Watch Me

Watch Me

by Lauren Barnholdt


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She thinks she has nothing to hide…

Ally has everything under control. She’s about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcast to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most.

As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone, not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn’t always capture her good side….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442402553
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 904,081
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Barnholdt is the author of the teen novels The Thing About the Truth, Sometimes It Happens, One Night That Changes Everything, Two-way Street, Right of Way, and Watch Me. She is also the author of the middle grade novels The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better, Four Truths and a Lie, Rules for Secret-Keeping, Fake Me a Match, and the Girl Meets Ghost series. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. Visit her at

Customer Reviews

Watch Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This n,book is amazing i have read this book 4 times already and i would definatley read it again. The first time i saw that it wasnt rated good i almost didnt read it!!!! But trust me this book is absolutely amazingggg definatley 5 stars!!!
klaTX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooooooo much i really get attatched to my characters so i loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but really wanted more from the story than I got. Not a young reader book. Characters seemd flat... did not like most of them or understand what would cause them to be friends besides the boredom of their lives. Did not seem real to the location, plot, etc. Would suggest a redo for Barnholdt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a nice book,but it wasn't as dramatic as the summary suggested. its better if you go to the library rather than buy it. Its probably not one of those books you want to read over and over again
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I know that Watch Me is just a repackage of Reality Chick so its nothing new, but it still is a cute story of just how wide eyed and innocent we can be when we move on and go to college. The story centers on Ally Cavanaugh and her dream of being on a show called "In The House" and how they are doing a show at the university that she is an incoming freshman. Ally also introduces us to her boyfriend Corey, who she has been dating for two years, and a host of other friends. But its her relationship with Corey that we see unravel and in front of all the cameras. But the breakup is something that happens so many times...long distance relationship...alot of mixed feelings...and a budding love for another class mate and it just will happen to even the strongest relationship. But the main thing that this book shows me is that starting out college is difficult, more so with a national audience seeing your every foible. Its cute if you really haven't studied up on reality TV and the trouble they can get into, otherwise, its very predictable. Ally is a cute character though and she might fall down, but you can see she is determined to make this her big break. She is moving in a different direction by the stories close, and it does have a good closing, and even though you might want a sequel, you can almost do better imagining it in your mind.
pianofreak95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't listened to an audiobook in a long time and thought this one would be a good one to start with. (I usually love audiobooks that are chick lit or romance.) I got it from the library so I figured no harm no foul. This book was just what I expected it to be. Cute, light, maybe with a couple of good plot twists. The girls are cute and the boys are cute and everyone is cute. But hey, every once and awhile you just need a book like that. The reality t.v. twist was kind of cool. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be like to have a camera following my every move. Ugh. That would be terrible. That aspect could have been a bit more developed though. But it wasn't as if the book couldn't be enjoyed because of that.The characters were not developed all that deeply. Especially the characters of James and Simone; even though they weren't super main characters it would have been nice to see a bit more of what they were like. My favorite character was defiantly Drew. I loved his back story and the way he seemed to view life. I also LOVED the chemistry with him and Ally.In terms of plot, it was predictable. Comedy romance to a "T." I think I would have liked it less if I had just read the book and not listened to it. Since I learn best through sound, I can more easily pictures scenes when they're read to me. I could so picture this as a movie. I actually think it would be a great movie, or even a t.v. series. Finally, I can't do an audiobook review without talking about the narrator. I don't have the name of the narrator to Watch Me handy. All I can say was her voice was just a little annoying. Nothing too bad though, and I've heard way worse. After about a couple of chapters, you get used to it and it no longer took away from the story.Overall, listen/read Watch Me if you like romance/Chick Lit and are in for a predictably cute story about a girl who just happens to find herself on reality t.v..
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the greatest books by Barnholdt, but still pretty good. The Main character sort of bugged me, but the whole plot and the rest of the characters made up for that. :-)
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the House is a hybrid of The Real World and Big Brother, and when Ally finds herself as a late addition to the cast, she¿s pretty naïve about how it will impact her life. I was a little bothered by this, as she seemed to be a pretty smart girl who would probably realize that being on a nationally broadcast show would mean life wouldn¿t be ¿normal¿ for her. But, then again, I think I was pretty smart at eighteen and I was naïve about a lot of stuff, so I¿m willing to accept this about Ally.Though most of the story is told from Ally¿s point of view as she¿s living in front of the cameras (THEN), there are moments after the cameras are gone (NOW) that are interjected into the story. Here¿s why I love this: the reader is basically told from the very beginning how screwed Ally is. So when she and Corey have problems, and she finds herself maybe, kinda, sorta, but not really (but yeah she is) attracted to Drew, it¿s not like we didn¿t know something was going to go wrong with Ally and Corey¿s relationship. My point is this: I hate reading a book where it¿s obvious that there is a love triangle (of some sort) but it's presented as something that the readers wouldn't see coming. Generally we do, and pretending like it¿s a shock can feel patronizing. I feel as though I¿m ranting, so I¿ll move on. I think it¿s sufficient to say I liked the NOW and THEN setup, thank you very much, Lauren Barnholdt!I think what I love most about this book is that it takes place during Ally¿s first semester of college. This is such a monumental time in life; it¿s a time when many people begin to spread their wings and explore the world on their own for the first time, a time when life-altering decisions are made, and a time when dreams can be shattered like a skylight in a hail storm. In other words, it¿s full of drama. Ally enters life at Syracuse pretty optimistic about the future, confident that she and Corey have a bond that is strong enough to endure long-distance and the scrutiny of viewers all over the country. But when things don¿t go as smoothly as she planned ¿ with Corey or otherwise ¿ she¿s a bit lost. To counter this (because, well, this is pretty devastating, not the best years of your life like people say college is ¿ though they say that about high school, too, and clearly that¿s not true for lots and lots of people), Ally finds purpose. Though she entered college not really having a clue about her future goals, she quickly discovers something she¿s passionate about, and good at, too. Although this newfound passion and drive is met with less-than-expected enthusiasm from her family and friends (another thing that is all too real about the college experience), Ally is able to find people who do encourage her and see her potential in this area.In this book, Barnholdt has found a way to touch upon some pretty big issues, but they never feel so huge because the story has a light feel to it. I zipped through this book in a matter of hours, completely swept up in Ally¿s story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean i loved the book. I litterally didnt put it down either. I started and finished all 200 pages in one night. And yet, i cant help but see all of the exact parallels that it had with the Real Word: Cancun in 2009. It was amost the exact same story right down the the gay best friend and the 2 year long distance relationship. I mean i loved the story but i just couldnt help but think id heard it before
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the free sample, I thought it would have kept getting better, so I bought the ebook. After reading more of the book it felt it was just a book to pass time. It's definetly one of those books that seem interesting at first,but later gets boring and is a waste of time.
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Note...This book was originally published in 2006 and titled REALITY CHICK Freshman year at college is hard. Trying to adjust to the new freedom and responsibilities of managing oneself while living on your own for the first time in your life is a big deal. Making a long distance relationship with your boyfriend of two years work now that he's in college down in Florida carries a lot of stress. Apparently, our protagonist, Ally Cavanaugh, laughs in the face of stress and auditions for and is chosen to appear on a reality TV show with four other freshmen. Though the logic of this character's decision to do this seems vividly absent, I found it impossible to look away. As with most sordid and uncensored reality shows on the air these days, I find it difficult to stop watching. Why are we drawn to scenarios where a group of strangers are thrown together in a small, confined space and are manipulated so that their behavior and reactions are then recorded for the rest of us to view, comment and speculate on? It's hard to not like Ally. I felt a lot of empathy for her as she struggles to adjust to college, picking a major, missing her boyfriend and developing friendships with her housemates all the while a cameraman follows her all over the house and campus recording every facial expression, emotion, conversation and act, some of which Ally would rather forget. Personally, being recorded in the bathroom is pushing it, but again, reality TV fans want it realistic and if you knew your words and actions were being recorded, how realistic would it be? Reality Chick was a fast, enjoyable read that I recommend if you like living vicariously through others. This book was given a makeover and republished in 2010 under the new title, Watch Me. I personally like the new cover better.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Watch me by Lauren barnholdt is a reality tv show compressed in a book. You don't expect any depth from it, but it is entertaining and the brain vacation I needed. I listened to the audiobook for it and if it wasn't for the great narrator, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. The narrator had this childish voice that suited the college freshman Ally. The character herself was a bit on the shallow end, I mean who would apply to be in a reality tv show where the whole world sees what you are doing and judges you for it? Ally was actually surprised that people said nasty comments about her and all I thought was "Aren't you born in the technological era?". The other members of the reality tv show were mostly superficial, you've got the shy one that turns wild, the wild one that isn't really wild when you get to know her, the player who really IS a player, and the good looking jock type that ends up being the protagonist's love interest. Overall they were enjoyable and their problems were tiny and easy to resolve without taking up too many pages. As for the protagonist, she is just a normal girl with everyday troubles that are broadcasted on national tv. All in all, I really enjoyed Watch Me, especially the audiobook narrator. It was mindless fun that kept me entertained while I was driving to and from university. I would recommend the audiobook over the book since part of it's charm is the great narration! Though there are a lot of swear words and explicit talk so I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens.
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