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Monday, September 13

Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Title: Not that Kind of Girl

By: Siobhan Vivian

Reading Level: Young Adult Romance Fiction

Publisher: Push Books

My Copy: Review Copy provided by publisher

BookWhisperer Rating:

Book Description:

Slut or saint? Good friend or bad friend?
In control or completely out of it?

Life is about choices, and Natalie Sterling prides herself on making the right ones. She’s avoided the jerky guys populating her prep school, always topped honor roll, and is poised to be the first female student council president in years.

If only other girls were as sensible and strong. Like the pack of freshmen yearning to be football players’ playthings. Or her best friend, whose crappy judgment nearly ruined her life.

But being sensible and strong isn’t easy. Not when a prank nearly gets her expelled. Not when her advice hurts more than it helps. Not when a boy she once dismissed becomes the boy she can’t stop thinking about.

The line between good and bad has gone fuzzy, and crossing it could end in disaster . . . or become the best choice she’ll ever make.

Only being 28 years old, it has not been so long ago that I was a student and all too aware of the pressure and cruelty that your peers can extend. Though, being this age there have been a few years since my temporary presence in school. I can tell you without a doubt that with each passing generation it appears the intensity and level of pressure is only escalating. I feel for kids of this generation, and I hope that they can survive without too many scars. Not that Kind of Girl is the picture perfect novel that portrays the exact behavior that can be expected surrounding today’s youth. Natalie is the main character, and the one gleaming light, the innocent girl that even with the negativity and influence of her peers she has turned out to be a very tremendous young lady. Though this is only how things may appear, and when you are the good kid you still have expectations and they just might be even stronger than everyone else. Connor is the dream boy, and I can not believe that Natalie spends so much time with her “nose in the air” that she doesn’t figure this out sooner. When you are trying to be the good kids there are certain things that are not allowed, and having the hot QB as a boyfriend is probably the most important DON’T on the list. Nobody will look at a good girl, and think that just maybe this is a serious and deep relationship. The entire book is a very easy read that I had completed in one sitting. I found it to be entirely flowing and fast paced; keeping my attention the whole way through. Vivian has a talent for irony and shock adding so much more to this story, and the ability to captivate the reader. This novel is a very good example of how any extreme can be negative. Everyone needs moderation in the lives, and it doesn’t always pay to be serious all of the time. If you are not happy then nothing in your life really matters. Most important is to live your life for you and no one else. I have really enjoyed my introduction to Siobhan Vivan ; you can expect to see more from this author on my TBR list.


Sam Ripley said...

I've heard really good this about this book - this review just confirms it! Will definitely be adding this to my TBR pile!

Kelley Vitollo said...

I just reviewed this too. I liked it a lot!