Review * Notable by Marni Bates

October 21, 2013 Reviews 3 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Notable by Marni BatesNotable by Marni Bates
Series: Smith High #3
Published by K-Teen on October 29, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I take no prisoners…

I'm Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can't handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School's biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia…

Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I'm stuck with a bunch of college students who don't take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it's up to me to get us all out of the country alive--even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won't stop calling me "princess."

Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

What I Thought…

  • Last year I read Decked with Holly as my holiday book and knew immediately that Marni Bates’ was my kind of author. Her books are cute and fun with a good dose of ridiculousness and perfect when you’re in need of a pick me up book.
  • Out of all of Bates’ books that I’ve read Notable is the most ridiculous (and far fetched), but I am not opposed to ridiculousness and it was a lot of fun. Chelsea ends up being sent away due to her parent’s divorce (they are not awesome parents at all) and joins a bunch of college students on a study abroad in Cambodia.
  • Initially I was a bit concerned because given the previous two books I was worried that there was no possible way I was going to like Chelsea. In Awkward Chelsea was a total bitch (a la Regina George) and she really didn’t seem to care about anyone but herself. Bates made Chelsea likeable without completely changing her whole persona. She isn’t the nicest girl around, but she cares more than she wants people to know and does begin to accept things the way that they are. She becomes determined to take responsibility and fix some of her mistakes. She can’t make everything better, but she does make an effort.
  • Houston is one of Chelsea’s dad’s students and is also on the study abroad trip to Cambodia. He is a total nerd (and hot of course) and doesn’t apologize for it. Chelsea works his nerves a little bit, but in a cute way. He is set on being responsible for her, but of course Chelsea doesn’t follow the rules.
  • Houston is in college and Chelsea is still in high school. I know some people don’t care for this, but she is 17, he is 19, and that works for me. There is a lot of tension between Houston and Chelsea, and it takes a while for them to realize it and even longer for them to act on it. There is also a little… misunderstanding that understandably gets Chelsea upset.
  • Because Chelsea’s parents are getting a divorce she is being sent on the study abroad to Cambodia. In cambodia their chaperone ends up getting mixed up (accidentally of course) with a drug lord. Chelsea, Houston and the others decide to report this to get him back when Chelsea realizes that she has the drugs that the drug lord was looking for in her purse. Hijinks ensue. While ridiculous and over the top the plot was a lot of fun. Chelsea and her new friends go to ridiculous lengths to get their chaperone back and give back the drugs.

If you haven’t given Marni Bates a shot I definitely recommend you do so!


3 Responses to “Review * Notable by Marni Bates”

  1. Tracy Terry

    Feeling in need of a bit of light relief this sounds perfect. Loving your review, if it wasn’t for reading it I don’t think I’d have given the book another thought as to be honest neither the cover nor synopsis appeal to me.
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  2. Courtney

    Drugs in a foreign country remind me of Brokedown Palace and therefore make me very nervous! 19 and 17 doesn’t really bother me but so much changes the second you leave high-school that it can be a big difference depending on the people involved.
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