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Title: Story of a Girl
Author: Sara Zarr
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: Because you told me to!
Summary: Deanna made a mistake when she was 13. A big mistake. Her father will never look at her the same way again, and she can’t shake her nasty reputation at school. So how is she supposed to move on?
Review: I just resubmitted a request to my library to order Zarr’s latest, Once Was Lost. Because this woman can write.
I liked Story of a Girl even more than Sweethearts, which I liked quite a lot. This gritty story completely swept me away. I felt like I was reading about a real girl and her real problems.
I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy’s Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.
I didn’t love him.
I’m not sure I even liked him.
I want more book recommendations from you! You’re making me go back and read “old” YA instead of just getting caught up in whatever hot new thing just hit the shelves. Without that feeling of obligation to do what you say, I don’t know if I would have the discipline to branch out from recent releases.
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