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BOOK REVIEW: STORY OF A GIRL
BY SARA ZARR

We hope you enjoy this book review by Kristen Leong.



Labeled as the school slut, in love with her best friend, fearing her own home, and looking for a way out, Deanna Lambert is anything but perfect. Her father had caught her and her brotherís then best friend, Tommy Webber, in the back of Tommyís Buick, not exactly chaste. Soon, the story spread about the small town that Deanna Lambert was a slut and she never got the chance to tell her side of the story. Sara Zarr does an excellent job of writing about the hard life of Deanna in a small town with the worst reputation around. Written from Deannaís point of view, we see how it feels to live in a house with a father who canít look you in the eye, a brother with a wife and child, and a passive mother.

Deannaís only friends Jason and Lee are boyfriend-girlfriend and Deanna sometimes wishes that she could have that, have Jason, have a relationship, anyone to care about her, really. Jason and Lee are the only ones who have heard Deannaís side of the story Tommy Webber had been spreading around the small town every since he got caught by Mr. Lambert three years ago. Sheís been labeled as the school slut and her reputation precedes her to any establishments, making her the official black sheep of the town. Her father canít look her in the eye and is barely civil to Deanna after the incident and itís slowly killing Deanna inside while her mother just pretends everythingís just fine. Darren and Stacy live in the basement with their daughter April. Mr. Lambert doesnít approve of their presence, either, and Deanna just hates going home. Deanna has a plan to escape all of this, though. She plans to save up some money to move out with Darren, Stacy and April. First, she has to get a job, though. Read as Deanna settles her disputes and makes peace with people she never believed she could before.

Sara Zarr writes about the hard facts of life that other stories tend to gloss over. Her writing style keeps readers entertained as they read the book written believably from a teenagerís point of view. The drama and confusion is all there, as well as the anger, disappointment, and helplessness of teenage-dom. The story is well-written and if a reader out there is looking for a fast read that will stay with them for a while, this is the story for them.

REVIEWED BY KRISTEN LEONG

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, KRISTEN LEONG (NOTE: KRISTEN IS ONE OF OUR YOUNG ADULT REVIEWERS).


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