assigns Camden to be tutored by Maya. During, their tutoring session, he offers her $100 for her to do his homework, Maya refuses, of course. But when her parents leaver her and her b...more
Yan
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Kristi
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...more
Wendy
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...more
Reggie
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...more
Nic
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Rebecca
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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Ash
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
Jessica
Full review/potential spoilers alert: http://bookgirl.co.vu/post/7273538658...

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...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...more
Brandon
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...more
Marj
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...more
Cassie
Nov 17, 2008 Cassie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls
I liked it. Definately a girl book. Good but not great.
BAYA Librarian
* 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
Jasmyn
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
Bg
Sep 03, 2008 Bg rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Anna
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...more
Diana
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...more
Wisteriouswoman
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
Brittany
Nov 10, 2008 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls aged 10-18
Recommended to Brittany by: Harper Collins
How I Came To Read This Book: Harper Collins sent me a free copy.

The Plot: Maya is a brainy girl with one thing on her mind - getting to college, which she's saving up for by working at her family's Thai restaurant. One weekend, Maya and her brother are left in charge, and accidentally end up siccing the place with a massive fine of $10,000 that Maya hopes to eradicate before her family finds out. The answer comes in the form of starting a cheating ring - where her school's seemingly endless sup...more
Shannon
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Janine
I remember reading this years ago when I first starting to get into young adult fiction. It's really funny, which shouldn't be a surprise since Cherry Cheva worked on Family Guy. I also remember sharing the story with my sister who said it was inappropriate. While I'm not sure I agre as nothing bad happens - outside of party scenes and language - I wouldn't recommend it for young readers.

The story centers around cheating, which is certainly not something I support. But, it also has a geat cast o...more
Esther
She's so money was a nice read it flowed and the author made you hungry for more.

The main character, Maya, a 5 foot Asian-American had an attitude that was realistic and easy to relate to. The book is about Maya and her family, they own a little Thai restaurant that they started when they moved to America. Well one day her parents left her and her brother, Nat in charged of the restaurant when they went to DC for a wedding. Unfortunately for them they had to deal with these two rude costumers a...more
Reeba
It was okay in a just reading this for fun and don't expect anything out of it way. The writing wasn't perfect, the dialogue was almost all banter and not much else. Half of the lines just weren't as witty as they were intended to be, so when all the other characters were like ooh dis I was just like yeah okay my 8 year old sister has a better grasp of sarcasm than you do.

There were some very major plot holes, a few I could forgive because okay it's not like this is a work of art. It's a just fo...more
Kiki
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
Rachael
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...more
Lucy
Sep 22, 2008 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Maya’s life is so busy it’s ridiculous. Between trying to keep her grades high enough for Stanford to offer her a scholarship, working at her parents’ restaurant every night after school and working in the tutoring center, she barely has a moment to herself. But after she makes a disastrous mistake that could bring down the restaurant unless she comes up with a lot of money—and fast—Maya finds herself getting sucked into a plan that’s so evil it just might work.

Together with Camden King, popular...more
Doug Beatty
Plot: Maya is a high school student and also works for her family in a Thai restaurant that they own. One weekend, Maya is left in charge of the restaurant and fails to clean up one night, causing the health department to give them a 10,000 dollar fine. Maya is tutoring rich kid Camden King and he comes up with a plan to have her do his assignments for cash. But soon she finds that she will not be able to raise enough money and hoodwinks her friends Cat and Jonny into helping, they not knowing s...more
Laura Hughes
Liked:

* Smart writing, with realistic and funny dialogue for high school nerds: sometimes clever, sometimes random, judiciously peppered with profanity.

* Plot twists and turns, and well-done uncertainty about what was going to happen.

* A surprisingly smart business model. For some reason I really dig YA books about running a business (see: Baby-sitters Club), but a frequent failing is that they overlook ways to make their business run smoother, or fail to go into detail about how it runs. 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.”
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“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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