Teen Idol

Teen Idol

by Meg Cabot


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High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone — the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike — know his secret ... and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060096182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 334,394
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Teen Idol

Chapter One

I witnessed the kidnapping of Betty Ann Mulvaney.

Well, me and the twenty-three other people in first period Latin class at Clayton High School (student population 1,200).

Unlike everybody else, however, I actually did something to try to stop it. Well, sort of. I went, "Kurt. What are you doing?"

Kurt just rolled his eyes. He was all, "Relax, Jen. It's a joke, okay?"

But, see, there really isn't anything all that funny in the way Kurt Schraeder swiped Betty Ann from Mrs. Mulvaney's desk, then stuffed her into his JanSport. Some of her yellow yarn hair got caught in the teeth of his backpack's zipper and everything.

Kurt didn't care. He just went right on zipping.

I should have said something more. I should have said, Put her back, Kurt.

Only I didn't. I didn't because ... well, I'll get back to that part later. Besides, I knew it was a lost cause. Kurt was already high-fiving all of his friends, the other jocks who hang in the back row and are only taking the class (for the second time, having already taken it their junior year and apparently not having done so well) in hopes of getting higher scores on the verbal part of the SATs, not out of any love for Latin culture or because they heard Mrs. Mulvaney is a good teacher or whatever.

Kurt and his buds had to hide their smirks behind their Paulus et Lucia workbooks when Mrs. Mulvaney came in after the second bell, a steaming cup of coffee in her hand.

As she does every morning, Mrs. Mulvaney sang, "Aurora interea miseris mortalibus almam extulerat lucem referens opera atque labores," to us (basically: "It's another sucky morning, now let's get to work"), then picked up a piece of chalk and commanded us to write out the present tense of gaudeo, -ere.

She didn't even notice Betty Ann was gone.

Not until third period, anyway, when my best friend Trina—short for Catrina: she says she doesn't think of herself as particularly feline, only, you know, I'm not so sure I agree -- who has her for class then, says that Mrs. Mulvaney was in the middle of explaining the past participle when she noticed the empty spot on her desk.

According to Trina, Mrs. Mulvaney went, "Betty Ann?" in this funny high-pitched voice.

By then of course the entire school knew that Kurt Schraeder had Betty Ann stuffed in his locker. Still, nobody said anything. That's because everybody likes Kurt.

Well, that isn't true, exactly. But the people who don't like Kurt are too afraid to say anything, because Kurt is president of the senior class and captain of the football team and could crush them with a glance, like Magneto from X-Men.

Not really, of course, but you get my drift. I mean, you don't cross a guy like Kurt Schraeder. If he wants to kidnap a teacher's Cabbage Patch doll, you just let him, because otherwise you'll end up eating your lunch all by yourself out by the flagpole like Cara Cow or run the risk of having Tater Tots hurled at your head or whatever.

The thing is, though, Mrs. Mulvaney loves that stupid doll. I mean, every year on the first day of school, she dresses it up in this stupid Clayton High cheerleader outfit she had made at So-Fro Fabrics.

And on Halloween, she puts Betty Ann in this little witch suit, with a pointed hat and a tiny broom and everything. Then at Christmas she dresses Betty Ann like an elf. There's an Easter outfit, too, though Mrs. Mulvaney doesn't call it that, because of the whole separation-of-church-and-state thing. Mrs. Mulvaney just calls it Betty Ann's spring dress.

But it totally comes with this little flowered bonnet and a basket filled with real robin's eggs that somebody gave her a long time ago, probably back in the eighties, which was when some ancient graduating class presented Mrs. Mulvaney with Betty Ann in the first place. On account of them feeling sorry for Mrs. Mulvaney, since she's a really, really good teacher, but she has never been able to have any kids of her own.

Or so the story goes. I don't know if it's true or not. Well, except for the part about Mrs. M. being a good teacher. Because she totally is. And the part about her not having any kids of her own.

But the rest of it ... I don't know.

What I do know is, here it is, almost the last month of my junior year -- Betty Ann had been wearing her summer outfit, a pair of overalls with a straw hat, like Huck Finn, when she disappeared -- and I was sitting around worrying about her. A doll. A stupid doll.

"You don't think they're going to do anything to her, do you?" I asked Trina later that same day, during show choir. Trina worries that I don't have enough extracurriculars on my transcript, since all I like to do is read. So she suggested I take show choir with her.

Except that it turns out that Trina slightly misrepresented what show choir is all about. Instead of just a fun extracurricular, it's turned out to be this huge deal -- I had to audition and everything. I'm not the world's best singer or anything, but they really needed altos, and since I guess I'm an alto, I got in. Altos mostly just go la-la-la on the same note while the sopranos sing all these scales and words and stuff, so it's cool, because basically I can just sit there and go la-la-la on the same note and read a book since Karen Sue Walters, the soprano who sits on the riser in front of me, has totally huge hair, and Mr. Hall, the director of the Troubadours -- that's right: our school choir even has its own name -- can't see what I'm doing.

Teen Idol. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Teen Idol was a book I'll never forget. This was one of Meg Cabot's best works in my opinion. A teenage girl, Jen Greenly, is Annie in the school newspapers advice column, Ask Annie. No one knows that she is Annie or even how much she contributes to the school. One day though she finds herself unsure of how to react. Teenage superstar Luke Striker has come to her school undercover to research a role in his next movie. Jen is assigned to be his student guide. He starts to notice how horrible some people in high school really are. As Jen's life starts getting twisted up with everyday drama, something even larger happens: Luke Striker was exposed. As girls were going crazy Luke and Jen make a quick get away to Luke's house. There, Luke makes Jen realize how much power she really has to change people's behavior at the school. In the end Jen makes the right decision, but I won't tell you what that is! Teen Idol was truly one of a kind and I recommend this book to girls of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, but was semi-disappointed that there isn't a second book. But, the book itself was really well written and it went past my expectations. I thought that it was going to be cheesey, with the way it was described and all, but I have always been a fan of meg cabot so I tried it out for her. I ended up loving it. Great job, Meg! As always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god this was a really good book i dont know if its a series, i hope so...well i love the not-noing-ur-in-love thing going oN!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending caught me TOTALLY of guard. Overall it wasn't the best book I've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in all of three days at the most. it was the most intriguing book I've ever read. The distinct settings in this book made the whole story very intriguing. I could not stop reading this book. Even though this was a fiction story, to me it seemed like Meg Cabot took an actual story in her life that was similar to this one and changed it around to make it seem so real. This book had very unique characteristics of the settings, and it also contributes to the overall theme of the book. The setting contributes to the overall theme of the book with Meg Cabot's way of dialogue. Overall, this book was amazing, and almost impossible to put down. Grace Whigham
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in three days cuz it was just that interesting. It was sooooo good i wish my crush would someday have the same feelings about me. I know thats impossible and NEVER happens though.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jenny Greenly has been everybody's best friend or, like her REAL best friend called her, mayonnaise. She even helps out people with them not knowing it's her. You see, Jen is the secret advisor, Annie, who people go to to solve their personal relationships. She does the layout and the other secret thing (being Annie) for the Clayton High School Register in Clayton, Indiana. Of course, only the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a few other administrators of the school know about the Ask Annie thing. But something very big is about to happen in the small town of Clayton.

Nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker is coming to this town to research a role for a big project coming up. So the school suggested Jenny be the one to show Luke around the school and keep this whole deal a secret. They decided for him to be a transfer student named Lucas Smith. Jen thought that Luke was going to be coming in like a week -- not the very next day! Anyway, Jen is not the type of person who gets star struck by a CELEBRITY! But I guess this was a very first for her. As she got to spend more time with Luke she seemed comfortable around him and didn't think he was one of those people who are just snotty, mean, and self-centered.

But will Luke turn out to be someone Jen didn't think he was going to be? Will she blow his cover with a little mistake or will Luke manage to do that on his own? Find out!

This book is so awesome! It's just so many things happening that you feel like you're totally in the moment! I personally think that Meg Cabot's books are really good and just right on with the everyday life of teens.
pandareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Am I the only one who thinks it's strange when teenagers call themselves "teens?" It sounds kind of square and fake to me, but I didn't let that influence my opinion of this novel. High schooler Jenny Greenly is just going about her life, being the mayonnaise on the sandwich they call high school, writing for her school paper and singing in the show choir, when her life is turned upside down by teen heartthrob Luke Striker, who has come to her school undercover to prepare for a movie role. And the school wants her to show him around!Aw, this was such a cute novel! I enjoyed every minute of it. It's definitely not realistic, but it's what every girl in high school daydreams of - having good friends, affecting positive change, and not to mention a hot, male, teenage celebrity dropping into their high school. On the other hand, it wasn't entirely predictable either. You might be thinking that Jenny and Luke fall in love and have a romance, but that's actually not the case at all. There's really not much else to say except Meg Cabot has done it again, er, she did it in 2004 when she wrote this book. Which is probably why she mentions Lindsay Lohan as taking on an acting role, because we all know that doesn't happen so much anymore...
MrsDayClass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest, made me laugh, lots of conflict, you learn a lot of morals while enjoying the book, there's romance.
thekaisu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun fun read!Almost halfway through this book, I was still expecting Luke to end up with Jen. Should've seen it with all the flashbacks and interactions with Scott. haha.I enjoyed reading, but I think I was a little bit put off by the way they "speak". Do teenagers really use that kind of speech? "I know" "like". Its kind of annoying, though that didn't stop me from enjoying this book!
RoseMarion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jen Greenley, 17 year old Junior at Clayton High School in Clayton Indiana, is the type of girl everyone wants to be friends with because she¿s easygoing, cute, and nice to everyone. Jen never challenges the status quo, she sings in her school's show choir, and she even secretly dispenses advice in the "Ask Annie" column of her school's newspaper. Jen has the perfect life--or does she?When Jen is put in charge of guiding the major motion picture teen star, Luke Striker (aka Lucas Smith), around Clayton High she isn't even excited. Jen is not interested in movie stars. She would rather read science fiction books than moon over the latest glossy pics in gossip magazines. Guiding undercover Luke around Clayton High is just another duty in Jen Greenley's predictable life. However, Jen is in for quite a surprise when Luke comes to town! At first, Jen is able to keep Luke's true identity a secret, and she feels that her life will return to normal once Luke heads back to Hollywood. However, after a few days in Clayton, everyone in town finds out who Lucas Smith really is, and chaos ensues. All the girls in Clayton, including Jen's best friend Trina, want to date Luke, entertainment reporters camp out at Jen's house, and now Jen is going to the Spring Fling with Luke as her date! Will Jen's life ever go back to being normal again? Or maybe that normal isn't what Jen needs? Teen Idol by Meg Cabot is a super engaging and funny book. The audio book version of this novel is delightfully read by Elizabeth Moss who expertly brings the characters of Clayton High to life. Teen Idol may not be thought-provoking literature, but if you are looking for a tall and refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, then this novel is your ticket!
df1a_rachelh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jenny Greenly is everybody's bestfriend. When she asked to be a student guide to movie star, Luke Striker she accepts the offer. He is coming to her high school to research for a role and goes under cover. When people find out his identity he has to leave and go back to LA, but not before telling Jenny that she has the power to change the way Clayton High School is. When he leaves she goes on a mission to change Clayton High school. I enjoyed this book becuase it shows how one perosn can change an entire school and the way an entire school thinks.
shwetasbookjournal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: * No pretensions look into life of a normal teenager ( is normal used in the same sentence as teenagers :) ) * It made high school look normal. Pleasant change from the usual drugs , violence and other unwanted stuff kids read about in books. * Jenny's advice columns are one of the highlights of the book. * Book makes a ideal gift for any teen especially girls.
cornpuff12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really amazing book about a girl. An ordinary girl. But something is about to happen that just might involve überhot movie stars that is about to change her life for the rest of eternity.
kyavorski12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's all about this girl named Jenny who writes an advice column at her school. One day, she's called to the office. It turns out that Jenny was picked to be a guide for a "new student" who's really a movie star named Luke Striker. Unlike all the other girls at her school, Jenny is not obsessed with him. After the truth is revealed, Jenny has to deal with a lot, including the press following her every move and Luke Striker giving her advice on how to be a better person. This is a great book and I really enjoyed it!
MickTheChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book in a day when I was younger. It was really catchy, like a song or a TV show that you want to keep listening to or watching. You don't absolutely have to keep reading it all day - it's not like it's so suspenseful it'll have you on the edge of your seat. But you'll just want to keep reading it because it's entertaining. It's a nice, lighthearted read, perfect for a gloomy, rainy day when you have nothing to do and you need a story that will cheer you up. It's pretty far-fetched, but the characters are still relatable and the absurdity of the plot line makes it interesting, fun to read, and original.
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the character of Jenny. She kind of reminded me in high school actually. Everyone always came to me with their problems, not that I ever asked them to, but they did. In some ways it was nice to know people trusted me enough to tell me these things, but in other ways I wish I would have been listened to more. Which is the same thing that Jenny goes through in this book. You feel bad for her towards the middle of the book. And I actually found it quit humerous that she didn't know about her feelings yet for her friends boyfriend, and the feelings that he had for her. I thought for sure that she was going to fall in love with the movie star like in any other novel, but I was very shocked with the outcome. This is a very fun light read, and I really enjoyed watching Jenny discover her real self!
anneofia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If this book were an old movie, I'd label it a screwball comedy. It was fast and fun to read and I enjoyed it. The story is narrated by Jenny, who, even though the events are far-fetched, comes across as your typical teen. Jenny wrote an advice column for her school newspaper and did an amazing job at it. She did espouse "safe sex" in one of the columns, which I would rather not have seen in a book for teens; and the use of the Lord's name scattered throughout the text also made me cringe. Other than that, it's a well-written book which teen-age girls should enjoy a lot.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even better than The Princess Diaries series, TEEN IDOL is the story about a girl-next-door who learns to use her influence to change the world. (Okay, not the world. But at least the people at her high school.) Nice girl Jenny Greenley has a secret position on the school newspaper: she's Ask Annie, the unofficial school psychologist who gives advice to anyone who writes in. Only the school administrators and Scott Bennett, her friend and the newspaper's editor-in-chief, know about her extra job. Jenny is good at keeping secrets and not making a big deal out of things; that's why the administration chooses her to be the student guide for Luke Striker, a famous teen actor who's going undercover at Jenny's high school in order to research how normal high school students act for his next movie. If it had been anyone else being the guide, ¿Lucas¿¿ secret would have been out and at the mercy of the high school¿s extremely silly girls, including Jenny¿s best friend, super-devoted fan Trina.Through unforeseeable circumstances, Luke's real identity is exposed, and he jets it back to Hollywood--and safety. Before he goes, however, he gives Jenny a challenge: everybody likes her, why not use her power to inflict social change at her high school? Doubtful, Jenny nevertheless tries to speak up more. The results are incredible. She gets Trina mad at her, helps turn a class laughingstock's life around, and stands up for herself for the first time in her life. The only problem is that with her newfound courage, she realizes she might be falling in love¿with Scott. As with all of Meg Cabot's books, TEEN IDOL has romance, humor, a bit of ridiculousness, and a happy ending. Jenny is a likeable protagonist, while Scott is a sweetheart. Fans of her other books will by no means be disappointed by this sweet tale.
cvlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg Cabot writes a very hilarious, novel. Jennifer Greenly is the type of girl who always tries to make her friends feel better. She is the one who would always check on her classmates if she thought they were upset, even if they were not her good friends. She is so trustworthy, she even writes a `Dear Annie¿ column anonymously. Her own best friend Trina doesn¿t even know about her column but always confides in her as well. Until she meets Luke Striker, Jennifer didn¿t even realize just how much she ¿smoothed over¿ things among her peers. So, she begins to stir things up a little at Clayton High School by assisting ostracized students, throwing a wrench in the senior prank and becoming the center of attention in the press. Luke Striker is striking Clayton High.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read book! You will not want to put it down!
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The Air head series from Meg Cabot was/is way better..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is literally one of the best books I have ever read. I definetly recomend it. I could not stop reading it. It involes the best topics for teen girls: Cute guys Romance Cute guys And cute guys. Did I mention cute guys? This is a book I am sure you will enjoy. The only thing bad about this book is that its not in a series. :'( You should definetly read this book! It deserves a 1000 excamation points: characters left after this: 3058 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Characters left before this was written: 2058 Don't believe me count them youself! ;) ;) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago