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Preview — Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Not That Kind of Girl
Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.
But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when ther...more
In short, this book is about high school, sexuality, girl power, challenging the "slut" idea... to say I wanted to love it would be an understatement. This book gets right down to the issues I am interested in and I appreciate any attempt to remind young men and women that, at the end of the day, most of us just really are that kind regardless of gender or sexual preference. As long as it's done with safety and consent, I don't think teen sex is a bad thing.
And I would love, I repeat love, to g...more
I appreciate any YA book that explores the subject of female sexuality. And Not That Kind Of Girl conveys the sort-of-feminist message that if a girls has sex, she doesn't automatically become a slut, quite well. I just wish the author didn't choose to deliver this message by making the main female characte...more
I don't agree with a lot of the messages, and only two characters really stood out: Spencer and Natalie. The rest were two-dimensional. Autumn had potential, but the messag...more
Natalie has all the good intentions in the world. She wants to be a good friend, she wants to develop her leadership abilities, she wants to concentrate on her academics. She's been doing these things for most of her high sch...more
I've been waiting to read this book from the moment I first saw the cover. Look at it. Isn't it beautiful? Not only the girl and the boy (they are cute), but that precise moment.
In my opinion this is one of the best moments in life (not as great as for example, holding your baby in your arms for the first time, but anyways you get my point).
It's one of those moments that fill your heart with joy and anticipation and in every cell of...more
However, I struggled with her third novel. Not in terms of reading it (read i...more
Beyond the issue that Natalie is straight-up unpleasant and the book is from her POV, Vivian's message about girls and sexuality is about as clear as mud and as well rounded as a brick.
She skates around the idea that adole...more
Natalie has big goals in life. She is more intelligent th...more
Almost too much "Girl Power", feminism for me. It loses a few points for me because it doesn't seem all that realistic and the characters weren't all that likeable.
That being said, I have to give credit to an author who is not promoting teen sex. The bad girl is not the winner. The good girl might no...more
And that's precisely what I got with NTKoG. But not without a struggle.
Natalie's character is the girl I wish I could've been in high school. Determine...more
Hmm, what to say what to say...
My main problem with this? I wanted to strangle the protagonist. God, she was so annoying! I mean, I am a woman, I usually know what I want and I think I’m doing fairly well in achieving my goals and I certainly do have self-respect but this feminazi of a heroine really took matters too far for my taste. I just couldn’t relate to her at all. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to offend anybody but I honestly couldn’t care less whether or not...more
Natalie Sterling is someone I would have probably befriended while I was in high school. She’s determined, studious, smart, a slight type-A control freak an...more
1) Not a cute, lovey dovey romance story at all. A high school experience that's realistic and harsh.
2) Natalie is definitely flawed, definitely annoying, but there's definite growth in her character.
3) I really liked the distinct personalities of the main characters.
4) Fast-paced, but wished there was more in-depth look into the relationship between Natalie and Connor.
5) Focused more on friendships than boys which was refreshing.
If I'd passed this book because of the cover, I might have missed an intriguing character study and a young adult novel that examines some fairly interesting questions.
Natalie is a very driven young woman. She's on top of her class, wants to be student body president and active in making sure that women aren't judged only for their ext...more
Natalie Sterling is your typical-but-not-so-typical girl who doesn't care what other girls think. She knows who she is, what she wants, what's right and what's wrong. At least she thought she did. After a messy election for student council president, she seems to be spending more and more time with Connor Hughes. You see folks, Connor is the quarterback of the football, and boys are no...more
In all seriousness, this book brings up so many messages that I would hate to see young girls picking up. Feminism is not the feminazi's and it is not being so overtly sexual to be all-powerful. It's about equality and being ok with who you are.
I think the end message of this book does agree with me, but it is completely overshadowed by the feminazism of Natalie and Ms Bee and the overtly sexual Spencer and other Rosstitu...more
Natalie Sterling is a typical teen with very rigid views of what's right and wrong. For the most part, her entire high school career has gone according to plan, but his year things start to fall apart. Before she knows what's happening the line between right and wrong has begun to blur and Natalie finding herself slowly vent...more
Page 73: "I'd give my left arm for a chance to chat up Connor Hughes. That boy is . . . ungodly hot. He looks like he's been raised on whole milk and fresh blueberry muffins." -Spencer
Page 114: "There were a lot of big projects on the horizon, like the fall flower...more
Natalie is not a straightforwardly sympathetic protagonist. She’s smart and has obviously accomplished much, yes, and her narration is delightful for the “over-read” YA reader: anguished and angsty, determined and stubborn, without bei...more
She loses her best friend, the one person that she could count on to hang out with her and that is when she finds that she just might be falling in love with a boy she thinks is exa...more
This book...dodged my expectations a bit. Not in a bad way, just in a different way. It didn't have to live up to the standards I'd set for it, I just wanted it an enjoyable contemp. to escape int...more
The campaign turns out to be a hard fight between Natalie and one of...more
So I had a lot of sympathy for Natalie from the very beginning, even though I'd like to think that she's way more overbearing than I ever was (I didn't continue to remind my friends of mortifying events that happened years...more
The premise revolves around Natalie, a young woman who's a "take charge of every situation" girl, but somehow has...more
Natalie is a senior and running for student council president. She doesn’t think much of guys. Her best friend was humiliated by one in their freshmen year and Natalie can’t let anyone forget about it. She doesn’t have a boyfriend and doesn’t want one. None of them are good enough for her. Her only friend, Amber, tries to overcome the humiliation thing and wants to be a part of the social things that happen at school but Natalie only wants to pad her colleg...more
The main character Natalie Sterling is an ideal teenager if you are a teacher or parent. She studies hard and will let nothi...more