High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving problems ... so good she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. Even if solving other people's problems doesn't make her ownólike not having a boyfriendógo away, it's still fun. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jenny's small town to research a role, he creates havoc that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair ... especially since she's right in the middle of it.
Can Jenny, who always manages to be there for everybody else, learn to take her own advice, and find true love at last?
A 2004 Young Adult
novel by Meg Cabot
Tropes in Teen Idol Include:
- Alpha Bitch / Lovable Alpha Bitch: Courtney Deckard, who has the trappings of being the Alpha Bitch, but doesn't go out of her way to be either malicious or nice. And she's smarter than Kurt and smart enough to realize that crossing Jenny is a bad idea.
- Be Yourself
- Beta Couple: Trina and Steve
- Birds of a Feather: Jenny and Scott.
- Bookworm: Jenny and Scott.
- Brainless Beauty: Hinted at with the Show Choir sopranos and with Courtney Deckard and her Girl Posse.
- Brainy Brunette: Jenny
- Captain Ersatz: Luke's tv show Heaven Help Us is totally not 7th Heaven.
- Celeb Crush: Trina and several others have an embarrassingly huge one on Luke.
- Clark Kenting / Paper-Thin Disguise: Jenny's opinion of Luke's Lucas Smith disguise. Despite Luke's acting skills help pulling it off, some people do start to suspect that he's Luke anyway.
- Cool Loser: Jenny. In fact this trope is almost deconstructed. Jenny actually isn't a loser at all, she's so friendly and well-liked that she's actually the most popular girl in school despite not being a member of the popular crowd.
- Cool Teacher: Mrs. Mulvaney, but only when Betty Ann is safe and sound.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Steve
- Drama Queen: Trina, Geri Lynn, Cara, Mr. Hall and almost everyone in Show Choir. In fact, this trope applies to almost everyone except for Jenny, Scott, a few students on the paper and, ironically, Luke.
- Dumb Jock: Kurt, who doesn't even know what a ransom note is.
- Former Child Star: Luke, but unlike what the trope suggests, he managed to transition into adult roles and his Teen Idol status. He's also very well rounded as a result of his childhood being spent on the set of a christian TV show, which took the time to teach him morals and kindness.
- Girl Next Door: Jen, who even knows she's this.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Jenny about Luke.
- Hippie Teacher: Ms. Kellogg
- Jerk Jock: Kurt
- Just Friends: Luke and Jenny, who really are just friends.
- Love You and Everybody: Jenny has this problem. It's the main reason why Scott couldn't figure out if she liked him.
- The Makeover: Jen gives Cara one that turns her from snobby, lonely wannabe to an outgoing Big Beautiful Woman.
- The Messiah: Jenny
- The Not-Love Interest: Luke to Jenny.
- Oblivious to Love: Jenny is not only oblivious to Scott's feelings for her but her own feelings for Scott as well.
- Only Sane Man: Jen, who is a normal girl in a school full of Drama Queens. Luke and Scott are also extremely normal. Luke convinces Jenny to take this position and use it to actively improve the school.
- Pair the Spares: Luke and Geri Lynn
- Platonic Life Partners: By the end, Luke and Jen.
- Psychologist Student: Jenny solves everyone's problems, either on her own or through Ask Annie.
- Real Men Cook: Scott
- Shipper on Deck: Jenny to pretty much everyone (like Steve/Trina and Geri Lynn/Scott), but stops as the story goes on. Trina is one for Scott/Jenny.
- Stern Teacher: Vice-Principal Lucille Thompson, aka Juicy Lucy.
- Teen Idol: Luke, duh.
- Wrong Guy First: Scott and Geri Lynn, for each other.