Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobahn Vivian

Book:  Not That Kind Of Girl
Author:  Siobahn Vivian
Release date:  September 1, 2010
Publisher:  Push
Pages:  322
Source:  Publisher

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.

But life is messy, and it’s very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they’re no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you wants to sleep with yourself – but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.

Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices – and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.

Not That Kind Of Girl is a fresh romance for the YA market.  Siobahn Vivian knows the teenage mind and approaches it in a unique way with this one.

Natalie Sterling is a good girl.  She always has been and she plans to stay that way.  Things all change her senior year of high school when she takes a wild freshman under her wing.  Then, Connor Hughes becomes interested in her.  On top of that she has student council, AP classes, and the SATs.  Things could not be crazier.  Can Natalie learn to balance a life with school or will it become too much?  Can she remain a good girl with all the pressure?

I’m going to be honest; I hated Natalie.  Nothing about her made me like her.  I couldn’t connect with her and I didn’t see a change throughout the book.  In fact, none of the characters were likable to me.  Connor made no sense.  I didn’t know why he liked Natalie and it was never really explained.  Autumn was just in the background and she only showed her true colors at the end.  Spencer was a slut.  Nobody made any sense.

The plot was good because it was relatable.  High school is exactly like the story in Not That Kind Of Girl.  It’s a good representation of what happens in high school.  The romance was also very cute.  It didn’t seem forced and I liked that about it.

Overall, Not That Kind Of Girl is a good book.  I had my issues with it but it was still enjoyable and very easy to get into.  If you’re a fan of contemporary fiction and cute romance, check this one out!

First line:  On the first day of my senior year, I happened to walk past the auditorium during the freshman orientation assembly.

Rating:  B

Cover:  A

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5 Comments

  1. the Vintage Bookworm

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a little while. I don’t know why I tease myself by reading reviews on it, ha ha. But I just saw you posted one for it and thought I’d read it.

    I’m sorry you didn’t like Natalie that much. I hate when you can’t connect with a main character.

    I’m glad the plot is good, though. And the cover is GORGEOUS!

    Great review!

  2. Katie

    I definitely agree, I didn’t think it was that great of a book, but it was still not bad. I also had many problems with the characters; I felt they were very unbelievable. Thanks for the review!

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