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Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Book Five – Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out

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Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Book Five – Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out

Allie Finkle is undeniably optimistic. She keeps a book of rules that she determines based on her experiences. A middle-grader with a dedicated group of friends, a crazy little brother, a mom who's an unpaid movie critic and a dad who's always there for her, she's your typical American preteen. Readers of all ages can relate to her adventures.

When Allie and her family moved a while back, she left behind a group of friends, some frenemies, a house she loved, and a school she didn't loathe. Now that they’ve relocated, it seems that all the bad stuff from her old life is gone, except one thing: the always nasty Brittany Hauser. A rich girl who likes to put cats in suitcases and swirl them over her head for fun, Brittany is about to have the greatest birthday bash in the history of 10-year-olds.

When Allie learns that her mom has accepted the invitation to Brittany’s party for her, she's quite upset. The plan for that particular Saturday was to spend the day with her best friends at Erica's sister Missy's Twirltacular competition. Erica is convinced that Missy has self-esteem issues that can be solved by Allie and her friends taking the time to support Missy in this endeavor. Allie wants to do this, but the birthday party gets in the way and hilarity ensues.

Meg Cabot understands a certain kind of regular kid and gives Allie all the wonderings and philosophies of contemporary preteens. Allie is not perfect; she attends the party because she is anxious to share in the copious bounty that is promised by a weekend in the big city, where no expense is too big and no experience too precious. Little white lies and glittering parties vie for her conscience. Where Allie is concerned, you know she will always make the right choice. But getting there is a path strewn with the nuttiness and indecisions that plague all kids her age.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls continues with this glittery fable, showing once again that Allie is a character very much of her age and time. Clearly, Cabot shows no signs of running out of ideas, and we look forward to more installments of this funny, entertaining series.

Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on February 1, 2011

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Book Five – Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out
by Meg Cabot

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2011
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545040507
  • ISBN-13: 9780545040501