Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

June 12, 2013 Book 0 ★★★½

Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody CarlsonThe Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson
Genres: Young Adult, Christian, Contemporary
Published by Revell on January 1st 2012
Source: Own

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 lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't endear her to the girls either.

Chelsea finally finds a true friend in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, catches her eye. Janelle keeps telling her to be herself, but Nicholas is the only guy around who doesn't give her a second look. Can Chelsea and Janelle come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will Chelsea's new image ruin everything?

Teen favorite and bestselling author Melody Carlson helps girls uncover the real source of beauty in this true-to-life story of young love, friendship, and being yourself.


My Thoughts:

Chelsea Martins is a big time geek. When her dad announces he’s remarrying and moving to San Jose in a matter of weeks, she thinks that her life couldn’t get worse. But it actually takes an unexpected turn when she starts to like her step-mom-to-be, specially when she’s making a make-over of her appearance. When Chelsea and her Dad get to San Jose, Chelsea makes friends trying to act a different and more confident way than she’s used to, becoming a Jerk Magnet. She thinks that’s great at first, except when she gets interested in a boy that detests her for how she looks.

I’d divide this book in three sections:
-One being her transformation
-Second being her attracting the boys attention. Yes, we get it. She attracts a lot of guys…
-Three how people treat her indifferently and a reflection.

I have to admit this book was good in a way. While reading it I became bored, hoping for some real action to happen. When it came to the plot, it wasn’t what I expected from what I read on the description.

Though I have to give credit to the author. The book was nicely written and it gives us a good message. Not all books do that.

While reading, it might it look lame, but once you finish the pieces fall together. Chelsea is mistreated for being a nerd and not caring much of her appearance. But when she goes to the other extreme of being overly hot, it’s also bad. She tries to be someone she’s not, constantly acting and over-calculating her moves. That is an example that we shouldn’t be what we aren’t. That we should instead be, behave and look comfortable and be happy with ourselves, not caring what others say about it.

At the end of the story things become more interesting. It makes us reflect on how we judge others by how they look without thinking of how they feel towards that. It makes a big emphasis too that Christians aren’t perfect people, but that they try to be better beings and that God loves us for how we are in the inside, not the outside.

And I think that this books is good on that manner, on showing us that not everything is as it seems. We can’t judge by appearances, rather by how a person is once we decide to know them.

If you like things related to God, read this book.
If you like things related to social behavior, read it.
If you like a read that makes you reflect once you finish, read it.

If you hope to find something romantic to read, don’t read it.

Other than that, it was an entertaining and fast read.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂