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Bad Girl by Abigail Vona
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bookshelves: chicklit, young-adult, crazypeoplememoirs
Read in October, 2007

this would have been a much better book if she had waited until she was a better writer to write it.

which is unfortunate, because a lot of the ideas and the things she was saying were really actually quite interesting and refreshing, but it's so bare bones and so . . . choppy, that it's hard to get a narrative out.

i especially wanted an epilogue, or something. but no.

it's the story of a girl who gets sent to one of those "tough love" camps, and does really well. i do think the book does a good job of saying WHY those camps work for some kids, and it really portrayed the camp and all the staff (by the end) in a positive way, which i liked.

what i didn't like was the interspersing of her narrative with notes from her file. often times the file notes had NOTHING to do with either what you just read or what you were about to read. i don't know if it was supposed to create the awareness of an untrustworthy narrator, but that seemed odd, given that this was a memoir she was writing. there were apparently over 500 pages of notes - i want to know why she chose the ones she did, why she put them where they went. it would make sense if they went by day, but like i said, they don't match up to what she writes, so i got really confused. maybe it's just me.

not bad, not great, quick read, and actually insightful into what a tough love camp looks like.
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message 1: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:23PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ashley furies, you have to give abigail some creadit for writing the book ... especially since she is dyslexic.


message 2: by stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

stephanie it got three stars! that meant i liked it, i just didn't love it - and i don't fault just the author, but her editors as well. she says in the author notes that it was basically written in six months - i think a little more time would have made it better, because she DOES have good ideas and points and observations.

and well, working with LD kids has kind of made me . . . critical of what gets published even more, because while these kids often are dyslexic, ADHD, or borderline MR, they can write some really incredible things. i don't let the kids use their LDs as an excuse - something that i totally admire abigail for talking about in her story (how she used her disability to avoid things and how she finally learned to take responsibility for that as well as everything else).

i just wanted it to be better written because it is such a powerful story. and i wanted more, because i liked her.


Suzanne Furies, I agree with your review. I felt it could have been better written. And the notes at the end of each part were totally random and often left me wondering "Well, what happened???" Maybe if she had taken her time with the book, it would have been the gripping page turner I wanted it to be.


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