Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Publication Year: 2004
Ask Annie your most complex interpersonal relationship questions. Go on, we dare you!All letters to Annie are subject to publication in the Clayton High School Register. Names and e-mail addresses of correspondents guaranteed confidential.High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving problems ... so good she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. Even if solving other people's problems doesn't make her own -- like not having a boyfriend -- go away, it's still fun. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jen's small town to research a role, he creates havoc that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair ... especially since she's right in the middle of it.Can Jen, who always manages to be there for everybody else, learn to take her own advice, and find true love at last?
Teen Idol is a book about Jenny Greenley, an ordinary high school junior who’s a member of Clayton High School newspaper committee. Everybody likes her because she’s the nice little Jen. The girl next door. Which is why she’s chosen as the writer of Ask Annie, an anonymous advice column. Ask Annie basically works as the school psychologist. This column gives advice on every problem that is asked by Clayton High students. Because that’s what Jen is good at. Also because she’s good at keeping secrets. Then one day, a famous actor named Luke Striker intended to attend Clayton High to research for a role in his new movie. Knowing how good Jen is at keeping secrets, Clayton High’s teachers then assigned Jen to be Luke’s student guide. From there, things start to get interesting to Jen. Luke helps Jen see new possibilities and even finds her love.
I’ve always loved Meg Cabot’s writing. It’s fun and a bit different from other young adult contemporary that I’ve read. Teen Idol is funny. Jen really is nice and a type of girl whose everyone would want to be friend with. There’s a lot of witty banter in this book. Jen is often be the one participating. I just like reading about her.
I also love that even though this book is titled Teen Idol, the main focus is not the idol itself. I like the way Cabot portrays the idol in this book. He’s not some selfish and stereotypical spoiled actor. He’s actually nice and cares about people. He’s portrayed as a normal teenager who just happen to live more glamorously than other normal teenagers.
Overall, I just love this book. I like the characters in it; even some of them, whom most people won’t like. The romance in it is sweet and most important thing not an insta-love. I recommend this book if you want a light young adult contemporary read.