#Julamorous, Beauty, Reviews

What a Jerk!

The Jerk Magnet
by: Melody Carlson

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4 out of 5 stars

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I purchased this book for free on amazon.

1. Heroine/Hero: Chelsea is the main character of the story and I find her humorous and charming. She was never annoying, but highly entertaining and clueless. I really loved her as a main character, which is a rare thing for me to say about any book. There was nothing about her that I did not like. She is the type of person that one would love to be friends with and have in your corner. I also feel that Chelsea’s stepmother Kate is a heroine of the story as well, because she sparked Chelsea’s transformation and really is the fairy godmother of the story, if this was a Cinderella Story (ah-mazing movie, btw.). 5 out of 5 stars

2. Evil Antagonist: I do not feel like there really is a “bad guy” to this story character wise, but theme wise the antagonist is the act of being a teenager and going through those years in high school. It creates rumors and hormones are running high and out of control. It’s those years of insecurity and low self-esteem. The years of discovering who you are and what morals or rules you are not willing to break. An invisible societal evil, but evil nonetheless. 3 out of 5 stars

3. Minor Characters: Of course, Chelsea’s dad is going to be a minor character, since he wa not a strong presence throughout the book. This is about teenagers, though. So, I do not mind her not having her dad around that much. Makes for more character freedom. Janelle becomes Chelsea’s first friend. I did not like her as much as I liked Chelsea, who seems to be the only real nice girl in the book. Chase was a foolish guy, who was a hopeless romantic. I liked him, but also thought he was a jerk for only looking at pretty girls. Dayton is a charmer, but I never figured him to be what he was and to have a temper. Nicholas was really the only guy that I liked in the book. He wasn’t attracted to looks, but who a person really is. Although he let beauty cloud his judgement, he made amends for it and realized that he was wrong to act the way he did/does. He was just a real of a character to me as Chelsea, not perfect but not annoyingly faulty either. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Plot: It is the ultimate high school beauty story where the unpopular, unattractive girl gets a makeover and becomes popular overnight, but realizes that being popular and pretty does not make your life any easier. I really enjoyed the story and didn’t really feel like it was clichĂ©d. There were certain aspects that made the plot seem unique, rather than a rewrite of yet another transformation novel. 5 out of 5 stars

Setting: The novel definitely satisfied my need for descriptive scenery and massive amounts of detail. I am a sucker for details in a novel that really allows me to immerse myself into the novel and really experience the story. This book had the perfect balance of details. I didn’t skim any pages, because of too much information, which can make a novel drag on unnecessarily. 5 out of 5 stars

6. Dialogue: I believe that what characters say is just as important as what they do. I felt that the dialogue was stilted at times anda bit dry; however, I still enjoyed the conversations. They were just as awkward or romantic as in real life and I felt that they were real. The author knows how teenagers speak, not many authors do. 4 out of 5 stars

7. Surprises: This is a strong element in this novel. You never know what to expect and the secrets you learn about the people around Chelsea. In almost every chapter, I have experienced an “OMG” moment, where what happened was unexpected and not even hinted at before. I love the surprises that you never see coming. Move over foreshadowing, surprises are the new thing. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Climax: There definitely was a climatic moment in this novel, but I did not think that it was a really high moment in the novel. I kind of wish that there was more of a build up and dramatic cliff before everything gets resolved. I did not like how cookie cutter perfect this climax was. I still liked it. I just wish that there was more pop and flair to it. 2 out of 5 stars

9. Responses: The novel was a nice fun read. Aside from the surprises, I did not really have any emotional responses to the story. In this case, it is a good thing, because it made the story fluffy and light instead of overly dramatic and dark. I believe the author could have easily gone that way with this story. I just wish that I could have had some teary moments. It would have made me even more invested into the story and characters, 3 out of 5 stars

10. Ending: I didn’t believe that it was much of an ending. There really wasn’t any cliff hangers that made you impatient or excited for the next book in the series. I wish the ending wasn’t so tidy and wrapped up. Yes, there is still intrigue to see where the rest of Chelsea’s story goes, but it would have been better to surround it with a bit of a mystery and uncertainty. 3 out of 5 stars

11. Writing: I found that the author writes the story very well and found an editor that did a really good job as well. I wasn’t distracted by errors, which allowed me to focus fully on the story and the writing. The author wrote in a style that agreed with the story and sounded like an authentic teenager and her thoughts and feelings. I really enjoyed te writing style. 5 out of 5 stars

12. Artwork: The cover is quirky and eye-catching. Do I think it is knockdown gorgeous? No, but it did intrigue me enough to get this book for a free download. I like how the model is dressed on the cover as well as the brightness of the cover. 3 out of 5 stars

13. Genre: The book is advertised as a young adult romance story, but it also has a Christian element as well. I enjoyed the story more because of the religious element to it. It made the story refreshing with the view that Christians are not perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. 5 out of 5 stars

14. Title: The title goes with the cover and the story. I like how the title is mentioned in the dialogue. So, it really ties the title into the story and how pretty things attract jerks of every variety. The title is perfect, but I would have liked the series name to have been different. 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this novel 3.9 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next book in the series. It is refreshing when you are in the mood for a light fun read. Have you read this book? Your thoughts?

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