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Confessions of a Not It Girl

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Jan Miller is a senior in high school who’s convinced she is destined to lead the world’s least fabulous life. Her college application deadlines are looming and her French homework is taunting her. And she never seems to say the right thing around guys, unlike her best It Girl friend who knows the moves and lines to catch an older, adorable, sophisticated boyfriend. But Ja ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published April 1st 2004)
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For the love of cheese why?! I honestly wanted to chuck my Kindle into a pool of toxic acid while I read this. Is common sense and communication dead? I didn't like how the characters were portrayed. The only thing I liked was when Jan got rejected by the nerd. I guess the book just isn't for me.
Oct 27, 2007 stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
ugh. i slogged through this simply because i'm almost physically unable to give up on a book once i start, and i kept thinking, "it has to get better than this. seriously."

unfortunately, no. the main character is annoying as hell, her best friend is a carbon copy of every other new york-based YA/chicklit socialite, and there isn't even any real interesting growth going on. not to mention, my guilty pleasures are those name-dropping chicklit books, and this only really referenced shopping at barn
Apr 05, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it
CONFESSIONS OF A NOT IT GIRL follows the story of Jan Miller and her misadventures in and out of love on the high school scene. She is your typical boy-crazy girl who may be more in love with love than any actual boy she meets. But then again, she is young. She has all the time in the world to mature and learn some hard lessons. I really liked Confessions of A Not It Girl. It was funny. It was entertaining. It was just so right in that light-hearted m&m's way. The book's central focus is on ...more
Tali P
Apr 07, 2013 Tali P rated it really liked it
Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor was a very good book. Its about a girl named Yuan(she pronounces Jan), who's a senior in high school that happens to have a best friend who's a rich model. The whole book talks about her crushes, complicated life as a senior, and tells her story of being a not it girl. The message of the book is that you need to try to be the best you can be.
My favorite character in the book is her crush Josh because of his personality. He stands up for what he bel
♡Ann  Matalines♡
“Life would be so much simpler if guys were like mood rings, and they changed color when they liked you.”

She is a regular teenager who is a awkward to her crushes. She was deluded by her fantasies which is all the time. She is so dreamy and assuming which is the worst considering how complicated high school boys are. She is judgmental, materialistic, ungrateful and has the worst timing in the world but despite her thousand flaws I begin to like her. I know that her quality on being mean and indi
Alessa Biblioteca
Jun 30, 2008 Alessa Biblioteca rated it did not like it
Shelves: finished
I read this in a matter of just a couple hours. The only reason I finished it is because I hate not finishing a book. Everything that happened in it was rather lame and the ending was cheesy as all get out. I don't suggest this book to anyone older than junior high.
Jan 13, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it
Jan (pronounced "Yahn" as in Jan van Eyck) Miller's life is anything but glamorous, especially compared to the life of Rebecca, her bonafide "It Girl" best friend. "Confessions of a Not It Girl," Melissa Kantor's debut novel, follows Jan as she tries to make her mark despite her very non-it-girl life.

That isn't to say Jan's life is rough. A senior at Lawrence Academy in Brooklyn, Jan lives with her parents in their private brownstone and spends weekends gallivanting about town with Rebecca. Jan
Astri Nardi (Asuka Mai)
Apr 12, 2015 Astri Nardi (Asuka Mai) rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
*Review ini disertakan dalam 13 days Reading Children & YA Literature

Jan Miller, selalu mengeluhkan penampilannya terutama bagian bokongnya yang lebar. Ia bersahabat baik dengan gadis cantik, keren dan gaul, Rebecca, yang selalu membantu Jan dalam menentukan pilihan berpakaian. Rebecca ini salah satu gadis yang dinobatkan oleh majalah remaja NewYork sebagai cewek gaul, maka Jan lumayan beruntung bisa mendapatkan ilmu tentang berpakaian atau tips mengenai cowo yang ditaksir. Namun, Jan tetap
Mar 10, 2014 Jeffy rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-again
Honestly, I had high hopes for this book. I love Gobblers, they are those girly books that you can enjoy in one sitting and they're just so much fun. This book? Not so much! First of all, considering how much I love romance, I was expecting at least SOME romance.
You know how much romance was in this book that wasn't actually imaginary? Two paragraphs, if even that. At the end.... of the book. And all they did was kiss, like what the hell? It's not romance, it's not love, it's CRAP.
In the whole
Jul 17, 2009 Maziel rated it it was amazing
This book was a great way of learning not to rush things with your private lives. I enjoyed this book very much, because I got to imagine and learn how Yahn Miller really liked this guy named Josh who doesn’t recognize her. While she tries to earn his attention, she asked her best friends opinion on how to get him who's an it girl compared to yahn. Finally, as yahn gives up and stops chasing after Josh he goes after her in a heart beat and then they fall in love.
Yovano N.

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Jan Miller. Jan dibaca "Yahn" loh. Salahkan orang tuanya yang memberinya nama aneh itu. Untunglah teman-temannya banyak yang tidak tahu hal itu tetap memanggilnya Jan, dan ia juga tak mau repot-repot mengoreksi mereka. Jan bukanlah cewek populer. Ia selalu mengeluhkan pantatnya yang sebesar truk (iya, Jan memang agak lebay soal ukuran pantatnya). Maka dapat dikatakan ajaib bahwa ia bersahabat dengan cewek secantik dan segaul Reb
TEENS Holmes County
Aug 19, 2010 TEENS Holmes County rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Reviewed by Rebecca C.

A girl who is trying to find love but keeps putting herself down because she doesn't have the perfect New York body and her "fairytale" love scene.

The book was interesting because it was relatable because it points out that we all focus on our flaws while other people don't make such a big deal about them.
Jul 14, 2010 Nian rated it really liked it
Confessions of a Not It Girl has an awesome combination of a funny and charming protagonist, laugh-out-loud situations, and a cute but quite stereotypical love interest. I loved Jan and her scripted scenarios, but often times, her obsession over Josh made her unbearably annoying. However, her energy and wit made up for it.
Caroline Briaddy
Jun 12, 2014 Caroline Briaddy rated it liked it
Confessions of a Not It Girl got a 3/5 because i feel that it didn't get interesting until the last 40 pages of the book. it was really dragged on for a lot of the book i feel like nothing was happening that kept you captivated as a reader until the end of the book. the book itself was very bland, by that i mean the characters were very bland, the parents, her, her best friend, just every one was not interesting enough to really keep you wanting to read more and more of the book. although when i ...more
Christy ramirez
Jul 19, 2010 Christy ramirez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Christy by: my sister
this has to be my favorite book of all time, it was ridiculously funny, and i enjoyed this book so much. just thinking about it, makes me want to laugh. oh how i adore this book, every teenager out there should read it. i absolutely recommend this book!!!!!!!!!
Jun 29, 2014 sublimosa rated it really liked it
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Sep 27, 2007 Ally rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls who love chick lit
it was a pretty good book, but there was no depth. well i guess what do you expect with a title like that. overall, acceptable
Jan 02, 2008 Marilee rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA girls
Picked this up at the AHS library. Not bad for some of the more "girly" girls. Not too sappy...just a bit.
Jul 26, 2011 guppy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: truly-awesome
I was laughing a lot while reading this. It's probably the funniest book I have read!
Jun 29, 2010 Beck rated it it was amazing
so cute! and its so hilarious i was chuckling the entire time!
Mikaela Tynski
Oct 18, 2014 Mikaela Tynski rated it liked it
Shelves: 9-first-term
'Confessions of a Not So It Girl' by Melissa Kantor, is about a Girl named Jan Miller and her best friend, Chic Magazines one and only It Girl, Rebecca Larkin. Needless to say, her BFF gets all the guys. What will Jan do to get noticed by her crush, Josh? How will she cope with college essays just around the corner with homework piling up? Jan is sure in for a wild ride! I got this book from my cousin, and started reading it because she recommended it to me. I would recommend this book to anyone ...more
Beth Rodgers
Dec 04, 2015 Beth Rodgers rated it really liked it
'Confessions of a Not It Girl' by Melissa Kantor takes readers right into the mindset of Jan (pronounced “Yahn”), who thinks (and sometimes professes to know) that she doesn't have high hopes in the areas of guys and popularity. Even though her best friend Rebecca is basically a rising socialite with infinite prospects of guys, colleges, and everything else Jan could possibly want, her life feels dull and unaccomplished by comparison.

Being a senior in high school is hard enough, let alone feeli
Tori Keefe
Jan 18, 2010 Tori Keefe rated it it was ok
Confessions of a Not It Girl, by Melissa Kantor, is about an insecure high-school senior girl named Jan. As Jan faces the insecurities involved with having a best friend who was voted, It Girl of the week, by one of the most popular teen magazines, she finds herself falling in love with a new guy at school. Being the brother of the little girl she babysits, Jan's crush encounters Jan on a nearly day-to-day basis. Throughout the story, Jan lives her unexciting New York City life in her townhouse ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I'm not sure if it's because I needed something that wasn't overly heavy and dark or what, but it was funny and witty and pretty believable to. Well, I'm not sure if a senior in high school could have made ALL of those intelligent and witty quotes and whatnot, but it was delivered in such a funny and believable way I didn't mind. I actually snorted while reading this book, causing my boyfriend to look at me strangely when I did.

I ha
Jade Asistores
May 27, 2013 Jade Asistores rated it really liked it
Let's step into the world of teenage high school. A girl like Jan is like any regular high school girl. She's awkward, shy, insecure, and has no clue whatsoever about relationships. That's realistic, and so true to what many girls feel like. That is what made me drawn to a character like Jan; her realism.

Of course, not only does her name sound weird like it's from a different era but she is best friends with New York's It Girl which would totally make her more insecure about herself than ever.

Julia Novitski
Oct 21, 2013 Julia Novitski rated it it was amazing
The book Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor is a well thought out story about the average High School Senior. In this case, Kantor created the character Jan (pronounced Ya-hn) to provide realistic instances in which the average High School girl would encounter such as body image, boys, college applications and her ever-so embarrassing parental units. Kantor really elaborates on how the everyday High School girl feels; nervous, shy and absolutely clueless when it comes to the likes of ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na, contemporary
I wavered between three and three-and-a-half stars on this one, but in the end decided on a solid three. There were things about this book that I really liked--Melissa Kantor's dry sense of humor really cracks me up, for one. Jan's imaginary dramas were a cute touch, though eventually they did get to be a bit much. (I'm normally totally in favor of denial and living in an elaborate fantasy world, but they just seemed to go too far, even for a high school senior.) Jan's comments and asides are of ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it did not like it
She's a senior in high school. She's hung up on a boy named Josh.

98 pages into the book, and nothing really worth commenting on.

152 pages into the book, and still nothing really worth commenting on.

247 pages of a girl with no self-confidence, some bad luck, and some bad analyses of things. Everything centers on her relationship, or lack of it, to one particular boy.

And that's the entirety of the book. At least it's funny at times, but otherwise it's a massive waste of time.
Dec 21, 2010 Chrissy rated it it was ok
An insecure teenage girl named Jan feels plain, dull, and unoriginal, especially next to her best friend Rebecca, who happens to be a beautiful, well manicured "it girl" celebrity (of course). Jan, torn between major crushes on two popular classmates, eventually narrows her sights to Josh, the handsome son of her mother's friend.. who, of course, appears to be uninterested.

If it sounds like a story you've heard a billion times, it's likely because it really is. There's nothing particularly uniqu
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
Honestly, I could not wait until I finished reading this book. And it wasn’t because it was really good; it was mostly because I found it horrible. I mean the main character Jan puts herself down because her best friend is named an “It Girl” in this major magazine but she walks around thinking that she’s pretty much irresistible to all guys. When I got to the end, I was pretty much not surprised by the ending. I mean don’t get me wrong, some of the stuff in this novel was actually pretty funny b ...more
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