Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub.Date: February 1st 2008
Age Range: Young Adult
Source Of Copy: from the author - Cherry Cheva
Question: What do you get when you take . . . 1 overachieving girl + 1 insanely cute guy + 1 massive fine + 1 scheme involving a little dishonesty and a whole lot of cash? I've always been the good girl—working seriously long hours at my family's restaurant and getting straight As. And Camden King was always just that hot, popular guy I'd pass in the halls, whose ego was probably much bigger than his brain. I didn't think there'd ever be a reason for us to actually, like, interact. Then again, I never thought I'd mess up so badly that my family might lose our entire restaurant if I didn't come up with a ton of money, and fast. So that's where Camden comes in—he and his evil/genius plan to do kids' homework for cash. I know cheating's wrong, but it's better than being dead, right? Which is what I'd be if my parents knew about what happened. I never expected things to spin so far out of control. Or that I'd be such a sucker for Camden's lopsided grin. Or that falling apart could be the best thing that ever happened to me. Answer: The time of my life.
Even before I read She's So Money, I knew I was going to enjoy the book because it sounded like a super fun one. What I didn't know was that I could enjoy it THIS much. It is such a fantastic read.
The first thing I love about this book is that the protagonist is an Asian. It's been a while since I read a story narrated by an Asian girl, and probably the first time a Thai girl. Although not much, I somewhat get to learn about Thai, especially their famous dishes, and it's very exciting.
What readers will find most enjoyable about She's So Money is the fact that it's compelling from the very first page. Maya's little trouble is stirred up very soon and then it gets bigger and bigger, bringing us more thrill than we can ask for, making us impatiently wait for how things will turn out because everything seems really serious. The plot is very well put together so you won't have even just one minute of boredom.
Cherry Cheva's voice is also very considerable. It's fun and witty. If you love stories like My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters or Audrey, Wait! you gotta love this book.
I seriously love Maya. She's hilarious, smart but not too serious. Even when she's stuck on some very sticky situations she always finds something to cheer her up or work it out. And Camden is seriously cute I don't know where to begin.
My only complaint? The ending seems a little bit easy for Maya. For what she's done I think she needs some punishment. Well, I still enjoy the book no matter what.
Bottom line: A super fun and unique story you all should pick up.