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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Stone, Tanya Lee
ISBN: 0553495097     ISBN-13: 9780553495096
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2007
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Annotation: In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, three girls each becomes involved with the same cool, slick, and sexy senior boy. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out on top?
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dating (Social customs)
High school; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007013817
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.42 lbs) 223 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 105893
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher 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.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
In this candid free-verse novel the three (very different) teen girl narrators form a chorus of varied perspectives on how an out-for-only-one-thing senior causes them to lose control before they even realize what's happening. The girls are distinct characters, and Stone conveys the way the girls' bodies and brains respond to the unnamed everyjerk in electrically charged (and sexually explicit) detail. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #1)
"Stupid / humiliated / foolish / stung / heartbroken / pissed off / and a little / bit / wiser." High school freshman Josie sums up how she feels after falling for an only-out-for-one-thing senior, and she isn't alone. The three (very different) teen girl narrators in this candid free-verse novel form a chorus of varied perspectives on how a "bad boy" -- the same boy for all three -- causes them to lose control before they even realize what's happening. Stone's portrayal of the object of their (dis)affection is stereotyped, but the three girls are distinct characters, and she conveys the way the girls' bodies and brains respond to the unnamed everyjerk in electrically charged (and sexually explicit) detail. Finally returning to her senses, Josie decides to post warnings about her ex in the back of the school library's copy of Judy Blume's Forever... because "every girl reads it eventually." Others add their own caveats in a reassuring show of sisterhood. As this scribbled "support group" illustrates, even the most careful and self-aware among us sometimes gets bitten by the snake in the grass. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 January)

Gr 9 Up- Three girls succumb to the charms of one sexy high school senior and emerge wiser for the experience in this energetic novel in verse. Josie is a self-assured freshman who values her girlfriends over boys until a hot jock focuses his attention on her and her simmering hormones break into a full boil. Confused by her behavior, yet unable to control her desire, she acts out every romantic cliché she has ever disdained, until the boy drops her and she experiences the chill of rejection. It is Judy Blume's Forever that sparks Josie's fire again, and finding a few blank pages at the back of the library's copy, she sends a warning to the girls of her school. Next readers meet Nicolette, a junior who sees her sexuality as power. A loner, she's caught by surprise at her own reaction when this popular boy takes notice of her. Suddenly she thinks she sees the difference between sex and love, and then, just as suddenly, he's gone. Finally, Aviva, a pretty, smart, artsy, and funny senior, is stunned when the jock seems to want her. She gives up her virginity, only to be disappointed in both the sex and the boy. Furious, Aviva heads to the library to check out Forever , now crammed with the words of girls who suffered the same fate at the hands of the same boy. The free verse gives the stories a breathless, natural flow and changes tone with each narrator. The language is realistic and frank, and, while not graphic, it is filled with descriptions of the teens and their sexuality. This is not a book that will sit quietly on any shelf; it will be passed from girl to girl to girl.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL

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