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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,678 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva are three very different girls who all meet the same bad boy with an irresistible knack for getting into their blood and under their skin. Each is sure that she can keep a cool head about him, but how much are they really in control?
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Quercus Books (first published January 10th 2006)
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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!
Jan 26, 2009 Sherylt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Independent Reading
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
Jun 13, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 12, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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
Jul 25, 2016 Teatotalbooks rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance

Three girls get messed about by the same guy and warn their fellow school sisters in the back of a library book!

It's a novel in verse which is quite enjoyable and makes for a very quick and easy read. I also first read this when I was like 12 and the book was passed around my little circle of friends- it was all very scandalous with talk of sex!

To a degree it's a somewhat inspirational, eye opening book but the topic (player guys and girls uniting) is a bit too overused for me to feel any connec
Jul 09, 2009 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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
Nov 02, 2011 Benin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Childs
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
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
Aug 03, 2010 Handd51 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 13, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-ahs
Quick and appealing read. I read this book because a teacher at my school brought it to my attention for inappropriate scenes. It had one section that was a upfront about oral sex but I didn't feel shocked by it and doubt that many HS students would. I actually thought the story could be useful to a lot of girls. Questioning your worth, how you relate to the opposite sex, new relationships, emerging sexuality are true struggles. Kids can get a lot out of the situation without having to go throug ...more
May 23, 2014 Jc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
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.
Sep 01, 2008 bjneary rated it it was amazing
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.....
Hayley Rife
I absolutely LOVED this novel in verse! It told a story that many young adult girls can relate to. I loved how Tanya Lee Stone was able to capture the true essence of three female characterizations! This is definitely a YA novel that the girls will pass around!
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.
Nov 29, 2008 JustWorkAlready rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it just goes to show that after their cute years boys only want one thing... well not exactly but you get what i mean!
Jun 12, 2009 Sherrybaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ahh, great book. constantly made me giggle. i would so like to warn other girls the way she did at my school! lol <3
Feb 27, 2009 Janib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so good sometimes when your reading you just wont put it down
The story of "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" is the story of three young girls who are misled by a manipulative boy in high school, and ultimately end up having sexual encounters with him, after which he drops them as if they meant nothing to him. While told in verse, the novel is a quick, easy read that can appeal to a lot of readers.

It is also a bold novel. And a very personal novel. The issue of female sexuality is a poignant one. What does female sexuality mean, and what does female sexua
Hannah Janine
Jan 16, 2017 Hannah Janine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good read. Goes through the perspective of three girls who all dated the same guy. It describes the relationships these women had with this guy really well. I would recommend this book to girls who have been previously hurt by guys who were only after one thing.
Richie Partington
28 June 2006 A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone, Wendy Lamb Books, January 2006, ISBN: 0-385-74702-0, Publisher recommendation: 14 years and up

"the sound of them strong
stalking talking about their prey
like the way hammer meets nail
pounding, they say
pounding out the rhythms of attraction
like a woman was a drum like a body was a weapon
like there was something more they wanted
than the journey
like it was owed to them
steel toed they walk
and I'm wondering why this fear of men"
--Ani Di
Samantha Small
Oct 08, 2016 Samantha Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every girl needs to read this!
Sep 07, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL teenage girls
***WARNING*** Possible spoilers ***WARNING***

I decided to read this book because it was on the Banned and Challenged Books list recently. Because of its presence on the List, I had bought a copy for my classroom (there's some unexpected logic for you), but I thought it might be prudent of me to check out the content just in case it really SHOULD be restricted.

I'll say this... I can see how it ended up on the List. There is plenty of talk of kissing, touching, and teenage sex - or almost sex. If
Jul 26, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review initially posted at Wyz Reads.

I knew when I read Angela Quiram's Nerdy Book Club review of this book, I had to check it out. It seemed like it had all the things I needed for my incoming 8th grade girls: high school girl drama (which they can't seem to get enough of), it's written in verse (which I want to try to expose them to), and it might have a good message (and who doesn't want that?). So I picked it up from the library, and read it. In about an hour or so. Or maybe it was two. I th
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Without a recommendation from a friend on this one, I probably would have never picked up this book. And that would have been a shame. Even though it's quite a slim book and made for a quick read due to the way it's written in verse, A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone is really powerful look at relationships in high school, with a specific focus on three girls and the same boy they each fall for and deal with the pressures of a sexual relationship.

Each of these three girls, Josi
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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Add ...more
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Now, I have never understood all that
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.


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…


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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