Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Review : How to Hook a Hottie

Book: How to Hook a Hottie
Author: Tina Ferraro
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date Published: January 8, 2008
Pages: 208
Source: Kindle
Date Read: April 18, 2011

At 17, Kate Delvecchio has one goal in life: to become a millionaire before the age of 20. And as far as she’s concerned, college will only slow her down. Unfortunately for Kate, the one thing her parents do agree on is that they totally disagree with her strategy. And so the deal is born. If Kate can raise five thousand big ones by graduation day, her parents will hand over the balance of her college account to invest as she pleases. No college, no degree, and no way she’ll ever be able to pull it off. But when Kate accidentally agrees to go to the sports banquet with the hottest guy at school, she stumbles upon a possible cash cow. The rest of the junior class is amazed that no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one they approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn’t know anything about getting guys, but for $100 a pop, she’s more than willing to invent a six-step plan for How to Hook a Hottie. And how could that possibly backfire?
Summary Taken from Goodreads
Yani's Review:
I really liked this second book of Tina's, though not as much as the first one. The best thing about her books is always the main character. They aren't your typical whiny, damsel-in-distress, type girls, though they do have flaws, they are independent, tough, and go after what they want. Sometimes, they might not know what they REALLY want till later, but at least they are gung-ho about it.

Kate is a go-getter business type. President of the Future Business Leaders of America and determined to make a million by twenty. Nothing will hold her back. Including Kate's absentee academia mother. I loved Kate's voice in the story. she is cynical and sarcastic and doesn't even realize her own beauty. She is the someone who looks at everything in life as achievable through goals and a plan. She even carries her own business cards!

Like in Top Ten, I really liked the supporting cast of this one as well. Her bff Dal, little brat Lexie, and even the mother who drives Kate to do the things she does to not end up like her. I like the way the mom's behavior affects Kate, without drowning her in sorrow, anger, and pain.Its an obstacle in life that one must embrace and overcome, and sometimes these things are out of our control.

I thought this story was cute and funny. I love Tina's easy style of writing. I recommend picking up any of her books if you like fun YA contemp reads!

Plot: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Characters: 5/5

Similar Titles:
Just One WishAll's Fair in Love, War and High SchoolHow to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

Memorable Quotes:
"I could hear the buzzer blaring in my BS meter."

Look out for out interview with Tina on May 31, 2011.

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