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Walking Naked

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  686 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
There are those who are popular, those who are outcasts, and those who must choose between the two. Brugman pens a sharply observed, unflinching story about the ins and outs of girls' friendships.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Laa di da
I'll be honest, I only begun reading this because I had to for English. But it was way better than I thought it was going to be. I liked how in the end there suicide but I didn't like the characters very much. I thought Megan Tuw was self absorbed and even in the end she managed to turn everything about her. And I didn't like Perdita, while she was the person that you were meant to feel sorry for and angry at the way everyone else treated her, I didn't like the way she acted. While yes she had b ...more
Maggie
Jan 25, 2011 Maggie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Very disappointed with this book. But then again it is aimed at young adults (and I'm not one) so maybe it's just that I was reading outside my zone. I found the writing very simplistic (but it is meant to be a young teenager telling the story), and the storyline was quite thin. Wouldnt bother with this one unless you're a 12 yr old girl.
Andrea Stone
Mar 08, 2016 Andrea Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Danielle Bizjak
Jun 01, 2015 Danielle Bizjak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was in high school yet I still remember it well. I was dealing with a lot of girl on girl bullying so I related to the book. My mother also read the book to understand girl on girl bullying. I remember back then the book was nominated for teen book awards but did not win. I later saw it sold at the library so I presumed it would have no life after that year. Then I saw it today on Buzzfeed and the memories of this amazing book came back.

I am glad the book gets a second li
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Margrét
I stumbled upon this book in the library and decided to check it out and I'm glad I did, because it is a really good book. I stayed awake until 5 o'clock this morning because I just could not stop reading it. It was much better than I had expected. The characters felt real, I liked the story and the writing is good, sometimes amazing. I'm not good enough in English to understand all the word games and poetry fully but I liked it anyway.
Lauren
Jun 21, 2010 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was boring, and too short which meant the storyline was rushed and the characters underdeveloped.
Angela Lopez
This book wasn't enjoyable. Megan was a stuck up, self-absorbed and arrogant character. Megan doesn't even know how to learn from her mistakes. Even though you're meant to feel sympathetic for Perdita, I didn't. She purposely scared everyone off as she "acted" like a freak and recited poem almost like she was crazy. "The group" was an exaggeration of teenage cliques; it was almost cringeworthy reading about them having group meetings and fighting over what to call each other.

If I didn't have to
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Jenna
Aug 26, 2014 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Review originally posted on my old YA Materials blog.

The plot was the most outstanding thing about Brugman's novel, as it deviates from other popularity and brand name novels by taking a drastic turn to the worst and showing how it impacts everyone else in that situation. Along the same lines, having the main character waver as Megan does, without having any input on Perdita and her thought process (unlike the popular Clique series in which readers hear from both the popular Massie and the new g
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Alex Fairhill
The voice of Megan Tuw is well-created - there's no doubt she's a teenager, about 15-16, in the 'it' crowd, and has an attitude problem that's not uncommon to teenagers - it's all about her. She and her friends handle life-altering issues like a group member having the wrong hairstyle through the very mature, adult tool of interventions. Which Megan learned from Seinfeld.

After being sent to detention (which was not her fault), Megan meets Perdita, the school 'freak', and finds her interesting. T
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Readingval
Jul 12, 2014 Readingval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls aged 15+
the story

sixteen year old Megan: smart, beautiful, popular - simply perfect. Megan has good friends, she and her stuck-up girls (also called “the clique”) are the superstars of their high school. everyone longs to be a part of “the clique”. everyone? well, not everyone.
and there’s also Perdita, not that popular as Megan and her group of girls. Perdita is also called “the freak” - not only by Megan, in fact by everyone at the high school.


but Megan isn’t as perfect as she seems and that’s why she

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Angela
Jul 03, 2013 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, ya
I'm not a young adult. I admit that freely. Some days though, I feel like I'm still that awkward girl in high school, trying to fit in by hiding who I was, and not having fun or true friends because of it. High school was a nightmare for me, because of not fitting in. I was never made fun of, as far as I know - I was just on the fringes of everything, and only had acquaintances. I know this now, and hate that I spent those years trying to make friends with people I was ill-equipped to be friends ...more
3Maggie
Walking Naked is an insight to how cruel girls really are and how hard it can be to fin in and be accepted. Anyone that is different or dose not look like a clone of the popular people that are secretly hated is shuned. being unique is never an option, especially with girls and here is the perfect example.
Megan fits in with the in crowed, she has it all a nice house t handful of "friends" and two parents that love her. She has the picture perfect life, but she is missing something. something tha
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Dessi
Mar 22, 2013 Dessi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I never thought I would have read, but I did. Why? Because my English teacher Ms. Bowell recommended it to me~ she talked to me about books, and discussed with me the issues of teenage girls in life, and how as a community and a large family that Mac Robertson was there for each other.
I do not suffer any issues, but having a heart of compassion and understanding, I now have insight in the issue of bullying, suicide, guilt and personal responsibility.
The story like of this b
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Sarah
Jan 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really realistic and fascinating look at the relationships teenage girls have in schools, the cool groups and the outcasts etc, and what it feels like to realise you've outgrown your group but don't want to leave the comfort zone. We studied this in Children's Lit and when we were discussing it the tutor was saying he thought it all seemed a bit far out and exaggerated, like would girls REALLY hold auditions for who can be in their group? But heaps of girls in the class pipe ...more
Trisha
although I thought it was a very tough topic - the cruelty of girls and how tough it is to fit in. It also shows how tough it is fight the "popular" crowd social norms and go against the grain. Stand up and be proud? Make the "right" choice...even if it's not the popular one. All of these little sayings...we've told kids over the years. this book is a great example of just how tough that can feel. How easy it is so say it - how tough it is to really do it (and sometimes we don't because it's suc ...more
Liz
Sep 18, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Walking Naked was well-written, but I feel like the ending was a bit of a cop-out and I hated the narrator, Megan Tuw. She was shallow and didn't grow as a character at all.

I couldn't like Perdita, either, even though I wanted to. No matter how much I tried. There were qualities that would have let me identify with her (such as her outcast 'freak' status), but she really seemed to be unbalanced and living in her own fantasy world. Yes, her family situation is pitiable, but I really can't like HE
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Alysha Speer
Megan Tuw is in the most popular group in the school. She and all her friends are respected and pretty.
Then there is the Freak. Perdita.
Megan gets detention for talking, and she meets Perdita. She doesn't like her at first, and Perdita doesn't like Megan either, but soon they become friends.
The thing is, though, Megan's group can't find out about Megan and Perdita. It was wrong. Just horribly wrong.
Well, Megan and Perdita get caught hanging out together and Megan realizes she has to earn her pl
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Madi
This book was interesting and though it seemed to portray a very dramatic interpretation of how "cliques" in high school work it had some truth behind it and that is what drew me in and forced me to keep reading. The memories of those outsiders at school who we all looked down on. I was disappointed by the ending as it seemed rather confusing. Without any redeeming values learned by Margaret I felt that the book was just an outline of events without feelings. this also made me dislike Margaret e ...more
Sandra
Jan 23, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lfl-33593
Walking Naked is the story of Megan Tuw, a popular high school girl whose life was changed through a chance encounter with Perdita, the student Megan and her friends call The Freak. Megan is sure every school has one such student about whom others complain and throw accusations thst he smells, or she don't fit it. And Perdita doesn't fit in. Instead, she offers Megan a view on life far beyond what Megan could have expected as a Grade 11 student. But to accept what Perdita offers requires that Me ...more
Anastasija
Mar 15, 2016 Anastasija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really glad I came across this book.Read it all in a space of a day because I was so into it.Just amazing and tells such a great story line.So descriptive and simply just easy to read even though the ending hits hard.
Darcy
Apr 26, 2015 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeously written book. Has so many different levels and complexity. A beautiful and sad read for anyone who loves poetry and intellectual property.
Sarah
Nov 29, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured this would be a rather gentle, slice-of-life YA about the nature of cliques, popularity, and friendship, but it packs a major wallop, and I enjoyed the fact that it was Australian. As soon as they referred to high school seniors as Year 12s, I was like, "Ooh, are we in England?" but by the end I'd slowly realized it was Australia. Why am I pointing this out? I'm not sure, except that it just added an extra element of interest for me, and I was impressed by how freaking dark and sad and ...more
Nurshafiqa
Jul 11, 2011 Nurshafiqa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not being a snob or anything, but nowadays i don't go for YA books because most of them disappoints. "walking naked", a book dealing with suicide, self-perception, and cliques, is one of them.

the protagonist, megan tuw, is just so annoying even till the end. i could not relate to her at all. perdita, "the freak", was also annoying. and creepy. *spoiler alert* i felt a pang in my heart when she committed suicide, but that was it. i didn't feel for her much.

i've read YA books with similar themes,
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H-Dog
Mar 11, 2015 H-Dog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So stuck up byotchs at start but then BAM it all goes down in the last 3 chapters
it wasn't a book i like to read
TheSaint
Oct 17, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Here's another tale of the popular kid befriending the weirdo, with mixed results for both. (Well more than mixed, but that comes at the end.) Megan (popular) finds herself stuck in detention with Perdita (weirdo), and despite their differences, and perhaps because of the snarky attitude of her friends, Megan finds herself spending more and more time with Perdita. Frankly, this relationship seems to benefit Megan primarily, but she doesn't see it that way, and behaves abysmally to her new "frien ...more
Christina Batey
Feb 14, 2012 Christina Batey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had discussions before about whether a reader can enjoy the book while not liking the main character. This book would be a prime example of where you can enjoy the story and not like the main character. Megan's attempts to justify her actions at the end of the story made me like her even less.

This is a powerful story and thanks to this book, and the brilliant, "Finding Grace", Ms Brugman is now one of my favourite authors. One touch I really liked was adding the phone numbers of several rea
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Jacqueline
Dec 02, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf
This was a very good read. On the surface, it is the typical novel about high school cliquishness. What sets it apart from other novels with similar plots is just how well the author depicts emotions. This novel is one of only two that I have ever read that I personally felt adequately portrayed emotional shock (the other being A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt). This novel also portrays guilt very, very well. The characterizations ring true. The school situations ring true. The story rings true. ...more
HanaBanana
Feb 05, 2014 HanaBanana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a sad novel that I read for English about a teenager called Megan and how she sees another perspective of life...through an outcast Perdita.
Kasey
Jan 18, 2016 Kasey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatable but with underdeveloped characters and no real "wow" factor.
rockandbooklover storyofmylife
definitely touched a raw nerve of mine! i love this book!
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Alyssa Brugman was born in Rathmines, Lake Macquarie, Australia in May 1974. She attended five public schools before completing a Marketing Degree at the University of Newcastle.

Alyssa has worked as an after-school tutor for Aboriginal children. She taught management, accounting and marketing at a business college, worked for a home improvements company and then worked in Public Relations before b
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“Ik lachte, en dat deed pijn, omdat ik op dat moment al wist dat ik het heel anders zou doen als ik mijn leven maar dertig seconden terug kon draaien. Maar je kunt je leven niet terugdraaien. Dingen die gebeurd zijn, kun je niet ongedaan maken.” 1 likes
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