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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,831 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva are three very different girls who all meet the same bad boy with an irresistible knack for getting into their blood and under their skin. Each is sure that she can keep a cool head about him, but how much are they really in control?
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Quercus Books (first published January 10th 2006)
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Gray Cox
EDIT: I just passed this book on a shelf at my library, it had a huge sticker taped to it. Apparently it is one of the books that people have asked to ban, so it is being put up for anti banning books awareness. As someone who is generally against banning books and as someone who is for the freedom of reading what you like, this is not okay !!

Review from May 23 2018:


On one hand, I feel like most girls who are more naive should read this, there are so many guys out there who will take advant
Stacy Davis-White
I read this book in an hour. It was a very easy read and I could see why teens would love it. It is full of sex and teenage jargon. I didn't like the message that it sent to young girls though and I think the girls would have been a little better off had they not had that encounter with the "bad boy." He is more like every boy out there!
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl

Every girl in a point in time has been a teenager, and during that period of time known a little something about a Bad Boy. A Bad Boy is usually the hot good- looking guy in school that all the girls want to be with, and knows he is only after one thing, but can’t resist his charming ways. This takes place in the fictional novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stones. Three girls named Josie, Nicolette and Aviva crumble to the
Jun 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do I not like a book. Unfortunately, this is one of those rare books. I will admit that I am biased, and I dislike girly books about boyfriends and relationships, which is perhaps why I didn't like this book from the begining. However, as I continued to read, I did not find any redeeming qualities to this book at all.

My main issue with this book was how unbelievable it was. It is basically about three girls who date the same "bad boy," and their relationships end horribly. However, e
Benjamin Wambeke
I was tempted to rate this book 3 stars. I’m not the target demographic, I’ll be the first to admit it. I read this book because it was banned at my high school and like... why? Are teenagers not allowed to know about sex? It’s not even all that explicit in the book. I don’t think they ever use anything more explicit that “boobs” and “crotch.” Even though I’m not the target, and I felt some language was a little dated, I can really appreciate what she’s trying to accomplish with this book, and t ...more
Robert Beveridge
Tanya Lee Stone, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb Books, 2008)

As a reward to myself for finishing one book I started in September of 2008 and getting another to the point where I'll be able to finish it today, last night I allowed myself to crack the cover of a combustible, which is my term for a book I stick on my list of stuff to read because I'm so horrified by its very concept that I find the idea that I might end up liking it next to impossible. (It has happened on occasion, how
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva have one thing in common. He goes by the intials T.L., and he misled them all.

Josie, who never cared much for boys or what others thought of her in the word of Middle School, finds herself slightly less certain upon entering High School. And even though she balks are her own reactions when a hot Senior jock starts paying her attention, she finds herself somehow unable to resist. But he continually pushes her boundries, trying to move beyond where she’s prepared to go.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Don't let the title of this book fool you. The "bad boy" in question is definitely bad, and the "can be good" part is more in the vein of "thank God I learned something out of this" rather than "oh, he's so gooood to me." That being said, every high-school age girl in the world needs to read this book, before they meet the proverbial bad boy who, although good at breaking your heart, isn't really good at anything else.

Told in verse, A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A
What if you find these thoughts in your teen daughter's text messages or on her Facebook wall?

"but then he walked right over and fit himself right into my puzzle."

"I hope I remember these feelings forever: stupid, humiliated, foolish, stung, heartbroken, pissed off, and a little bit wiser. I hope I remember forever, so I never fall for this kind of boy again."

"Nobody calls boys whores. Why is that?"

"The phrase "nail her" flashed like a huge neon sign in my brain."

"And I am so pissed at myself b
No matter how hard we tell ourselves not to fall for Mr. Wrong, we can't help falling in love with the "bad boy". You know, the guy who pretends to be in love with you, then used you and pretends that his love for you never happened.

Josie, Nicolette and Aviva have that in common. They fell for the bad boy's tricks. Josie stopped just in time, the others weren't so lucky, but they bounced back and warned the other girls about him, making him an outcast.

This novel in verse, has a great message fo
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance

Three girls get messed about by the same guy and warn their fellow school sisters in the back of a library book!

It's a novel in verse which is quite enjoyable and makes for a very quick and easy read. I also first read this when I was like 12 and the book was passed around my little circle of friends- it was all very scandalous with talk of sex!

To a degree it's a somewhat inspirational, eye opening book but the topic (player guys and girls uniting) is a bit too overused for me to feel any connec
As a reader with an interest in banned books (and a writer of a periodic column on same), I read Tanya Lee Stone's young adult book "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" after learning it had been pulled from a high school library in Cody, Wyoming.

In November 2017, after one parent complained about the book (calling it trashy and inappropriate for high school students), a school trustee unilaterally removed it from the Cody High School library, warning there'd be "more to come." True to his word, t
Marielle Waller
From what I read in the Banned description box was that this book was banned but retained at a high school library. It wasn't really clear if the book was to be banned because of the style of writing or the story line. I think it was that three girls fall for the same guy who has the intent of being the ladies man around every woman at the school. From what I've read, I don't see this book being at all harmful, and it being just a story. I don't agree on why it was banned because authors should ...more
Kailee Martin
There were this boy and three girls. All three girls fell for this one boy and that may have not been the best thing that happened. His was a senior just trying to have some fun. He went out with all those girls and they were all freshman. That is a pretty big age difference when you're in high school. While he wanted to party and have fun, the girls were not used to that kind of lifestyle. I don't agree with how those relationships were because there was such a difference between them and it di ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, all ranging between 14 and 18-years-old, are three strong bright girls, but when the same guy enters their lives at different times, he worms his way under their skin and into their hearts and they ignore their gut instincts warning them against him. Everyone gets hurt. Josie is first, and decides to do something about it. She checks out Forever by Judy Blume from the library, and writes a warning to all girls in the back of the book, and tells every girl she meets to ...more
Emily Dean
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I can't remember the last time I gave a book a 1-star. Seriously, I usually give the author a pity star just for trying but this was just a waste of my time. There was nothing special about it, the concept was dull and it was overall a boring read. The format felt like it had to be stylized like that because there was no real content to the book. It was like reading someone's outline for a half-finished concept. None of the girls were compelling or interesting, there was no big picture offe ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm... so you are thinking that that the hot, popular senior in your school is over the moon about you and can't get enough of your wit and charm mixed with a bit of sexiness? Well join the club! Because chances are if he is romancing you, he has romanced others and you won't be the first or last! Join the "broken hearts club" ladies because some guys just want you as a trophy- and the game they are playing is you.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is the terrific story of three high school girl
Amanda Childs
Contains adult content. Probably best for 15-up.

Parents read first perhaps?

A novel told in verse through the eyes of three high school girls, A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl is a book about girls who get mixed up with the same bad guy. He's manipulative, after sex, and willing to sweet-talk and lie his way to his goal. Each girl is different in her background and personality, and each girl handles his advances differently, to different ends. The story is about sex, love, and the
I read A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl. This book was pretty interesting actually. I thought I would have not liked it, but turns out, I loved that book. I only checked it out because i had to choose a book, and it was worth checking it out. Anyways, this book is about this girl named Josie, she's a freshman in high school. she met this guy named t.l (they dont say his real name in the book, so those are his initials.) anyways, they start hanging out, kissing and everything.. his friends would ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel in verse is a powerful essay on high school pressure on girls to be sexually active. Three different girls get taken by the same bad boy who is just building his stats at their expense. The first and youngest is angry enough to start a warning/commiseration commentary in the back of the library's copy of Judy Blume's forever. Despite that fact that I'm a librarian and normally frown on marking up library books, I found this touch perfect - and the three stories interweave easily and r ...more
Kelly Newton
Very quick read, novel in verse.
I picked up this book because its frequently banned, so that's always a good reason to check something out.
I guess I'm lucky. I can relate to the girls' feelings, but not their experience. So I hope girls don't read this and throw all guys into that "guys only want one thing" stereotype. Because it's not true. At least in my experience.
The question- when it comes to banned books- is, is this book helpful? Will it save a girl from a little heartache? If so, I sup
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-ahs
Quick and appealing read. I read this book because a teacher at my school brought it to my attention for inappropriate scenes. It had one section that was a upfront about oral sex but I didn't feel shocked by it and doubt that many HS students would. I actually thought the story could be useful to a lot of girls. Questioning your worth, how you relate to the opposite sex, new relationships, emerging sexuality are true struggles. Kids can get a lot out of the situation without having to go throug ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
Well. Welcome back to high school. This book completely captured the experience of compromising your self-esteem, interests, friendships, etc. for a guy. Not the most pleasant read, but one that should be put in the hands of all teen girls out there. I especially like how she dealt with the notions of empowerment, and how situations can flip on you. But, truth be told, it was a bit of a bummer.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved this free verse novel that explores how one guy in his quest to conquer as many girls as he can effects love and sex with 3 high school girls. What did I learn- this is a good book for girls to read so they can see how a guy can make you do things you don't want, but also how the girls can ignore all the signals.....
Hayley Rife
I absolutely LOVED this novel in verse! It told a story that many young adult girls can relate to. I loved how Tanya Lee Stone was able to capture the true essence of three female characterizations! This is definitely a YA novel that the girls will pass around!
April Marie
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl was a very easy read for me! It took me only one night to start and finish the book. I liked this book because it was very persistant, it got straight to the point. The topic was very realistic in today's world for teenagers.
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so good sometimes when your reading you just wont put it down
"A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." -Jo Godwin

I've never understood why some people feel like they have the power to limit what others can or cannot read, although I understand they have a desire to control others' thoughts through this limitation. Yet, when people have the audacity to revoke the rights of others to have access to a book that they haven't read in its entirety, it makes me crazy!! Reading one paragraph or a couple of parts of a book and banning i
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl because it was banned in Wyoming. I had never heard of this book before, but I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about.

I understand that some parents would be uncomfortable with some of the passages in the book. However, all of the characters were in high school and all of the ladies made their own choices and explained their thought processes. Each one had a different experience, and if they said “no,” the guy listened. (I honestly can
Maggie Ignasiak
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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Add ...more

Now, I have never understood all that
soul mate stuff
or when people sometimes talk about
having an empty pace inside
or that they’re missing pieces or something.
But then
he walked over
and fit himself
right into my puzzle.


It never occurred to me I couldn’t change
the way things are
whenever I wanted to.
I mean, I’ve always been the one calling the shots…


He has a way of sliding out of trouble,
plays the innocent really well.
Grown-ups seem to think he’s such a good boy.
They are so wrong.
This boy gets any girl he wants.
Why does he want me? ”
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