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Book Review – Kim vs. the Mean Girl

Title: Kim vs. the Mean Girl
Series: Blogger Girl
Author: Meredith Schorr
Release Date: April 20th, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit Y/A

High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire class reads personal (not to mention humiliating) entries Kim wrote about her crush, Jonathan, Kim vows to enact revenge.

Kim and her loyal best friend, Bridget, come up with the perfect plan to put the evil Hannah in her place once and for all. But will their scheming have the desired effect of getting even, or will Hannah emerge more celebrated by her peers than ever?

Kim vs. the Mean Girl can be read as a young adult standalone novel, set in 2000, but is also a prequel to the popular Blogger Girl adult romantic comedy series. Told in the dual perspectives of teenage Kim and Hannah, fans of the series will get an inside look into Kim’s early passion for reading, writing (and Jonathan), and find out why Hannah is so darn mean.

In Blogger Girl we meet the irrepressible Kim Long and her nemesis Hannah Marshak. Kim vs. the Mean Girl takes us back
to high school with Kim and Hannah 101 in this delightful prequel. I gobbled it up in one byte…er, I mean bite (this is the era before a cell phone was in every backpack). When Kim declares war on Hannah, it takes some unexpected, and at times amusing, turns, and though the enemies don’t emerge as friends, or even frenemies, they each come away the better for it. A fun read for all ages. — Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author.

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Meredith Schorr has done it again! Kim vs. the Mean Girl is the prequel to Blogger Girl. It’s written as a young adult novel and follows Kim, Hannah, Bridget and even a surprise glimpse at a young Nicholas. It’s well written, funny, teenager-ish and a great addition to this fabulous series.

My 17-year-old daughter read this months ago for Meredith and finished it in just a few hours (as did I) and immediately fell in love with it. I haven’t seen her in non-stop chatter over a book since Harry Potter and this one gave me a night of endless listening.

Whether you’re an adult, a teen or middle aged you will love this book and it’s followers. It’s not often I’ve fallen in love with a series only to be gifted with a prequel to some of my favorite characters lives AFTER I’ve gotten to know them as adults. I admit, I was worried it would be too young for me but I got all the references (even though I definitely wasn’t a teenager during these time frames) and found it to be quite ‘high-school-esque’ or at least from what I remember.

-Absolutely everything. Seriously, the ‘plan’, the ‘gone-wrongs’, the love interests, the familiar and new faces, the writing, all of it.

-I’m a fan of Meredith so you could send me a sequel to the dictionary written by her and I’d probably love it.

-Zero, nada, zilch, nuthin.

Fo sho. Seriously, if you don’t already have an extra set of this series in your freezer in case your house burns down you should. Get on it… what are you waiting for? They’re all on Amazon now!

Meredith Schorr is a chick lit writer at it’s finest.

“You okay?” Bridget asked, joining me on my twin-size bed where I was lying face down across the white comforter, my feet resting on my pillows.

“I’m sorry, Bridge. It’s just my stupid diary. Don’t be mad, please.”

Bridget jerked her head back. “Why are you apologizing to me?”

“Because … because of what I said in my diary … about Seventh Heaven.” I sat up and hugged a lavender throw pillow against my chest.

Bridget bounced up and down on the bed, making it shake underneath us. “I’m not a moron, Kim. It’ll take more than a dumb diary entry about a stupid show featuring a rabbi and his fourteen kids to get me riled up.”

I chuckled despite the tears of relief welling up behind my eyelids. “It’s about a minister and his seven children.”

“I don’t care if it’s about a priest and his two-hundred immaculately conceived offspring. I’m not mad at you.”

I dropped the pillow onto the bed. “Thank God. Now my life is only ninety percent over.”

Bridget raised an eyebrow. “My friendship is only worth ten percent of your life?”

I smiled. “No. You know I’m not very good at math.”

We laughed together for a moment until Bridget frowned at me and asked, “Have you heard from Jonathan?”

“No way!” A tingle swept the back of my neck as I considered Jonathan’s reaction to knowing I was sexually curious about him. My stomach curdled, and I rethought the second scoop of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream I’d had earlier.

“Relax. It was only a question,” Bridget said, rubbing my back. “It will be okay.”

I jerked away from her and walked to the nail polish display on my wall. With my back to Bridget, I absently rearranged the colors and said, “I hate her.”

From behind me, Bridget said, “You and me both.”

My breath caught in my throat as my eyes watered once again. I violently shook the almost-empty bottle of essie Ballet Slippers. Who did Hannah think she was? And why was she so determined to ruin my life? What had I ever done to her?

“We need to stop her,” Bridget said as if reading my mind.

“Denise offered to take care of her for us,” I suggested, picturing tufts of Hannah’s hair in the school hallways leading a path to Hannah shoved into a locker, bruised and bleeding.

“As tempting as that sounds, I don’t want anyone getting arrested,” Bridget said.

“Agreed. What do you suggest?” I was at a loss, and Bridget’s lack of response suggested she was, too. I returned the nail polish bottle to the display and dropped my chin toward the floor.

“I’ve got it,” Bridget said, breaking the silence.

I cautiously lifted my head to meet her eyes.

Bridget smiled wide at me, her green eyes twinkling.

I gently bit my lip and leaned in. “What?” My stomach fluttered in cautious hope.

“I’ll give you a hint. It involves two of Hannah’s favorite things.”

Pulling on a strand of my hair, I said, “Um, designer clothes and her own reflection in the mirror?”

Bridget shook her head, but her face seemed to shine. “No, but close. Telling lies and your diary.”

Say Hello to author Meredith Schorr!

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Novelista Girl is her fifth novel.

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What made you want to be a writer?  

It started out when my boss at my day job complimented my technical writing skills and even had me edit emails written by associates at the firm. When someone tells me I’m good at something, I want to do it more. Then, it dawned on me how much I live inside my head—making up stories and different scenarios/alternate endings of my own romantic relationships etc. On my way to work one day in 2008, I had an epiphany that if I was going to dream up stories in my head, I might as well write a book. I started my first novel, Just Friends With Benefits, that very same day.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading by Wendy Tyson. It’s the first in her Greenhouse Mystery series and is published by Henery Press, who publishes my adult romantic comedies. I’m also finally finishing Beautiful Redemption, the final book in the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to? Watching television is one of my favorite hobbies and I am unashamed of it! Currently, I’m addicted to The Walking Dead, Homeland, Rectify, This is Us, and Criminal Minds. I’m also binge-watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix.

Tell me your favorite part of the writing process.

Editing. Taking what’s already on the page and making it better gives me such a feeling of accomplishment.

Now the writing process you hate the most?

Also the editing. Each and every time I receive comments from my beta readers and, later, my editor, I’m terrified I won’t be able to resolve the issues. I think of revisions, particularly ones that require me to do rewrites as opposed to tweaks, as puzzles I need to solve and I’m always insecure about my ability to do it. But then, I finish and I’m on top of the world. This is why editing is both my favorite and least favorite part of the process.

Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done? I did. There was a coffee shop right next door to my apartment. I wrote the first draft of almost five novels there. They knew me and my order! Unfortunately, the shop closed last summer and I’m looking for a new place close to my apartment. I’ve been editing for most of the past year and I need complete silence to do my revisions—my apartment.

What are you working on now?

I’m completing edits for my next romantic comedy releasing with Henery Press on November 7th. (Not ready to share the title). I’m also on the first draft of the third adult book in the Blogger Girl series coming April, 2018, also by Henery Press. The working title is Strong Girl.

Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?

Besides my own? Ha! Anything by Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl or Eleanor and Park especially. The Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins would make a great series for the Hallmark Channel.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Probably Rainbow Rowell. Her voice is so unique, quirky, and charming and I get so lost in the worlds she creates that I don’t want to leave them when I get to the end. I also love that she crosses over between chick lit and young adult (like me). Other favorites include Jill Mansell and Kristan Higgins. They both inspire me to dig deeper in my own books in terms of humor and conflict.

What type of writer are you when beginning a new story – panster, planner or something entirely different?

I consider myself a hybrid panster/plotter. I outline a few chapters at a time to make sure I have a direction and so I don’t spend too much timing staring at a blank screen, but the details come to me as I’m writing. This allows me to make sure my pacing is tight while maintaining the freedom for my characters to take over.

What’s been your favorite line in a review of one of your books?

One reader wrote “If Meredith Schorr published a book every month, I’d be a happy girl.” That made my day.

Do you have a book you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?

Pretty much the entire Judy Blume collection, especially, Are You There God, it’s Me Margaret and Blubber. Like Margaret, I was obsessed with getting my period. (Now I’m terrified of losing it…) and I dealt with my share of mean girls and bullies, like in Blubber.

Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?

I’m an “afternoon/evening” writer. I can get up early to exercise, but I don’t think I can do the 5 a.m. writing gig. I have a day job so most of my weekday writing is done from 6-8pm. Even on weekends, I usually don’t get motivated until 2-3pm and I tend to hit a wall by 7.

Thank you, Meredith, for allowing me to be a part of yet another of your wonderful books! I’m so glad the Blogger girls series is expanding!

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  • Reply meredithgschorr

    Thank you so much for reading and loving KVTMG and for sharing your love with your followers! You’re awesome and I can’t wait to read Little Gray Dress later this year!!

    April 20, 2017 at 8:15 am
    • Reply Aimee

      You’re just awesome! I totally loved it. Thank you for mentioning both Hallie and I in the acknowledgements as well. 🙂

      April 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Melissa Amster

    Great review and interview. I loved this one too! My review goes up tomorrow.

    April 20, 2017 at 9:37 am
    • Reply Aimee

      Thank you! I can’t wait to read yours as well!

      April 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

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