My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Bea is starting senior year with a boyfriend – something she’s not exactly sure how to handle. And neither are her best friends, Spencer and Gabe. While the three of them have never been the most popular kids in school, they’ve found some protection in hunkering down with each other. Math Girl, the weird artist, and the gay kid who got the football coach fired last year know to just keep their heads down.
But there’s a new girl in town – Toile – who dresses crazy, likes everyone, speaks French (sometimes), and spins around a lot for no real reason. Everyone loves her… even, it seems, Bea’s boyfriend Jesse, who drops Math Girl for Manic Pixie Dream Girl in a heartbeat.
Bea is devastated, but being dumped also presents an opportunity. She’s gunning for an MIT scholarship to show applied mathematics in real life situations, so she comes up with a formula for high school popularity… and it works.
Now Spencer is painting the portrait of the hottest girl in school, who isn’t only interested in his art. Gabe is fast-tracked to become student body president, and Bea (now “Trixie”) is out-Manic Pixie Dream Girl-ing even Toile… and Jesse wants her back. But popularity hasn’t made any of them happy, and Bea can’t help but wonder why she even wants Jesse in the first place, when seeing Spencer with his new portraiture commissions makes her blood boil.