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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.
So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.
Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“A manic pixie dream girl is a character trope: a quirky, effervescent female who walks to the beat of her own drum and makes the male lead feel like she’s changed his world.”
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who tried to stop her friends being bullied by using a mathematical formula.
Bea was an okay character, and it was noble of her to try and help her friends to become more popular and avoid bullies, I could understand why none of them really understood her mathematical formula though.
The storyline in this was about Bea trying to find a solution to a bullying problem by reinventing herself and her friends to be the sort of people that would be valued more. She also tried to reinvent herself to become a manic pixie dream girl to try and win her boyfriend back, but she was kind of clueless when it came to romance really. The book was entertaining, if a little cringe-worthy in places, and it was nice to see Bea change as the story progressed.
The ending to this was okay, and things seemed to work out fairly happily.
6.5 out of 10