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Girl Overboard

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,030 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire: a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend's girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I started this book at 11:15 last night. I went to bed at 5:45 this morning. I don't think I've ever done that before. It was a great read. Coming of age, but dark. Very good. ...more
Sarah Woodard
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books, own
Syrah was injured in a snowboarding accident. Her dream is to become a Pro-Snowboarder. Her family is unsupportive. Her father, Ethan Cheung, made the cell phone of today. Her mother, Betty Cheung, is both a fashionista and do charity fundraising. All she want to do is be on the slopes with her best friend, Age,but he is too busy with his new boyfriend.
She soon befriends Lillan, an energetic and kid person. That spends most of her time at Seattle Children's Hospital. Lillan's sister, Amanda, has
Dec 27, 2008 rated it liked it

Girl Overboard stars a very unhappy girl, Syrah, who is frustrated with practically everything in her life: she's unhappy with how her knee is healing after a bad snowboarding accident; unhappy that there seems to be a mental/emotional block preventing her from moving on in her life after a disappointing first taste of love/lust; unhappy that her very best friend, Adrian "Age", has a girlfriend who won't allow him to see her; unhappy that her parents ignore her except for when they're bossing he
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I bought Girl Overboard because I really enjoyed Headley’s latest book, North of Beautiful. The whole snowboarding premise seemed really interesting to me because I tried snowboarding once and I fell about a million times. I’m much better at skiing.

I was a little disappointed, however. For about the first 100 pages or so, I felt like I’d been thrown headlong into Syrah’s life without any explanation, even though there definitely was. I didn’t really feel a strong connection to her love interest,
Doug Beatty
Apr 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
Syrah Chen is the daughter of Ethan and Betty Chen and the family is very wealthy. Syrah really enjoys snowboarding but after a run in the back country, Syrah damaged her knee and had to have pins put in. Syrah’s friend is Age who is dating Natalia even though Syrah would like him for herself. Syrah dreams of getting sponsors and becoming a snowboarding star. Syrah finds a friend in Lillian who she travels with to the hospital and helps her with a party she is having for the children. Lillian ha ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked where Chen went with this story. It was about picking yourself back up after a fall and finding your place in this world. I also thought it was great to see mention of Gold Mountain and the Cultural Revolution, as well as the difficulties related to finding marrow donors for mixed race people. This is the second book I have seen mention it. It was something I was not aware of, and as the mother of a mixed race child, it was interesting information for me. I really loved seeing Syr ...more
3.5 stars

I found the main character beyond annoying for the first third of the book. She constantly felt sorry for herself and never talked about how she was feeling with anyone. I liked the book much more once she began to think about others instead of focusing on herself. I really liked Grace and Lillian, and I liked that the book ended on a positive note, because the tone of the beginning of the book was very somber. I didn’t care for the potential love interest. He wasn’t in the book enough
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was afraid this was gonna be a poor-little-rich-girl story, and I don't know enough about snowboarding to care about it, but Syrah turned out to be a character easy to sympathize with.
I didn't need to know about snowboarding to believe that Syrah loved it.
I love character driven stories, and Syrah changes a lot, forming friendships and finding family far and close.
In particular, Grace and Syrah seem so odd (Grace is old enough to be her mother!) yet so perfect as sisters.
Truly wonderful re
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Shelves: 2008
After reading Justina Chen Headley’s debut novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), I was anxiously waiting for Girl Overboard, expecting great things from a Chinese American writer. I shouldn’t have. Five chapters into the book and I already felt the enthusiasm slipping away, replaced by a blank expression as I wondered why I’d been so eager to check this out at the library. It’s the story of a billionaire’s daughter who, despite what everyone else thinks, isn’t exactly leading the ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would rate the book Girl Overboard 5 stars. This book is really touching and inspiring. The book is about this girl Syrah whose father is a mega millionaire but she is only known as a rich spoiled girl not who she wants to be when she grows up. In this book the author Justina really describes the emotions of Syrah and how she feels that she is not known as someone who she truly wants to be. Also she uses a ton of sensory imagery to describe what Syrah looks like and how her physical traits are ...more
Ash R.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a book that is about a Rich girl and her perfect life don't read this book. If you want to read about a rich girl who has everything perfect her and she wants that to change then you should read this book. This book is about a girl who struggles to keep being rich out of living a normal life. She wants to be able to do things regular people do. She is tried of being different and doesn't want to be the Rich bratty girl, but the girl who is just like me.

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Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
Do you want to read a book about a teenage girl who has everything? Well, I know a good book that you would really love, its called Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley.
Girl Overboard is full of surprises. Syrah the main character loves snowboarding. One day she gets into a very horrifying accident while hitting the slopes and that event changes many things in her life. With her father being a billionaire it also changes the way people think of her. Syrah's parents are not very supportive o
Payal Jain
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Girl Overboard is one of the best coming of age books I have ever read. It made my heart melt!

The characters felt incredibly real. They were all far from perfect but were beautiful all the same. Bao-mu! I loved her. :)
The writing style was very graceful and fluid.

The book tackled self discovery, healing, friendships, familial relationships, the meaning of life, love - and did it successfully. This is my favorite aspect of Chen's works. Every book has so many facets that I learn something new wit
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes that this book would have a strong empowering messages for girls, but unfortunately it fell short of that goal. Although the author strives to leave the reader with positive messages at the end of the book, these cliches are overshadowed by the shallowness of the rest of the story.
Rameela (Star)
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
wow! i wish there was more! unless there is.... then I HAVE TO GET IT! :)
Yasmin Sanchez
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-loved, e-book, borrowed
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Anya Zhang
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would, because it was so touching in places and absolutely hilarious in others. I like how the author also incorporated other controversial topics along with Syrah's story, like the "right" body shape. I actually cried when Syrah's Bao-Mu said goodbye to Syrah. The only big complaint I have is that the book didn't really have a satisfying ending; I would've liked to see what happened with Age and with Wayne. But overall, it was a great r ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was alright it was kinda difficult for me to read but this book is about a girl name syrah and everyone thinks shes an golden girl and she has everything a kid would wish to have. i gave this book a 3 star cause it didn't really impress me as much but yeah its a good book for people who like young adult or fiction. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
this book I could kinda relate to in the scene of how the felt and how people would use her but other then that there was little to no emotion throughout the story and it became
very boring very fast. The theme or message could've been not to use someone or to understand what people want and not to only be selfish about yourself
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

Some things could have been more flushed out, but I liked it overall. It was a good uplifting read (in its message), and I enjoyed it. It makes me want to work harder on attaining my own dreams.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought there would be a lot more snowboarding in this book then there was; it's mainly in the beginning chapters and the last ones. It's a nice read however, especially if your hillside. I found some parts boring. ...more
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Review by J.M. : "I liked this book because I liked Syrah's personality. She was open & truthful. I would recommend this book to my friend." (2013, 3.5 stars) ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not as fatphobic as her last book but I still don’t like how she handles body image and food in this one. Sadly, I’ll be moving on to other authors.
Christi Massey
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought
GREAt read! Loved the character and story development of this book.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I did not really like it. They changed the subject so quick!
Grace Shim
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't have a lot to say except that I LOVED IT. ...more
Took me a bit to get into this and the ending seemed a bit "draggy" but interesting point of view and characters. ...more
Katerina Habers
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. A bit slow at the beginning but picked up towards the middle and got better. I believe we all go through an event or an eye opener and realize what is most important, its been in front of us the whole time. We just need to change our perspective and priorities.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the school's library. It's rare to find a book about a female involved in sports.

I had a hard time getting into it. It begins so whiny and angsty. But then I began to get a feel for the character and realized how lonely she is. Poor little rich girl is definitely the characterization here until she decides otherwise.

I'm going to recommend this book to my Meg Cabot fans.
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Justina Chen is an award-winning writer. Her latest book, THE ART OF INSPIRATION: LEAD YOUR BEST STORY, is for any leader who wants to inspire employees, customers, and constituents. Her YA novel, NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, was named to Best Books lists by Kirkus Reviews and Barnes & Noble. Her other novels include A Blind Spot for Boys, Return to Me, Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere selec ...more

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