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Spin The Bottle

by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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Typical middle school story: It's Phoebe's first year in middle school and she's looking to fit in but her attempts to befriend the cool drama girls alienates her best friend Harper. It seems awfully convenient that Phoebe's mother is a shrink and Harper is intellectually gifted; they serve to provide the "just be yourself" platitudes and help Phoebe get her head straight about living on the Entirely New Planet that is middle school. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

Welcome to Middle School. Everything you know about school, social politics, and life in general is about to change.

Phoebe Hart has just started middle school and is on the way to fulfilling her dream of joining the Drama Club and being in a real school play. Now she is surrounded by the very people she has looked up to-- the elite of the Monroe Middle School Drama Club. She is filling her days with auditions, set building, and rehearsals. With her best friend, Harper, by her side, she is sure that the Drama Club will be everything she ever dreamed it would be.

The problem is that middle school isn't like she planned. She is in a new building with older, more sophisticated girls. There are new classes, new classmates, new boys, and a rather unfortunate public display of nerves to deal with. Phoebe is also learning that the friendliest words of advice aren't necessarily spoken by people with the best intentions. Before long, she finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between two of the top divas in school. On top of that, she is trying to avoid another seventh-grader who seems determined to befriend her (which would totally ruin her cred with the older kids!). Then there's the argument with Harper and the cute boy who reduces her to a monosyllabic, babbling idiot.

But the one looming problem that is shadowing Phoebe's days is the traditional game of Spin the Bottle that happens every year on opening night. As opening night draws closer, Phoebe is filled with excitement and dread. Will she finally have the chance to kiss her crush? What if the bottle points to someone else? Does she even really want to play? And if not, how does she get out of it?

SPIN THE BOTTLE is definitely a good choice if you are looking for something fun to read. It is funny and the characters are so easy to identify with. Who hasn't been publicly humiliated at least once in middle school? It's just more fun to read about someone else's experience than to live your own! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
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For Ashton Crosby - in the classroom and in the theater, always sine qua non
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"Your mouth is hanging open a tiny bit," Harper whispered as we walked into the gymnasium where Activities Sign-Up was being held.
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Middle school is an Entirely New Planet. The girls look fully grown in the most glamorous and complicated ways, and the boys look . . . well, weird. The good news? Drama Club. Real Drama Club?with actual auditions, and roles involving more than the days of the week. Phoebe Hart has waited a long time for this. The stage, after all, is the one place the ?flawed and unremarkable? Phoebe can let her inner star out. But when she learns of the opening night tradition?a game of Spin the Bottle?things suddenly get way more complicated. Enter: a heart-stopping crush, a best friend who might not be, two bloodthirsty Drama Divas, and a certain spinning bottle. Is it worth all the drama for a girl who just wants to fit in, and maybe prove her acting chops along the way? Welcome to middle school, Phoebe Hart.

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When aspiring actress Phoebe and her best friend, the brainy Harper, enter middle school, their friendship is briefly tested by Phoebe's admiration of some of the drama club students and the intensity of her first crush, but ultimately they find that their relationship can withstand the stresses of their expanding lives.… (more)

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