Special Sub-Topic: Art Geeks and Prom Queens
|Where does Rio Jones move from?|
New York. Rio moves from New York with her parents. Her mom was a famous almost-supermodel and her dad is a lawyer who often makes appearances on Court TV. Rio's family has a lot of money because of this. However, Rio doesn't know how to fit in at school.
|Who pushes Rio into becoming popular?|
Her Mom. Rio's mom pushes Rio into becoming popular. The reason is that Rio's mom was a nerd in high school. Now that Rio is beautiful, she wants Rio to become popular. She spends money on Rio's clothes and always compliments Rio's popular friends. She also lets Rio throw parties in the house.
|Who are Jas and Mason?|
The 'art geeks' Rio befriends. Jas and Mason are the 'art geeks'. Rio meets them in her photography class, where they befriend her. Rio finds herself crushing on Jas, but is at first worried that him and Mason are a couple. Soon she finds out that Mason has a boyfriend, but Jas has a girlfriend too!
|Why doesn't Rio's mom like Jas and Mason?|
They were with Rio when she got detention. Rio's mom doesn't like Jas and Mason when she first hears their names. This is because Jas and Mason ask Rio to go to Jas's house for lunch on their first day. Rio doesn't know that she's skipping school. When she gets back she receives a week's worth of detentions and tells her mom it was because she was out with her new friends. Rio's mom says that they are bad influences.
|Who are Rio's two best friends?|
Paige and Hud. Paige, Hud, and Rio were 'nerds' in Rio's old school in New York. Paige and Rio were once voted numbers two and three on a list of the ugliest girls in eighth grade. Hud was also bullied in school, and popular kids would hit them with volleyballs in gym. Rio didn't mind being a nerd because she had other friends, but when she gets to California she realizes that she doesn't want to have to be a nerd again.
|How does Rio know Kristi Wood?|
They have lockers near each other and have English together. Rio meets Kristi because they have English class together. They also have lockers near each other. Rio's mom and Kristi's mom are in the same yogalates class, but Rio already knew Kristi before her mom met Katrina Wood.
|Why does Rio stop hanging out with Jas and Mason?|
She finds out Jas has a girlfriend after she flirted with him, and she knows Mason is tired of her stupid comments. Jas asks Rio to come with him to dinner at a restaurant his dad owns. Rio thinks it will be a date, but then realizes that Mason is coming too. Mason's boyfriend Zeke is already there, though, so Rio begins to think that she is Jas's date again. Later that night, though, Jas's 'perfect' girlfriend Monique comes, and Rio is embarrassed that she'd been rejected. She decides to stop hanging out with Jas and Mason because of this and because she can never say the right thing to Mason.
|Who does Rio befriend after Jas and Mason?|
Kristi, Kayla, and Jen Jen. Rio becomes friends with Kristi Wood, the most popular girl in school, shortly after she stops hanging out with Jas and Mason. Jen Jen and Kayla are the other members of the group. However, Kristi immediately starts to like Rio and tells her secrets that she keeps away from everyone else in the group.
|Who does Rio start dating?|
JC. Rio hooks up with JC, but then they become a couple. JC tells Rio that he loves her, but Rio doesn't answer him because she doesn't like him that much. She thinks he is kind of boring and would rather date Tyler, who is a popular senior in school.
|Why do the boy Rio started dating and Rio break up?|
Rio kisses Tyler and JC finds out. Rio starts taking driving lessons from Tyler because she's never learned. Soon, though, they kiss and Rio realizes she wants to date him. Kristi warns JC about Rio, but JC doesn't listen. Meanwhile, Rio sees Tyler a few more times before JC catches them in Tyler's car and dumps her. Rio is embarrassed but becomes happy when Tyler asks her out.
|When does Rio realize she's more popular than Kristi?|
She has two dates to the Moondance and Kristi doesn't have any. Two girls are saying that Kristi is over and Rio overhears them. Kristi couldn't get a date to the Moondance, but Rio was asked by Tyler and JC. Everyone is saying that Rio is prettier than Kristi, and even Kayla and Jen Jen are copying Rio's hairstyle and talking to her more than Kristi. Kristi is mad because she wants to stay popular, so she starts making fun of Rio and calling her fat.
|What happens at a party that makes Rio unpopular?|
Rio hooks up with Drew and Kristi spreads rumors about her. Rio, Kristi, Rio's boyfriend Tyler, and Kristi's crush Drew are playing a Spin The Bottle game with a bunch of other people. When Drew spins it lands on Rio and Rio feels bad for Kristi so they only kiss instead of hooking up. Then Kristi spins and it lands on Tyler. They go upstairs together and Rio realizes that they've been hooking up behind Rio's back. So Rio hooks up with Drew but stops before it gets too far. Kristi misunderstands and thinks that Rio slept with Drew to be rude, so she starts spreading rumors about Rio.
|What happens when Rio gets back to school?|
The seniors call her a slut and don't let her sit with them. When Rio gets back to school everyone hates her. When she tries to sit with Kristi, Kayla, and Jen Jen at lunch they push her off the bench and ignore her. Then Rio tries to sit with the seniors but they say that sluts can't sit with them. Rio's camera was missing, but that was because Rio had lost it and Jas had taken it for her. Rio never wanted to be a cheerleader in the first place, and Tyler likes Kristi instead of Rio. JC has no hard feelings against Rio anymore, and Drew didn't talk about what really happened.
|What happens to Kristi at the end of the book?|
She gets kicked out of school. Kristi gets thrown out of school because she had drugs hidden in her locker. She also vandalized school property when she wrote a swear word on Rio's locker. Jas had taken pictures of Kristi at the locker with Rio's camera, and Rio and Mason printed them out and showed them to everyone in school. When some policemen searched Kristi's locker they found the drugs and kicked her out. Rio is happy because she won't have to deal with Kristi being mean anymore.
|Why did Kristi spend so much time trying to convince Rio to get over Jas?|
Kristi liked Jas the entire time. Kristi ends up liking Jas throughout the book. Jas never pays attention to her, though, so Kristi says he is a stoner and tells Rio she can't like him. In the end Rio realizes that Kristi was only trying to keep them apart. They kiss on the last page and Rio says it was better than she'd dreamed it would be!
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