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November 10, 2013

Review: Notable by Marni Bates

Notable (Smith High #3)

Title: Notable 
Author: Marni Bates
Publisher: K-Teen
Publication date: October 29, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 272
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?
Notable is the fourth companion novel to the Smith High series and this time the main protagonist is Chelsea Halloway, and if you've read the previous books, you'd know she's the evil mean queen bee at Smith High. Of course in this book we witness the other side of the mean queen, the true side that make us instantaneously sympathize for her. All the readers, including myself, label Chelsea as the mean, jealous, antagonist like character, but in Notable you see that all of that is a facade. She just plays along with what people expect from her to the point that her parents have decided a trip all the way to Combodia would rearrange her priorities (i.e.: putting school as #1, typical parents huh?) and that's where she gets shipped off to.. A Combodia educational trip with a couple of undergraduate students. 
Marni Bates always takes the most ridiculous and hilarious scenarios and making an enjoyable and light book out of it. This book is no exception. These students end up on the radar of a combodian drug dealer and have to set up a deal with him in order to release their professor? that is some crazy stuff but I enjoyed it because I didn't think about how improbable the situation was. Also, I liked the banter between Chelsea as well as one of the undergraduate male students that was assigned to watch over her and report any misbehavior (yup, you guessed it, love interest!). I really liked him and thought he was a great change from the typical bad boy. Come to think of it, None of the love interests in Bates' books are bad boys. 
Overall, while I wished there was more depth in Notable, it was still a very enjoyable companion novel that I would recommend for readers in need of a light and fun read. I can't wait for the next companion novel because I read the first chapter of it and it sounds deliciously scandalous ;) Definitely pick up this series if you want fun, quick, contemporary reads
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  1. Thanks for the review. This sounds like a fun and lighthearted series.

  2. Totally missed that this book existed. Thanks for the heads up! I'm saving Marni Bates for when I need a dose of fluff in my pile.

  3. Sounds like a series that I would like. Great review.

  4. It's a shame that you didn't really get the level of depth that you would have liked from this, but I'm glad that you still found it to be enjoyable overall. Lovely review!

  5. This sounds liek a really fun series I remember seeing reviews of the first one - is it Awkward? - and adding it to my TBR. I like that they're companion novels too those are great for people who are so forgetful like me haha. Glad you liked it even though it could have used more depth to it. Great review, Maji!

  6. I've been curious about this one - thanks for sharing your thoughts! It's great to know that this is light and fun - the plot seems hilarious :)