Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
Jody Gehrman
Dial Books (2008)
ISBN 9780803732476
Reviewed by Spencer (age 13) for Reader Views (6/08)

“Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty” is a story about three girls:  Geena, her best friend Amber, and her favorite cousin Hero.  Geena wants to hang out with both Amber and Hero during the summer vacation. But when Amber and Hero meet, they hate each other at first sight! Amber hates Hero because she thinks that Hero is a rich spoiled daddy’s girl, and Hero thinks that Amber is stuck up!  All Geena wants to do is hang out with Amber and Hero, at the coffee shop, but how can she when her two best friends keep fighting!

Also during the summer, the high school hottie, John, starts to like Hero, but she keeps on ignoring him. Then John sets out to publicly humiliate Hero since she doesn’t like him.  After he succeeds, Amber, Geena, Hero, and all of the other girls John has humiliated, start to get revenge!  The ways they think of are hilarious!  Quite true-to-life, though, because I can think of friends of mine who would try to do similar things!

Later in the book, Geena gets tricked by her friends by them trying together to go out with her arch-nemesis, Ben Bettaglia. Her friends and Ben’s are trying to tell Geena that Ben really likes her, while Ben’s friends are trying to tell him that Geena likes him also.

In the middle of the book while Geena and her friends are at a pool party, Geena goes to the bathroom and overhears her friends and Ben’s friends talking about the trick so Geena gets sad and mad and confronts her friends. Then she starts running away and finds out that Ben is following her.  When he catches up with her she finds out that she really does like him and that he likes her also.

I liked this book a lot.  The first chapter or so started out a little slowly, but after that, the writing style seemed to flow smoother and it captured my interest.  It is a sassy romance, and the personalities of the three main characters, Hero, Geena and Amber, are very well described.  I laughed a lot as the girls went from bitter enemies to good friends.  The best part of the book is when Geena finds out she is tricked, runs away from the pool where her friends were, gets chased by Ben, and finds out that she really does like him!

This book is perfect for teen girls.  I hope you enjoy reading “Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty” as much as I did.

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