Saturday, July 14, 2012

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (CBR-IV #28)

Cannonball Read IV: Book #28/52
Published: 2007
Pages: 192
Genre: Young Adult

Three years ago, Deanna was caught having sex in the backseat of a car by her dad. She was 13, the guy was her older brother's 17-year-old friend. Needless to say, her life quickly changed for the worse afterwards. Various stories of the incident went around her school calling her a slut, or desperate and pathetic. 

Three years later, Deanna's dad is still barely speaking to her and her brother is living in the basement with his girlfriend and their infant. Deanna's in love with her best friend who is dating her other friend. She gets a summer job at a run-down pizza place just to find out that Tommy (the guy she slept with) also works there. So, yeah, this isn't some fluffy YA book. There's no romance, just heartbreak. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I like books with flawed characters. In my opinion, it's much harder to write a character like that than it is to write a bland or "perfect" main character. I would definitely recommend this book to teens as well as adults who are looking for a less fluffy YA book.

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