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She's So Money

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen starts cheating ring; sassy but predictable.

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i think this was a great book i read it with my 6 year old brother 3 times a total for me 38 times and some of the stuff in this review above is very wrong. she never said she was a prostiute that word never came out of her mouth.

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This is the first novel from a writer who also helps pen Family Guy, and it's filled with fast-paced dialogue, outrageous moments, and fairly predictable characters and plotting. Her protagonist Maya has some great deadpan lines. (When Camden remarks that Asians are supposed to be good at math, she snaps, "Yes, my people all do math for fun, while simultaneously dry-cleaning our karate outfits and giving each other manicures and pedicures, all in between our numerous piano and violin recitals.") She is complex, too: While she starts off her cheating ring only to pay a bill that could shut down her parents' restaurant, she ends up getting into the money and popularity that she gets from doing the A-list's dirty work.

Readers may not quite buy the ending (the principal actually lets Maya and the other students involved in the cheating ring off with only a three-day suspension). But in the end, they will applaud Maya's transformation into a complete (and more honest) person. And they will appreciate that she maintains her spunk, even after learning a lesson -- and falling in love.

Book Details

  • Author: Cherry Cheva
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: January 22, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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