September 27, 2014

Review: A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Book Description:

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy-a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. 

In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself.

How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with?

And in the end, who comes out on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won't back down.

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“It reminds me of the way the sun hits the water in the afternoon scattering color and light all over the beach revealing little nooks and crannies that were always there but didn’t catch my eye until the moment they sparkled in the sunlight, impossible to miss,” Josie – A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone is written from the perspectives of three different girls, Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva. I love this book. First off I love the format Stone writes the book in. It’s easy to read and interesting to see how each section or word rather relates to what’s being written. Second, it’s realistic. I love when I can relate a book to an experience I’ve had in my life or one of my friends have had.

Every girl meets that guy at some point in their life and I like how Stone is able to show different types of girls and their reactions to that kind of guy. Each of the three girls are different ages, come from different cliques and look at themselves different ways. It shows how any kind of girl whether they are confident or not, smart or not, can be duped by a guy who knows what he’s doing.

I like how Josie decides to do something about it when she finds out what kind of guy he his. Seeing her share what happened and then having other girls add onto it in a book, well it’s kind of awesome. It’s like the kind of thing you see on the bathroom wall expect even more awesome. And I like that these three girls found each other and sort of grew stronger because of what happened hopefully learning from their mistakes.

There wasn’t anything overly graphic in this book so I’m not entirely sure why it’s in the top books banned for 2013, but honestly I think this is a must read for teenage girls. Not only to let them see that guys can be pretty awful sometimes, but to show them that if they’ve fallen for something like what happens in this book it’s not their fault, it’s not the end of the world, and their not alone.

I seriously loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author!

“Wisdom stings, but ignorance is not bliss.” Joise - A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl 

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Author Bio:

Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus).

And nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction.

Jane Addams Book Award Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, NCTE's Orbus Pictus, and Bank Street's Flora Steiglitz Award. Forthcoming titles include Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?! and The House that Jane Built (Holt 2013) and Courage Has No Color (Candlewick 2013)

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. This seems to be the kind of book that warns you away from bad boys. No idea why it's banned also, but this book sounds really wise. Great review!

    Cindy @ In This World of Books..


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