Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.67
Awards: National Book Nominee for Young People's Literature (2007)
Okay before I get into my review. Here is the summary available on goodreads:
When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend - Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to escape a life defined by her past.
With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany and redemption.
And now here's what I think:
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I loved it and would definitely reread it. I’d also recommend it to anybody.
My overall impressions: There are some books that transcend the line between fiction and reality—Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl was one of these books.
The novel follows the story of sophomore Deanna Lambert. Her life has been defined by one moment—when her dad caught her in the back of Tommy Webber’s Buick.
Yes, Deanna made a mistake and yes, she got caught making that mistake. Her father won’t even speak to her since that event and that pains her more than she cares to admit.
Everybody in her school thinks she’s some skank and at times she wonders if they are right.
This book sparked great reflection about my own teenage years and the stupid mistakes I made in the quest to find my identity and to gain the confidence that I could let go of those mistakes. This book reminds us all that one event can’t define who we are, even if other people think it does.
I was hesitant to read this book, but now I’m insanely glad that I did. It was beautifully written and realistically portrayed what high school is like for many people.
I could relate to the characters and the plotline.
Some Memorable Quotes/Lines:
(I chose ones that I liked and ones that I didn't think would give away the story.)
Jason and I are okay without talking. That's how you know you really trust someone, I think; when you don't have to talk all the time to make sure they still like you or prove that you have interesting stuff to say. I could spend all day with him and not say a word. ~pg 8
I, Deanna Lambert, belong to no one, and no one belongs to me. I don't know what to do. ~pg 115
I don't feel different. Because: now what? My life is a question mark. ~pg 130
If I ever met the girl on the waves, this is what I'd tell her: Forgetting isn't enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. But they will keep floating back, again and again and again. They circle you, like sharks. And you are bleeding your feat into the sea. Until, unless something someone? Can do more than just cover the wound. ~pg 147 (made my literary quote book)
And if I ever meet the girl on the wave, this is what she would tell me: Sometimes rescue comes to you. It just shows up, and you do nothing. Maybe you deserve it, maybe you don't. But be ready, when it comes, to decide if you will take that outstretched hand and let it pull you ashore. ~pg 189 (also made my literary quote book)
In summary: A great book that’s written well, that’s realistic, and that's thought-provoking.
Warning/Side notes: This book does swear a few times, but it doesn’t swear excessively. This book does contain some sensitive information, but never delves into detail and only uses vague references. I wasn’t offended by the book at all. For the most part, it’s a pretty clean book.
Basically, it's a great book that I would definitely recommend reading.
Hope you enjoyed this!
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