Book reviews & writing tips from a wannabe YA writer
Title: Skunk Girl
Author: Sheba Karim
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: It released in 2009, and I was in the mood for something new.
Summary: 16-year-old Nina is a Muslim Pakistani-American. Her parents don’t let her date, but an Italian boy just moved to town and she can’t stop thinking about him.
Stopped on Page: 79
Why I Stopped: It was interesting to read about the Pakistani-American culture, but the main character never did anything. Other than making Rice Krispie treats for a bake sale, I can’t think of a single instance when she did anything besides go with the flow.
I also got a little tired of hearing her go on and on about the Italian boy she had a crush on, Asher.
Asher’s been here almost a week, but we haven’t spoken since his first day. He only nods his head at me whenever he sees me in the hall or in precalculus. This does not bother me. My love can feed on looks alone. What worth have words anyway?
Should I have kept going? Or was I right to stop?
Note: As an aspiring author, I respect the extraordinary amount of effort that goes into writing a book. I did not write this review in order to be unfair or negative about the book. My goal is simply to articulate why the book wasn’t for me.