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Girl Wonder

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  408 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, Charl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2011, age-ya
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
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
The Library Lady
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 nume
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Charlotte Locke’s family moves to Seattle, Washington her senior year of high school, Charlotte is naturally disappointed. But when she begins school and learns that she’s been bumped into lower level classes because of her low math scores, Charlotte knows the school year is off to a bad start.

But then she meets Amanda, otherwise known as Girl Wonder. Amanda is confident, gorgeous and popular. Her pink hair sets her apart, and she knows it and loves it. Charlotte is intimidated and fascinat
Karla Nellenbach
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was ok

The first day of Senior year finds Charlotte Locke at a new school with no friends, a math SAT score so low that she has to go to (gasp!) public school--regular classes, not the gifted and talented program she is used to--and quickly approaching application deadlines for colleges she has no hope of getting into anyway.

Enter Amanda Munger, resident Girl Wonder. With an electrifying mop of hot pink hair, the kind of book smarts that makes the AP classes look like child's play, a track rec
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Every now and then I stumble across a book that I'm completely conflicted about. After finishing Girl Wonder I'm still sitting here trying to rein my thoughts in enough to write a coherent review. See, Charlotte's story makes a lot of sense. I've been the girl in her shoes for a lot of situations, and even if I haven't experienced them all myself, I know that they exist. At the same time it seemed like Charlotte's life caused her to go through every single trial that can happen to a young person ...more
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: Charlotte just moved with her genius little brother, her professor mom and her newly famous author father to the Pacific Northwest. now, all she has to do is prepare herself for college, make friends, and otherwise be a huge success during her senior year while being horribly socially unaware and with zero idea of what she's doing. hopeful cringing ensues.

Charlotte Locke is smart. she's clever. she's witty. she's sweet. and she's lost. after moving to a new school her senior
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noticed about GIRL WONDER, by Alexa Martin, was the fabulous cover. The colors are gorgeous -- vivid and bright against the stark black background. And while I do my best not to judge a book by its cover, this was definitely a cover that made me more curious about the pages inside.

Our wonderfully flawed heroine, Charlotte, has been forced to transfer to a new, strange school just in time for her senior year. (Tragic!). To make matters worse, she's been denied entrance into the
Mistydawn Thrash
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok

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
First Novels Club
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sara, reviewed
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
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2011
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
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it

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
Bethany Larson
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley
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
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Relocating across the country is never easy, and for Charlotte Locke, who just moved to Seattle to start a new school at the beginning of her senior year, things couldn’t get any worse. She has no friends, her parents’ marriage seems to be crumbling before her eyes, and her low math scores kept her out the private school her parents expected she would attend. Then Charlotte meets Amanda, the charismatic, rebellious Girl Wonder who seems to have the key to everything Charlotte is looking for (con ...more
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This book was a little disappointing to me.
It grabbed me in the prologue when we meet Jessie and Kara, two ten year old girls who are best friends, hanging out in a tree playing a make-believe game on the grounds of their elementary school. They've been playing this game since the first grade and while they know it's time to stop playing make-believe games, they just have so much fun doing it that they can't stop. The game is over when a teachers aide comes for Jessie. Jessie's mother and father
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
Melanie Goodman
Charlotte Locke is a small fish in a big pond. Her mother is a professor, her father a famous writer, and her little brother a genius. Charlotte is relatively average, her giftedness in language arts balanced out by a learning disability in math. When her family moves right before her senior year of high school, Charlotte is unable to gain admittance to the fancy private school where her brother will attend or the Gifted and Talented program at the local public school. Stuck in regular classes w ...more
Megan Alabaugh
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows it's hard to be the new girl, but for Charlotte Locke it seems impossible. It's hard to fit in when you move during your senior year. To make matters worse, because of her math-related learning disability, she is not allowed into the gifted program. Things at home are bleak too. Charlotte stresses about her mom's health, when her dad isn't away talking about his best-selling book he nags her about college applications and learning to drive, and as usual, her genius younger brother ...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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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This was a very enjoyable read – I liked the plot and the characters (to some degree) and overall, found it endearing. The book is your typical coming-of-age/self-identifying novel where the main character, Charlotte, learns a lot about herself and the world around her.

Charlotte was a character that I constantly changed my opinion on. There were times when I liked her and then there were a great many times when I found her tiresome. The o
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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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