True Confessions of a Trendsetter
Hi! I’m Kat. Welcome to my blog. I may be from a small town but I’m also Glitter Girl Cosmetics’ newest trendsetter. Thanks to my flair for fashion and my popular style blog, I’ve been chosen to be an Alpha Girl, which means I get to try out all the Glitter Girl products before they hit the stores.
Forty-eight hours after she blogs about the goodies in the new line, every girl at Kat’s school is sporting the gear. Kat’s popularity skyrockets, but Jules—Kat’s BFF—seems to be the only one who’s not buying into the Glitter Girl lifestyle. Is Kat willing to sacrifice her friendship for life in the fab lane?
About the Authors
Toni Runkle began her writing career at age 4 when she scrawled on a lampshade in crayon. Despite getting in BIG trouble, she continued writing (books, blogs, screenplays). She lives in Valencia, California with her husband and daughter who are understandably grateful that she now writes on computers instead of furniture.
Hailing from a small town in South Dakota, Stephen Webb now makes his home in the small town of Los Angeles, where he enjoys annoying his wife and daughter by singing show tunes at the top of his lungs. He loves softball, cheeseburgers, and his family, although not necessarily in that order.
Kat has developed an incredible following on her style blog at the age of fourteen, so when a giant box from a new company called Glitter Girl shows up with an invitation to be the face of their product line, she is giddy with excitement. Then Chelsea, the vice-president in charge of marketing the line shows up, things get weird for Kat. Her best friend and next door neighbor, Jules, sees some changes in Kat as she gets trapped into the whole glamour of the launch. Jules has a falling out with Kat as she chooses the Glitter Girl launch extravaganza over her birthday party which falls on the same day. The two have never had a party apart since they have lived next door to each other.
There are lots and lots of little details that make Kat really human and likable. She hates it when people are mean, yet she falls into the same trap when egged on by Chelsea. She becomes mean to Jules, which makes her feel horrible. At fourteen, she is not above being manipulated but her parents must have done a few things right since she does have great empathy for others around her. Her parents comes off as a bit superficial at first. Her father travels constantly in order to make money and her mother is placated by spending it. By the end of this story, Kat has managed to turn this around.
Overall, this is a story that will make you feel good and teach young teens that peer pressure can affect even the most in tune teen. As Kat becomes true to herself, she becomes stronger and happier. This is also a story about the worth of being popular and the cost. I would recommend this to reluctant readers since there is a bit of a fantasy angle that most young teen girls will enjoy. It is very clean, with just a kiss or two thrown in.
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