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Beyond Clueless

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and finds himself a boyfriend and a new group of friends. Marty feels left out and alone, until she gets a part in the school musical, Into the Wood ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Harry N. Abrams
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I keep passing BEYOND CLUELESS in my Kindle and thinking, "What book is that? It's marked that I read it." Then I open it up and remember. "Oh yeah! That one." BEYOND CLUELESS was a cute little read (with a subplot about sexual assault), but the details just keep falling out of my head.

Marty and Jimmy always thought they'd be best friends for life, but two recent events have strained their friendship. Marty's parents sent her to an all-girls school and Jimmy came out and started making new frien
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5

- Marty's voice really sparkles with fun
- fruit/vegetable nicknames are the BOMB BERRIES
- all the gay friends!!!
- Oliver and everything he did (photoshoot, signs up for assistant stage manager, drive to the lake)
- even those who are (basically) background characters are interesting (kate, jenny, etc)
- nuns! all girls catholic school! not shaving legs!
- the appreciation for twix!
- socialization/friendship dynamics. hanging out with friends of friends who do
Sónia Salgado
This book was a huge disappointment and a freaking mess, here's why:

-> Martha Sullivan. She's a self-absorbed, jealous, selfish and judgmental 14yr girl who loves musical theatre. Now, don't get me wrong, I fucking love musical theatre, but all her flaws made it almost unbearable for me to finish this book. And it takes a lot for me to stop reading a book. I wanted to smack some sense into that girl 99% of the time! She treated everyone like shit! If I ever talked to my parents the way she di
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
(3.5) Really couldn't have been a better title. Really.
Jae Park
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
"Beyond Clueless" is a book about the main character, Marty Sullivan. She's a girl, by the way. It's also a book about teenage angst, but with very different and interesting versions of it.
Marty is sent to an all girls Catholic school and she isn't very happy about it. She will also be separated from her best friend Jimmy for the first time. She is nervous and unhappy about all of these circumstances.
Marty starts to feel better when she meets a new friend, Xiang. Then Jimmy comes out of the
Fifteen-year-old Martha (Marty Sullivan) is definitely unexcited about starting school in a private Catholic girls' school, especially since her best friend Jimmy won't be with her. But she does make friends with Xiang, a musician who amuses her with her antics and her own budding romance and she tries out and gets a role in the school musical, Into the Woods. Jimmy is in the throes of his own first romance with Derek, but he persuades some of his male friends to help out with the production. Wh ...more
Kristen (kaymaldo)
Beyond Clueless was a fun, high school comedy that takes place during a school production of Into The Woods. The story focuses on friendship (making new friends and figuring out how to balance that with old friends) and young love (our main character Marty learns (view spoiler)). I enjoyed the way this story was written and that we got some diverse characters. The fact that I have a musical the ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it

So. Bored. Must. Stop. Reading.

I only read the first 100 pages. Does a story develope at any point or is the entire novel just a whiny 14-year-old wishing her friends would pay more attention to her?
Seriously, Marty has got to be one of the most annoying protagonists I have ever had the displeasure of attempting to read. I caught myself rolling my eyes several times. I wanted to like this cute fluffy tale about friends growing up and coming to terms with their sexualities (especially with music
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The blurb had me at "Clueless" and "Into The Woods", two of my favourite things/probably more formative in my life than I should admit! So I was totally onboard to love this, and it IS lovely. Endearing characters, a charming plot, and lots of realistic emotions that reminded me how glad I am I'm not a teenager anymore! And then I got to the end and lay on the sofa kicking my legs trilling "payoooooff!", which is always a good sign. A really lovely, warm and enjoyable YA novel that I've really e ...more
Sierra Tennant
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash, read-2017, 1-star
DNF at 7%

I just couldn't stand Martha. She was so stuck up and rude and it grated on my nerves. Not to mention I really was not that big of a fan of the writing style.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Personally, I’m a fantasy and adventure reader. I love the way those books excited me and brightened up my boring, repetitive days. But when my friend showed me this book, it quickly became one of my favorites. It just hit me in the face how real it was and how many problems people are dealing with that we don’t even stop and recognize.

In this book, a fourteen year old-- a very relatable age-- named Marty and her struggles with moving to an all-girl Catholic school, drifting from her best f
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
In my opinion I generally didn't enjoy this book very much it isn't bad but it isn't the best. Why ? Well because it doesn't describe much of Marty's high school experience I expected to read well , Marty's high school experience. Furthermore , this book is more about drama. Drama because Marty has had some friendship issues at the beginning of high school and her best friend ,jimmy becomes gay and Marty attends an all girls catholic school which she hates and so since Marty and jimmy don't atte ...more
Katherine Tobiya
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: booktubeathon
I liked this book but it was super predictable and I didn't like the main character a lot of times. But I did like how relatable and easy it was to read, and I liked the plot :) I mostly related to Xiang because she was pretty much how I was in high school and how strict her parents are. Quick easy read :)
Alison Meisch
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
so relatable!! literally loved this book OMG!!! highly recommend reading this its really entertaining and as i was reading this i was actually preparing for a drama show so i really recommend this book!!
Kemzi Onor Ofeosi
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This literally is my favourite book ..YEP it ...definite read
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't like Into the Woods :(
This was a total delight of a book set during a school production of Into the Woods - drama! misunderstandings! romance! betrayal!
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
Beyond Cluless follows a girl named Marty and her adventures of starting (at a private) high school. Her best friend Jimmy is attending a public school far away from her, has come out and has a boyfriend, as well as a tight-knit crew of friends that causes Marty to be jealous. Her new school is completely different and she manages to make a new friend named Xiang. With all of these new changes thrown at her, Marty tries to navigate life and school while feeling like a “fish out of water”.

This bo
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

I genuinely don't remember why I decided to request this from NetGalley, but apparently I did and now I feel silly because I didn't enjoy this book very much.

On the plus side, it only took a couple of hours to read because I skimmed most of it, so I didn't waste too much time.

Some mild spoilers ahead, but I blacked out the really spoiler-y bit.

What I liked:

-Oliver was a nice guy. In another book, I'd have probably
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I could really relate to Marty and understand all her problems. I felt the author did a good job writing about a girl going to a new school, not knowing anyone and seemingly losing her best friend. It was very realistic in those ways and the bits of humor helped to make me stay entranced with the book.

I loved the writing style. It had hints of humor in it even in the most sad or stressed times. I loved how it was sort of sarcastic and yet stayed in tune to the story a
Amanda (Highlights And Hot Chocolate)
Martha Sullivan LOVES theatre. It’s her passion. So when her parents decide to send her to a girls only Catholic high school, Martha’s only condolence is its amazing theatre program, which is staging Into The Woods (with BOYS!). Her best friend for the last four years, Jimmy, is attending the local public school. He’s making new friends and deciding who he wants to be - even finally coming out of the closet! - all while Martha is just trying to keep her head above water with her parents new ‘tee ...more
Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
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This sounded like such a fun book. Kind of like an insight into Glee, if they were working a theatre show and not constantly singing. 

Marty is devastated at the thought of starting at an all-girls Catholic school, and not spending every day with her best friend Jimmy. When Jimmy introduces his boyfriend, Marty begins to question their friendship. Enter Felix, Marty's love interest, and star of the school play. Marty has to juggle friendship
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I'm not sure about this book if I'm being honest. It was good, but it wasn't that good. It was pretty basic. I enjoyed it but I felt like I was reading it just for the sake of it, not because I was invested in it. It was a very strange feeling.

The characters are quite annoying, especially Jimmy. He came across as very selfish. His best friend moves to a new school and he rarely sees her, so the day she can come visit him he invites all his new friends
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-books
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Gerard Villegas
I really wanted to like this book but with the simplistic nature of the writing and the way multiple characters are used, it really fell flat for me. Musical theatre geek and lovelorn straight girl Marty is surrounded by her bevy of GBF's (gay best friends or GBLT besties) who are dealing with their own personal dramas while she explores her chances with the object of her affections, Felix. Add to it that her everyone can see right through her crush except her and you pretty much have a predicta ...more
Tamara (Tamaraniac)
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
Beyond Clueless felt like it really tried but it was rather half baked.
The plot couldn’t seem to decide what it wanted to focus on. It was difficult to follow, and I didn’t really care at all. The characters blended into each other and weren’t particularly interesting.

Beyond that, there were some things in this book that really bothered me. Constant negativity from the main character, characters basing worth on relationships and constantly obsessing over them, and generally bad friendship dyna
Martha Sullivan has been best friends with Jimmy for all time. When her parents decide she is to attend an all-girl Catholic high school, they are separated. Soon Jimmy has a boyfriend and Marty starts to feel left out of his life. Until she makes a friend, Xiang, a girl who has been homeschooled and is dying to live her own life. As their group of friends expands and becomes involved in a school play, Marty learns about friendship, family and love.

This is a comedic foray into the freshman year
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun and fast read with some important tales to tell.

Originally posted on my blog Ashleigh Online

This fun and fast read is a perfect holiday novel, filled with quirky characters that’ll have you giggling away. I can’t say it comes close to making its way into my all-time favourites, but it’s an enjoyable read with some important messages nonetheless.

You’ll first think that the instalove is pretty painful, but be patient because as the story unfolds, you’ll find that Linas makes up for things lat
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Silly me: I thought that the "Clueless" in the title would have something to do with the movie and/or Emma. Not so much. Instead there's girl, Marty, torn from her GBF (Gay Best Friend) and sent to an all-girl's Catholic school where she needs to make new friends and fit in. Said GBF, Jimmy, easily finds friends at his HS, including a boyfriend. Then the school announces its fall musical, Into the Woods, and boys are needed for some roles. Etc.

It's probably perfect for the Sarah Dessen/Stephani
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Linas Alsenas has spent - OK, spends - way too much time singing show tunes to himself in the mirror. He has written several books for children and young adults, including Gay America, Peanut and Mrs Claus Takes a Vacation. His latest book is Beyond Clueless, a novel about teens living in s a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, that is very much like Linas's hometown. Linas now lives in London with his hus ...more