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Teen Picks: “Story of a Girl” by Sara Zarr

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

What’s it about? Deanna Lambert has been branded the school slut ever since she was caught in the backseat of a car with a boy four years older than her. In her nowhere town everyone knows her story. Now Deanna is struggling to escape a mistake that everyone around her can’t seem to let go of. Will Deanna and her family finally recover from an incident that happened three years ago, or will she be haunted forever by her past?

What did you think of it and why did you pick it up?

That summary sucked so much. But at least now you get the gist of it. Now, please allow me to explain why I gave this book three stars. And why it only really deserves two-and-a-half in my eyes.

I know this novel was supposed to touch me in some huge way and make me feel deep empathy for Deanna but I really can’t help but thinking it was still her fault. And this time I’m not sure it’s really the author’s fault. I’ve read Sweethearts by Sara Zarr and that was a relatively good book. So it’s probably just my own morals that kept me from really liking Deanna. Sure I liked her in the very end of the book where she figures everything out, but that was only because I *really* tried. Deanna still just seems sort of…over-dramatized.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that yet again another book has failed to reach my expectations. I don’t get it? Are my expectations to high or something? Am I some kind of heartless person who has no feeling for characters at all? I don’t think so. But maybe I’ve just been reading too much John Green lately.

Star Rating: It was okay.

Review by: Lauren B.

Thanks for the review, Lauren! (And it is hard to top John Green!)

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