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Girl, Unframed

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  813 ratings  ·  235 reviews
A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention.

Sydney Reilly has a bad feeling about going home to San Francisco before she even gets on the plane. How could she not? Her mother is Lila Shore—the Lila Shore—a film star who prizes her beauty and male attention above all else…certainly above her daughter.

But Sydne
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Published June 23rd 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Fuck, y'all. This one really hurt. It is a book about the millions of ways that men treat women of all ages like objects. It is also a book about a girl who's mother prioritizes her own beauty and the opinion of men over her own daughter and.. this book hit me hard. It hit me SO personally in ways that a book never has before and I am going to be thinking about this one for a LONG time.

TW: sexual harassment, domestic abuse, emotional manipulation
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
It’s no surprise that I liked this, because I trust Deb Caletti implicitly at this point, but this really was unique and wonderful and much-needed. The synopsis pitches this as a YA thriller, but more than anything else, it’s a gut punch of a YA coming-of-age story about what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in a society that hates women.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This is such a hard book to review because there were just so many elements to it. So many surprises and so many hard, uncomfortable things about it.

Sometimes being thrown out of your comfort zone isn't a bad thing. It helps us grow, think of things in a new light and can even make us exam things around us that we never noticed before.

Girl, Unframed most of all, is a story about self discovery. A story about growing up, finding out who you are and what you want in life with all the bumps and br
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Deb Caletti was my jam in high school. She was like Sarah Dessen with more edge.

I really want to read this! It's set in San Francisco!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Girl, Unframed is partly a YA thriller, you spend the whole book knowing that something terrible has happened and are waiting to figure out the specifics. There’s a dark, ominous feeling that permeates the whole story. However, much more of the book is about a teenage girl growing up and having to deal with the uncomfortable attention that she’s now getting from adult men. Another large focus of the story is her strained relationship with her mom, who places her relationships with men and career ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
GIRL, UNFRAMED started off strong, with narrator Sydney experiencing subtle and not-so-subtle sexism from boys, men and her actress mom’s internalized misogyny. Slow, repetitive pacing had me waiting for *something* to happen. We know from the blurb a crime is committed. I didn’t expect to wait until 90% of the story and then to be so underwhelmed at what happened and how it was handled.

I appreciate that Deb Caletti wanted to show how even in the 21st century, females still experience a great de
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down one of the best YA books I've ever read. Not so much because of the story itself (a compelling coming-of-age tale with an unraveling crime mixed in) but because throughout it, Deb Caletti meticulously reveals the internal rage & confusion felt by teenage girls who grow up in a patriarchal society. The reader sees 16-year-old Sydney work through her feelings regarding how teen girls are expected to be desirable without having their own desires, how they (& we) often push down t ...more
I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Sydney loves her life at her boarding school. She can be a regular teen with great best friends. However, occasionally she is forced to stay with her celebrity mother, who is extremely self-involved and not a great parent. Sydney is to spend her summer with her mother and she prepares herself to get through it as quickly as possible. What she didn't plan on was her mother's new boyfriend, Jake. He is supposed to be an
3.5??? I don't know how to rate this.

On the one hand, this book really examined how the female body is viewed by the word, showing sexism and misogyny at it's finest.

On the other hand, I've read stories with almost the exact same narrative before. There was no tension, no suspense, no "oh my god what's going to happen?" The Bad Men were Bad, without much other characterization. There is zero depth to the Bad Men in the story.

The Good Man, Nicco, is a Good Man because...? I'm not actually sure. I
When I start reading a book on May 10 and by May 26th I haven't finished it, it must not be my cup of tea. I really wanted to read this and not JUST read it. I WANTED TO LIKE IT, but I didn't connect.

Back to the library and off of my list.

DNF at 38%.

2 stars

Happy Reading!
Gary Anderson
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the only child of the troublesome movie seductress Lila Shore, Sydney Reilly tries to keep her distance from her mother by living in Seattle with her grandmother Edwina. But in the summer she turns sixteen, Syd is called to live with her mother in San Francisco. Syd reluctantly leaves behind the life of security she knows with her grandmother, friends, and friends’ families to enter her mother’s high-flying life of glamour. Lila Shore lives in a posh mansion with a lovable dog named Max and b ...more
The marketing oversells the thriller/mystery aspect because that's really not there at all. You know what's going to happen and how pretty early on, and frankly, I was rooting for it from the start.

Caletti's latest book is about the ways girls are given messages about their bodies and roles socially. Are you a whore for wanting sex? Are you a prude for not enjoying the cat calls and crude gestures men make toward you? And what happens the moment you decide, as a young woman, to take agency for
Kira Thebookbella
"My body was a billboard to remark on. My body was someone else's entertainment, a story that had notthing to do with me at all. I was a painting. Girl, oil on canvas".

Sydney Reilly spends most of her year living with her grandmother and attending private school. It's summer and she is getting ready to go back home to San Francisco to stay with her mom, Lila for the summer. Lila is this famous actress who lives in a large house. Sydney has a bad feeling about going home. It nags at her and
Sam (she_who_reads_)
Hits just as hard as A Heart in a Body in the World. It’s infuriating, heartfelt, beautiful and horrifically tragic- do yourself a favour and pick this one up.

(But like, don’t read the synopsis because it kind of gives away a lot of the plot)
Booktastically Amazing
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So...I didn't like it. It started pretty well despite that I was in a book slump, therefore, my expectations were quite high but the way the author closed the narrative at the end was unsatisfying. And that is not to take away from the effort of writing this, it just wasn't as good as it could've been. For me. I'm sorry.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟⭐⭐ 3.7

This is mostly a rant, I apologize in advance if
I know, I know. I haven't really been keeping up with reviews, but I'll try my best.
Girl, Unframed is about being a girl and the stuff that women face in the world. It's meant to be powerful and for some reason it kind of felt like a mystery to me, but it really wasn't.

Sydney, the main character, wants many things- to be desired, looked upon for who she really is, but to also be away from prying eyes. She wants all the experiences. When she finally turns 16, she discovers that the men around her
cat ♡
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Kate (GirlReading)
A brilliant exploration of sexism, the patriarchy, toxic masculinity and the male gaze, told through the eyes of a teen discovering all that comes with being a woman for the first time.

This was definitely more of a 'crap, why does the society work like this' coming-of-age story than the YA thriller promised but I'm not mad about it because who can be mad about a book that shines a light on the exhausting double standards and misogyny (both internal and external) society places upon women? This
Lisa Mandina
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story kept you hanging for a long time. Obviously there were hints at what was going on, but you didn’t get a lot filled in as you went along. And you had an idea what was going to happen based on the synopsis. Within the story there were a lot of good points made, either based on just the thoughts Sydney had as things happened to her, or even just through what happened itself. This is another book where the things that women have to deal with from men looking at them and that creepy feelin ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
So much subtle and not so subtle commentary regarding women, young and old, and the way society works against them. This was woven through a mystery, which unfurled in my favorite way, from the end, with snippets of the investigation peppered between chapters. Though Syd came to terms with parts of her life, I was left feeling a bit bereft of hope for her and young women like her, which I think I was supposed to, because we all know we need a LOT more progress when it comes to the way young wome ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Sydney is the daughter of the famous Lila Shore, an actress who did an iconic sex scene. Sydney lives most of the year in Seattle attending a private school, living in a dorm, and visiting her grandmother. But over the summer, Sydney heads to San Francisco to spend months with her mother, who never seems to actually have time to spend with Sydney. Lila lives in Jake’s house, dating him and staying for free. It’s a house near the beach with cliff views, a house that is often fogged in, a house fu ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5-and-6
I did not like this book. That does not mean I didn't love what it was trying to do.

Girl, Unframed wants to be a story about how men see and always have seen women of all ages. It wants to examine the double standard both women and men place upon women and girls. Sometimes it achieves both.

The problem is, this commentary is marketed as part of one of the most boring mysteries of all time.

Girl, Unframed follows our protagonist as she recounts the events leading up to a mysterious crime but the c
Laci Patty
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awards/Honors: This book earned no awards or honors.

Book Review: A 16-year-old girl grapples with being objectified by men.
Sydney Reilly had a standout school year with her friends in Seattle; the thought of leaving for a summer in San Francisco with her famous mother, Lila, instills dread. She has a deep sense that “it” is about to happen—she isn’t sure exactly what, but something large that will change everything. At her mother’s ocean-view home, she’s alone with Lila and her new boyfriend, J
Kyra ✧°
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

So I've been on a bit of a Caletti kick after falling out of her books for years (used to be obsessed with her work when I was younger bc we lived in the SAME city). This could easily be my favorite book by her.

this book is made to be seen as a YA-thriller, but really, it's a raw coming of age story about a girl realizing her body is now seen as an object instead of a human being in, and how to navigate a world where men seem to rule everything and get no repercussion's
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc, netgalley
Deb Caletti blew me away with her last book, A Heart in a Body in the World. She returns with Girl, Unframed exploring a lot of the same topics, but in a new, thrilling way.

Girl, Unframed follows Sydney Reilly as she spends the summer with her famous actress mother. Before she even arrives in San Francisco, Sydney has a bad feeling about the visit. Her feeling proves justified as she meets her mom's leering, dangerous boyfriend, deals with the harassment from the construction worker next door,
Amber Reifsneider
I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Sydney loves her life at school in Seattle, she has an awesome group of friends that she enjoys spending time with as well as her grandmother. But, she flies to LA to spend the summer with her mother who is a “washed up” actress who is very self-centered, naive, and honestly, an absentee parent. However, when she leaves the plane she isn't met by her mother, but rather her mother's boyfriend, Jake. Jake is supposedly a real
Ashley Lynne
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning for if you’re triggered by domestic violence, aggressive men, forced violent patriarchy

This book was incredible but hit a little too close to home.

I definitely agree with a review I saw where someone said you’ll like this book if you like “Sadie” by Courtney Summers. Very similar!

The social commentary in this book made me ache. The way the main character felt the need to comply and be quiet and nice in moments where she felt incredibly uncomfortable and unsafe. Yep. Sounds familiar. Wom
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Meagan Houle
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I don't know what to read next, Deb Caletti's novels are my go-to solution. They are always clever, never dull, full of gorgeous detail and adventure and romance. You could say it's hard to go wrong with one of her books, and "Girl, Unframed" didn't let me down.
It's a fun story, though I'll remember the wisdom of it far longer than the plot. Sydney's discovery that she, like so many young girls, has never been taught to listen to herself, protect herself, use her voice and trust her in
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a slow-build suspense novel, although I found the concepts of the "ghost" and "IT" a little overdone. But I do think it's a worthy exploration of how women and girls are seen as objects and not complete persons in their own right. Sydney's struggles are easy to relate to, Nicco and Max make terrific comfort figures, and Lila is more complex than your average fading starlet who's struck it big because of her attractiveness.

It's a good read. I picked it up while looking at potential Printz
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Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and ...more

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