My feelings on this book are mixed. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. It's probably up there with John Green. It tackles some difficult issues andMy feelings on this book are mixed. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. It's probably up there with John Green. It tackles some difficult issues and it does it without seeming melodramatic. But on the other hand, a few characters are underdeveloped and I could do without the poems/vignettes Deanna wrote at the beginning of some of the chapters.
Story of a Girl follows sixteen-year-old Deanna who has a reputation for being the town slut. However, Deanna has only been with one guy, Tommy, her brother's drug buddy who happened to be seventeen when she was thirteen. Tommy spread his side of the story so now the whole town knows. And her father caught her in the act. What could be worse you ask? Oh, her brother had a kid with his girlfriend, and her only two best friends, Jason and Lee, are dating. Life definitely sucks for Deanna.
To make things worse, she gets a job at a pizza place that Tommy works at. Her Dad still hates her. And things are awkward with her friends because she has a psuedo-crush on Jason.
Yes, sucks to be her. But she doesn't do all the self-pitying that I hate in YA. She gets over it and manages to get over her problems. Sure she cries a lot, but people do that. She gets herself together and talks about her issues. God, I hate when people don't communicate. This book pretty much handles all those awkward things instead of running away from them. And it doesn't do them in a disgusting way. Most of the plot lines were interesting. I was worried about her boss, Michael, turning into a gay stereotype. But he narrowly managed to avoid it.
Now her friends were a bit underdeveloped. I would have liked to see more of them. The fact that they play a pretty big part of the story, but are only two dimensional kind of annoyed me. I would have liked the father to come around a bit sooner. I did like how the teen pregnancy was handled, and how she settled things with Tommy. You can't hold a 13 year-old responsible for that sort of stuff. Especially when the guy is 4 years older than her. Sex was handled pretty maturely in this. None of it was gratuitous. There wasn't that much cussing either. Nor was their any alcohol, but they were smoking pot. I'd suspend my belief on this, but they were in some backwater town north of California. I don't know why it felt like they were in the suburbs of Seattle. I guess because this reminded me of Twilight in a way. Only a million times better. Deanna is like everything Bella isn't.
I'd say 3.75 stars on this. It was better than a Elizabeth Scott book. It was better than The DUFF. I'd even say it was better than half of the books Sarah Dessen has written. The writing was a bit weak at times, but over all it was pretty good. It stayed on melodramatic at times, but quickly pulled back. I'd check out another Sara Zarr book anytime. ...more
I came into this book with high expectations. Having read excerpts of Martin's other novels, I could tell that I'd enjoy her books. I've been dying toI came into this book with high expectations. Having read excerpts of Martin's other novels, I could tell that I'd enjoy her books. I've been dying to read, The Lighter Side of Life and Death. As I was unable to find a copy of it, I decided to settle for I Know It's Over.
Canadians know how to write YA. Ok, so maybe I've only read four books by Canadian authors. But the few Canadian and Australian YA authors out there are putting out much better books than the majority of American authors.
This was a solid 3.5 star read. Nick was an interesting narrator. His voice rang true. While his family was a bit underdeveloped, the romance aspect made up for that.
Sasha and Nick had chemistry. What a pleasant surprise. This isn't a book about teen issues. I think that's what some reviewers are missing. This isn't preaching that abortion is the right thing to do. It isn't preaching anything. It's just a story about two teens who fall in love--and they aren't broadcasting it to the world, or each other, every other page.
If anything, I was a bit disappointed with Nathan, the gay best friend. I liked him, but at times he felt like a plot device. You know how it is, the gay characters always have more chemistry with the heroine than the protagonist.
Jillian, the other love interest, also showed potential. I hate that so many books are afraid to give the protagonist more than one love interest. And I don't mean a love triangle. I want characters to break up and move on from their 'everlasting' love. You life will go on if you break up with your true love. It's not to say that your first love is any less true. I liked that Martin gave Nick a push in the right direction.
This is probably one of the best teen books I've read in a while. I will definitely be on the look out for more books by C. K. Kelly Martin.