The Queen of Cool

The Queen of Cool

eBook - 2006
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Bored with her life, popular high school junior Libby signs up for an internship at the zoo and discovers that the "science nerds" she meets there may have a few things to teach her about friendship and life.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763662189
0763662186
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Gr4c13
Jun 17, 2014

Yeah, I totally agree with most of you people on here. The story line is pretty flat, all the characters are static and the only character who is really "rounded" is the main character. Stereotypes are overused (the "popular" group) and the author must be reading too many gossip girl websites to draw information from. Sorry, I was not impressed by this.

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Sangkari_29
Apr 28, 2012

I dont like this book either

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roxygirl101
Apr 28, 2012

i didnt really like this book

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DavidB
Apr 26, 2009

I'm kinda disappointed in this "young adult novel" by Mz. Castellucci.

It tops out at 166 pages and those pages are pretty small. The writing is concise and straightforward; nothing flowery here but the narrator is self-aware, introspective and full of good'ol teen angst verging on the edge of depth.

As the story starts out I had nothing but contempt for the self absorbed protagonist and her self-indulgent life but it quickly becomes apparent that she isn't as has happy as she seems. She hates her life, feels nothing and needs change. This inability to feel anything prompts her to go to the zoo.

It's fitting that while at the zoo the protagonist must observe the behaviour of the animals. From the start of the book I was analyzing the actions of the "cool people" with the morbid curiosity of a social anthropologist. I was reminded of the words of F.Scott Fitzgerald who said that the rich are not like you and me and that to understand them, you have to approach them as you would foreigner and maintain that viewpoint.

The first half of the book interested me from a psychological perspective but the later half became lame and succumbed to the cliche. That's why I'm disappointed with Castellucci; It started out so strong talking frankly about sex, alcohol, drugs and teens and then seems to fall apart near the end. This book is no Catcher in the Rye from a girl's perspective. Castellucci is no Judy Blume either but her writing has it's moments.

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DavidB
Apr 26, 2009

Sexual Content: Teen girls engage in various acts just to make boys like them and reaffirm their self-worth.

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DavidB
Apr 26, 2009

I push the door open and start to run. I see almost nothing. A flash of fabric. an ogling face. The sound of shrieks. A cackle. An adult screaming to stop me. But I am still running, past the jocks and the cheerleaders and the math club and the vogue girls and the sun surfers and the extremers and the young politicos. it is me and my feet on the floor and my goal: the doors at the other side of the gym. I make it. I run down the hallway right into the bathroom and dive into a stall. I take the brown bag off my head and let my hair spill out as I lean my head forward. I put my face in my sweaty hands. Instead of laughing or feeling thrilled, I have to bite the inside of my cheeks to keep from crying. What is wrong with me? I feel no difference from that moment of running to this moment of crying, and the next one, the one where I open my garbage bag and calmly put my dress back on.

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