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Teen Idol

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  16,771 ratings  ·  680 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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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Spreeha for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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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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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.

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Paige Miller
Feb 20, 2008 Paige Miller rated it 5 of 5 stars 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.
Mishma Nixon
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...more
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 differe...more
Howdy YAL
To see full review and Hollywood Analysis click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...

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...more
Steph Su
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...more
Deondra Cherry
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...more
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...more
Andrea Hussey
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...more
May 01, 2009 Ruhama rated it 3 of 5 stars
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’...more
Jenny Greenley is the “mayonnaise” – the girl who keeps everyone together. Teachers and parents see her as the typical “good neighbor” type of girl who would never get in trouble. This is why when superstar and hottie Luke Striker comes to Clayton High to research the part for his next big hit, Jenny is chosen to guide him around and make sure his identity stays secret. At the same time, she has another big secret: she’s the Annie of the Ask Annie column. She’s great at giving advice, but deep d...more
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Myra Khan
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...more
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...more
I have no idea what makes me read Meg Cabot's books. They are always written in the same voice with no character development whatsoever because all characters are perfect. And unrealistic. Not everyone is a princess. Not everyone is a descendant of a witch. Not everyone saves the life of the President. Not everyone is a movies star's date to a high school dance. Not everyone can talk to spirits. Blah, blah, blah, blah.... You get the point I guess.

Then why did I give this book 5 stars? I hate ch...more
Kristina Boshyan
I chose to read this book because the girly cover caught my eye. This book is about a girl named Jenny, who's known for being good at keeping secrets. The school staff knows about this because she's the newspaper's anonymous advice giver. Since the staff knows they can trust her, they put her in charge of keeping the identity of Luke Striker, a big celebrity, a secret when he tries to do research for his role. However, keeping a secret like that in high school isn't easy and soon the whole schoo...more
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
Aiman Rahim
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...more
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
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...more
Trisha W.
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
I liked this book a lot...


(Spoilers in this very short review)

I really liked the main character (Jen). I liked how real she was. I liked how she changed and grew as a person during the story. I especially liked the whole plotline with her best friend Trina (who I hated at first, liked much more at the end).

I liked the Hollywood actor guy too (Luke). Originally I thought this was going to be a story where famous rich Hollywood guy falls for the plain Jane (a trope I love, but still)...more
Briza Ramirez
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After reading such a dark novel like Glass by Ellen Hopkins it was nice to know that I could always count on good Ol' Meg Cabot to put my head in a better place. Like many of her novels (and not just her teen fiction books) "Teen Idol" is a nice light hearted novel, a perfect vacation or "beach read" as some may call it. Teen Idol is like a made for TV movie (one that belongs on the ABC family channel) in its sense that its not this huge complex tale. If your looking for a nice easy read...more
Jessica Thomas
This is one of my favourite stand alone books by Meg Cabot!! The storyline and characters are amazing!! The story ends completely different to what I thought was going to happen!! I love how it surprised me with the pairings!! Throughout most if the book I thought Jenny was going to end up with Luke!! I was surprised and glad she ended up with Scott instead!!
Kylah Polidore
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Ever wonder if one of your classmates regardless if you know them or not could really be like a...celebrity?

Meet Jen a girl who's known for keeping things at bay and well keeping secrets. That's when she's going to have to keep the biggest secret ever.

It concerns a celebrity that's coming to her school to research a part in his upcoming film.

Along the way, Jen may have to question herself and certain feelings for a certain friend she didn't realize until now. I just finished reading it and mus...more
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Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more
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