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Candy in Action

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Candy Resnick is just the girl next door — if the girl next door happens to be a college freshman and part-time model with a wicked sense of humor. She and her best friend Velma jaunt around the world, flirt with rock stars and power brokers, and party in countries that don’t know the meaning of the word. All that changes one night, however, when Candy turns down a dinner ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Soft Skull Press/Red Rattle Books
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Strap on your seatbelts for this book--you are in for quite a ride. You will travel into the world of high society, limitless spending budgets, assistants galore -- oh, and incredible danger.

Candy is a freshman in college and has a face known by many due to her part-time modeling career. Her best friend, Velma, is from a family with so much money that often times she will fly to another country just for the afternoon. Luckily for Candy, Velma invites
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I honestly bought this book b/c of the cover. I like a couple of books on the Soft Skull imprint and this was a great buy. This is not something I'd normally read, definitely more of a teen thriller/action sorta book. This could easily be made into an action movie.

Coping with popularity, beauty and celebrity status, from a teen/college age point of view, may seem a bit trite but honestly, this book works well. Let your inner class warrior go and enjoy a funny page turner.
The review said 'Gossip Girl meets Spy Kids' and i'm not going to disagree with that, despite not being able to sit through an episode of GG. Sure it's chick lit written for a teen market but what girl doesn't want to be a kung fu model? The premise is silly but utterly absorbing. I sat and read the whole thing in a day and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Jun 26, 2007 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kung fu supermodels
matthue roth knows a heck of a lot more about women's fashion than i probably ever will. this was an enjoyable read, but there wasn't much about it that left a lasting impression. offers decidedly more than typical chicklit in that the message resonates, the conflict has some roots in reality. the idea of women being able to fight back against their potential attackers is a pretty empowering one, although i wish they would be able to do it without the aid of secret agents and private jets. get y ...more
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By day, Matthue Roth is a video game designer. His most recent book, My First Kafka, is "eerie and imaginative" (The New Yorker) and "creepy cute" (Wired). He's also the author of the novels Losers, Candy in Action and Never Mind the Goldbergs, and the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and he keeps a secret diary at
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