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Teen Idol

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  21,616 Ratings  ·  863 Reviews
High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the pap ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2004)
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I liked this book, in ways that I really didn't think I would. I had pre-conceived ideas about Teen Idol (I mean, reading the back cover synopsis who wouldn't?) But Meg Cabot did something she tends to do a lot --something I tend to forget and therefore don't give her credit for-- she surprised me!

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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 01, 2016 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it did not like it
DNF at 30% because:

- The story narrator is supposed to be sixteen, but she sounds twelve
- The audiobook narrator has the most irritating voice I've ever heard
- Dull, dull, dull, dull
- Plot's going nowhere, and it's doing it slowly
- Everyone's been fooled by the super famous Hollywood star's awesome disguise of ... glasses
- Hollywood star gets labelled 'sensitive' because he stands up for someone who is being bullied. No, that makes him a fucking human being.

Nope. Just nope.
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 04, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing
This was every bit of what I expected from Meg Cabot. Yeah, the setup is beyond unlikely and not just the celebrity vising the high school part. But all the unlikely bits make perfect sense in a fun story with people I came to care about and an engaging plot. And, of course, Jenny was a lot of fun to spend time with and joining her while she learns who she wants to be and what she's going to make important in her life was just outstanding.
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Jul 12, 2015 Fafa's Book Corner rated it did not like it
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I had read this book back in September 2015. I was going through a Meg Cabot funk and I was really excited to read this. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The book begins with a piece from Dear Annie. A girl was having a dilemma with her grandmother. Her grandmother thought that everything said girl had an interest in is going to send her to Hell. The girl has no idea what to do. Annie responds saying that her grandmother is crazy a
Sep 28, 2012 Mishma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teen Idol was the book which changed my opinion of ‘pink covered books’.After going through a lot of hideously pink covered ‘Mary Kate and Ashley’s and ‘Hannah Montana’s in the library shelves,I was actually disgusted with the colour pink.

So you can imagine my eagerness to read Teen Idol.Note my sarcasm.It was also my first book by Meg Cabot.And from what they say “First impressions are the best ones”,I thought she is one of those authors who write nonsense.

But,boy,I was wrong.Teen Idol was abso
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jenny Greenly has been everybody's best friend or, like her REAL best friend called her, mayonnaise. She even helps out people with them not knowing it's her. You see, Jen is the secret advisor, Annie, who people go to to solve their personal relationships. She does the layout and the other secret thing (being Annie) for the Clayton High School Register in Clayton, Indiana. Of course, only the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a few other administrators
Jul 08, 2012 MJ rated it liked it
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I often forget about Teen Idol and it's not because it's a bad book, in comparison's to Meg's other titles this one is sort of....well, just there.

The book itself has fairly decent characters and it the storyline is solid enough. But it's nothing special. And perhaps that's what my problem with it is.

The plot is pretty generic, good girl Jen's life is changed when movie star Luke Striker shows up in her
Apr 02, 2011 Marlee rated it it was ok
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Nov 08, 2016 Mireille rated it it was amazing
Oh, I just really liked this. I loved Jen, and how she was mayonnaise and secret sauce, and how she wielded so much power through niceness. I liked her secret identity a lot, and how she cared about her latin teacher's doll, of all things.

I really liked that a hot movie star came to school - secretly! identity porn! - and that he became friends with our heroine but was clearly not meant to be her love interest. And Scoooott, I thought he was so dreamy, with the reading of dystopian books as a m
Miriam Mathew
Sweet and romantic. I found it extremely satisfying. This is one of those reads when after a tiring day, you just lean back against your couch, prop your feet up on a stool and start to read. It was nice to see that the heroine- a character who always has to be the "nice" person, grow up into someone who can actually take a stand. I found Luke and Scott extremely lovable as well; they're just perfect.

Paige Miller
Feb 20, 2008 Paige Miller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: River, Jordan, christen,
Very good. Please try it! I loved it. Girl next door gets to be a movie star's school guide, discovers her love has been with her all along.
Jun 06, 2012 Lint rated it it was ok
Dear Annie,

I love him. He doesn't know I'm alive. What do I do now?



Dear Desperate,

When you figure that out, could you please let me know?
Because I haven't the foggiest idea.



Jen's your typical 'girl-next-door.' She's nice, she's caring and she will always be there to wipe your tears.
Jen was, what you would call, a 'goody-two-shoes,' and could get away with a few things.
Luke, a teenage heart throb, and once he got to know her a little, had told Jen that she could make a differ
Sidi Bao
Oct 30, 2016 Sidi Bao rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it! It was quite different to the books I usually read but I'm quite happy I ventured outside the box. The ending really surprised me and I can't say I liked it very much but overall, this book was interesting and exciting! :D
Steph Su
Feb 08, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, comfort-read
Even better than The Princess Diaries series, TEEN IDOL is the story about a girl-next-door who learns to use her influence to change the world. (Okay, not the world. But at least the people at her high school.)

Nice girl Jenny Greenley has a secret position on the school newspaper: she's Ask Annie, the unofficial school psychologist who gives advice to anyone who writes in. Only the school administrators and Scott Bennett, her friend and the newspaper's editor-in-chief, know about her extra job
Jun 29, 2016 Lanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young teens who like chick lit
Well. This was pretty.... "Meh" feeling. You know what I mean?

I shelved it under "realistic fiction" but that might be a BIT of a stretch.

I found "teen idol" far fetched and silly. Which might have been the point, but really, I mostly just found it tedious and dull. The romance seemed forced with little chemistry. Both Scott and Luke were ok as far as Young Adult male characters go (so many are creepy stalker asshats) but both were pretty underdeveloped and bland.

Seriously? Why is he called "s
Andrea Hussey
May 28, 2012 Andrea Hussey rated it it was ok
Another typical Meg Cabot book. I just don’t like it because it’s so unrealistic and childish. Like a young girl wishing to be with a movie star, the whole princess, fairy tale type thing that I just don’t go for. Meg Cabot is all about these plots that would never happen in real life. How many movie stars would come to somebody’s high school like this?

And the style is writing is the most annoying I’ve ever read. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be funny or what, but having the character say, “I
Aiman Rahim
Nov 20, 2013 Aiman Rahim rated it it was ok
The only reason I continued reading this book when I started it was because I had high expectations...Until I found myself on the last page.

The plot BORED me. It was just too predictable. Meg Cabot can come up with such awesome story lines for her books yet decided to make this cliché with no purpose.

Time for inconveniences!
The only disguise for a superstar who everyone knows is a damn pair of glasses. Sunglasses. What ever. And it works. Wow, just wow.

This girl (main character) is well known f
Deondra Cherry
Mar 26, 2014 Deondra Cherry rated it it was amazing
Meg Cabot’s “Teen Idol” was one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read. In this book Jenny has to try to keep teen star, Luke’s, identity a secret. It turns out this wouldn’t be as easy as she thought.

I’ve never been able to relate to a book as much as I do now. Just like Jenny, I often help a lot of people with their problems. I know how hard it is to keep secrets, that are worth telling. This book is also relatable to “ How to be Popular”, also by Meg Cabot. In this book both of the lea
Kylah Polidore
Nov 20, 2013 Kylah Polidore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Mar 17, 2014 Briza rated it it was amazing
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Myra Sullivan
Jenny Greenley is "Ask Annie", the writer behind the advice column in the school newspaper. Jenny handles everybody's problems and always makes sure to smooth things over, thus making her everyone's friend. But when teen heartthrob and superstar Luke Striker comes to their small town, Jenny finds out that maybe it's more important to stand up for what you believe in than to try and make the rest of the world happy.

Ugh. Big disappointment. :/ I read 70/30. That is, 70% for plot and 30% for writin
Jun 02, 2012 Natali rated it it was amazing
Okay, first things first. I have some odd connections to the main characters of the story. Usually, I'll find a book where it's like, "omg! They like acting too? And they like photography? What a coinky-dink!" But there were some seriously weird connections to me and this main character. 1) She lives in Indiana. 2) She loves reading and finds the chance to argue about them with anyone. 3) She is also in show choir. 4) She is also an alto. 5) She is a junior in high school. 6) She is on her schoo ...more
May 01, 2009 Ruhama rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Jen cannot believe that Luke Striker (of TV and movie fame) is coming to her high school in her podunk town in Indiana. AND that she’s been asked to keep his identity a secret while showing him around as he observes what a day in the life of a high school student is like.
Eventually his cover is blown, and girls everywhere are screaming that they love him and they can’t believe that Jen knows him, etc. etc. Jen also decides to take a stand and not be the nice girl that everyone likes anymore—she’
Mar 31, 2010 Diana rated it liked it
Shelves: 11th-advisory
Teen Idol
By Meg Cabot
320 pgs
ISBN: 0060096187

Jenny Greenley, a high school junior, is the greatest at keeping secrets. Because of this ability, she's the anonymous advice columnist in the school newspaper. She's so good at keeping secrets that she's the only one who knows the true identity of Mr. Hot Hot Hollywood star, Luke Striker. Because Luke makes it so difficult, soon everyone, meaning everyone, knows his secret and Jenny is involved in this big chaos.

I like the writing style of
Sep 13, 2011 (yikes) rated it really liked it
This has reminded me of why I love reading Meg cabot's books. Her strong heroines are the absolutely BEST.
I really like Jen. She's... mayonnaise. Yes. She smoothes over everything, and cares about everyone.
She helped Cara, doesn't hold grudges, and has a spunky personality. Olus the fact she doesn't go moony-eyed over the movie-star.
I really really really liked this book. It had no posessive girls, or fighting with the 'In' Clique- mainly because everyone likes Jen. This book switches between J
Krithika Sundar
Nov 09, 2015 Krithika Sundar rated it liked it
Meg Cabot is the master of short but inspiring reads.

It doesn't matter whether you aren't a great at anything you need a good heart .

Jenny is this normal girl at school and she's the nice girl. Puts up with everything and picks fights with no one. She's assigned to help Luke, the new guy at school but the catch is he's an actor that wants to get a feel of high school where he can be a normal guy without being recognised and do some method acting for his next movie. Every girl is literally in lov
May 29, 2010 Rashda rated it it was ok
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Jul 28, 2010 Tringa rated it it was amazing
I used to be a huge Meg Cabot fan. I loved her books in middle school! When I heard about this book, I became very curious to read it and I made a good choice! It was a page turner and had an interesting plot. It's about an average girl, Jenny, who ends up being assigned as this huge Hollywood's star's guide at school. Her high school, located in Indiana, is not used to having stars like Luke Striker (who just so happens to be a huge teen idol) attend. Jenny is required to keep his identity a se ...more
Trisha W.
Jan 04, 2010 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, read2010
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the character of Jenny. She kind of reminded me in high school actually. Everyone always came to me with their problems, not that I ever asked them to, but they did. In some ways it was nice to know people trusted me enough to tell me these things, but in other ways I wish I would have been listened to more. Which is the same thing that Jenny goes through in this book. You feel bad for her towards the middle of the book. And I actually found it quit humerous t ...more
Aug 26, 2007 Kim rated it it was ok
UPDATE: Finished this on my way to work this morning. Overall, not a huge fan. I do think it partially had to do with the fact that the girl's voice really annoyed me, but overall, I just didn't enjoy the story all that much. It wasn't horrible, but it just wasn't my cup of tea at all. I'm wondering if her other books are better...

I am actually listening to this book in the car right now, because I went out of town this weekend and the CD I made didn't work. So I went to the library to get a boo
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