Author: Siobhan Vivian
Details: Hardcover, 336 pgs.
Published: Sept. 1st, 2010 by Push
isbn: 0545169151 (ISBN13: 9780545169158)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from friend Lori
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.
I wanted to read this book because my friend Lori said the main character, Natalie, is very different. And she was right, she is definitely a different MC. In some ways this book is a bit similar to The Duff by Kody Keplinger, but yet it's still quite different.
Natalie is a perfectionist. She wants to have perfect grades, be the teachers pet, president of student council, have a perfect reputation... the list goes on. She's quite judgmental of people, but yet she wasn't quite mean. At least I didn't think she was mean, but she was a bit blunt and just saw things in black and white. No in between. Spencer comes along and is the complete opposite. But yet they are friends.
I really thought that the author did a fantastic job of creating her characters. Natalie and Spencer are two extremes and then Autumn, Natalie's best friend is the only one that hits more of the middle ground. And Connor, well, he's a bit in the middle ground as well. He's not a bad kid, and he's not a jerk like his friends, but he still parties and does things that Natalie completely frowns upon. So when things develop between them it's almost shocking, but yet, not quite. It was nice to see things happen and watch Natalie make some mistakes and then find her way to what she really wanted, no, needed.
I think this is a fantastic book for teens. To see that finding a middle ground and not being one extreme or another is important.
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