I am 14 and I just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it a lot. I liked how it ended up not having any dating in it. It had a good message to it and a lot of Bible verses were used in it. But yet it was fun and fashionable yet realistic and I felt like I could relate to Olivia.
Olivia O'Donnell's senior year hasn't started off too well. On the first day of school she finds herself in a three-way tie for valedictorian and needs to come up with a volunteer position to give herself an edge over the competition. As she schedules volunteer time in her already over-crowded day planner, other things get crowded out-family, friends, homework. But an unexpected stint on a makeover show gets her to thinking about others, especially those women trying to start a new life in the shelter. Olivia learns about what is really important in life and uses that knowledge to help out others.This is a book I'd recommend to my daughter.
Award-winning author Wendy Lawton tackles a brand-new series, inspired by reality tv programs on The Learning Channel, Style Network, and various BBC Television shows. Teen Olivia O'Donnell is a multi-tasker, a stressed-out senior whose goal is to become her class valedictorian if her energy and her day planner hold out. Her best friend Jane earns good grades, but also saves time for spontaneity--a quality that Olivia envies. Olivia used to carve time to watch Changing Faces with Jane, but lately, Olivia's schedule and goals have taken on a life of their own.When this over-achieving young woman wins a total fashion makeover on Changing Faces, a new reality tv show, her all-new-improved look collides with the real Olivia lurking inside. Readers will examine their own priorities and attitudes as they watch Olivia wrestle with real-life issues that plague us all.Wendy Lawton is a skilled word-weaver, but more than that--she has a knack for capturing authentic life lessons through excellent characterization and dialogue. Olivia feels like someone we all know, and her story subtly invites readers to examine their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the consequences of their choices.
Facing a three-way tie for Valedictorian, senior Olivia O'Donnell has to do something to stand out. Grades aren't enough so she volunteers at a homeless shelter, something she isn't exactly thrilled about. Isn't she already busy enough? Hasn't she worked all through school to maintain her grade point average? When will she find time to enjoy her much anticipated senior year? But it's all part of her big plan. Her already bulging day planner takes a beating as she tries to squeeze more time out of every 24-hour period.It isn't only her day planner that takes a beating. She suddenly has no time to spend with her best friend, Jane. Or her Heavenly Father. She can't even begin to consider something as time-consuming as a boyfriend. Old rivalries and the demands of high school take their toll on Olivia. Even when she is chosen for a makeover by her favorite reality show, she can't truly enjoy it without worrying about how it will affect her friendship with Jane.Changing Faces is well done and timely in this age of reality TV. Wendy Lawton has done it again with a book chock full of characters to whom readers can relate.
Olivia is sure reality is where she lives, but throughout the book finds out she's been living in Olivia-land instead. The real world means seeing others instead of her planner and finding out there's more to her universe than making valedictorian. A stinker arch-enemy (is she really?), a true blue friend (is she really?)and a hot guy (is he really?). What's not to like? Real life is much tastier when it's not all about her, she discovers.
At first all our heroine cares about is grades and hanging out with her best friend, and she doesn't even have time for boys. Then she finds herself risking all she has and ends up finding out what's really important. On the way she gets a makeover and may even get that cute guy.