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Overview Looking forward to returning to Spencer Academy after spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly meets new roommate Lindsay, the flamboyant daughter of an earl who compromises Carly's privacy and dates a boy Carly likes. Original.
Publishers Description After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can't wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she's ready for anything . . . except a new roommate. Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly's worst nightmare. "Mac" not only swoops in and steals Carly's privacy, she's also dating Brett Loyola--Carly's biggest crush! But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who's behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other's hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2009
Grade Level High School
Series All About Us
Series Number 3
ISBN 0446177997 ISBN13 9780446177993
Availability 3 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 26, 2016 11:57.
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More About Shelley Adina
Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she's inviting today's teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen--with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Be Strong & Curvaceous (All About Us) (Not Availab?
Be Strong and Curvaceous Sep 10, 2009
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read
In a nutshell: This is a great book for adults and young adults alike. Carly Aragon is instantly likable, and her room-mate Mac has a quick wit about her. As a reader we learn that she is a talented fashion designer, and that she is at the Spencer Academy in San Francisco on a scholarship. She returns from break to find that she has a new room-mate, and later finds that her room-mate has a secret, and is in need of a friend and some help! Throw in a little faith, a little romance, and a little intrigue and action, and you have a perfect story!
Extended Review: Characters: You've got the girl who deserves to be there, her close and supportive faith-filled friends, the new-girl, the popular girl, the cute guy, the nice boss, etc! The characters in the book have been written and developed in a way that makes you feel that they have come to life.
Story-Line: Carly struggles to hide the fact that she is at the school on a scholarship, and that she needs to earn money to pay for extras. Crushes and popularity issues abound throughout the book, and are something everyone can relate to, no matter where you went to school! Carly also struggles to hide the fact that she is a scholarship kid, her dad is "no one" and she is not privileged like some of the other kids (expensive vacations, top brand name clothing, etc). When her new room-mate arrives, she learns to be a better friend, and must make some important choices that will impact the life of her new friend.
Readability: A fun and quick read - very enjoyable!
Overall: A great book for any age, but probably something a young adult girl would love as she would see that other people experience the same things . . . minus the Prada and LV high fashion items!
Book Review: Be Strong & Curvaceous Jun 24, 2009
In the continuing reviews of the It's All About Us Series, this is my review of the 3rd book in the series. The first book is It's All About Us, the second is The Fruit of My Lipstick, and the fourth is Who Made You A Princess?.
All of our favorite characters are here in this story and we get to meet a new one, Mac. She's true European Royalty! But, despite the "gang," this is Carly's story, how she becomes a Christian and how she grows in her relationship with God. Carly shares with us:
"It's not the brain," I said quietly. "It's the heart. I felt like mine was going to explode. And not in a cardiac-arrest way." I waggled my hands, trying to gather the right words. "A love way."
As Carly struggles with her popularity, parents' divorce, and financial difficulties, she turns to God to help her with each hurdle. What Carly remembers to do and reminds the reader is showing thanks for God's grace. Here she prays:
"You are here with me, Father. Thank you for helping me see that. Thank you for this class and for letting me discover something that I really love to do."
She learns to see the big picture and how God has a plan for her life, even to the smallest details. One thing that I was reminded of today is that God loves a challenge and we can trust him with those big hurdles and the little details. In this book, Carly's adventure reflects just that!
As I've commented in the other 3 reviews of this series, I appreciate Shelley Adina's efforts to provide our tweens and teens with a positive message and good, clean read! She puts God at the center of the hearts of her heroines and nothing can be better than that!
On Sher's "Out of Ten Scale:"
I love love love this series and for my review of this Fiction: YA-Christian, I am going to rate this book an 8.5 OUT OF 10.
Best book in the series so far Jun 16, 2009
Everytime I read a book in this series, I really wish I could have gone to boarding school for my high school years. At the very least, I wish I could have lived the live the girls at Spencer Academy get to enjoy. It sounds majorly fun with designer clothes, never ending spending accounts, glamorous lifestyles. At the same time however one gets worried that the characters could end up superficial for being used to that lifestyle. That being sad it was really nice to see that there was one girl among them that lived a rather normal lifestyle. Carly is at the school on scholarship plus she has to get a job in order to support the lavish lifestyle she wants to keep. She's ashamed that she can't afford the same things her friends do so she keeps it a secret from them. I wish though she had been a bit more open to her friends. I don't think they would have condemned her for what she had to do although it's very understandable that teens are worried about what their friends think of them.
This was probably my favorite book of the series so far. The mystery and suspense sequences in the book were written wonderfully and really held my attention throughout the story. Mac's stalker was really scary. It's very frightening to think that situations like that happen all the time. I really liked seeing Mac's character grow throughout the book. I also loved how she's the only one that was able to put Vanessa in her place.
In addition to the great clothes and the fun lifestyle, there's also once again a great sense of diversity in this book which I love. I wish more books in the Christian fiction genre were like this without resorting to typical stereotypes. Also while there's a Christian message within the story it is neither preachy or pushy. The girls share their faith but respect that not everyone will be open or accept it all the time. These girls are a total blast to be around. It's really one of the best YA series that's out there today, Christian or secular. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
On learning trust, growing up, and too much junk in the truth Mar 18, 2009
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (3/09)
Carly Aragon is a scholarship student, attending the rather exclusive Spencer Academy in San Francisco. When she returns there after the spring break, she discovers that she's gotten a new roommate, a rather standoffish and extremely flamboyant daughter of an English Earl. To make matters considerably worse, her new roommate, Lady Lindsay MacPhail, who prefers to go by "Mac," seems to have set her sights on Carly's secret crush, Brett Loyola.
Problems for Carly abound, not only is she dealing with the all too typical teenage insecurities (too much junk in the trunk kind...), but she needs to earn some money for a project she set her heart on and to top all of that, she needs to deal with her roommate's problems. Mac is getting really weird and scary e-mails from an obvious stalker. Will the girls learn the truth quickly enough? Will they learn to trust each other and learn how to put their trust in God? Or will the end be all too tragic?
Shelley Adina's "Be Strong & Curvaceous" is the type of a book I could only wish were available to me when I was growing up. Dealing with real issues, the kind that teenagers encounter every day, a book like this would make a young person realize that they are not weird for feeling what they feel and fearing what they fear. The wonderful diversity of characters in the book assures that most teenage girls could find at least one character to relate to, as well as see and laugh at and with others, modeled on their apparent "nemesis" in every day life. The issues and conflicts presented sound real and believable, and the solutions are not unattainable. One of the strongest points in this book is the very clearly illustrated situation of doing the apparently right thing, yet still having to bear the consequences of disobeying the authority, as is depicted by Carly's temporary suspension from the school for disobeying a direct order from the headmistress. As the headmistress aptly points out, what Carly did might have been the right thing to do in the cosmic scheme of things, but it was against the rules of Spencer Academy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed "Be Strong & Curvaceous." While undoubtedly a Christian-beliefs-based book, it never becomes preachy and limiting, but rather keeps showing that trust in ourselves as well as God will help one overcome even the most difficult obstacles. The characters and the story are vivid and enchanting, and I am definitely looking for more books from this witty and talented author, Shelley Adina.
Clean Christian YA Chick Lit With a Kick! Feb 9, 2009
Although this is the third book in the All About Us series, each book is a novel in itself. Be Strong and Curvaceous was my intro to both the series and the author and what an intro it was! By the time I had read to the end of chapter two, I loved Gillian, Lissa, and Carly and knew I would have been thrilled to have been friends with them as a teen (or just had this series to read). In this particular book, Carly Aragon is the focus and we're given a peek into her mind and heart.
I have to say that the author did an excellent job with the characters - when it came to Carly, I felt for her and with her as she struggled with being the odd one out in a school full of rich kids.
There's nothing boring about Be Strong and Curvaceous. Besides dealing with the social and roommate drama, Carly finds herself in the situation of being the confidant of a girl who is being stalked and is receiving some pretty creepy and disturbing emails. Her newfound faith in God may be tested much sooner than she expected.
I think any teen girl would love this series - it's one of the best clean YA chick lit books I've read, ever! Definitely comparable and much better than some of the secular young adult chick lit that is so popular right now. I highly recommend it! And don't feel guilty about reading and enjoying it yourself. :-)