THE MARKET by J.M. Steele


Age Range: 14 & up
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Kate Winthrop, a senior at Millbank High School in New Jersey, accepts her role as a smart but geeky girl with a good heart—but c’mon, a ranking of 71 out of 140 girls in the Millbank Social Stock Market game? Miffed by her below-average status, she transforms herself from toad-ette to princess with help from best buds Dev and Carrie. J.M. Steele, a pseudonym for a pair of New York City entertainment professionals, has created a girl-meets-boy story with a twist. Kate, who reinvents herself as Kat, finds that short skirts and dyed blonde hair launch her skyrocketing market rise. She crosses hottie Will B.’s radar, but could introvert guitar player Jack Clayton be her true match? Addicted to playing the game, Kat is determined to stake her claim to the number-one spot but doesn’t realize that she now values flash over friendship. By becoming a shallow “it” girl, Kat risks becoming a player who is played. A lingering wrap-up is the only lag in this otherwise fun and chatty read. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0013-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2008


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