Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

by Tirzah

Where Do You Draw the Line?

Natalie has her senior year perfectly lined up. She’ll win the student council election, become the best female president her school has seen in years, impress her favorite teacher, and get into the perfect college. And with the perfect best friend, she can do it and not have to worry about the distraction of guys. But Natalie’s plans are derailed quickly when Spencer, a promiscuous freshman, challenges Natalie’s beliefs. Soon she’s losing a grip on her responsibilities, her carefully laid plans, her friendships, and most surprising of all, finding herself attracted to the wrong sort of boy. Is it too late for Natalie to figure out what sort of girl she is before she loses everything she’s worked for?

Not That Kind of Girl is a very absorbing and interesting read that addresses the important topic of identity and expectations that teens are faced with, though it may take a little while for the reader to become absorbed in the story. At first, Natalie is a bit of a flat character—she is endlessly nice and perfect—and not much seems to be happen in the first fifty pages or so, until she begins slipping and is confronted with the issue of sexuality versus empowerment, unable to answer the question of where you draw the line between being confident in yourself and acting inappropriately. Vivian also deals with the issue of using a romantic relationship as an escape from life’s issues and portrays the challenges that arise with that sort of behavior. Despite a few rough passages that sound off, Not That Kind of Girl does a great job discussing appearances, peer pressure, and figuring out what sort of person you are without being preachy or judgmental.

Cover Comments: I like how the couple is so close but not quite touching–it somehow gives the cover a more electrifying feel than if they had been kissing! Very nice!

Tirzah Price is a sophomore at Ferris State University and blogs regularly at thecompulsivereader.com. If not reading or writing, she is most likely lurking around Twitter @compelledtoread.

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