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The author of BOY PROOF is back with a funny, incisive look at a teenage girl whose reign of popularity comes at the price of ennui - until she dares to take off her tiara and do something truly cool with her life.

On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. She has the coolest friends, the hottest boyfriend, the trendiest clothes, and the hippest parents
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Judy
THE CHRISTMAS WEEK FAMILY READ


Continuing my completist reading of Cecil Castellucci's novels. The Queen of Cool is her second after Boy Proof.

I didn't love this one as much but it has highlights. Libby Brin is #1 popular girl at school. She is spoiled at home: even when she rarely gets grounded, she gets out of it. She has her own car, a huge wardrobe, and all the requisite toys. Her boyfriend's mind resides in a lower body organ than his brain or heart.

She lives in Los Angeles and (highlight) s
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Adele
Cecil Castellucci is an author that had only recently bleeped on the Persnickety Snark radar via the fantastic Beige. Queen of Cool falls into a trio of novels that Castelucci fondly calls her LA Trilogy though the books are independent of one another bar setting and girls realising they aren’t who they thought they were.
Castellucci is an author that is easy to gravitate and attach yourself to. She’s brilliant at telling contemporary fish-out-of-water teen tales. Considerably shorter than Beige,
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Laura
I bumped this book up to the top of my to-read list because of a recent complaint from a library patron. She confiscated it from her 13-year-old because it has a hand job and the word f--k 3 times in the first few chapters. But other than that, I found this book pretty tame compared to what else is out there for the YA set. There's no explicit descriptions of sexual acts, just references to them, and the f-word doesn't show up again until almost the end of the book. The book's plot centers aroun ...more
Sara Grochowski
This book has been sitting on my shelf since 2006 - and I'm not even sure where I got it from. It is slim book and I totally forgot about it even being on the bookshelf until I was going through books to take with me when I move downstate. I found this one right next to Boy Proof, Castellucci's first novel, and was intrigued by the summary on the book. It helped that this book is pretty short, but I completely devoured this book. I had forgotten how much I loved Castellucci's writing and story t ...more
Emma (eem3)
The Queen of Cool is a realistic fiction novel. Libby Brin. She is the most popular girl, the best clothes, the hottest boyfriend , and the hippest friends. Even though Libby has the most easygoing parents. She is dying of boredom. Then, one day she surprises everyone, including herself. She signs up for a internship at the Los Angles Zoo. Her friends start to think she is becoming a loser because Libby becomes friends with Tina (aka "Tiny"), and Sheldon. Libby realizes that the Zoo is more fun ...more
Rio
While a quick read, a day tops, "The Queen of Cool" characters have little redeeming qualities or personalities. Libby Brin, the hippest in her school and looked up to by many, soon becomes bored with the label and self-destructive. Inappopriate sexual acts, excessive drinking, and a lack of concern for anybody's feelings make her quite unlikeable. Castelluci tries to make this self-absorbed teen a bit more rounded by tossing in a zoo internship, entirely out of character, but the main character ...more
Audryaunna Amateis
Nov 30, 2014 Audryaunna Amateis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Audryaunna by: Annie
Shelves: ya-books
Awesome. This book is about Libby Brin who is the all around cool girl. She has the top line friends, fashion, boyfriend, but something more is missing. Libby group of friends is the wrong crowd. They make fun of a girl named Tina. Libby is a B student she gets whatever she wants from her father even when her mother disapproves. She she thinks she has everything until she signs up for an internship for the local zoo. She ends up working with Tina and Sheldon who, by her standards are losers. (vi ...more
Celeste
I actually did not like this book as much as I wanted to like it. I didn't like the writing style or the main character. I know she's supposed to be this stuck up popular girl but I never really felt like she really changed or learned much. I guess she learned something but I'm sure she's still the judgmental popular girl that will always judge people even if it's not to their face. Even the other characters such as Tina were not likeable and judgmental themselves even if not outright. I just di ...more
Daysia

In the book Queen Of Cool by Cecile Castellucci. Libby Brin is the queen of the school, her life isnt very interesting until and she decides to change that by doing the unexpected.

The book shows how many high schools deal with drugs, sex and drama. Libby's life begins to change when she signs up for an internship. Her partners are not what she expected but she soon realizes there not as bad as she thought.Her friends don't approve of her new vision in life. They use the queen bee of the school a
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Sarah
I felt like this book was made for 13 year olds who have sticks up their butts. In this book, the main girl was very snobby. And not very smart. She becomes friends with new people, but that's it. Not that great of a moral. Or a storyline. She goes to work at a zoo. Whoop de doop. Not very good. I suggest this book for pre-teens. I mean, it could seem really bad to me because i'm 17, and i'm not young enough to think this is a really cool book, but whatever. I didn't like it.
Carien
Jun 15, 2014 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
After reading Tin Star and Boy Proof, I wanted more, so I picked up The Queen of Cool.

Just as Boy Proof, this story is about finding out who you are and where you belong. But instead of Libby being someone on the outside, trying to fit in, she is part of the popular crowd. I found it refreshing to read how a teen who outwardly seems to have it all, is so full of questions and doubts.

I loved reading how Libby starts to realize that popularity isn't everything, and that the important thing is to b
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Emily
Libby is one of the popular kids at school, but she's dissatisfied, bored of everything including her popular friends and her own popularity. On a whim, she signs up for an internship at the zoo, where she is mortified to be working with an astronomy nerd (who wants to be an exobiologist) and a little person, Tina ("Tiny"), who her group has always mocked.

This book has what I love from Cecil Castellucci: the conviction that teenagers can be awesome people when they have goals and useful things
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Julie
Remember back in the high school days of what you thought cool was and those who were considered cool did you ever wonder about them or what they did or what problems they may have faced in life? Libby Brin is the cool girl. She has a wild character, panache and even seems courageous. Her life seems free from too much attention from parents or even teachers. She seems as if she could do or have anything in her life without major consequences.
Yet, life isn't always so carefree for her, inside of
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Ringo The Cat
The Queen of Cool is one of Cecil Castellucci’s three LA-novels. Just like Boy Proof and Beige, it is set in Los Angeles, and follows a particular ‘scene’ in the city of Angels. This time, the angle is more science-related as the main character decided to do an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo, in an attempt to change her life(style) and find what’s lacking in her life.

Libby Brin is an IT-girl. She has the coolest friends, she throws the greatest parties, she is a natural born leader at her loc
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Dena Landon for TeensReadToo.com

Libby Brin is the popular girl. She has the right friends, the right clothes, and goes to all the right parties. Where she leads, the school follows, from "pencil day" to "funny walk day." But she's hiding a deep, dark secret. She's bored. No matter what she does, she doesn't feel alive. Which might explain the temporary insanity that causes her to sign up for an internship...at the zoo. When she's assigned to a team with two of the biggest losers in s
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Tracy
I HEART CECIL CASTELLUCCI! I love this book. Libby's cool clique rules the school, but Libby is bored out of her mind. She signs up for a zoo internship to stop her mind from unraveling, meets different people, and finds a way to get away from the zombies.

"There are these crabs in the ocean," I begin. "They get into a fisherman's net, and they're too stupid to get out. They just can't figure it out. But every once in a while, one crab figures out how to escape, and the other crabs go crazy and p
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Eden
I kind-of-loved this book - WAIT! Scratch that! I absolutely adored this book! I thought it was pretty funny , and a nice way to finish my reading goal... Yep, I finished yesterday, or the day before, I honestly can't remember. And now I have to make a new one. Less than 40, but higher than 25. Man, I have a lot more time on my hands than I think.
Anyway , back to the point... *mentally slaps myself* I thought this book was interesting. I lately realized I have a habit of judging books by i
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Su
I started reading this book quite casually and didn't really expect anything out of it. I didn't read any review prior to it either. But turned out I liked it.

It started off as a little bit boring. I thought it was just another fluffy teen fiction where the characters thought they were just too cool to care about anything. It also started that way with Libby and her friends; they were the cool crowd, they started the new trends in school, they hated everything else and Libby was always bored. I
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Kimberly Hirsh
I really enjoyed this book. It surprised me in many ways. I'd never read anything by Cecil Castellucci before, but I know a bit about her (I almost interviewed her once, then decided I couldn't take the time to do the interview justice) and expected her main characters to be kind of hipstery thrift shoppers with cool glasses and entertainingly affected speech patterns. You know, the kind of people I like to have as friends. Instead, I found out that the Queen of Cool was ACTUALLY, you know, cool ...more
McKenzie Richardson
Wow! This book was surprisingly good.

I think I bought this book when I was in middle school and it has been sitting on my shelf untouched since. Now I finally got around to reading it and it was amazing. From the plot summary, it sounds like just another teenage reform story, but it is so much more.

It's a quick read but definitely worth it. Castellucci delves into the lives of teenagers and touches on issues that aren't expressed as often in books for teens, like feeling depressed or trying to
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Alex
Jul 14, 2012 Alex added it
Recommends it for: Bored &/or Depressed Teenagers (as they could relate)
Shelves: coming-of-age
I spent a very long time reading this book but that's no fault of the author or the book or anything like that. It wasn't hard to get through and really I've found to really relate to Libby, the main character in the book.
Even though I was never really the most popular kid in school this book sort of has given me a renewed realization of the fact that really, it shouldn't matter how cool your friends are. Just that they're real friends to you. That you enjoy being around them and trust them.
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Jocelyn
This book is horrible. It is all about getting drunk underage and cursing and boyfriends cheating on girlfriends and that sort of stuff. in one part of the book the parents by beer for libby and her friends, even though they're all under 21. seriously, don't waste your time trying to read this. it took me a few hours when i could have been doing something productive. to the author: why even bother to write a book like this?



















































































































































































































































































































































































































































Krysta
It was a good book. Learned some stuff i should think about for myself. Would totally read it again if i had the chance. She talks about how she doesn't feel like she belongs with some of her friends anymore. So she takes on an internship and she decideds she likes the people she is working with. Soon after she quits being friends with her "old" friends and starts hanging out with her new friends.
Brooklyn
I got this book thinking 'hey this'll be a good book to read in my spare time" but I was soooooooo wrong. This book was so gross and inappropriate for my taste. Some people may like this book but I kind of hated most of it. I liked certain tiny parts but other then that it was down the drain.
Zhen
"The Queen of Cool" by Cecil Castellucci is a fantastic story about a popular teen named Libby who signs up for an internship at the zoo when she signed her name because she was bored.So she decided to look for something to do. Until she did, she couldn't believe it. Only two names were on the list and one of them were hers and another teen called Tina also known as Tiny because she is very short and small. Compared to Tiny Libby was a very popular girl until when they were posted together as a ...more
bjneary
I have read and loved all of Cecil Castellucci's books and graphic novels and this book is no exception. Castellucci's Libby Brin is the coolest, cutest girl in her school but she keeps feeling like she is bored, restless, and I thought, at times, depressed. She has potential, could get good grades but instead she decides to take an internship at a zoo and is partnered with a fellow classmate that she makes fun of with her friends in school. As she takes notes with Tina/Tiny and low talker, Shel ...more
Rachel
A little surprising with the curse words and sex talk compared to the other two books of hers I've read. But once I got past the beginning, I started liking the main character as she grew and changed.
Jaemi
Libby Brin is an IT girl. She's funny, her parties are legendary, and she starts trends, whether she means to or not. And yet, she isn't happy.

Libby is bored. Her friends bring her no comfort or joy. Her parents are going through changes, which travel down the line to make further impacts into the sudden non-sense that is her life.

When Libby signed up for an Internship at the Zoo she was confused, but when her friends razzed her about it she decided to see it through. In the end she gets herself
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Ingrid
Libby is part of her high school's upper crust; she and her friends are the coolest. Written in first person, the "queen of cool" tells her story very simply; it's all about what happens when Libby starts getting bored with her life and her friends. She realizes that they never really do anything. In this mood, she decides to sign up for an internship at the zoo - something a cool person would never do. Though she regrets her decision almost immediately, she follows through and slowly discovers ...more
Dewdropmon
I don't normally read books where the main character revolves around one of the popular girls....mainly because I was never one of those girls and never really wanted to be but I saw this book in the giveaway thing here and I thought I'd try for it and I'm glad I did. At the beginning, Libby seems like your typical rich, snobbish, girl, leader of the popular clique but there's something missing for her. Life seems dull. So she signs up for a zoo internship and as the story progresses she finds w ...more
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star and Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon).

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