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Title: If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor
What's the genre?
It's young adult for ages 10 and up. At first I thought it was for 10-14 year olds, but a lot of older people, both male and female, like it too!
What's the setting?
The book is set in a small town in Westchester, NY called Mill Valley. I had no idea, but there is a town of the same name in California.:) A lot of the book takes
place in Mill Valley High School.
What are the names of your leading characters?
The main character is Carolyn Samuels. Then there is Jennifer Taylor.
Brad Morrow is another character in the book.
What 3 things do you want to share about each of the characters named?
Carolyn Samuels is a girl who feels bad about her body and has been bullied for
a physical problem she has by Jennifer Taylor all through middle school. She has
a crush on Brad Morrow.
Jennifer Taylor is as close to perfect as you can get and she is also on the Olympic track for gymnastics as well as the most popular girl of the freshman class. However, she has a problem that might derail her chances for Olympic stardom.
Brad Morrow is the hot, quarterback who though a Junior has been Jennifer's boyfriend for three years. He is very devoted to Jennifer Taylor.
What can you tell us about the story in 3-5 sentences?
Carolyn Samuels’ freshman year becomes a series of lies to cover Jennifer Taylor’s terrible secret in return for popularity. Carolyn bullied by Jennifer all through middle school cannot get away from her. Through a series of events both girls find they are keeping secrets for each other. Only Jennifer's secret could mean disaster for her and her Olympic career. Should Carolyn tell her friends and parents about Jennifer's secret or keep it and continue to be part of the popular group?
To find out how whar happens you will need to buy the book. You can pick up a copy in e-book or paperback:
Barnes and Noble:
The Muse Bookstore:(only e-book)
You can also find it at various other websites, such as Smashwords and
I would like to thank Lisa for this mini blog. I would also like to add that though I wrote this for young adults, I have found that a great many older people both women and men have enjoyed it because it brings them back to those teen angst days of high school. I also touch on a subject that has become very important, the act of bullying. When I wrote the book I did not think this would be such an important part of it, but now I think it is a good example of how to deal with a bully. Some of my reviews say this is a must read for young girls.
If anyone is interested after reading it, I have a Reader's/Teacher's guide posted on my blog:
Thank you, Barbara for sharing this timely story with us.