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Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  92 reviews
"An absolutely fabulous new young adult novel.… The story is fast and superbly told, and the characters are likable and believable." —Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

Sometimes Living in the Big Apple Really Bites!

Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Skyscape
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Rebecca McNutt
Usually I don't like this type of book, but in the case of Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl I really enjoyed its off-beat nonconformity, themes of music and friendship, and its supernatural plot. This book is really creative and definitely worth reading.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

My brother picked this up in my bookstore and handed it to me and when I read the description, I had to give it a shot! The cover is not great (although it makes perfect sense to the book), and the title is cheesy, and to be fair, the story was cheesy too.. but it was a fun ride!

We follow a girl who's a new celebrity because of her rock band.. who has just become a WEREWOLF. Dun dun dun!

This was exactly what you think it would be: a quick, fun, light, innocent, no
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, own
I got this book for free through Goodreads and I am so glad I did. It is such a good book. I loved it. I am sure that my daughter will love it too. This book is a must read. I will be suggesting it as a book for my friends to read. I had never read anything by this author before but I am going to look her up and see what her other books are like.

Pick up this book and read it. You will love it.
Em Milling
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun!

It's been a long time since i've read any YA fiction but I've always been a fan. This book certainly hooks the reader and keeps interest throughout. I very much enjoyed the lead character Sam, bassist and songwriter/talent in the all-girl band "The Cream Puffs", a.k.a. "Wolf Girl". She's witty, she's connected to herself in that she knows what she likes and knows how to stick to her guns. She sets a great example of not letting others "walk all over" her which I though
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RDear Ms Pohl-Weary,

Excuse the letter format, but we had the pleasure of meeting at a Penguin event recently, so I feel like this review is a little more personal than most. I was kindly given a copy of your YA novel to read in advance of our meeting, so this review is a little coloured by that encounter; I was able to ask you some questions that I had about the story and it clarified my feelings.

First and foremost, let me say what a relief it was to read a book with a super-strong and kick-ass
Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog.” Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat, the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. So begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth. When a new girl gang appears in the city, ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Penguin Canada and Netgalley for this advance readers copy.

I adored Emily Pohl-Weary's novel A Girl Like Sugar. I remember grabbing the book after Weary was a guest lecturer in one of my classes at York wherein she discussed zine culture in Toronto, but also promoted some of her non-zine works. I remember being hooked to the narrative in Sugar, and it easily became a book that I passed around to friends.

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is not that book, but it's a surprisingly fun story
Farah Jay
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
This book is about werewolves. I know a lot of people have a problem with them, but I absolutely love watching and reading anything that have werewolves in it! I love animals, and humans who transform into animals are automatically awesome for me! The main protagonist, Sam, is in a rock band. Sam is the guitarist, and is also the shy one in her band of three girls. One day, going back home from work, an "animal" attacked her. You might think this would be such a typical werewolf story, but trust ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl tells the story of Sam Lee, who is in a very popular band, and how she gets bitten by a wild dog late one night. Soon she starts to realize that something strange has happened to her, and eventually finds out that she is a werewolf. Sam struggled with her new powers, and tried to hide this from her band mates and many fans.

Sam was a character that I really enjoyed. She had her flaws, but definitely was funny and seemed like a caring person. I also thought it was neat
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book #78 Read in 2013
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary

Sam is a rock star in a girl band. One night after a show she is attacked and bitten by a large dog. By the time she gets home, her wound is almost healed. She goes to the hospital but they think she is having mental issues. It turns out that her issue is the dog was a werewolf and now Sam is becoming a werewolf too. She needs to learn how to deal with her bodily changes, how to escape a psychotic werewolf who thinks they are so
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is probably the best book that VOYA has sent me. When I finished it, I was like, that was the end? NO!!! I really really really hope there is a sequel. Seroiusly, I will beg Emily Pohl-weary for a book two. I want to know what happpens next! Sam was such a cool, relatable character, and the whole book was really well done. The beginning was a bit shakey, but after you got into it, YOU GOT INTO IT. The plot was just perfect, and there was a good balance of romance, action and reality. The en ...more
Liam O'Donnell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Intelligent, fast-paced and totally plugged into a teen's sensibility. The take on werewolf mythology was fresh, irreverent and will definitely grab YA readers who like their urban fantasy smart, sharp and with a bite. Give it to the teen werewolf in your life.
Patrice Angeli
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a cute YA book. I really liked the main character and could relate to her actions and reactions to the events in the book. I enjoy this book.
Will check out any and all sequels.
Lyndsay Kirkham
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have repeated personal experiences to support my claim that Emily Pohl-Weary’s most recent novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, is yet another addition to this author’s superb collection of literary accomplishment.

I first came across her brilliantly compiled Girls Who Bite Back while I was finishing up graduate school. This story-collection of female superheroes, witches, mutants and spies immediately won me over as a fan of Pohl-Weary – anyone who saw the value in collecting these stories, and
Dayna Janzen
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can also find this review plus a giveaway for a signed ARC on LazyDay Reviews!

About a month after we started, we received an email invitation to "Chill Out with Razorbill" from our friends at Penguin Canada! Justin made a cute video and blog post about the event. While we were there we met 2 fantastic author's including Emily Pohl-Weary. She is a super nice lady who does some really wonderful things for inner-city youth. She is an award-winning author, and loves Buffy the Vampire
Chapter by Chapter
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary I was pleasantly surprised while reading Nor Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary.  What I was expecting was just another werewolf story but with an older female lead.  Yes, it is another werewolf story, but it was better than what I had hoped for!  The voice that was given to main character, Sam Lee, is one that keeps the reader’s attention.
Not your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary is a story about rising rock star Sam Lee who unfortu
Chapter by Chapter
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised while reading Nor Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary. What I was expecting was just another werewolf story but with an older female lead. Yes, it is another werewolf story, but it was better than what I had hoped for! The voice that was given to main character, Sam Lee, is one that keeps the reader’s attention.

Not your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary is a story about rising rock star Sam Lee who unfortunately gets bitten by a werewolf. She in turn begin
Christine H
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Did you enjoy the Twilight saga? Well, this book is nothing like those stories. In Emily Pohl-Weary’s Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, you will meet Sam, who lives the life of a rock star on stage but whose life off stage is decidedly less exciting. Until she unwittingly gets bitten while biking home one night after a concert, of course.

That’s when everything changes.

This seems to be the season of strong female characters as this is the third book in a row I’ve read whose protagonists are far from t
3-1/2 stars, really.

This is a short, quick, fast-paced book which I zoomed through, and it's very enjoyable for what it is.

Sam's transformation is super quick; I'm not sure this book covers more than a few days total. And a lot happens. She immediately starts craving meat despite having been vegetarian for six years. She feels angrier than usual -- and acts on it. She's introduced to werewolf life in New York and the rivalries and frustrations involved, and bonds with some other girls who have
Katt M
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary

Rated 3.5 / 5

This novel, which combines the music industry and the newest novel fan-fad of werewolves, is a fun, light and entertaining read. It hits a few high notes without going overboard and makes you want to continue in one sitting right to the end. The low points of the book detract from it being fantastic, but they’re minor if you can get past them.

I loved Sam. She’s a strong female lead. She doesn’t whine constantly. She’s shy
“The meat smelled so good. Blood filled my brain.
I charged, wanting to help my pack. I knew the Lebruns had deliberately set this up. They were letting me finish the fawn- it would be my first conscious kill…
Then the deer made eye contact with me. I could see its terror. Suddenly I remembered exactly how I felt when I was jumped by two ferocious wolves alone in the park. I skidded to a halt.”


Werewolves, raging hormones, strong heroine, love triangles ? This totally predictable story is STILL
I love this novel about a loner in her late teens New York City rock star Sam Lee, did I mention she’s also biracial? who gets bitten by a werewolf in Central Park after a gig, when she’s riding her bike home. She writes all the bands’ songs, but gives all the credit to her more outgoing band mates. She gets freaked out when a fan takes a picture of her eating a chicken drumstick; she’s been a vegetarian since she was twelve. She gets booked on a nosey, awful talk show and she lets the vapid hos ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I've never read a book strictly about werewolves before and I'm glad I did.

Sam Lee is well known for being the bassist and founder of her band, Cream Puffs. She has a crush on Harris (a guy that helps design their music videos), but he has been with Marie since kindergarten. Sam is known as a loner that avoids the press at all costs. That is, until she is attacked by a dog while riding her bike in the park at night. This well known vegetarian that
Henry Lazarus
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for tales of werewolves who completely turn wolf. Samantha Lee started her all-girl band Cream Puffs after graduating from New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. She plays the Base Guitar and writes their songs. She’s also the shyest of the group and ducks out after a local contest and bikes home. That gets her bitten by a werewolf. Now she has to deal with the changes in her life, like going from being a vegetarian to craving meat and dealing with a local family of we ...more
Barbara McVeigh
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is a lot of fun to read. A quirky take on the werewolf myth - and not a vampire in sight. The female protagonist, Sam Lee, lives every young woman's dream: being in a rock band, having an assortment of hunks interested in her, and living independently in NYC. All is going well, until she is attacked while riding her bike through Central Park one night.

It feels like this title may be the first in a series. Hope so! A solid foundation for this world has been built with
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my mid-late teens I played bass in a garage band. Toss in the werewolf stuff and I’m hooked. The story has a solid pace and plenty of developments to hold my interest. Although classified as YA, Amy and her friends are 18+ and living on their own. (This meets the definition of “New Adult” i.e., college age protagonists, a subcategory of YA I just heard of.) The language is adult, but I’ve seen much stronger in other YA titles. Some of the werewolfery is fresh and off the well worn beaten trac ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I discovered this little gem at work; I'm a Librarian, which is basically my dream job, and the best perk is getting to borrow new items first. I read it in one sitting since it's quite fast paced. One thing that was enjoyable was that it was a complete story. While it may become the first in a series later on, and that would be great because there are many potential outcomes from the conclusion, this story is complete, in and of itself, in one novel. And that is rapidly disappearing charm of to ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A shy 18 year old who just wants to make music with her band suddenly finds her life going bonkers due to a little case of lycanthropy. Sam and her bass (Janis) make a great literary duo. Their story is smart, sharp, and lightning fast.

The only thing I didn't love is Marlon. I guess it's a given these days that werewolves guys will be crass, egotistical lunkheads. His constant badgering of Sam goes further than pursuit of a romance and leaps squarely into harassment and stalker territory. I imag
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's main character is in a popular band but is shy and down to earth. It was fairly fast paced and holds your attention. I hope she make this a series. I highly recommend this to all who love a good werewolf story but not the sex and blood. I won this in hopes of a honest review. Hope to see more of this author.
Shelby Rollenhagen
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl portrays protagonist, Sam Lee, and her struggle after a vicious preternatural attack. Pohl-Weary does an excellent job of portraying Sam and engaging readers. A relatively easy young adult read, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is definitely a page turner.

This book was received as part of a Goodreads First Reads give away.
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Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary’s latest books are Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a young adult fantasy novel, and Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness, a collection of poetry about tragedy and resilience in downtown Toronto. She has also published a middle-grade mystery, a female superhero anthology, a serialized girl pirate comic, and a Hugo Award-winning biography of her grandmother Judith Merri ...more
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