Teen Book Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

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Title: The Jerk Magnet
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Realistic fiction
“When Chelsea Martin’s future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it’s the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She’s attracting los of guys who all have one thing in common: They’re all jerks. Oh, and stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn’t exactly make her BFF material for the girls

Finally a great guy catches her eye. But he’s the only one around who doesn’t give her a second glance. Can Chelsea come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will her new image ruin everything”.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Melody Carlson did a great job showing how teenage girls can be. I think girls really struggle with judging other girls by their appearances and Melody did an excellent job showing that in this book.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it talks a lot about being a Christian. Chelsea feels like she has no friends and commits her life to God and made him her best friend, so that she’d always have someone. The book talked about her struggles about keeping Jesus as her best friend and made it a point that just because you make mistakes, doesn’t mean you’re any less of a Christian. Even Christians make mistakes.

There was neither bad language nor adult situations, so I’d say the book is safe to read. The reading level might be more advanced for some children so I would suggest this book for middle and high school reading.


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Mandy is a homeschooled student in high school. In addition to hanging out with her friends, she enjoys reading and painting. She hopes to earn her Ph.D. in Psychology after she graduates from high school.

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