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Something Girl

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  344 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Sophie is in a lot of trouble. She is on probation for stealing and is doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't really talk to her, and the other adults in her life are pressuring Sophie to talk about her bruises. Sophie worries that if she tells, she will be sent to live in a group home. Her friend Jujube is the only person who knows the truth, and now Jujube, too, wants S ...more
Hardcover, 105 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 02, 2008 April rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This was a super good and short book. I couldn't believe how much I could truely relate to it and the things that this poor girl was going through. Child abuse is a terrible thing, but there will always be people there for you who are willing to take the time to care and help you out. From this book, I've realized just that and I am so glad that this girl finally did the right thing. People often deserve so much more than they take! But this book shows that things can deffinatly change for the b ...more
Francisco Moreno
This book is great it will have you in a point of not wanting to stop reading it
Sasha Cardenas
Dec 13, 2016 Sasha Cardenas rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it was emotional and interesting.I feel like a lot of girls my age will be able to relate to Sophie's problem.She had a difficult life because she never got help.I will recommend young girls to read this book.
Nov 04, 2016 Rilee rated it it was amazing
its really good
Apr 17, 2014 Hasti rated it it was amazing
Beth Goobie's Something Girl is the powerful story of 15-year-old Sophie, the "stupid, no good, nothing girl." The novel begins with Sophie's being "dumped" by her boyfriend of three months. This does nothing to improve her already poor self-image. Physically abused by her father, she lives in nearly constant fear. She believes that her beatings are her own fault. "My Dad only hits me when I'm bad." While she's having some trouble with school and she's been caught for petty theft, she really wan ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Kayla rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Sophie getting beat by her father. She doesn't want to tell anybody because she is afraid of the outcome. Her father leaves bruises and beats her all the time. He tells her she's a nothing girl and worthless and calls her all kinds of names. She had had meetings with her probation officer every 2 weeks for stealing. One time her dad had beat her so bad she ran off to her fort and Jujube came and she ran and called and ambulance. Then the ambulance took her away to ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Danalky rated it it was amazing
The book "Something Girl" by Beth Goobie was an amazing book.This book was about a girl named Sophie.In the past Sophie had stolen lipstick,chocolate bars and cigarettes.That caused her to be on probation.She has to meet with her probation officer "Ms. Lee" every two weeks.Her father beats her constantly and bruises her.Her 12 year old friend "Jujubee" believes that Sophie should tell the truth about how she really gets her bruises, but Sophie is too afraid of her father.So that means that some ...more
Kamaya Smith
Jan 07, 2010 Kamaya Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-1
The genre of my book is realistic fiction. It is realistic fiction because it could possibly happen in real life (hopefully it doesn't) Sophie's boyfriend larry breaks up with her for another girl. Sophie is heartbroken from it. then when Sophie comes home late her dad hits her and bangs her head against things and throws chairs and stuff at her. her friend jujube is the only person that knows what happens to her . jujubes mom starts to found out what happens. the counsulor that Sophie sees find ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Silveri rated it did not like it
I really love this book so much. This book is about a 15-year-old girl name Sophie, the "stupid, no good, nothing girl." The novel begins with Sophie's being "dumped" by her boyfriend.he is on probation for stealing and is doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't talk to her, and the other adults in her life are pressuring Sophie to talk about her bruises. Sophie worries that if she tells, she will be sent to live in a group home. Her friend Jujube is the only person who knows the truth, and now ...more
May 21, 2012 Emily added it
Something Girl by Beth Goobie is a good book about a girl names sophie that things shes a bad daughter and thats why her dad hits her.
This book is a good book that i can relate to sometimes when i get in trouble i feel like im noting for my parents thats exactly how sophie feels about herself.
Sophie has always been beaten by her father, but she thinks its her fault he hits her but he really has anger issues. She does not want to tell anyone because shes scared he might do something to her and
Dec 06, 2013 Bree rated it it was amazing
This was a sad book it made me cry a little because this girl was getting abused by her father for no reason.He would tell her she was clueless and stupid and a nothing girl. He would kick her and punch until she had bruises on her body and it was hard for her to move. And every time she would go to school and the teachers would she the bruises they would call DHR and they would go over to her house talk to her parents and then when they leave he would beat her harder.But one night he hurt her s ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Elena rated it it was ok
Something Girl, by Beth Goobie, is about a 15 year old girl (Sophie), who gets physically abused by her father. Her mother, unable to stop the madness, is a depressed alcoholic. In the town, her father is an extremely respected member of parliment, but at home is a violent maniac. Sophie only has one person who understands her, her 12 year old neighbour, JuJube. After a particularly intense attack from her dad, Sophie is put into hospital. Are Sophie and her mother given justice, or does the abu ...more
Sep 15, 2009 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Physical abuse is heaped upon Sophie by her father. She feels like she is a no one--stupid, no good, nothing girl and if she is better, her father will love her and not beat her or her mother. Her mother has become so beaten down, she now drinks and looks out the window and doesn't see her daughter's bruises and pain. But thanks to her best friend's vigilance---Sophie will come to understand---it is her father's problem that he beats her----she doesn't deserve it! But she almost loses her life i ...more
Apr 21, 2009 Louisapenka rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: book-club
Something Girl was a good book! It's about a girl named Sophie and right at the beginning of the book, her boyfriend Larry breaks up with her, so she's upset about that, but trys to forget about it. Her dad comes of as a good dad, but when it's just Sophie and him, she's always getting hit or something. She thinks she's nothing and not good, since that's what her dad tells her all the time. Her bestfriend is Jujubi and younger than her. This is one of her only friends. Will she tell someone ab ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Mindy rated it liked it
I read this book to my seventh grade class. It's a short, low lexile book with high interest. They really enjoyed it. It only took us three days to get through because it's so short, but the kids were very interested and wanted to check out more books from the library that were similar to "Something Girl." The book is about a girl in an abusive home who realizes that she is something instead of nothing. I don't want to go into more detail because it is very short and simple and anything more wou ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Shaquita rated it it was amazing
this book is so powering and strong it has all the meanings of abuse to young teens who have been abused .... then finally got away from it to all who has had abusive relationships with parents boyfriends or anything you are very strong .......... this book is about how her dad is abusive and how he beats her when she does something wrong or something if this book sounds good i inspire anybody to read this ..... this book is for boys and girls does not matter adult or young adult
Tinsley Tullos
Apr 21, 2009 Tinsley Tullos rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
This book was okay. It had a great story, but I felt like it was a little to easy to read. This book is perfect for a quick read kinda thing. I was so happy when Sophie and her mother got to free from her dad. It was really sad that Sophie was convinced that her dad beat her and didnt love her because of something she did. I was so glad when Sophie's friend Jujubee told the nurse that her father was beating her.
Dawn Prokop
Jun 15, 2015 Dawn Prokop rated it really liked it
For a short read this was a very engaging book. It is a wonderful example of YA literature, providing teens with a glimpse of the troubling life of living in an abusive home. However, this story is not about wrapping the narrative up with a pretty bow, but to show us how a story's conclusion will continue long after we're allowed to witness it. This story is not about ending one story, but merely showing how one begins.
Mar 11, 2009 Saraoxenfeld rated it it was amazing
this is a girl about her dad that did child abuse
so she tells lies to friends and teachers
she scared to tell anyone that her dad would be mad if she told on him. so she ends in a hospital
because of her dad so she had a neck brace on her
she could not move she was scared when her dad was coming in her room what he would do so her dad had to stay away from her he kissed her
on her forehead
so she goes in a group home for four mounths so she was unconformable meting new friends
Mar 06, 2016 Lauren rated it did not like it
I know it was a short book, but despite that it didn't have much of a plot line. Also it was written at a very basic level. It kind of seemed like I was reading a book written for a 3rd grader, which it might have been I don't really know. I just really didn't like it. It was quite boring. But it is short so it's a good way to waste 45 min if you have nothing better to do.
Felishaa ' Mariee
Jan 21, 2010 Felishaa ' Mariee rated it it was amazing
Jul 03, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
If you've read Goobie's Sticks and Stones, then you'll appreciate Sophie's story all the more. Sophie is Jujube's best friend in Sticks and Stones. Something Girl is all about Sophie's story of self-destruction and abuse. Every teenage girl should read this book. It's raw and emotional. We can learn a lot from this Something Girl.
Erik Ortega
Jun 29, 2010 Erik Ortega rated it it was amazing
i think this book is intresting because it explains the life of a teen and how her dad abuses her for various reasons, like for example when she came home late because she was with her boyfriend her dad was waiting in the living room and then he hit her head against the wall multiple times and then when she went up to her bed she wasnt allowed to get out of it because her dad would hit her again
Delaney Bella
Dec 16, 2011 Delaney Bella rated it it was amazing
This actually set a backdrop for the character Sophie in Sticks and Stones. Like her little story...

This book was so...powerful...I could feel the pain she felt, as if it were happening to me. (I haven't been to her situation so I can't say I know how he feels...) I loved it, it felt actually very real. Bravo Beth Goobie, I love one of your books! <3
Nov 04, 2015 Gabi rated it really liked it
I was amazed on how her dad, after years of telling her the same awful words, managed to make her believe Sophie is a 'stupid, no good, nothing girl'.
throughout the book I was annoyed on how Sophie thought it was her fault her dad hurts her. It annoyed me to think that someone could persuade someone to think that.
Jan 09, 2013 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: contest-books
This book is about a girl name Sophie , she is in trouble. She is on probation for stealing and doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't really talk to her, and other people in her life like are asking her baout her bruise and talking about her life. Sophie only has one friend name Jujube.Jujube is the only person she talks to and also jujube knows what happen to her and how her life is.
Dec 29, 2010 Rivkah rated it really liked it
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Rebecca A
Mar 17, 2016 Rebecca A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Something girl was an amazing short YA novel about a girl named Sophie whos going through abuse at home and how she gets out of it. Its such a true depiction of how this stuff happens in real life and how it affects not just the immediate people but everyone around you
Titiana Lopez
Oct 26, 2009 Titiana Lopez rated it it was amazing
this book is very GOOD .Its about a qirl name Sophie and her father beats her and her mother . Until one day she qot hurt really bad and had to qo to the hospital , her father qot into a lot of trouble behind that .
Janiyah Bembry
Apr 08, 2010 Janiyah Bembry rated it it was amazing
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Beth Goobie is best known for her quirky and dark young adult novels. She's published several of them, beginning in 1994. Her novel Before Wings won the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award in 2000, and was chosen by young readers for the Best Books list of the American Library Association.Much of the turmoil in Goobie's life has been laid bare in two books for adult readers, Scar ...more
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