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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Not that Kind of Girl (Vivian)

Title: Not That Kind of Girl
Author: Vivian
Genre: Fiction, High School, Friendship, Dating
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Natalie wants everything to go as planned because she is going places, and high school is just a pit stop. That includes winning the election for student council president, having loyal friends, and finding the right guy.
The story begins with Natalie recounting a story that’s become legend at Ross Academy, a story about a freshman girl who started dating a senior boy, and when she wasn’t ready for anything too physical, he ruined her reputation, and changed her life. Natalie uses this story (of what happened to her best friend Autumn) as one of the reasons why she has chosen to opt out of the dating circle completely.  She has no intention of having her life ruined by a bad reputation.

Natalie is appalled when she encounters new-girl Spencer, a freshman who is brazen, overtly flirtatious, and doesn't seem to have any limits to what she will do to get attention.  Natalie decides she must teach Spencer a lesson in what self-respect means.  But when Natalie starts to fall for a guy she never thought she would, in might just be Spencer that teaches her a thing or two...

This is a story that poses many questions that are good to think about.  Can you love someone and be true to yourself? Who is in charge of your reputation? Is it okay for girls to be powerful and aware of who they are? Do you have to be a winner or a loser, or can there be a wonderful place in-between?

6 comments:

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I want to read this book. I've seen a lot of things about it and I just don't think I can pass it up, but it's definitely one I'll check out of the library.

I've given you another award. Life is Good. Come to my blog to get it! I so want to bring attention to the librarians on the blogosphere. You especially!


Heather
Buried in Books

....Petty Witter said...

I saw you mentioned over at Buried In Books (well done on the award) and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed visiting.

Alison said...

Hmmm...sounds like a book that could be done really well or not as well. Definitely interesting though.
Alison Can Read

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I actually think we need to have more books like this so girls can see what they might face and the consequences. I don't know the outcome of this story, hopefully she gets to stay true to herself and keep her boyfriend and her reputation. But we were all in high school and know it doesn't always work out that way. I need to read this one.

Heather

Mrs. Yusko said...

Great comments everyone! I won't give away any spoilers about the book. I think that it is a book to make you think. Not the best, to die for, book I've ever read. But good for its message.

Mrs. Yusko said...

And thanks for the award Heather! I'm headed to your blog right now!

 

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