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I'm Mackenzie Wellesley, and I've spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago. . .Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain...
I'm Mackenzie Wellesley, and I've spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago. . .Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain...
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  • I'm Mackenzie Wellesley, and I've spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago. . .

    Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain down, only to reveal my father kissing my dance instructor. At Smith High, I'm doing a pretty good job of being the awkward freshman people only notice when they need help with homework. Until I send a burly football player flying with my massive backpack, and make a disastrous--not to mention unwelcome--attempt at CPR. Just when I think it's time for home schooling, the whole fiasco explodes on Youtube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, I'm the latest sensation, sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes. I even catch the eye of the most popular guy at school. That's when life gets really interesting. . ..

    "Fans of Meg Cabot will find Marni's voice equally charming and endearing."--Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Marni Bates still can't believe she falls in love with fictional characters for a living. Her career began during her freshman year at Lewis & Clark College, when she wrote her autobiography, Marni, for HCI's Louder Than Words series. By the time she graduated, she was on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List and had made her fiction debut with her young adult novel, Awkward.
    Marni is still adjusting to life in sunny Los Angeles, California. When not writing in front of her air conditioning unit, she can be found rollerblading, bargaining at garage sales, reading romance novels, and watching copious amounts of TV—strictly for artistic inspiration, of course. She loves hearing from readers and hopes that you will visit her at marnibates.com.

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  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2011
    A brilliant but socially inept girl finds herself starring in a YouTube video gone viral when she knocks over a football player and tries to give him CPR. Can she survive the humiliation? Mackenzie tries to keep her head down as the entire nation laughs at her for her awkward video moves. The popular "Notables" in her high school sneer. The press swarms her at school. But her notoriety takes a positive turn when the hottest rock group around turns her film into a music video with a new hit song, boosting her fame even further. Suddenly she receives in the mail dozens of boxes filled with free designer clothes. She winds up singing with the hottie lead singer on stage. The film of her performance also goes viral when it turns out that Mackenzie has real talent. All these events lead to her sudden social rise in her high school's hierarchy. But will the fame go to her head? Bates keeps her prose light, always focusing on the comedy as she lampoons high-school popularity, and gives narrator Mackenzie some good one-liners: "My life had officially become stranger than a Tim Burton movie." It all becomes a bit preposterous, but hey, it's a comedy, and a good one. Very funny. Should please lots of readers, awkward or not. (Comedy. 12 & up)

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2012

    Gr 7-10-Mackenzie Wellesley, 17, is clumsy, nerdy, and completely invisible to most of her classmates until an embarrassing video of her careening into a football player (and then trying to give him CPR) ends up on YouTube. Suddenly, she is an Internet sensation for all the wrong, humiliating reasons. While most teens would be taking an assumed name after such an embarrassment, Mackenzie attempts to lead a normal life. Except that's hard to do when the paparazzi trail her, fashion designers send her trendy new clothes, and the popular kids suddenly invite her to parties. As expected, Mackenzie finds it difficult to stay grounded with all of the attention. Predictably, classmates try to take advantage of her new fame, but an admirable romantic interest encourages her to embrace her true self, awkwardness and all. Mackenzie is a strong character who initially doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. Totally focused on her studies and getting a college scholarship, she can be a bit abrasive, judgmental, and dismissive. But while some authors might turn an awkward teenage girl into a pathetic mess, Bates portrays Mackenzie as an endearing yet fallible protagonist, a girl worth rooting for. Her first-person narrative is light and funny and easily accessible to fans of Meg Cabot, Emily Franklin, and Ann Brashares.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Northampton Community College, Hawley, PA

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • —Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author "Fans of Meg Cabot will find Marni's voice equally charming and endearing."

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