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Pop Princess

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  1,581 ratings  ·  86 reviews
"This is not a school musical, this is millions of people seeing you, recognizing you, criticizing you. This is "it." Public person -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Are you ready?"When fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake is plucked from her job at the Dairy Queen and given the chance to become a teen idol, it seems like a dream come true -- even if it wasn't her dream, but he ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published February 10th 2004)
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Susan Gottfried
I was standing in the middle of the local library when it dawned on me: I was taking the Boy Band to the orthodontist for a quick fix and I'd left my e-reader at home. And the book I was currently reading.

I was about to be cursed with year-old magazines or the endless, wordless showings of some nature program set in Denali National Park. I never thought I could ever get tired of that sort of scenery. Two visits ago, I did.

But hey, I was standing in a library, right? Although I'd seen nothing
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Nicole *`((O_O))`*
Not much of tags... I will said this book is 2.5 stars. I don't know why. But Wonder Blake was very selfish until her brother told her that she was drama and ruin their family. Until at end, she finally get good and have relationship with someone.

Oh screw it.... I have lost my motivation to type this crap review... I guess this book is no good. I always write a review whenever the book is very good!
Beth Cipriano
Amazing, only thing... I wish there was a book about Lucky. But that would be a different story.
Eric
How to say this nicely... This is the first novel I have read as a more aware adult person (yes after seeing how this review ends I decided I needed to make that more open ended). It's kind of painful to listen to an abridged audiobook, I imagine the only thing harder than listening to it would be to actually be "the guy" editing the book, prepping it, for the abridgement it's castration. [EDIT: Seriously, what is wrong with me?] How on earth you could do that without thinking you're kicking the ...more
Mfeldscher
This book is really such an amazing book! It's about a girl name Wonder Blake whose whole world came crashing down when her sister ( lucky) died when she got hit by a drunk driver. Wonder is now a lonely girl working at the local Dairy Queen. Ever since her sister had died her life isn't as great anymore due to family problems. When a big time record producer comes into the Dairy Queen and hears her singing to the radio her life is about to change. He offers her a huge record deal then she reall ...more
CHEERBUG!
Nov 16, 2008 CHEERBUG! rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any teenager girl
Recommended to CHEERBUG! by: no one
This book was really ,really good it's about a girl named Wonder Blake shes your average 15 year old girl who lives a wierd life her sister Lucky died from a drunk driver at age seventeen. So while Wonder was working(Dairy Queen) the manager Tigg for Lucky walked into the Dairy Queen and asked Wonder if she wanted to be on top just like her SISTER. So Wonder becomes a pOP Princess and her dad doesn't think it's a good idea because Wonder's grades arn't doing to hot but Wonder's mom said yes! so ...more
Jessica
This is a rewrite of a review I had posted to my old book blog in 2007/2008.

Pop Princess was my first Rachel Cohn novel (and certainly not my last) -- and I instantly fell in love with all that is this fluffy and fun read. I can't remember why I picked up a copy at the library when I did, because looking back I think 'wow, the title is so cheesy' and I begin criticizing the cover art. I think that what drew me in is the promise of something light and the hopes of making it in the music industry
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Sophia
This book was great. I loved it a lot. It was a sad, funny and interesting story. I thought that the way the character Kayla was shown in this book is what really happens to some young celebrities. Its hard to stay grounded, and Kayla couldn't do it. The character Wonder had he own way of dealing with things. It was hard to determine her personality sometimes, because she was different in a lot of ways. I thought her personality changed sometimes.

overall, i really liked the book!

Addison Lindsey
Rachel Cohn wrote a book that I feel like many teenage girls could relate to. She made a tragedy turn into something good. When you look at the title you would never guess the story that you will end up reading. Pop Princess shows the life of a normal teenage girl, but when someone in the past comes back into your life it can change everything.

Wonder Blake was a normal 15 year old girl working at a normal Dairy Queen in a new town her parents just relocated in because after the death of her o
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J.M.
I enjoyed this book. Wonder is the younger sister of pop star Lucky, who was killed in a car accident before the story opens. When Lucky's former manager taps Wonder as the next pop princess, Wonder learns more about the industry and her sister, seeing beyond the persona created to the woman Lucky might have become.

If you're a fan of pop culture, you'll enjoy this book. It's also the perfect read for girls who idolize the pop industry and its princesses.
Elyssa
I really ended up liking this book because I always think/thought that being rich and famous gives you everything. But, reading this book really shows the life of how much of a struggle it is. Also it shows you how good it is to live out your childhood as a regular teen. Sometimes either looking back or living it now you can realize that.
Kristin
One of my favorite books of all time, this is truly my guilty pleasure. I've read this over and over so much, the binding has cracked. Having been a fan of pop music before this book came out, I was really interested in the fictional view from the other side. I usually read this about once a year, and I still love it.
Ta'niya
I seriously love this book it is so funny, sad, and inspirational. Wonder Blake is the main character and she goes through a lot. Like trying to find herself and what she really wants in life. Since her sister’s passing she has been trying to be like her sister and saying how her sister was the greatest. She wasn’t even living her life to the fullest or if she was she wasn’t enjoying it. She went through so much after her sister’s death though; her parents going through a divorce, her mom over ...more
Trish
I won't say I didn't enjoy the book. I did. It only took a few hours of my time to power through, and the whole time, it truly was like I was seeing any generic pop celebrity on their rise to fame and their eventual downfall. The concept behind the story was intriguing.

Unfortunately, all of the characters simply felt like cardboard cutouts. No one was original. No one was special. Not even Wonder, the pop princess in training. And maybe this is what killed it for me. I didn't really care for an
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Layne Heidy
This quarter I read the book Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn. It was a book about a sixteen year old girl whose sister has recently passed away, and then an old manager friend of hers sees her again and asks if she will become a “pop princess.” The book follows young Wonder through her travels of becoming a pop princess, and as she figures out who she really wants to be, and not what everyone wants her to be.
I thought the book was surprisingly good. I for some odd reason could not put the book do
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Whitney
So, I bought this book at Goodwill about a year ago and never really knew too much what it was about, but finally I looked it up on Goodreads and it looked interesting so I decided I would read it.

In this book we follow a girl named Wonder Anna Blake. Wonder lives in a small town with her parents and younger brother. Two years ago Wonder's older sister, Lucky died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. It really took a toll on Wonder and her family. Wonder really looked up to her sister. Lu
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Dennisse J
"This is not a school musical, this is millions of people seeing you, recognizing you, criticizing you. This is "it." Public person -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Are you ready?"When fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake is plucked from her job at the Dairy Queen and given the chance to become a teen idol, it seems like a dream come true -- even if it wasn't her dream, but her older sister Lucky's. Lucky was on her way to becoming a pop star when she died, and Wonder and her family are still trying ...more
Naomi
This book is soooo good. It's about a girl named Wonder Blake whose life fell apart right after her sister/best friend Lucky was killed by a drunk driver. Then her parents marriage starts to fall apart and they have to move from Cambridge,Massachussets to their summer home. Suffering from the fact that she had no friends in her new school except her neighbors Katie and her brother Henry [aka science project], she tried to live every day to meet her sister's expectations if she was alive. Even Ka ...more
Alissa
Jun 03, 2011 Alissa added it
The book Pop Princess was a very inspirational story about a girl who takes a new job as a pop princess over her job at Devonport. She worked as a Dairy Queen employee before. The book is about characters Wonder Blake, her mother and her dad and brother. Wanting a change, and the dream life she takes it. But as she takes this path to stardom, she misses out on her best friend who shes known her whole life. She also puts her trust in pop star Kayla who isnt a nice person. It was entertaining, and ...more
~*MiReYa*~
“This book got my attention when I first saw it, when I started reading it I notice that this fifteen-year-old (Wonder Blake) was poor she was plucked from her job at the Dairy Queen and given the chance to become a teen idol, her sister Lucky was on her way to become a pop star when she died. Wonder and her family are still trying to recover from their loss.

The best part of this book is that Wonder tried her best to become a pop princess she worked hard and did everything that was needed even
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Ola
Apr 03, 2008 Ola rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults
Wonder Blake is quite charming as a typical teenager-turned-pop-star. It was really Wonder's older sister, Lucky, that was destined to be a star. An unfortunate drunken driving accident ended her life two years earlier. Ever since, Wonder's life has been a mess. Her parents barely got along, and she was a loner at her small town school. When record producer Gerald Tiggs spots Wonder singing along to Smells Like Teen Spirit at her Dairy Queen job, he wants to make a record with her. It isn't long ...more
Ellie Hall
I read this book as a young teen whose work in professional opera and musical theatre was going to (and did) pay for my first year of college.

Now that I'm older and wiser, I must say that it holds up. For everything. From the industry dealings to the cosmetic pressure. Good book.
Claudia Silva
I read this book when I was quite young, not really understanding it completely. Now when I think of it, I can relate to Wonder so well - except for the whole singing/pop star status. It is a very much coming of age book which I will have to dig out for a third read.
♥sara♥
Feb 14, 2008 ♥sara♥ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: highschool girls
In Pop Princess, a young girl who moved from a big urban area to a small town with very little entertainment for teenagers. The main characters name is Wonder Blake and she was a former T.V. star on a show called B-kidz. Her sister, Lucky, was also a star in the show, but was hit and killed by a drunk driver on the way to a recording studio to sign a major record deal for her new singing group. One day, when Wonder is cleaning up after her shift at the local Dairy Queen, she meets a major figure ...more
Stephanie A.
I LOVED this book up until the last 60 or so pages, after which everything seems fairly pointless, especially the part where we learn secrets about her sister. (view spoiler)

It would have been 5 stars if not for that, but even
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Deborah
This book was an odd mix as I feel as though the subject would appeal more to younger teens but the reality of the pop life is described for an older teen audience.
Brittany
Wonder is an ordinary brunette going to school working at Dairy Queen. She used to be a famous dancer and singer in a group with her sister Lucky. But Wonder stopped living that way when Lucky was killed two years ago by a driver who ran a red light. Her parents haven't been the same ever since and are on the verge of divorce and Wonder gets teased at her school. One day Wonder's random singing at Dairy Queen lands her a record deal and as superstar Kayla's opening act. Wonder doesn't care much ...more
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Amy
I love Rachel Cohn, and I will admit that the cover and title of this book have kept me from reading it for all these years, but in my quest for books featuring female musicians I gave it a try. It didn't quite fill my need for a book about being a girl musician in male dominated scenes - it was more about the pressure and shallowness of the pop music industry. It was, however, a really engaging and fun story that gave a pretty believable picture of what it would be like to actually be a famous ...more
Kara
Sep 21, 2014 Kara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.
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