[ #Review x 2 ] Barbie Girl + Barbie World by @barbiegirlnovel

I'm thrilled to have been given the chance to read both books in the Baby Doll series.  Although, I was only slated to review Barbie World , I couldn't help myself and did both! lol! :)   Enjoy!!

Barbie Girl
(Baby Doll, Book 1)
by: Heidi Acosta

Publication:  Nov. 2012
ISBN: 1482340771

Length : 267 pages
Genre : YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description: 

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama.  She doesn't care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire.  Rumors are nothing new to her.  Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother.  She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can.  That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school.  He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up; finally he is not being called names or shoved into lockers.  He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention.  He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can't pass up; if he helps her pass algebra, she'll help him get the girl of his dreams.  Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie.  Somehow, she can't help but draw attention to herself -- and to him.  Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere.  Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams?  Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

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My Thoughts :

I love Barbie.  Might as well get that out of the way ahead of time.   From her pink streaked hair, to her over the top personality.  She puts herself out there not caring what anyone else thinks.  Although she definitely has reasons behind the way she acts, it's refreshing to see her strong personality.   Barbie Girl is not your typical teenage romance fluff.  Acosta deals with some deeper subjects and really gives thought to Barbie's personality and reasons behind it.   Barbie comes from a damaged and broken home.  While she struggles to hold things together for her little autistic brother Everett, she hides her pain behind super short skirts, pink hair streaks & makeup.  She is really a good girl hiding in a bad girl body & reputation.  She's had to grow up fast due to her home life and couldn't care less what the teenagers at school think about her.

Dylan is a typical teenage boy.  A bit immature (especially compared to Barbie) with lots of room for growth.  If he would just get his head out of his daydreams of his "perfect girl" , he would realize that he's falling for Barbie despite his wishes.

While Barbie is always going to be my favorite character, Acosta also brings some great secondary characters in the form of Third (Dylan's best friend) and Roxie (goth girl who really likes pink and Taylor Swift).  I love both of their relationships with Barbie - Third sees her for who she really is not the rumors circulating around her, and Roxie becomes her first real girlfriend.

The story is strong and deeper than I would have expected with a YA romance.  Ending with a cliffhanger, I was dying to find out more in the next book.

Barbie World
(BabyDoll, Book 2)
by: Heidi Acosta

Publication: Summer 2013
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description: 

"One Night is all it took to change everything between Barbie and me.  One night to potentially lose the girl of my dreams forever.  How do I prove to her that she can trust me?  That all I want to do is protect her carefully guarded heart.  I need to prove to her that I want to be a part of her world.  But How?"

Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back.  Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan.

Barbie has been hurt beyond repair or so she thinks.  It would be easier for her to decide if she didn't have to protect her little brother.  And if Dylan would just put on a shirt!  Dylan is not making this easy on her.  It helps to have the distraction of the new guy in town cute bad boy Kai.  But even though her heart is damaged it still knows what it wants.

When Barbie learns she has a family and with the help of Roxie and Kai, oh and Third and Dylan. They embark on a journey to help bring Barbie closer to a past she never knew existed.

Heidi Acosta brings you the heart felt story of friendship, love and heartbreak in the second book in the Baby Doll series Barbie World.

My Thoughts : 

Barbie World  picks up where Barbie Girl left off.   Barbie's trust in Dylan is shattered and forgiveness is not something she is good at.  She is now living with the Knights (Dylan's family) in a foster type situation.  While all her instincts tell her to run and get away, she has to stay for her little brother.  Turning over control and not being completely in charge is very hard for her.  We delve more into Barbie's mind and get to see how scared and confused she really is.  The brave tough girl front that she had in book 1 has been tore away to reveal a struggling young woman.    Dylan has come to realize how much he loves Barbie and is determined to find a way to win her back no matter what.  Dylan did a lot of maturing in this book which made me glad to see. He's not a little better matched to Barbie than before.  Throw in Third crushing on Roxie (who has her own little bit of messed up) and we have a great book you'll be dying to read.  My emotions were all over the place on this one.  Acosta did a great job showing true friendship and what it means. Love from several different places and a little heartbreak that makes you ache a bit inside.
As with any good series, I'm left wanting more...

Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York.  Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order.  Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell.  When she was three, Heidi's mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods' thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could always find emotional escape while writing.  Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup.  If it sounds romantic, it wasn't, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys were yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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