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Stressed to the max in her senior year, Olivia O'Donnell fills every spare moment of her week with frenetic activity. Aiming to be valedictorian, homework is top on her priority list, but she always manages to find time to watch Changing Faces with her best friend since kindergarten, Jane Broga--at least it used to be always. Lately Olivia is so consumed by her day planner checklists that the most important people in her life are somehow getting inched out of her harried schedule. To make matters worse, Jane strikes up a friendship with Olivia's longtime archenemy, Aubrey Ainsley. Will Olivia hit a breaking point when she unexpectedly starts volunteering at a homeless shelter in order to clinch the valedictorian spot? Can she learn to have compassion for others who don't seem to try as hard as she does? And when Changing Faces comes into her life, will it drive a wedge between Olivia and Jane or draw them closer again?
This is the first installment of Wendy Lawton's new Real TV series inspired by reality television programs on The Learning Channel, Style Network and BBC Television such as Fashion Emergency!, Date Patrol, What not to Wear and A Second Look. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Real TV
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Christa5 Stars Out Of 5August 1, 2009ChristaI am 14 and I just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it a lot. I liked how it ended up not having any dating in it. It had a good message to it and a lot of Bible verses were used in it. But yet it was fun and fashionable yet realistic and I felt like I could relate to Olivia.
C Russell4 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2005C RussellOlivia O'Donnell's senior year hasn't started off too well. On the first day of school she finds herself in a three-way tie for valedictorian and needs to come up with a volunteer position to give herself an edge over the competition. As she schedules volunteer time in her already over-crowded day planner, other things get crowded out-family, friends, homework. But an unexpected stint on a makeover show gets her to thinking about others, especially those women trying to start a new life in the shelter. Olivia learns about what is really important in life and uses that knowledge to help out others.This is a book I'd recommend to my daughter.
Bonnie Bruno5 Stars Out Of 5September 13, 2004Bonnie BrunoAward-winning author Wendy Lawton tackles a brand-new series, inspired by reality tv programs on The Learning Channel, Style Network, and various BBC Television shows. Teen Olivia O'Donnell is a multi-tasker, a stressed-out senior whose goal is to become her class valedictorian if her energy and her day planner hold out. Her best friend Jane earns good grades, but also saves time for spontaneity--a quality that Olivia envies. Olivia used to carve time to watch Changing Faces with Jane, but lately, Olivia's schedule and goals have taken on a life of their own.When this over-achieving young woman wins a total fashion makeover on Changing Faces, a new reality tv show, her all-new-improved look collides with the real Olivia lurking inside. Readers will examine their own priorities and attitudes as they watch Olivia wrestle with real-life issues that plague us all.Wendy Lawton is a skilled word-weaver, but more than that--she has a knack for capturing authentic life lessons through excellent characterization and dialogue. Olivia feels like someone we all know, and her story subtly invites readers to examine their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the consequences of their choices.
Cami3 Stars Out Of 5August 29, 2004CamiGreat book that plunged you into real life for awhile and then took you into a place where 1-in-a-million get to go and made it believable. Rock on!
Teresa Slack5 Stars Out Of 5August 10, 2004Teresa SlackFacing a three-way tie for Valedictorian, senior Olivia O'Donnell has to do something to stand out. Grades aren't enough so she volunteers at a homeless shelter, something she isn't exactly thrilled about. Isn't she already busy enough? Hasn't she worked all through school to maintain her grade point average? When will she find time to enjoy her much anticipated senior year? But it's all part of her big plan. Her already bulging day planner takes a beating as she tries to squeeze more time out of every 24-hour period.It isn't only her day planner that takes a beating. She suddenly has no time to spend with her best friend, Jane. Or her Heavenly Father. She can't even begin to consider something as time-consuming as a boyfriend. Old rivalries and the demands of high school take their toll on Olivia. Even when she is chosen for a makeover by her favorite reality show, she can't truly enjoy it without worrying about how it will affect her friendship with Jane.Changing Faces is well done and timely in this age of reality TV. Wendy Lawton has done it again with a book chock full of characters to whom readers can relate.