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Better Off Famous?

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Fame is awesome, right? Partying every night at the hottest clubs.Hanging with the coolest stars. Having your picture in every magazine. Yeah, that's what Annie Hoffman thought too. Until she became a celebrity.

All Annie ever wanted for her sixteenth birthday was a driver’s license and a spot at Julliard’s prestigious high school violin program. Well, she got neither. But
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Annie Hoffman can't seem to get anything right. She can't get her driver's license, making her the only almost sixteen-year-old without one, meaning it's back to the buses. She can't get into Juilliard, since apparently she doesn't have much talent playing the violin. She can't get the guy of her dreams to notice her. And she can't get out of her stupid school with its stupid lunches.

One thing Annie can do, though, is make a t
This is the third book I got out of the library this year, and I'm done with it. I really like Jane Mendle's writing style - it's funny and the character of Annie had me laughing a lot. I do think that her "woe is me" diva act was a bit overdramatic, but then she's a teen so she has a reasonable excuse. I was sort of assuming the paparazzi would have done something way worse to her to make her act that way with them, but then the whole point was that she was being a diva and not treating people ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
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Nov 14, 2014 Allison Kong rated it it was amazing
The book Better off Famous? by Jane Mendle was a very interesting book to read. The author put a lot of description into the book and it made me want to keep on reading the book over and over again. The plot line is really interesting and intriguing and the characters are very cheerful, for the most part. Also, the book left a clear image in my mind when I finished it. In my opinion I really liked this book because of all of the characters and their personalities. New York, in my opinion, fit ...more
This was the second book I'd read concerning a teen that had become famous and consequently turn her life upside down and as I didn't enjoy the first, I would definitely say I was wary approaching this text. However my worries were soon forgotten as I delved into this book. It had a steady plot, was written pretty well and ended on a good note with the hope of a bright future for the main character. Pretty good 3 star book :)
Jul 27, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book could have been good: the build up took a long time. The main character seemed to keep doing everything wrong, one thing after another. But the ending resolution happened way too fast compared to the build up. Suddenly everything was peachy and mistakes are fixed. Otherwise an okay book, but the ending was unrealistic.
Nov 15, 2009 Cocomacha rated it it was amazing
Well, it is really a pretty good book. I kept flipping the pages wherever I went and eventually finished it in an hour. It's really good for teens and I love Annie's character where she learns from her mistakes and everything. Really good.
Dec 16, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
The main character, Annie, is constantly referring to herself as a dork or inarticulate. Yes Annie, you are most definitely both. Congratulations! Now quit wasting time whining about these facts to others in hopes that they'll tell you otherwise. Get a dictionary and expand your vocabulary.
Mari Cuthbert
Jun 29, 2009 Mari Cuthbert rated it really liked it
It was an easy and fun read. I thought the author cleverly showed how easily it was to get caught up in the moment.
Jun 17, 2008 Snow rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Dec 04, 2014 Zo'e rated it really liked it
In really liked it. It was a fun easy read and I read it in like an hour. One I could read again and I will totally be looking for more from this author in the future.
Sep 08, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
An excellent read for young adult fans. This story follows the main character from rags to riches and asks many of life's pondering questions.
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Jane Mendle is the author of the young adult novel Better Off Famous? and Kissing in Technicolor, a novel for adults.

She is a supervisor at the University of Oregon Psychology Clinic and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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