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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,656 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
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
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Published December 18th 2007 by Wendy Lamb 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

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
Eryka J
Jan 29, 2015 Eryka J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2014 Mary Duvall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odu-libs-678
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
Tredyffrin Township Libraries
Who are Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva? And why are they acting so stupid? This novel is a confidential look at high school life through three girl’s experiences as they cross paths with an irresistible “big jock” on campus.

Josie is a jock herself and is confident in all things until she starts her freshmen year. Doubts set in, and big jock knows just how to manipulate her. Nicolette? Well she’s the girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. She’ll take her pleasure where she finds it w
Sep 01, 2008 bjneary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.....
Nov 05, 2015 Ricki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
im the one who originally wrote a bad boy can be good for a girl, I was sixteen at the time, I gave my yearly journal in English class to my 9th grade teacher before I dropped out, the story is not original and she changed a lot, I did not know she would actually publish this, it is dedicated to allen, which originally in my copy said to joseph allen griggs the best boy a girl could ever love, he was my high school sweetheart, I am currently writing another book of my own and it will make sense ...more
2 stars = okay. I wouldn't say I disliked it entirely, but it was quite irritating.

Most of all, I hated the "poetic" form. It felt like the author had written prose and then chopped it in random places to put it on different lines so it looked like a poem. That might be my fault for not getting the poetry, but it felt unnecessary.

It also felt like a bit of a weak story - so basically a "player" went on looooooads of dates just so he could eventually sleep with them and dump them. The characters
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.
May 31, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-678
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
Aug 10, 2015 Faizan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving it 5 star. I read it 6 years ago. I do not remember it much.
Just the poetrc lines or rhyming words. Somethinh like that.
Bu it was the first book i read in english language.THat"s why 5 stars.

I remember that there was a boy. A reaaly wala bad boy. Three girls.
One wild.
One Beuty Queen of school.
One very silent and cute type.

And he bang all the three and thinks that this time he is in love.
Everytime boy found another one and girl just think "its okay its none".
There was a book in libraray ,
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!
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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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