Book Review: Mascara


Title: Mascara

Author: Amanda Palasciano

Genre/s: Teen Fiction

Pages: 194

Buy it: Barnes&Noble

I was too happy to really care about what was going on.”


Meet MASCARA – which stands for Mara, Asher, Sue, Carmen, Amanda, Rachel and Adrianna, respectively. They are prep school Saint Lawrence Academy’s elitist clique of girls who have everything. Literally, everything.

Members of MASCARA have their own app (built by Asher’s tech magnate father who built Sutherland Enterprises from the ground up). They each hold a chair position like Social Media Chair, Fashion Chair, Community Chair, or Beauty Chair to keep them abreast at monthly meetings of what’s trending before it’s even trending. Translation? They know all of the best clothes, accessories, products, apps and events before they’re even out. They wear their signature cobalt blue mascara on a daily basis. They are the girls everyone at school wants to wake up and switch lives with.

Each year, MASCARA gives bids to incoming freshman to pledge for the upcoming vacancies left by graduating seniors. Girls know they’ve been picked if the cobalt blue mascara is taped to their locker. However, only girls blessed to have a first name starting with the letters in “MASCARA” are even given the chance. Pledging this clique is far from simple, rule-laden, and has seen a whole lot of awry-going – like using fake online dating profiles to flirt with the gym teacher or putting the school up for sale to the highest bidder.

This year, Jorie Carr, (attention-defecit, dreamer extraordinaire) who changed her name after a second grade bully couldn’t get enough of “Marjorie Carjorie,” and her best friend Abby Port enrolled in Saint Lawrence against all things logical and public school. Marjorie a.k.a. Jorie gets a bid (the cobalt blue mascara taped to her locker) and Abby doesn’t despite the fact that Abby was the one who told Jorie about it all in the first place. Life sure isn’t fair in high school and it gets a whole lot more unfair as pledging unravels.

Luckily, there are a few incentives to keep Jorie going. Namely, junior Derek Mackey. Oh, and the overwhelming desire to have hair like Asher Sutherland.

Explore Jorie’s quirky look at pledging a high school sorority through the eyes of a self-conscious freshman who just so happens to have had the good fortune to become accepted by the most popular seniors. It’ll leave you crushing on cobalt blue for always.


It had a very high school setting, and well, it really was a teen fiction. I love how this book portrayed some realistic parts about high school, it’s like you will feel that some part of the book have also happened – maybe not literally  to you, but someone you know from high school – where everything will really change in a blink of an eye and how the different characters show different lives in reality.

You will love things, you will want things, or want other people’s lives you never thought you’ve wanted to. Jorie never really want to be a part of the Mascara and she never knew anything about them in the first place, right then Asher saw her and bid for her. Your best friend whom you trust since birth can be your new high school enemy, Jorie’s life turned upside down and her best friend Abby who wanted to be a part of Mascara wasn’t bid and because of that Jealousy arises between them.  You will do things you thought you could not, since Jorie was just a 13 year old girl turning 14 soon, she shouldn’t drive a car but then since she really wanted to be a part of Mascara she needed to drive the car with Asher as part of her task.

Like any other series, I cannot wait for the second book of the Mascara, I can’t wait how the new sorority group will take place, or if they can really level up with the Mascara. I also want to know more about Derek Mackey, and if he and Jorie have a chance. Though to be honest, I want Liam for Jorie because he really is the nice and funny guy type. I hope the second book will be longer because this book just left me hanging.

I would like to recommend this to teenagers because they will really feel and appreciate well the story. I want to recommend this also to anyone who would like to reminisce their high school, because there are so many “high-school feels” in this book.

Ratng: 3.8/5

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