Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Siobhan Vivian

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Hardback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 187mm x 29mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0545169151
  • ISBN 13: 9780545169158
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 251,099

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Slut or saint? Good friend or bad friend? In control or completely out of it? Life is about making choices, and Natalie Sterling prides herself on always making the right ones. She's avoided the jerky guys populating her prep school, always topped honor roll, and is poised to become the first female student council president in years.If only other girls were as sensible and strong. Like the pack of freshmen yearning to be football players' playthings. Or her best friend, whose crappy judgment nearly ruined her life.But being sensible and strong isn't easy. Not when Natalie nearly gets expelled anyway. Not when her advice hurts more than it helps. Not when a boy she once dismissed becomes the boy she can't stop thinking about.The line between good and bad has gone fuzzy, and crossing it could end in disaster . . . or become the best choice she'll ever make.

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Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships," Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.

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By Natalie Ward 18 Mar 2011 3

This was probably better than I thought it would be, although I found the main character Natalie to be more annoying and stuck up that I had hoped. Connor was so sweet and it wasn't entirely clear why he liked her so much. In any case, a light enjoyable read, come and check out my full review at www.ourbookclub.net.au

By TeensReadToo 29 Sep 2010 5

Natalie Sterling is not that kind of girl. No, she's the good one. She studies hard. She's done SAT preparation to ensure she gets into a good college. She's the president of student council and has the encouragement of her amazing teacher, Ms. Bee. And she's defended her best friend, Autumn, when the rest of the school was calling her names.

But now, Natalie's life is a mess. She's had a major blow-up fight with her best friend. The girl she used to babysit is now a freshman and getting into sticky situations. She's in full-out war mode with Mike Domski. And there's something going on with Connor Hughes.

Natalie can't afford to get off course now. And when she starts connecting with Connor in the middle of the night, she tells him that it's just for fun, and no one can ever know. Natalie is distracted and everything in her life is starting to suffer. She barely makes it to her SAT test. Her student council responsibilities are suffering.

Natalie has to come to terms with what kind of girl she really is. She has to decide if she's one type of girl or many small parts rolled into one body.

I really enjoyed NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL far more than I expected to. It read quickly and pulled me right into the heart of the action. I have to admit that Natalie was my least favorite character, though the story revolved around her. I found Connor the most realistic and lovable of all the characters. I wanted to just hug him and make him come right out and tell Natalie his true feelings.

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A KIRKUS Best Book of the YearAn ALA Best Book for Young Adults"High school has never felt more authentic. . . . Vivian challenges assumptions and sends a positive message about acceptance, forgiveness, and love." -- BOOKLIST"The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. . . . Readers will cheer." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL"A joy to read . . . Full of wry observations, details that delight the senses and perceptions about things that matter." -- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE