It hurts to be beautiful.
Pretty, blond, popular Cameron Beekman has it all — lots of girlfriends, a hot boyfriend, and a successful family. She’s perfection. Gone are her days as the outcast, huge-nosed “Beakface.” Which, as it turns out, was nothing a good nose job couldn’t fix.
While her little sister, Allie, struggles with doubts about her own approaching “procedure,” Cameron wants more. She’s headed to UC “Santa Barbie” and needs to look the part. After all, why settle for smart and pretty when smart and drop-dead gorgeous is just a surgery away?
Jasmine Green is the daughter of a major Hollywood studio head. She lives the kind of life that makes people salivate (while hating her): bottomless bank account, vintage car, mansion, and birthday parties that end up splashed across the pages of People magazine.
But even fabulously wealthy girls (and their family and friends) have skeletons in their walk-in closets. Just to clear her head, Jasmine anonymously writes a thinly veiled exposè about her life in the form of a screenplay. But when the script is bought by her own father’s studio, suddenly this juicy read is the talk of the town, and on the fast track to being green-lit.
Jasmine knows she has to do whatever it takes to stop her family’s dirty laundry from becoming the next box-office smash. But she’s up against one persistent tabloid reporter who’s making it very, very difficult to keep her secrets….
Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? That man is Herman Mildew.
The anthology opens with an invitation to a party, care of this insufferable monster, where more than 80 of the most talented, bestselling and recognizable names in YA and children’s fiction learn that they are suspects in his murder. All must provide alibis in brief first-person entries. The problem is that all of them are liars, all of them are fabulists, and all have something to hide…
Twenty-five bestselling authors for teens recount the story of their first kiss. Whether hilarious, heartwarming, dramatic, or regrettable, there’s something for every reader to relate to. Quotes, facts, advice, and artwork round out the collection.
“For readers still practicing on pillows and those who’ve puckered up for real, this anthology lays out the welcome mat for entry into contemporary teen-style kissing in all its spitty glory.”
‘The bonbon factor is high in this collection of splendid YA authors writing about the inexhaustible subject of kissing… they range from funny to touching to gross while maintaining their lighter-than-air confectionery quality.”
• Kirkus Reviews
With contributions from:
Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Roz Chast, Nick Eliopulos, Amy Kim Gantor, Nikki Grimes, Shannon and Dean Hale, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Leslie Margolis, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Donna Jo Napoli, Alyson Noel, Naomi Shihab Nye, Micol Ostow, Lisa Papademetriou, Paul Ruditis, Jon Scieszka, Robin Wasserman and Scott Westerfeld.
“A celebration of all that is good, bad, and sometimes unforgettable about these events, this fast-paced but carefully strung anthology speaks of pink dresses, tuxedos, first kisses, unrequited love, and the thrill of taking love to its ultimate climax. Clever writing featuring many unexpected twists and turns, as well as a stunning display of each writer’s razor-sharp wit, makes this an enjoyable read. Older teens will flock to this book, which undoubtedly features some of the best teen fiction writers of our era.”
• School Library Journal
With Stories By:
Jodi Lynn Anderson, Holly Black,Libba Bray, Elizabeth Craft, Melissa de la Cruz, Rachel Cohn, Dan Ehrenhaft, Aimee Friedman, John Green, Brent Hartinger, Will Leitch, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Leslie Margolis, Billy Merrell,Sarah Mylnowski, Lisa Sandell, Ned Vizzini, Adrienne Vrettos, Jacqueline Woodson Cecily von Ziegesar.