Blog Tour Double Feature: Barbie Girl & Barbie World by Heidi Acosta

Barbie World by Heidi Acosta


Book 1: Barbie Girl

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Title: Barbie Girl
Series: Baby Doll #1
Author: Heidi Acosta
Published: November 1st 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Free copy provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours

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The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?


I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. There’s just something about a spunky looking cover girl that really gets me.

Barbie is that girl everyone talks about, and not to say nice things about. She actively encourages the rumors, building a tough veneer around herself that keeps everyone at bay. As long as they think they know her, then she’s safe, she can hide the fear and uncertainty she faces on a daily basis. No one needs to know how badly her mother has failed her. No one needs to know about the little brother she would do anything for. Her shield is impenetrable.

That is, until Dylan shows up. Well, less show up and more like he gets coerced into tutoring Barbie. She may not have the money to pay for his tutoring services, but Barbie can do one thing better than anyone else: she can make him desirable to the uptight, mean girl Dylan believes he’s in love with.

It should be an easy task, but the deeper Barbie gets sucked into Dylan’s world, the thinner her protective veneer seems. She knows if Dylan succeeds in cracking it, everything she’s worked so hard for will bleed out.

This story gets quite dark and intense in places. Barbie has had a tough life, and that doesn’t look to be getting any better soon. She goes through life pretending to be okay, pretending not to care what everyone thinks about her, but there’s a vulnerability deep down that makes it difficult not to feel for her. Dylan, on the other hand, is kind of a judgmental tool who does not in any way or shape deserve a girl like Barbie. Some of the things he says to her is downright cruel, and his Momma should slap him on the mouth for speaking to a girl like that.

Along with Dylan comes the chubby best friend, Third, who is the kind of friend everyone should have. Sure, he’s awkward and kind of a horn dog, but he has a really big heart. He’s completely enthralled by Barbie, even letting her eat off his plate, which is practically a declaration of love in the world of Third. He’s the first person Barbie can really be herself around in a long time, and for most of the book I kept hoping she would wise-up and forget the hot guy who can’t make up his mind and go for Third instead. To me he absolutely stole the show.

(3/5)


Book 2: Barbie World

Barbie World by Heidi Acosta

Title: Barbie World
Series: Baby Doll #2
Author: Heidi Acosta
Published: Summer 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Free copy provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours

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Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back. Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan.

Barbie has been hurt beyond repair or so she thinks. It would be easier for heart to decide if she didn’t have to protect her little brother. And if Dylan would just put on a shirt! Dylan is not making this easy on her. It helps to have the distraction of the new guy in town cute bad boy Kai. But even though her heart is damaged it still knows what it wants.

When Barbie learns she has a family and with the help of Roxie and Kai, oh and Third and Dylan. They embark on a journey to help bring Barbie closer to a past she never knew existed.

Heidi Acosta brings you the heart felt story of friendship, love and heartbreak in the second book in of the Baby doll series Barbie World.


While the first book suffered a little from first novel syndrome, Barbie World comes out kicking right from the gate.

It picks up shortly after the first ended. Dylan had done what he felt was right, bringing Barbie’s problems under the notice of the authorities, and in doing so betrayed her trust. Stuck in a house where she feels even more like an outsider than ever before, all Barbie can do is bide her time and wait until she can take her little brother and get out. She may have been beaten, betrayed and had her heart shattered, but she’s still a fighter. She still has Third and Roxie, the pink loving goth girl, friends she can count on. Dylan on the other hand, is a different matter. She has to see him on a daily basis now, and not only does he have an aversion to shirts, but he keeps playing hot and cold with her. Kissing her one minute, running back to his actual girlfriend the next.

In a misguided attempt to appease his parents, Dylan continues to string along Katie, the girl Barbie had helped him score in book 1. He knows a relationship with Barbie is off limits, yet he can’t seem to stay away. Which leads to a lot of push and pull between them.

I found myself not really warming to Dylan any more than I had in the first story. The whole Katie thing was awful. Sure, Katie is presented as the shallow, clingy, bitchy girl, but I don’t think that justifies Dylan messing with her feelings like that. It irritated me that Barbie kept thinking she wasn’t good enough for a guy like Dylan while he’s the one making all these mistakes and not being the supposedly sweet, nice guy she thinks he is.

Third, though, still owns my heart.

I’m a little sad that this series seems to have reached its end, I would have liked to spend more time with Barbie.

(4/5)

Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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