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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

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Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy-a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes o ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Stacy Davis-White
I read this book in an hour. It was a very easy read and I could see why teens would love it. It is full of sex and teenage jargon. I didn't like the message that it sent to young girls though and I think the girls would have been a little better off had they not had that encounter with the "bad boy." He is more like every boy out there!
Sherylt
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl

Every girl in a point in time has been a teenager, and during that period of time known a little something about a Bad Boy. A Bad Boy is usually the hot good- looking guy in school that all the girls want to be with, and knows he is only after one thing, but can’t resist his charming ways. This takes place in the fictional novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stones. Three girls named Josie, Nicolette and Aviva crumble to the
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Laura
Very rarely do I not like a book. Unfortunately, this is one of those rare books. I will admit that I am biased, and I dislike girly books about boyfriends and relationships, which is perhaps why I didn't like this book from the begining. However, as I continued to read, I did not find any redeeming qualities to this book at all.

My main issue with this book was how unbelievable it was. It is basically about three girls who date the same "bad boy," and their relationships end horribly. However, e
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Jaemi
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva have one thing in common. He goes by the intials T.L., and he misled them all.

Josie, who never cared much for boys or what others thought of her in the word of Middle School, finds herself slightly less certain upon entering High School. And even though she balks are her own reactions when a hot Senior jock starts paying her attention, she finds herself somehow unable to resist. But he continually pushes her boundries, trying to move beyond where she’s prepared to go.
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Corinne
What if you find these thoughts in your teen daughter's text messages or on her Facebook wall?

"but then he walked right over and fit himself right into my puzzle."

"I hope I remember these feelings forever: stupid, humiliated, foolish, stung, heartbroken, pissed off, and a little bit wiser. I hope I remember forever, so I never fall for this kind of boy again."

"Nobody calls boys whores. Why is that?"

"The phrase "nail her" flashed like a huge neon sign in my brain."

"And I am so pissed at myself b
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Robert Beveridge
Tanya Lee Stone, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb Books, 2008)

As a reward to myself for finishing one book I started in September of 2008 and getting another to the point where I'll be able to finish it today, last night I allowed myself to crack the cover of a combustible, which is my term for a book I stick on my list of stuff to read because I'm so horrified by its very concept that I find the idea that I might end up liking it next to impossible. (It has happened on occasion, how
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Don't let the title of this book fool you. The "bad boy" in question is definitely bad, and the "can be good" part is more in the vein of "thank God I learned something out of this" rather than "oh, he's so gooood to me." That being said, every high-school age girl in the world needs to read this book, before they meet the proverbial bad boy who, although good at breaking your heart, isn't really good at anything else.

Told in verse, A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A
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Cynthia Benin
Hmmm... so you are thinking that that the hot, popular senior in your school is over the moon about you and can't get enough of your wit and charm mixed with a bit of sexiness? Well join the club! Because chances are if he is romancing you, he has romanced others and you won't be the first or last! Join the "broken hearts club" ladies because some guys just want you as a trophy- and the game they are playing is you.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is the terrific story of three high school girl
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Allison
I read A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl. This book was pretty interesting actually. I thought I would have not liked it, but turns out, I loved that book. I only checked it out because i had to choose a book, and it was worth checking it out. Anyways, this book is about this girl named Josie, she's a freshman in high school. she met this guy named t.l (they dont say his real name in the book, so those are his initials.) anyways, they start hanging out, kissing and everything.. his friends would ...more
Amanda Childs
POETRY CATEGORY
Contains adult content. Probably best for 15-up.

Parents read first perhaps?

A novel told in verse through the eyes of three high school girls, A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl is a book about girls who get mixed up with the same bad guy. He's manipulative, after sex, and willing to sweet-talk and lie his way to his goal. Each girl is different in her background and personality, and each girl handles his advances differently, to different ends. The story is about sex, love, and the
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Joanne
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, all ranging between 14 and 18-years-old, are three strong bright girls, but when the same guy enters their lives at different times, he worms his way under their skin and into their hearts and they ignore their gut instincts warning them against him. Everyone gets hurt. Josie is first, and decides to do something about it. She checks out Forever by Judy Blume from the library, and writes a warning to all girls in the back of the book, and tells every girl she meets to ...more
Handd51
This novel in verse is a powerful essay on high school pressure on girls to be sexually active. Three different girls get taken by the same bad boy who is just building his stats at their expense. The first and youngest is angry enough to start a warning/commiseration commentary in the back of the library's copy of Judy Blume's forever. Despite that fact that I'm a librarian and normally frown on marking up library books, I found this touch perfect - and the three stories interweave easily and r ...more
Jc
Well. Welcome back to high school. This book completely captured the experience of compromising your self-esteem, interests, friendships, etc. for a guy. Not the most pleasant read, but one that should be put in the hands of all teen girls out there. I especially like how she dealt with the notions of empowerment, and how situations can flip on you. But, truth be told, it was a bit of a bummer.
Kelly Newton
Very quick read, novel in verse.
I picked up this book because its frequently banned, so that's always a good reason to check something out.
I guess I'm lucky. I can relate to the girls' feelings, but not their experience. So I hope girls don't read this and throw all guys into that "guys only want one thing" stereotype. Because it's not true. At least in my experience.
The question- when it comes to banned books- is, is this book helpful? Will it save a girl from a little heartache? If so, I sup
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Merary
No matter how hard we tell ourselves not to fall for Mr. Wrong, we can't help falling in love with the "bad boy". You know, the guy who pretends to be in love with you, then used you and pretends that his love for you never happened.

Josie, Nicolette and Aviva have that in common. They fell for the bad boy's tricks. Josie stopped just in time, the others weren't so lucky, but they bounced back and warned the other girls about him, making him an outcast.

This novel in verse, has a great message fo
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Victoria Waddle
While the title may seem misleading once you start reading the book, you’ll understand it by the time you reach the final page.

This quick ‘novel in verse form’ tells the stories of three girls who are played by the same guy. Josie (just a freshman), Nicolette, and Aviva all fall for hunky senior “T. L.” While all three consider themselves girls who have a good, centered sense of self-worth, they all fall apart in TL’s arms.

As a freshman, Josie starts to question the positive ego she had in middl
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Eryka J
This book is different then most books. WHY cause it tells three different girl's stories after they all dated or while they dated the same boy. The first story is about Josie she is not very popular and has never had a boyfriend until now. Josie was not expecting to get a boyfriend who was a senior when she is a freshmen. The guy she gets with says he loves her so much, but in the end that's not true. Josie finds the truth that he is only in a relationship with her for one thing. After about tw ...more
Mary Duvall
I read this book and I could imagine this would be a book that some parents may have trouble with letting their daughters read. This book is on the Frequently Banned Books list as well. I chose this one specifically for that purpose. I do not think this book should be banned and I actually thought it would be a good book to put in the self-help section. I know this may seem a little odd, but sometimes reading a story, fiction or not can really help someone deal with an difficult or awkward situa ...more
Amy
Warning: possible spoiler alert!

I was interested in this book since it was a frequently banned book. I know a few other people who read this book and felt like it had a good ending message that was strong enough to overcome the rest of the content. I actually sort of disagree—I think that yes, the girls each learned something in the end. But to me, the book was mostly about how three very different girls handle their first sexual experiences---though if you asked them, I think they’d say it was
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bjneary
Loved this free verse novel that explores how one guy in his quest to conquer as many girls as he can effects love and sex with 3 high school girls. What did I learn- this is a good book for girls to read so they can see how a guy can make you do things you don't want, but also how the girls can ignore all the signals.....
April Marie
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl was a very easy read for me! It took me only one night to start and finish the book. I liked this book because it was very persistant, it got straight to the point. The topic was very realistic in today's world for teenagers.
Tess
This story was top quality all around. The writing style was fresh, natural, and realistic. Characters were fully drawn, with multiple perspectives that could not fail to elicit empathy from most readers-particularly adolescent females. The title put me off at first, because it sounded like the type of book that would encourage girls to engage in risky behavior with boys. My fears were allayed, however, when I realized that this book was all about using unpleasant or humiliating experiences to l ...more
Lindsay Livingston sonntag
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book but it actually turned out to be very good. I like a book with some good, old-fashioned "girl power" in it. The plot of the book really centers around girls being put in various situations with bad boys and the girls having to determine how much she is going to let him get away with and learning about herself and lines that she will or will not cross for a boy. I think that for a teenage girl reading this it would really make them think about ...more
JustWorkAlready
it just goes to show that after their cute years boys only want one thing... well not exactly but you get what i mean!
Sherrybaby
ahh, great book. constantly made me giggle. i would so like to warn other girls the way she did at my school! lol <3
Janib
this book is so good sometimes when your reading you just wont put it down
Chloe Shayler
Dec 24, 2013 Chloe Shayler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, young adults
This is a really good book about heartbreak in high school.

THAT GUY (he isn't given a name, which is both clever and annoying - annoying because I can't go, 'oh yeah _____ is the love rat of the book') is a player at the local high school. He's after one thing, and one thing only - sex. And he's determined to work his way through most of the girls in school to guarantee he gets it.

I really liked how this book was set out, sort of poem-y. Each line was
set out
like
this
and it was really
good.

The one
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Jeffrey
Very problematic - such a limited range and really why do we need an updated Forever - I very much dislike books that have only one note and this is tedious in its hugely judgmental representations of teens engaged/or not in exploring their sexuality - boys only want sex, girls who like sex need to be punished, good girls don't - give me a break - and that all teen boys/girls only want to have3 sex with girls/boys in a book published in 2006? Definitely a miss - want to read about sex then looks ...more
Lara Campbell
Really really awesome story, and so realistic! I think it really is inspiring to young high school girls, getting involved with high school boys. I think when we're young we really just want to experience what we have learned about, what our parents read to us about. Friendship, love and sex. We all just are really excited to see what it's like. Not knowing that the right way of doing all of those things, is with time. You can't just jump in it all.

This book is a very good example of falling in
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jacky
This was the only title I didn't know in ALA 2013 most challenged list top ten. (And only one of three I hadn't read and enjoyed). So, I chose this to read for Banned Book Week. Out of all the banned books I've read, this one would be the hardest to defend. It was sexually explicit, but my personal opinion is that it was positive in how it explained these real, strong feelings teens are supposed to be having. I loved the allusions to Forever, which is also a frequently challenged book. Forever w ...more
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“Josie

Now, I have never understood all that
he’s-my-other-half
soul mate stuff
or when people sometimes talk about
having an empty pace inside
or that they’re missing pieces or something.
But then
he walked over
and fit himself
right into my puzzle.

Nicolette

It never occurred to me I couldn’t change
the way things are
whenever I wanted to.
I mean, I’ve always been the one calling the shots…

Avivia

He has a way of sliding out of trouble,
plays the innocent really well.
Grown-ups seem to think he’s such a good boy.
They are so wrong.
This boy gets any girl he wants.
Why does he want me? ”
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