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Formerly Shark Girl

(Shark Girl #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Jane Arrowood, otherwise known as Shark Girl, has been living with just one arm for over a year. Now she’s searching for a new normal.

It’s been a year since the shark attack that took Jane’s arm, and with it, everything she used to take for granted. Her dream of becoming an artist is on the line, and everything now seems out of reach, including her gorgeous, kind tutor, Ma
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Liza Wiemer
This is the second book out of two. The first novel is SHARK GIRL, which I definitely recommend. For my review, look here:

Jane's story continues and it definitely does not disappoint. In this addition, Jane continues to struggle with fantom pain in her limb. It's so bad, she has to make more tough decisions about her body. She's faced with many challenges like trying to build her artistic skills up with her left hand to the same high standard she was once
Caitlin Hess
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked how this book was written in the style of a poem. It made it easier to read. However, this was not my favorite book because I found it boring at times and I did not want to keep reading it.
Maggie Ollmann
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I think the book Formally Shark Girl is a good book. It is good that Jane found her way after she lost an arm, I think that is a good thing she did not give up on what she wants in her life. This book I think shows never give up even once something bad happens.
Jane is trying to figure out who she is since she lost her arm from the shark attack. She feels she is not good at anything anymore. Jane can't do her art as well as she used to be able to do, but she is working on it
Reese Collins
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Formerly Shark Girl
Kelly Bingham
This book was about a girl and her life after she got attacked by a shark. She makes a bucket list for her plans to do before College. She can't decide if she wants to be a artist or a nurse. Over the time she spent during senior year, she finally decides what she wants to do.
I thought this book was similar to the Soul Surfer. The book got very interesting when she ran into the boy she used to like. This was toward the middle of the book. After that she really st
Caitie Howard
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! It had lots of detail. When she had to pick art or nursing, it took her a really long time to decide.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was really meaningful and this girl with one arm proved that life isn't easy without one arm but you can still live and do it. You can still have a nice time and succeed.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-verse, ya
A solid sequel to one of my favorite YA novels, Shark Girl.
Rylee Romsavich
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Formerly Shark Girl" by Kelly Bingham is a young-adult novel that captures the everyday challenges that your typical teenager faces, with a twist. Jane Arrowood had her future all planned out until she suffered a horrible surfing accident that cost her an arm. Now she must adjust to her life with only one arm and undergo the struggles that come along with it. She can't do everything that she used to be able to do before the accident like art for example. After losing her dominant hand she must ...more
Booknerdreads Grace Haddad
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sydney Nolan
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this book, I found I really enjoyed it’s highly descriptive, unique format.

Formerly Shark Girl traces the story of a girl name Jane. In a previous book, Jane had been attacked by a shark, which resulted in her losing an arm. In this book, Jane faces the challenges that come with being a senior and having big dreams, but being limited by having only one arm. Jane has a bucket list, which includes dreams such as applying to nursing and art school, going to prom, and secretly, getting her f
Abigail Cabrera
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it was so impacting and gave a lot of questions. I loved the way it ended and I am kind of sad I have finished this book. I mostly liked the fact that this girl had one day that really changed her life and she had to do something about it. I liked how relate able it was and I wish there was more to read.
Elizabeth Harris
This book is a wonderful sequel to Shark Girl. It puts the story of a girl recovering from an amputated arm after being bitten by a shark into many short poems. I liked the formatting of some of the poems for emphasis.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ack I didn't know this was a second book! I also didn't know before I started it that it was a poetry book, and I almost stopped reading. But I'm glad I did; it was very sweet, and certainly quick to read.
Elina J
Jane learned to make decisions on her own, and not let other people make them for her, even if she has to let them down. Jane wanted to be an artist, but everyone was telling her she could be a great nurse, so she didn't want to let them down.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the First.
Shelley Meisel
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading this book just as I did the last. Again once I started it I couldn't put it down. It's an easy and good read.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like this book has proven something to me, left me with realization, and that is a first (for a book). So, all in all, I enjoyed this, and will look back to it as memorable.
I really enjoyed this book (from someone who hasn't read the first book, Shark Girl, I wasn't confused.)
This was a nice continuation and ending to the original story. I enjoyed it.
Wyshona D. Lawson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice continuation of Jane's story.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has been a year since the tragedy. The video has been repeatedly played on the news. After all the letters and the pity she doesn’t want, she wants to be normal. Jane Arrowood is a fifteen year old girl who lost her arm due to a horrible shark attack. After spending at least a month in the hospital Jane comes home not being able to do the things she loves the same ever again. She strives to be a normal girl and not the girl with one arm. Jane loved to draw but after the attack art is somethin ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This girl named Jane went into the ocean and a huge shark took her arm also the doctor had to amputed. She had to go back to high school and now this year she is graduating. So her friends are Angie, Trina, Elizabeth, and Rachel who are graduating to. Jane is having trouble with a lot of things because she doesn't have two arms, but her science partner Matthew has to help her with tweezers to disect a dead frog. So she has art class and has to do canvas she can't nail or do the hammer, her teach ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm

“Shark Girl” that is what they call Jane Margaret Arrowood. Its been a year since the accident that changed Jane’s life. A year has passed since that dreaded day a shark bit off Jane’s arm. It’s been a year of rehab and refocusing her life after the traumatic event. It’s been a year and people are wondering how Shark Girl is.

To be honest, I haven’t read Shark Girl. I found Formerly Shark Girl and immediately requested it because this is a book that I wou
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review: Gripping and poetic in its realism and honesty, Formerly Shark Girl grabs onto you and doesn’t let go.

It’s been little over a year since Jane lost her arm in a shark attack. Refusing to been seen as “shark girl”, Jane battles to be seen to as just Jane. Proving that what couldn’t be taken from her is the tenacity and vivacious way she has taken on life since the attack.

Determined to find a way to give back, Jane turns her focus on finding a way to make her life count, by taking on the i
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one "Shark Girl", reviewed - HERE.
As in the first book, this is written in all poetry so it is really easy and quick reading. It is also written in first person, which in this case is great because you really get to see how Jane really feels, from the inside - her heart. These books do not spare any emotion! Of course the first book is more dramatic because it includes the shark attack, but this book is just as emotional and just as heartfe
Formerly Shark Girl, By Kelly Bingham. Published by Candlewick on May 14 2013 containing 304 pages. This book is call 1CFormerly Shark Girl 1D it 19s by Kelly Bingham. This book is the second series of a book called 1CShark Girl 1D. This book is about a normal teenage girl living her life until one day she went onto a beach trip, her life changed, a shark attacked her and took half of her arm. She wants to be an artist and nurse. I think this book is to tell the audience to help and motivate peo ...more
Robyn Davis
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Shark Girl. This story takes place a year after the shark attack that had taken Jane’s right arm and changed her life forever. She is now a Senior in High School and is learning how to live with life in a whole new way. She still enjoys her art and has begun to volunteer at the hospital thinking she might want to become a nurse. All through the book she struggles with the decision of where to go to college and what to study – art or nursing. We are also re-introduced to Max ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Formerly Shark Girl is the sequel to Shark Girl. A story about a 16 year old girl whose arm had to be amputated due to a shark attack. This book was written in poems but it was an easy read. They weren't poems that took a whole lot of interpretation so it was a rather quick read. I really enjoyed that this book focused on making decisions and following your passion. Jane had received a lot of publicity due to the attack and she mentioned that she may want to be a nurse. The community took that a ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s been one year since Jane Arrowood had her arm taken by a shark. Known as “Shark Girl,” Jane has fought to rediscover who she is as a person and an artist. Since the attack, she’s had to learn to do everything with her left arm, and she’s had to relearn how to paint.

Because of the time spent at the hospital, Jane has grown fond of nurses and thinks she may want to become a nurse rather than an artist. But it’s tough to decide, because art is where her heart is. But what if she can never be a
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Kelly Bingham is the author of the award-winning novel Shark Girl as well as Z Is for Moose, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Recipient of an MFA in writing for children and young adults, Kelly Bingham lives in Georgia.

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