on September 10, 2010
Also by this author: The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
What a fantastic read! I’m going to start off like that because, in my head, this review sounds contradictory, and I want you to know that I loved it up front. I rated it 4.5 stars! But….I might say some bad things about Natalie….just remember that I loved Not That Kind of Girl.
Have you ever watched Gilmore Girls? You know Rory’s friend Paris? Natalie is just like Paris! When I first made this connection I thought “Natalie is much more laid back than Paris.” but the closer I got to the end of the book the more I thought that Paris is much more laid back than Natalie! Wow, is that girl wound up tight! All Natalie cares about is making it through her Senior year with her good reputation in tact and getting into her dream college. Natalie has very strong opinions and she’s not always nice. I don’t think I have ever met a protagonist quite like her.
You know how you kinda loved to hate Paris on Gilmore Girls? Natalie is just like that, times ten. She is completely pig headed and narrow minded. There was sooo many times that I wanted to shake some sense into her! In some ways it was easy for me to relate to her, we are both control freaks, but other times I wanted to shout “OH MY GOD! You aren’t doing anything wrong!!!” Natalie and I had vastly different definitions of what a slut is and how you become one. I want to shake her just thinking about all of this again! But even after all of that, she was likable. She may have been completely wrong about some things, but I had a fantastic time watching her figure it out.
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian deals with some very serious issues in a unconventional way. Feminism, female empowerment. Whether it is okay to use your body to get what you want. The way it deals with these things is unconventional because one character, Natalie has strong ideas on how girls should act and a side character, Spencer has other ideas and they are friends. Both are right. Both are valid, but there is no clear Right Way or Wrong Way. It deals with a lot of gray area and leaves you with the conclusion that it is up to you to decide.
I mustn’t forget to mention the romance, because there is plenty. Even though Natalie would never admit it. Conner was very well written. He was the perfect guy to prove to Natalie that her opinions of boys were, frankly, wrong. I just wish that the ending would have been a bit more drawn out….
I’ve rambled on enough! Now its your turn to meet Natalie! Seriously, this book is fabulous! Read it!