Smart, Fun Fiction from Collins and Rideout

A few months ago, I was browsing through the YA section at the library and stumbled across a book called Girl v Boy by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout. I hadn’t heard of them before, but I was intrigued by the cover and decided to give it a shot… and I loved it! This is a very good book about a contest between high schools to raise money for literacy programs. Doesn’t sound too exciting, I know, but when they begin dueling Boy v. Girl newspaper columns, a romance begins and there’s all kinds of mystery surrounding the identities of the anonymous newspaper columnists. It’s just really good.

Other books by this pair of authors include Black Sheep and the Vivien Leigh Reid series. Black Sheep was equally as good as Girl v. Boy, if not better! In it, the protagonist signs up for a reality TV show not thinking she’d be picked in a million years… but she does get picked, and all kinds of craziness ensues as she gets sent across the country to live with a different family for a while. Good stuff: funny, romantic, heartwarming. All the good girl stuff.


The Vivien Leigh Reid series involved a high school girl, Vivien, whose mother is a B-List Hollywood star.She visits her mom on set, falls in love with movie stars, and has a few acting roles of her own. She’s funny, though a little whiny, and her adventures are fun to read.There are three books that span about a year and a half – the first and third books are the best.

Note: As usual, because Barnes and Noble is my happy place, the books are linked to them so you can get more info… it’s not like I’m sponsored by B&N or anything, so buy from wherever you want, or use your local library! :)

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