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About a Girl

(Metamorphoses #3)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty--or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery up ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jessica I read About a Girl and thoroughly enjoyed it and I did not read the books that came before it. It stands on its own.

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

“My name is Atlanta, and I am going to be an astronomer.”

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This was an okay story, but it was just as weird as the previous two books in the series.

Tally was intent on finding her father, and I couldn’t really blame her. As Aurora’s daughter, she had been dumped on the doorstep of the main character from book 1 – who was still nameless, so I’ll continue calling her J

"There were two ways of arriving at the truth. I decided to follow them both." -- Georges Lemaitre, cosmologist and priest

18-year-old Atalanta, much better known as Tally, budding astronomer, believes in the empirical world. If she can't measure it, it's probably not real, and certainly not to be trusted. Mysticism, witchcraft, poetry, art, emotions ... these things are for other people. Like Tally's crazy extended family, who love her but maybe don't quite get her.

When the story opens, Tal
Emily May
Mar 06, 2015 marked it as dnf

I cannot tell you how much I wanted to like this book. Everything about it was very different and we really need YA books portraying different kinds of relationships and families, whilst also offering an honest depiction of sex. But I did not enjoy the writing at all. I found Tally's narrative to be cold, detached and emotionless. Almost halfway in and I didn't care about a single character. Also, McCarry seems to like to write in huge paragraphs of text that make the story feel even more slo
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tonight is my eighteenth birthday party and the beginning of the rest of my life, which I have already ruined; but before I describe how I arrived at calamity I will have to explain to you something of my personal history, which is, as you might expect, complicated—

About a Girl is the third novel in Sarah McCarry’s breathtaking Metamorphoses series of awesome Greek retellings that centres its stories on girls. I say Greek retelling in a loose way – there isn’t a definite, clear-cut retelling of
After reading: Probably as amazing as it's cover. I loved it!

Before reading: I want this book just because of that cover. Amazing!
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Big, huge congratulations to fellow Rioter Sarah McCarry on the release of the the third book in her Metamorphoses trilogy! These books are amazing. Don't be frightened by it being the third book - each book is really a stand-alone, so you don't have to read them in order. Just read them! In this one, Tally meets, and falls in love with, a mysterious girl who may hold the key to her future, and will help Tally face the truth about her family. These are kick-ass punk rock fairy tales.

Tune in to o
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

About a Girl is the third installment in the Metamorphoses trilogy by author Sarah McCarry. The book features 18 year old Atalanta. Tally is a bright student who wants to be an astronomer. Her ultimate goal is to study the relevance of dark energy on the solar system. When Ta
First Second Books
I loved this book.

The voice was wonderful. The opening scene -- which is narrated by the main character while she's at a bookstore, and continually interrupted by annoying customers being annoying in a way that also shows her personality -- is just fantastic.

Also: more girls in science FTW!
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it

I was quite looking forward to reading this one as the blurb instantly intrigued me, but unfortunately at 27% I am unable to continue reading it.

I had great difficulty making any kind of connection with the story or the characters. Tally's narrative is excessive and distracting and the diversity of the supporting characters is overindulgent and unnecessary.

The lack of chapter breaks coupled with the excessive narration and drawn-out paragraphs makes the pace of the story feel sluggish and
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really interesting. It's a lovely contemporary mystery with really good LGBT+ representation. I thought it was well written and the story very well thought-out, but I was a bit annoyed by Tally's irresponsible behaviour in the beginning which was just very out of character. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am considered precocious, for good reason. Some people might say insufferable, but I do not truck with fools. (6)

McCarry's books seem to be hit-or-miss for readers on GR, but I remain solidly in the 'hit' category. For all that this is the least standalone of the three Metamorphoses books, I loved it. Combining mythology and astronomy and Shakespeare? Come on now. We get casual, matter-of-fact diversity (in terms of gender and sexuality and race); a heroine who is sure of herself and sure of h
Rep: bi mc, bi side character, trans side character, Senegalese gay side character, Mexican Navajo gay side character, wlw side character
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
My feelings about this book have, well...undergone a metamorphosis (sorry! corny, I know) over the past several days, but I'll be true in my rating to how I felt as I was reading the novel initially.

Read 1: I didn't enjoy the book at all. In the first section of the novel, I didn't care for the narrator's voice and I found her retelling of her recent experiences, interrupted by her one-sided conversations with customers at the bookstore where she was working, grating. I longed for chapters. Whe
Lauren James
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
I knew as soon as I saw the cover that I had to read this book. Look at that beauty!

It’s the final book in a trilogy but I have to admit that I hadn't read the other two books when I read this. I didn't find that a problem, as the other books are about different people in the same family, rather than Tally herself. I read the blurbs on the first two books and got the gist of most of what happened. I’m sure there is a lot of stuff I missed, but it was a great standalone read regardless of connect
A brilliant, lushly-written conclusion to an exceptional fantasy series. This final entry, about Tally, the daughter of Aurora of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, is my favorite one. It's about a girl learning who she is, discovering who she is, and finding who she is -- those three things all very different, all very important.

This book features a trans character, lesbians, and a cast of characters of varying colors and backgrounds. It's so, so great. Talk about a solidly feminist book (and series!).

If y
I received a copy via net galley.

This was a very lyrically written story. I might've enjoyed it more if I'd read the previous installments but I'd gone with others who'd said each could be read separately. Which it can be but I'd recommend reading the others first, you'll grasp the secondary characters a lot more. The writing style is interesting, with a liquid like quiality to it. It's stagnant, flowing, and utterly mystifying.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really, really charming. Like reading a really good fanfic; you feel like you know these characters, their pasts and relationships lived-in and believable. Tally is insufferable but she learns - I’m still not sure whether everyone around her was acting like she was such an astounding genius because they were putting her off or humoring her, or because the author actually thought she was - I’m choosing to give McCarry the benefit of the doubt and believe the former. To be totally honest, I felt t ...more
shrug city
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could write something very eloquent about this book, but mostly I just want to devolve into shouts of BI LOVE TRIANGLE!!. About a Girl is a beautiful, surreal dream of a book, so pretty in its depiction of a rural Washington town and long bike rides near the ocean and kissing a girl who is maybe supernatural that it took me until at least four hours after I'd finished it to realize that I wasn't really satisfied with the amount of mysteries left hanging (perhaps, though, that's because I haven ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via NetGalley.
* Tally and her mother are brown-skinned
*Tally's BFF Shane is trans; Tally's dads are gay and both her adoptive mom and bio mom are bi; Tally is also bi

So I didn’t care for McCarry’s debut novel All Our Pretty Songs and didn’t read her second book Dirty Wings, but thanks to the girls-kissing cover, I knew I needed to read About a Girl. It sounded like a fine novel on its own too, but the promise of
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This isn't really my genre, and it is the third book in a series I've not read, so my evaluation is colored by these limitations. McCarry has set up some real strengths by populating her story with as diverse a cast as could be imagined by any Brooklyn hipster, which the protagonist, Tally, shrugs off as routine: "my household of two gay not-dads and a sometimes gay not-mom doesn't even rate a raised eyebrow." LGBTQ merit badge? Check. There is some interesting world building, as McCarry weaves ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
2.5 stars. "About a Girl" is the story of Tally, a very smart and very independent 18-year-old who seems very happy in her New York City home. She was adopted and is very happy with her family but it is interested in her past and to see if she can find out who she really is. This book is the third book in Sarah McCarry's Metamorphoses series. Each of these books focuses on a present-day story based on mythology. You definitely don't need to read the first two books in this series in order to und ...more
Kelli Waites
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Nicole Field
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, as I had loved the previous two books before it. Added to Sarah McCarry's gorgeous, rich prose, this book also promised a lesbian romance.

Although About a Girl was just as much a modern myth as the other books in the Metamorphoses series, I felt that this book was two different stories: the story of Tally and Shane, and the story of Tally and Maddy. Unfortunately for me, I was more interested in the story of Tally and Shane, the transgender boy whom Tally had
Kate Reads
First I want to say that the language/writing style of this book is intense and I found a lot of the descriptions beautiful e.g. “There were a thousand questions I could have asked her, but I didn’t know where to start, and so I left them all buzzing in my mouth like bees battering a windowpane.”

I was not prepared for the sheer weirdness of this story especially given how normal the first half of the book feels. I mean this girl's family life is non-traditional (which I loved) but the first half
Artnoose McMoose
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this last book the most out of the entire trilogy, which surprised me. I felt kind of meh about the first two, and was feeling pretty ambivalent about finishing the trilogy. Somehow this segment of the story tied up previous bits of story from the first two books. I also admit I'm a sucker for people meeting up after many years apart in stories. Jack had always been this big question mark, and it was cool to find out what happened to him.

Tally, the baby Aurora dropped off on her friends'
The time I spent reading this book could have been an hour, a week or a year -- I had no way of knowing, and also I had no way of knowing what was going on most of the time, and neither did the protagonist, who started out supposedly a science genius and then became a fogged-up lust rat, forgot what she knew about herself and didn't know most other things. It felt like stars expanding outward at an increasingly slow pace, like supernovae if supernovae had skinny arms and kissed a lot in a halluc ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: same-love-lgbt, dnf

This makes me feel disappointed because Im very looking forward to read this book but the thing is I cant get into it. It hard to connect to the story and characters. I guess maybe next time I'll pick it up again and finished what I started but right now I gave up and need to move on to my next read.

**ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i think this one is my favorite of the trilogy <3
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The prose was a bit... tangled. But I love sooooo many things about this book. (Also I love the cover but neither girl is supposed to be white?!)
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome conclusion to this trilogy, of these 3 generations of ladies, and the gods and yeah, just really awesome!
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