This is a review on…Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noël
Warning: Spoiler (and I reveal the ending).
Another good book from Alyson Noël! If you’ve read this analysis, you’ve probably seen my reviews for other books Noël has written. After I read Evermore and Kiss and Blog, I found this book in my school library, and decided it was worth a try. So I checked it out and read it.
The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Rio Jones who’s just moved from New York City to small town Newport Beach. Rio’s family members are her dad, who travels for his job; and her mom, a former almost-super model who wants her daughter to be popular, so she pushes Rio to wear all these expensive name-brand clothes, like Juicy Couture and Burberry. Rio, however, doesn’t want to be popular; she prefers to be an art geek.
A girl in Rio’s English class, Kristi Wood, invites Rio to sit with her at lunch. Kristi’s best friends are Kayla and Jen Jen. At first you might think Kristi and her friends are these great, well-meaning girls, but they’re just the opposite. Kristi is the queen-bee of Newport Beach High School, and Kayla and Jen Jen are her little followers. Kristi portrays this fake image of being a nice girl, but she’s not. She’s stuck-up, conceited, and a total snob. Unfortunately, after Rio joins Kristi’s crew, she losses all the values she held at the beginning of the novel, and she experiments with drugs, becomes slightly darker, but more popular at school. Eventually, she becomes more popular than Kristi.
Well, Kristi can’t tolerate that. So she gets back at Rio by calling her a loser. At Kristi’s party, a game of truth or dare gets out of hand and after Kristi makes out with Rio’s boyfriend, Rio kisses Kristi’s crush, a cute guy named Drew. But after she losses her virginity to Drew (as opposed to her boyfriend), Kristi finds out and swears Rio won’t have a single friend on Monday.
True to the threat, Rio goes back to school Monday, and no-one is talking to her. After enduring multiple insults from supposed friends, Rio stands up to Kristi and tells her off. She also tells Jen Jen and Kayla they shouldn’t put up with Kristi.
Jen Jen and Kayla follow Rio’s advice, and Kristi ends up getting expelled from school for having alcohol in her locker and for writing a swear word on Rio’s locker.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I really feel about this book. Sure, I like it, but the storyline is pretty predictable: There’s a new girl in town, snobbiest girl in school invites her to sit with her friends at lunch and join the group...When I was reading this book I was thinking about Mean Girls. I like story lines that I can’t predict; characters whose choices surprise me. Rio’s choices didn’t really leave me open-mouthed in shock.
So while I liked this book, I think I’d give it a 3/5. The three is for the popular snobby girls (Mary Sue’s), the predictable story line, and the character of Mrs. Jones. Why did we have wait until the end of the novel for Mrs. Jones’ to accept her daughter’s choice about popularity, that she doesn’t want it?
Art Geeks and Prom Queens is on my list of fave books, but near the bottom (meaning it’s kinda bad).