January 23, 2009

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Story of a GirlDeanna was caught by her father having sex with Tommy when she was 13 and he 17, and even though he's the only boy she has ever had sex with she has been branded as Terra Nova High's resident slut. That night, Deanna started a story about a fictional, nameless surfer girl who feels the things Deanna is feeling.

Three years later, the story is still going, with Deanna trying to cope with what she did and why - something I never really understood fully - and struggling with her conflicting emotions over her two best friends who have started dating (she loves them both but she isn't sure she loves them together); her father still won't look at her in the eye and even her beloved brother sometimes acts like she's going to sleep with just about anyone she comes across.

Slowly, Deanna begins to make peace with herself and the people around her, with the things she feels and the things she can't control.

I can't say this is my favorite book ever, there were some things I didn't feel were fully explained or explored but, over all, it was a good book. Deanna's voice rings true and at various times I found myself crying and wanting to reach out and give her a hug.

Story of a Girl it's not exactly the most cheerful books out there, but it is a good read.


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