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Be Strong & Curvaceous (Glory Prep #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can't wait to get back to school at Spencer Academy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she's ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly's worst nightmare. "Mac" not only
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2009 by FaithWords (first published December 15th 2008)
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Jan 06, 2009 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Carly Aragon is is a scholarship kid at the elite Spencer Academy, but she's managed to keep that fact a secret for two terms so far. Hopefully she can keep it up - the last thing she needs is to be a source of gossip around there. She's managed to stay under the radar for two terms by keeping her home life and background a total secret, purchasing a few choice brand-name accessories (last year's fashions usually), and her father sends a limo every weekend (but only because they are in the limo ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness.
This book was awesome!!!!
Heart-pounding action (I took a moment and checked while reading. Definitely heart-pounding.) , knee-buckling romance, and a faith that stands against all odds. Sheesh, I loved this book! Way better than the previous two! This is, so far, my favorite in the series. It was simply amazing. Please read it. So worth your time!
I loved everything about this book (except for the characters keeping secrets about things that didn't really matter). It was awesome.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a pretty captivating novel! Something I'm not used to reading,
and a lot of suspense. I like how Shelley incorporated the qualities of a good Christian
girl among the everyday life at a boarding school, and unexpected events. Carly is a Hispanic
girl who was sent to a boarding school in California because of her parent's divorce.
She has spend two weeks and has made new friends, when a new girl, who will stay in her
dorm storms in. This novel revolves around the different activiti
Jan 04, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and was anticipating the 3rd book. It was worth the wait! This series about 4 friends that meet at a high class high school and go through semester after semester together. What I love is that each book takes a semester from a different girl's perspective, so we are getting inside the head of someone new each time. Each girl is dealing with different issues and circumstances so some things change but overall we find that friendship is really ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Be Strong and Curvaceous is the third book in the 'all about us' series - but it was also very good as a stand alone. The hardest thing about reading it first was just getting the cast of characters set in my mind. Carly, Lissa and Gillian are all students (juniors) at Spencer Academy in San Francisco. They have just started the spring term and upon arriving back at school, Carly discovers that she has a new roommate - "Mac" who we later discover is Lady Lindsay MacPhail, daughter of the Earl of ...more
Sep 10, 2009 Wendi rated it really liked it
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read

In a nutshell: This is a great book for adults and young adults alike. Carly Aragon is instantly likable, and her room-mate Mac has a quick wit about her. As a reader we learn that she is a talented fashion designer, and that she is at the Spencer Academy in San Francisco on a scholarship. She returns from break to find that she has a new room-mate, and later finds that her room-mate has a secret, and is in need of a friend and some help! Throw in a
Apr 09, 2009 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Occasionally, I have to switch gears and reach for something fresh and clean and optimistic—and I can always find that in a young adult Christian novel by Shelley Adina. She has the knack for taking me back to my first crush and bringing out the breathlessness of the situation. That, to me, is true romance, and no one does it better than Ms. Adina does while sending a positive, non-preachy Christian message that’s aimed toward teenage readers.

In Ms. Adina’s latest, Be Strong & Curvaceous, Ca
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Carly Aragon has had a rough start at Spencer Academy. She's a scholarship student who feels that she needs to hide her status from the rest of the school, just to fit in. She's been secretly crushing on Brett Loyola, who is way out of her league. After all, he was dating the It Girl, Vanessa Talbot. And to top it off, she was accused of selling exam scores to other members of the junior class. So she has high hopes upon her return after spring break.

But s
Feb 08, 2014 Kyleigh rated it it was amazing
Carly Aragon goes to a well off school as a scholarship student, which her friends don't know about. Along with juggling her family issues, Carly makes the decision to accept Christ into her heart. But she struggles with accepting who she is and it doesn't help when her roommate, Lady Lindsay MacPhail (Mac, enters her life and causes havoc. Carly learns of an issue Mac is struggling with. As it becomes more personal, Carly must learn to trust who she is, trust Mac, and God as the things she knew ...more
Jill Williamson
Jun 18, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

Carly Aragon gets the chance to help with the big school fashion show. Since her dream is to be a fashion designer, she does everything in her power to make this work. But that means getting a part time job to pay for the fabric she’ll need to make the dress. But she doesn’t want her friends—or enemies—to discover that she’s a scholarship kid. When a stalker starts harassing her roommate, will Carly be able to do what’s right and keep her new friend?

This was my favorite
Aug 31, 2009 Maeve rated it liked it
This book was really intense, and it was actually pretty good. It's mainly about a girl named Carolina Aragon [aka Carly:] who is a Mexican American student with a scholarship at Spencer Academy in San Fransisco, California. Everyone else around her is very wealthy, so she decides to hide the fact that she isn't. But once she gets a new roommate, Lady Lindsay MacPhail or, "Mac", they have to figure out why Mac starts receiving weird, creepy, threatening ---You have to read the book to find out! ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Monica rated it liked it
Carly Aragon knows she can be a fantastic clothes designer. She even knows the kind of dress that will wow the audience and famous designers alike. But Carly is short on funds, so she takes an after school job in a photo shop to pay for material to make the dress. What Carly learns while developing photos will change her life, her school, and will destroy everything her roommate holds dear. What should she do? What would Jesus do? Much better than Fruit of My Lipstick.
Sep 03, 2011 Jacqueline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, christian
My fifteen year old daughter enjoys reading teen Christian fiction, and I occasionally join her in a series. This one is well written, and I enjoy the plots which are never preachy.

For those particularly looking for teen Christian fiction, I will note that these books are steeped in pop culture and contain lots of dating. If those aren't your things, you may want to skip theses.
Oct 20, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This is the best book in the whole series. When I told my friends to read this they didn't like the first two and I kept telling them "Just keep reading until you get to the third book because it is one the best books I have read."
Lexi Muhlenbeck
Jul 29, 2011 Lexi Muhlenbeck rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of the 3 that I've read in this series. It had a lot of suspense and seemed a little bit like a thriller. Definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it to young Christian girls/women.
Sep 01, 2011 Tayler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
This is my favorite book of the series, with many exciting moments and very easy to relate to characters. A fun read, especially for teenage girls, though it's best to start from the beginning.
Feb 24, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot, even though it's number 3 in a series and I have not read 1 or 2 yet. I liked the mystery and reading about how teenage girls can move from hostile to friends.
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Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Glory Prep (6 books)
  • It's All About Us (All About Us, #1)
  • The Fruit of My Lipstick (All About Us, #2)
  • Who Made You a Princess? (All About Us, #4)
  • Tidings of Great Boys (All About Us, #5)
  • The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth (All About Us, #6)

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