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When 17-year-old Rilla is busted for partying 24 hours into arriving in Yosemite National Park to live with her park ranger sister, it’s a come-to-Jesus moment.
Determined to make up for her screw-up and create a stable new home for herself, Rilla charms her way into a tight-knit group of climbers. But Rilla can’t help but be seduced by experiences she couldn’t have imagine
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Amulet Books
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
1.5 Stars

DNF @ 49%


I’m doing it. I’m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn’t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn’t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main character, Rilla, who was forced to leave her home in West Virginia after some relationship problems and live with her park ranger sister in Yosemite valley.

Like I said above, I didn’t really like Rilla at all. I’m honestly not ent
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andrea caro
Sarah Nicole Lemon is my favorite author. She has been my favorite author ever since I read Done Dirt Cheap. That hasn't changed after completing Valley Girls. I would literally read and five star her grocery lists.

This book is about climbing. It's not going to be for everyone and, admittedly, from a different writer, I doubt this book would have been for me. There's a lot of verbiage associated with climbing that's still a mystery to me, but hey, at least there's a glossary in the back.

But this
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Atlas
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s
They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite

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2 / 5


I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in the sense that the rock climbing aspects were detailed and immersive and the scenery sounded breathtaking and filled me with wanderlust. It failed in that the main character, Rilla Skidmore, is exceedingly annoying with bar
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Sep 25, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite
Aoife
I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review.

When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a climber crowd, and they begin to teach her the joys and hardships of climbing in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

This was an enjoyable read with some great descriptions and scenery. i officially want to
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Kelly
The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Those made up for the weaknesses for me, as I loved experiencing those climbs as a reader.

Tova
Apr 12, 2017 marked it as priority-tbr
Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life.
Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!*

I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which I picked up on a whim, knowing not much about but loving the girl power vibe of the cover and unorthodox name. I loved her ability to write resilient, strong female characters and went into her sophomore novel, Valley
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Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley.

DNF @ 30%

I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female characters but she really grated on my nerves. Also, there's only so many times I can read that she's called her ex-boyfriend 6 times a day and constantly messages him. Perhaps it's because I can't imagine because that obsessed
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Galley provided by publisher

Rep: wlw side character, non-white side characters

Actual rating 3.5

On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed.

Valley Girls tells the story of Rilla Skidmore, who's sent by her mother to live with her half-sister Thea in Yosemite, after a big fight with her boyfriend. There, she falls in with
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Lindsay
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will enact revenge by turning into a different person than the one that everyone knows her to be. She forgets her vow upon descending into the park and befriends a fellow stoner and proceeds to get drunk and stoned and win ...more
Caro Herrera
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the first half of the book and 3 stars to the second half. Thus, my 2-star rating.

The main problem with this book, in my opinion, is that it's overwritten. What I mean by this is that, especially in the first half, everyt
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Alison
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never read a book that even got close to my town. I recognized everywhere talked about and had pretty much been to all of the places too and it was so awesome. I don’t know anything about climbing but I loved learning ab ...more
Rhoda
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-review
This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school and Thea is determined to see her achieve it.

It seems she is the only person in Yosemite who doesn't climb or hike. So when she makes friends with a group of climbers, she gets some lessons and catches the climbing
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Grace (Lost girl of neverland)
Looking for a vividly written book all about a girl finding herself through climbing? Then this is the book for you.

Firstly I have to mention how obsessed I am with Sarah Nicole Lemon’s writing. She perfectly captures summer nostalgia in her writing as well as painting a gorgeous picture of Yosemite.

I can see how not everyone will like Rilla, but I really enjoyed her character. She’s flawed and closed off and insecure but she overcomes the majority of it as she spends time in Yosemite.

The roman
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Cait
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2018
3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere?

Anyway, this was a pretty fun read (if very long!)
Steve
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it’s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager
Savannah
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Laura
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened.

ARC provided by publisher.
Manon BB
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our unlikeable mc Rilla has taken quite a hit here in ye olde goodreads reviews, but I found her to be very relatable with a great arc. She was a little pain in the ass who was afforded more kindness than she deserved (at first), but isn’t that what we all want? For someone cool to reach out and include us, even when our heads are good and tucked inside our own butts? I don’t know man; I kinda like Rilla Skidmore.

In other news, there was *a lot* of climbing in the book. A. Lot. Before you jump m
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Ellie (crackthespine)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, lgbtqa, ebook, netgalley
As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a good overall story, if I hadn't disliked the main character so intensely.

Rilla is genuinely a terrible person, she has few likeable qualities and it just felt like, to me, throughout this novel, that she was just bei
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Katy Upperman
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+.
2. All the wanderlust. I can't recall the last book I read that had me so desperately wanting to travel. Sarah Nicole Lemon paints Yosemite in the most breathtaking light, and she made me -- a person who's terrified of heights -- want
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Samantha Newnham
*ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.

Can someone please tell me what happened in this book because ya girl could not tell you.

It was 400 pages about Rilla being sent to live in a national park with sister after an incident that we never end up finding out about?!

Rilla - annoying, can't make up her mind teenager.
Thea - Rilla's gay sister who I wish this book was about.
RIlla's love interest - cannot even remember his name so *insert shrugging emoji here* the whole 'relationship' was
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Liberty
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Very relatable. I would like to fall off a cliff. I like how Rilla is struggling and finds something that inspires her.
Teenreadsdotcom
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
VALLEY GIRLS is the newest release from Sarah Nicole Lemon, who is also the author of DONE DIRT CHEAP. VALLEY GIRLS follows Rilla Skidmore, who is sent to live in Yosemite National Park with her half-sister after being busted while partying. Thea, her half-sister, vows to fix Rilla’s rebellious behavior. Rilla quickly finds a new passion, rock climbing, in Yosemite and sets out of climb El Capitan. Her journey to the summit is accompanied by her first love and struggle to rebuild her broken fami ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
*3.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/1/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...

I have read a string of contemporaries with main characters that are dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. Valley Girls falls into that category, but ended on a more hopeful note which made it slightly easier to digest.

Rilla, the main character, has been put on a bus by her parents in West Virginia to live with her older sister who is working as a park ranger in Yosemite. Rilla isn't thrilled about this deve
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Mady
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book isn’t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn’t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I’m reviewing books I shouldn’t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I’ll talk about my personal emotions all I want in my review, but I try to keep star ratings fairly objective. But with this one, I just connected so strongly to the book. I don’t know if it’s because I currently feel stuck or if I just have this nostalgic home ...more
Mandi Schneck
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The amount of wilderness-related books I've read over the last few months is astounding, but they've all been fantastic! Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to meet her at NoVa TEEN Book Festival, and she was so sweet in person!

This story follows Priscilla "Rilla" Skidmore, a rebel teen sent off to live in Yosimite National Park with her park ranger sister Thea to try to straighten her life out. Once there, she bonds with a group of climbers who help her as
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American Mensa
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with drugs, Rilla finds solace and personal development in the last place she thought she would—in rock climbing.

The characters in Valley Girls are not the cliché, perfect ones I usually find in teen romance/realistic
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Kara
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
There were some clarity issues with the writing and this ARC had obviously not gone through copy editing yet because there were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, but despite all that, I really enjoyed this one. I raved about Dirt Done Cheap last year, and this book was just as great, but completely different.

I've been reading some reviews, and it seems that a lot of readers are having problems with Rilla's character. Rilla cries too much. She's irresponsible and makes bad decisions. Sh
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Sarah Nicole Lemon is the author of the young adult novels DONE DIRT CHEAP and VALLEY GIRLS. After an unconventional girlhood, she now lives outside of Washington D.C. with her husband, three children and snuggly Pit Bull, Maggie. When not writing, you can find her sweating profusely in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

You can follow her on Twitter (@sarahnlemon) and Instagram (sarahnicolelemon)
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