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The It-Girl

(The It Girl #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Hilariously funny and deliciously romantic 'clean teen'' fiction for teens. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison.



Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don't they?

Anna Huntley's aims in life:

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Egmont
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Maddie
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books, ukya
Attempting to follow in the footsteps of Geek Girl, The It Girl takes a normal, funny and slightly awkward girl into a completely alien situations, with fame attached. The only unpredictable thing was the presentation of the step mother and sister-to-be. They were lovely! Otherwise, I'd pretty much seen the plot in a mixture of Hilary Duff movies.

Still, I enjoyed what I read, even if the communication between characters was outdated. (Did no one in this book have a phone??) and look forward to
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Really loved this one! Funny, with great characters. Wonderful message about friendship and being okay with who you are. Loved Dog.

I recently read and really enjoyed The It Girl by Katy Birchall. I was lucky enough to hear a little bit about this book from the author at a recent book event and it was really interesting to listen to Katy talk about her own personal experiences that went into writing this story and how she went about it. She also read aloud an excerpt and it was absolutely hilario
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Norina Zhang
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Anna is hiliarious character. Readers can easily relate with Anna's clumsiness, her family, and her lack of athleticness. This book was slightly simple, and it was slow-paced. I think the theme of this book is embrace your craziness. When her dad startes dating Helene Montaine, a famous actress, Anna's life is pushed in to the spotlight. Anna does not like this, especially because people may think bad of her. Anna changes her hairstyle, clothes, and attemps to be friends with the "popular crowd" ...more
Marie the Librarian
It was an okay book. Anna is superannoying at times. Shes naive and feels younger than 14 a lot of the time. But the story was okay, even if it was a bit predictable.
Bee
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Sometimes I felt the humour was a bit try too hard and not for my taste. Plus, some of the joke executions would not have worked well in the note/email format that the author kept pushing. I don't know anyone who emails their friend instead of just texting them? Even if you're on the computer, your phone is normally next to you! So the email chains and the note passing (even in class you would text instead of passing notes!) really jolted me out of the story. It's a real
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Stevie
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think this book is definitely aimed and the younger teens, probably 10-14. Anyone who enjoyed Geek Girl will love this. It's very clean and sweet although with bit of an obvious conclusion, and I thought the message ("Just be yourself!!") was hammered home a bit unsubtly, but despite this it's good fun and it did make me laugh out loud on several occasions. I really liked the relationship between Anna and her Dad, and I think "Dog" might be one of my favourite fictional pets! A few of the char ...more
16PrattI
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Caitlyn Teplitzky
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A possible theme for this book is we all have our daily problems throughout our day but we can get through them just like the main character: Anna. She manages to get by with her clumsy and crazy personality with her two new friends: Jess and Danny. She also has a dog that helps her. Some problems she has had is her dad getting remarried to a famous actress: Helena Montaine and now going to big events with her new sister: Marianne. She has never does any of this before and now the popular girls ...more
Sophie
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*


Originally posted at: http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....

I honestly didn’t have any expectations of The It Girl other than that it was supposed to be funny, and boy was it! It was exactly what I needed.

When I picked up Katy Birchall’s debut, I was in the middle of a classic novel that I’m trudging through and after a string of distinctly ‘meh’ novels that I wasn’t too bothered by. Then Anna came stumbling into my life, being dragged along by Dog and I didn’t stop smiling until I
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Erin Pradeep
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle-graders, 10-14 years old
Recommended to Erin by: No one, I found it in the library
This was a "meh" from me. I don't really have any issues. It was just a fun, fluffy and quick read. *grins"

"Invisible/Lonely/Outcast/Normal Girl"'s relation marries "Famous Someone" consequently, throwing the "Outcast Girl" into stardom.
Drama which consists of "Queen Bees" & "Hot Popular Boy" befriending Girl and Best Friend feels excluded.
Drama which included "Best Friend" promised something by "Was-Outcast-Now-Famous-Girl" but didn't keep by "WONF Girl" and now, "WONF Girl" is left alone.
Oh n
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Michelle
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first saw The It Girl on NetGalley I wasn't too sure what to think, but after reading a sampler sent from the publisher I could not stop laughing, so I knew I had to read this.

Anna, the protagonist, lives with her Dad who interviews celebrities for his job, she is a geek through and through, and has two great friends, Danny and Jess, who are always at her side. After a freak accident involving a bunsen burner and the hair of the most popular girl in school, her social status has surprisin
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fiction.prescription
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Me, Suzy P. by Karen Saunders and fans of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
The It Girl would suit kids around the age of 10-13, not young adults. This is probably why I have mixed feelings about this book. Anna is an immature attention-seeking drama queen who makes a big deal out of everything. I persevered, and at times it could be funny and even relatable, particularly the situations that Anna’s dog got into. I found it amusing when Anna was in the hall cupboard and her father was talking to her through her bedroom.

However, for the most part I didn't like Anna, and
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Aisha
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
“You’ve spent your entire life complaining about not being popular and, now that you are popular, you want to be unpopular again?”

That pretty much sums up the book. The It-Girl is the typical story of a girl who’s defined by her weird status and how her life changes when she becomes popular. I liked Anna with her obsession with her dog, her quest to watch movies before her time and easy going personality. The book had many funny moments alongside cringe worthy/embarrassing moments which made me
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Ms. Yingling
Library copy

When I saw this compared to Louise Rennison, and that there was an "It Girl in Rome" book, I knew I needed to read this. It was fun, but there were a lot of parts written in e mail, which my students find a bit risible these days. Still, school and family drama is always good, and starting with setting a lab partner's hair on fire accidentally is a great beginning. Are there any middle school girls who use hair spray these days, though? Feeling a bit conflicted on this one, but think
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Michaela
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so GOOD! I laughed so much and found that me and the main character have so much in common!
I really liked how Ana changed throughout the book and how she totally did the right thing for a friend (view spoiler) It really made me laugh everytime she said something about Dog, because let's get real, WHO THE HELL NAMES THEIR DOG 'DOG'?!
Really funny, thought-provoking and real!
Loved it!
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Katey Lovell
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anna is thrust into the limelight when her dad starts dating a celebrity. Suddenly she's no longer the geek with bad hair and a penchant for Marvel superheroes. Except she still is, deep down...

I loved the humour in this book, the blended family, the friendships and the slapstick comedy. And the lists! They're just hilarious, and as a list maker myself, let's just say I relate.

This was a quick read that made me laugh a lot - if you love Louise Rennison's books, you must try this.
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Sarah Alexander
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! Review to come asap!
Kirsty
Gah I'm struggling this eve. Giving up on this and giving up on reading for the evening. ...more
Chelley Toy
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on www.talesofyesterday.co.uk

Okay so I thought I would try something a little different for this review *gulps*

Whilst reading and loving The It Girl there were several exchanges between Anna and her best friend Jess via email with often hilarious conversations.

So I thought I would email my lovely friend Sofia from www.thereadingfangirl.wordpress.com and tell her all about this book and have a little catch up!

Here's what happened....

From: Chelley.Toy@zingmail.co.
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Gold Dust
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Tries too hard to be funny (like just about every sentence), but often succeeds.
Similar to the book "Big Mouth & Ugly Girl," because it's about teens who exchange e-mails. This book was published in 2015, so it seems kind of old fashioned for teens to be exchanging e-mails instead of texting. I assume even most 12 year olds have smartphones nowadays. I was using mostly instant messengers myself as a teen in the early 2000s.
May look like a long book by its page amount, but it's actually short bec
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Mia
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The It-Girl" is a realistic fiction story by Katy Birchall. The story follows a quirky, middle school girl named Ana, along with her beloved sidekick, Dog, and her other family and friends. Ana is not very popular, and feels kind of lonely when suddenly her world is flipped upside down. Her father is marrying a famous movie star- and Ana has to navigate the new pressures that come with being famous, both in the outside world and in her own. I would compare this book to a cliche movie, because t ...more
Jdtolbert2003yahoo.com
This book was fun. Anna is an awkward 12 year old. After moving to a new school she has two friends and desperately wants to be part of the in crowd. Though she wouldn't put it like that she would say she doesn't want to embarrass her friends and is afraid of loosing them because she is a nerdy dork with no social skills.

Her fathers engagement to a movie star makes her suddenly popular. Her inexperience causes her to realize almost too late that some people like you for what they can get from y
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Leah
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to read this book as I had a HUGE reading slump, however I did really enjoy this book.

I did prefer the beginning to the end as it seemed more rushed.

I adored reading a awkward girls life, as a teen could relate to. This book had a meaning for me, to never forget who I truly am and who truly mean something to me.

I would recommend the read. I thought maybe it repeated it’s self a lot, but if that’s a kind of book you like I definitely recommend the read.

It’s a great book and s
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Nafisa
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Zoe
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia Huntley, weird, loser geek has been thrown into a new school where you follow her on a crazy weird life adventure.

When her father gets engaged with a famous actor, Anna’s life has gone turmoil. With plenty of ups and downs and lots of drama with friends and fake friends, the grand finale is one you can’t miss!

What an absolutely hilarious novel! I cracked up too many times. The characters are very unique and real in its own fictional way. Bring on ‘Team Awkward’
Paul Greenhalgh
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!!!

This book definitely deserves five stars it is SO hilarious! It is also real like the things that people say in the book is what would actually happen in real life. Plus it is not a really predictable and cheesy and I think it has a GREAT ending! It really encouraged me to be myself. I can't wait to read the next one!!!!!
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Bella Jenkin
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was very fun and interesting to read. It started off as really relatable because I’m in middle school but then it changed to a more fun and more imaginative story that made sense but wasn’t boring. I really like this book. It is hard to explain but worth reading.
Sennur Ayhn
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I won't say that I didn't like it, but the story wasn't that exciting and it was hard to finish. I'm sure that it's not my type and that's why my opinion is not so good. ...more
Roxanne
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
💕💕the Best
Becky Bll
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
{3.5 Stars}
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Katy is the author of several young adult novels including The It Girl series, the Hotel Royale series and Morgan Charmley: Teen Witch. She is the co-author of the middle grade Lightning Girl series and Star Switch with Alesha Dixon, and the Find the Girl teen series with YouTube stars Lucy and Lydia Connell. Katy was proud to be the author of a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma for the Awesomely Au ...more

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