Thursday, November 25, 2010

Not That Kind of Girl Review

Mood: Tired
Sorry y'all for posting so late yesterday/ this morning. I was reading Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian. So here's my little mini review:

Product description:
Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.

But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up

being the boy you wants to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.

Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.


I was glued to the book. I really did like it. I loved Natalie's voice. She, in her own way, was an admirable character. She was a strong and loyal character. What I really liked about her as a person was her attitude. In a way, I'm like her. We both have a "Love me or Hate me" attitude which made seeing thing through her perspective so much easier. I'm not saying I'm a feminist. Nor am I saying I'm not. Personally, I don't want to be labeled like that. But I did agree with some of her opinions.

At the same time, I agreed with Spencer. I would love to read a companion book about her. She was such a fun character. In a way, I'm also like her. I agreed with many of her opinions. I loved her attitude about life. She didn't let things get her down. Except in one scene towards the end where you really see her vulnerability. But anyways I liked how she did things for her. Not for others which even as a 14 year old, she made an admirable character.
Now for Autumn. She wasn't really an outstanding character in my eyes. I really wish she'd have done something more "I don't care what you think." In a way she did, but I would have hoped for something more interesting, but she still was an important character.
Connor. So as a character I found him a tad flat. He was well perfect which isn't fair. He should have had more flaws. And also his character in the begining? Way too confusing. He acted like an egocentric jerk which wasn't the case. I really didn't like that. I wish he would have acted the same way through out the story or at least had a better transition. I also didn't like his relationship with Mike. It wasn't until the end I found out they were "best friends." It confused me. Throughout the book I thought they were friends but not really. So I was shocked when I found out they were close.
Over all i thought it was a good book. The characters were real and fun. Hope you get a chance to read it.
BTW as plot go it was pretty predictable. I really wish the author would have gone more into the character, Mike. I really didn't get the rivalry between Mike and Natalie. I get that they are opposites, but I'd like to know more. Maybe she had a crush on him in JH, and he broke her heart. Maybe he humiliated her with a pizza stain. IDK. Anything really. I wish i saw more of their past.
So if you want to read a good book about girl getting out of her element here's your book.

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