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Girl Wonder

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  346 ratings  ·  93 reviews
It's senior year and Charlotte Locke has just transferred to a new high school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future starts to seem like a black hole.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, and rich. As her new sidekick, Charlo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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The book may be entertaining, but I was expecting a little bit more. I read a couple of teen books about girls falling for the wrong guys and screwing everything up and losing herself and finding herself again and parents with problems or not enough caring or... the list can be very long. Since the pattern in this book is not new, I expected it will surprise me with something else. It could have been the main character or the situation or how she gets out of it, but instead of that it bored m
Reading GIRL WONDER was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to look away as Charlotte drove herself full-tilt into disaster.

Crap starts piling up and Charlotte doesn't handle it well. Her parents, who are part of the problem, are too self-absorbed to notice, let alone help. Left on her own, sad, desperate, and trying to fit in, Charlotte makes one bonehead move after another.

On a certain level, I couldn't relate to Charlotte because I've never had to deal with her kinds of problems - Hallelu
This really was a great book, and I loved it from the first few pages. Girl Wonder was a realistic coming-of-age story, both charming and flawed at the same time. Charlotte was an amazing main character and it was very easy to relate to her, while also seeing both the good and bad pieces of yourself in her personality. She was slightly sarcastic, cynical, and insecure. But she was also endearing, and her narration of the story made you want to keep reading. Honestly, I couldn't put this book dow ...more
This was one of those books that took me a while to get into, but once I did, I was hooked. The beginning is a little slow and actually, the main character isn't all that interesting. She doesn't have any kind of hobby that would be interesting to read about, and she doesn't even have a great personality that might make up for it. Despite this, I still enjoyed the book and here's why.

Girl Wonder is honest. It doesn't shy away from difficult topics. And though Charlotte, the main character, has a
This book is about so many different things, but mostly it is about life. It is the story of one girl's journey that is very entertaining to read and leaves you with a hopeful, optimistic outlook on life in general (without being cheesy).

Charlotte has always been in the gifted and talented programs at school. She excels at reading and writing... but she is diagnosed with a learning disability when it comes to numbers. When Charlotte switches to Shady Groves school, she is unable to enter her no
Oh this book was really amazing! I love it, which is why this is more a 4.5 stars for me!

This is the story about Charlotte who is surrounded by a smart and successful family. Her mom is a Professor, her dad a popular author and her little brother is a super genius which is why the moved into a new town so that James can attent a school for gifted people. Charlotte is smart too but she has a learning ability in math and is just a normal girl. But it truly doesn't help that everyone thinks she is
Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust)
I had to flip to the front to see when this was published because the dialogue and descriptions made this sound like a book from the 70's or something. The word
snazzy' was used quite frequently. Charlotte's twelve-year-old brother cursed every time he spoke. The characters were a bit unbelievable.
The way the school was described didn't seem real. Maybe it's like this in some other cities, but walking in and seeing a syringe in the wastebasket of the bathroom doesn't seem realistic to me. The
Moving is difficult for any teen, and particularly difficult in your senior year. Making Charlotte's life worse is that she has a learning disability for math while her brother is a genius. Why Charlotte hasn't been given more tools with which to deal with her math issues is beyond me, but because of them she's not allowed to enter her new school's Gifted and Talented program. That the new school is a public school and not one of Seattle's many private schools is a huge disappointment to her fat ...more
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

Charlotte has felt inadequate in her family of Ivy League graduates, critically acclaimed authors, and professors ever since she found out she has a learning disability, and now that the family has moved to Seattle from Florida and she didn't get accepted into the private school with her brother, she must attend public school. But even at the public school, the gifted and talented program rejected her because of her math grades. Charlotte feels lost until she meets
The Library Lady
This is reminding of the M*A*S*H episode where Trapper John says "Welcome to the Henry Blake Cliche Festival". Welcome to the Bad Teen Chick Novel Cliche festival.
Start with the girl who doesn't fit in, add a hot, treacherous girl who befriends her, the hotter guy who uses her, the sorta dweeby guy who really is "the one" and a younger precocious sibling. Add sex, drugs, clueless teachers and clueless parents with major issues of their own.

And then, to add the icing on the crappy cake, add numer

I wanted to like this book, I really did. And it was perfectly ok in parts. I mean, I think a lot of teenage girls might actually like it. But, as a consumer of some really spectacular young adult fiction (John Green, Libba Bray, Lauren Oliver, etc), I found it far too predictable and quite frankly, way too trite.

Girl meets the right boy, but has no idea, and is turned off by his slight dorkyness (although he's absolutely gorgeous, just has strange hobbies, like mushroom hunting). Girl then
Mistydawn Thrash

Okay, I admit it, I'm 38 years old and adore reading the young adult books.

Young adult books are like fudge. They are sweet. You go through them fast and wonder what happened to it all. Makes you sick if you over-indulge. You find excuses to find a way to indulge even if it's not the timing isn't right. Young adult books are sinfully, deliciously, a treat to devour. As an adult I think I can relate to a storyline better then my teen daughters because I have already "been-there, done-that". They
I give this book 2.5 stars. I didn't like it, mostly because it depressed me (not in the good way) and I knew all along she was making bad choices, and I didn't want her to make them. The ending was it's only good part in my mind, but I did really like the end.
Nicole Wong
I picked this book off of shelf in Fordham University. It was just sitting there and even those who browsed the small library seemed to ignore it. I was drawn to it because I teach at all girls public high school and the protagonist was the age of my students. It seemed like it might be a silly, predictable read. Although some parts were indeed predictable, it was really nice sitting down and reading the content. It was realistic fiction and talked about several themes plaguing students today: s ...more
Miss Page Turner
It's senior year and since her parents decided to move, Charlotte has to attend a new school and with that make new friends, too. From the beginning Charlotte's story is all about her school life.
She has a learning disability and isn't very good with numbers. GIRL WONDER shows that you can't be good at everything and even if you have flaws and weaknesses you should still be respected and not treated any differently for it.
So GIRL WONDER has all the main issues occupying a teen's mind. School da
This is really a 3.5 star book. I liked the growth of the main character that we got to see in this book, but its predictability made me lower my rating. From the moment that Neal and Amanda came into the picture I knew that none of that would end well. I predicted that he would be a jerk, Amanda would be a terrible friend, and that they would end up together. I also did not like the fact that she ended up with Milton (I mean I feel like a strong, independent character such as the one she became ...more
A Canadian Girl
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin is a fast-paced debut exploring themes like friendship, family, sex and drugs through the eyes of a girl trying to figure out who she is and her place in the world. With a father who is a famous author, a mother that is a professor and a genius younger brother, Charlotte feels like a misfit because she has dyscalculia. When her family moves and Charlotte is forced to go to public school because of her learning disability, Charlotte meets Amanda and is thrilled when th ...more
17-year-old Charlotte recently moved with her family from Florida to Seattle. Not only is she dealing with leaving her old life, but she has to start a brand new school and try to make new friends. Her brother is a boy genius, attending a private school for accelerated students. Her parents have very high expectations for her, but unfortunately Charlotte never feels like she can live up to their standards.

A few weeks into school, Charlotte finds herself friends with one of the most popular girl
First Novels Club
GIRL WONDER by Alexa Martin, due May 3rd from Hyperion, caught me off-guard. I tend to be pretty picky about my contemporary realistic YA fiction. I mean, I'm a Sarah Dessen fan (is there anyone who isn't?) and if I've got a big box of tissues handy (and someone to hug later) I'll gladly curl up with a Laurie Halse Anderson, but I have to admit that I don't branch out nearly as much in this area of YA as I do for the fantastical stuff. So when I got an ARC of this book from NetGalley, I wasn't q ...more
Bethany Larson
From the minute I started Girl Wonder, I felt a bond with the main character, Charlotte. I was her in high school—the smart, hard-working girl who knows she's smarter than her standardized test scores say she is; the people pleaser whose biggest fear is disappointing others; the girl who desperately wants some social mobility in the hierarchy of public high school popularity; the girl who will do anything to get the attention of THAT guy.

Yeah. I was her. In fact, the parallels between me and Cha
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
Hyperion Books, 2011
292 pages
YA; Contemporary
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not much like this book, largely because of the character of Charlotte. And it was not because she made a number of incredibly stupid decisions (although she did) but because her motivations were imperfectly described for me and I did not like her.

First her parents have uprooted her from Florida to Seattle, meaning she has to make a
May 05, 2011 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Girl Wonder was a hard book to read, so summing up my feelings isn’t easy either. And when I say it was hard to read, I don’t mean that I hated it and didn’t want to finish it, I mean that it was intense and personal. There isn’t much going on besides Charlotte’s friendship with Amanda and her relationship with Neal, but I’ve been in a situation almost exactly like this before, so even if I didn’t care for the pace and other characters and plot as a whole (which I did!) this story still drew me ...more
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
This was a heartfelt debut novel by Alexa Martin that I really enjoyed. Charlotte Locke has a learning disability that makes her see numbers strangely in math, even while she excels at other classes. With a university professor mother, and author father, and near genius-like brother, Charlotte's disability turns her into the "odd man out," so to speak. Her disability becomes less of a nuisance and more of a brand that stamps her as a failure.

And a failure is how she feels. It was agonizing to wa
Girl Wonder is the perfect gift for the 11-15 year-old girl in your life. Some YA fiction crosses over easily to the adult audience, and while I found Girl Wonder enjoyable in the same way that I enjoyed the Princess Diaries series, I think its target audience of teen girls will absolutely ADORE this book. It offers the familiar theme of awkward girl facing a new and hostile environment as she starts a new school in a new city, but Martin’s fresh voice puts a unique spin on this classic trope. R ...more
3.5 Stars

Charlotte is an average girl in a not-so-average family. Her father is a famous writer, her mother a professor and her little brother is a genius. When she moves with her family to a new town, Charlotte doesn't get accepted into the private school that her brother gets into and is forced to attend public school. She doesn't fit in and feels out of place no matter what she does.

When she meets Amanda everything changes. Amanda is not only popular but has a thing for getting into trouble a
After moving to a new town and a new school, Charlotte Locke, struggles to find a place where she can fit in. After being refused admission to the GATE (Gifted and Talented) program at her new school because of her learning disability in math, Charlotte feels like she is stranded in a sea of substandard education; until she meets Amanda (aka Girl Wonder). Amanda is everything Charlotte wishes she could be, confident, intelligent, and fun. As Charlotte begins to enjoy the newness of popularity,
Because of her math learning disability, Charlotte is bumped down from the Gifted and Talented program at her new high school senior year, and things seem like they'll only get worse. But that's until she meets fearless, beautiful, brilliant Amanda: Girl Wonder. Charlotte's her new side kick, and that brings her closer to Neal in the elite debate team clique. Yet just as everything appears to be coming together, it all starts falling apart.

I didn't have particularly high expectations for GIRL WO
I'm sitting here just thinking what I should about this book. Because honestly, I'm not sure. Let's just say that it wasn't what I expected, but that could have been me not reading the summary thoroughly enough.

I struggled a bit with this one, because I couldn't really connect to Charlotte. And I really, really hated Amanda. Gosh, she was so annoying! And so full of herself! Ugh, she made me want to bitchslap something. And don't even get me started on Neal, the sneaky bastard! It took Charlott
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Charlotte Locke transferred to a new high school for her senior year and often feels judged for her learning disability in math. In her family, she is surrounded by high achievers and Charlotte is just trying to find her own way. She meets Amanda, a rich non-conformist, who takes Charlotte under her wing. She also meets Amanda's friend, Neal, who happens to be Charlotte's dream guy. They all join the debate team, hangout, and attend crazy parties, but Charlotte finds that she is losing herself a ...more
Kathryn (Beastie Books)
I was very surprised by this book. A lot of books deal with "finding yourself" and peer pressure and fitting in with people for all the wrong reasons, but Alexa Martin has created something that feels real.

It took me a while to get into Girl Wonder because some of the plot points didn't really pan out. The fact that Charlotte had a learning disability didn't really go anywhere, nor did the fact that she wasn't in GATE. But then again, these were things that helped transition the story into its m
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Alexa Martin is the author of GIRL WONDER, a novel for young adults. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives near Seattle and complains about the weather a lot although she secretly likes the rain (don’t tell!) For fun and torture she runs long distances on muddy mountain trails. Over the years she’s worked a lot of random jobs in trying to keep t ...more
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