Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Goodreads Summary: 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 want 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.

My Thoughts: I've been dying to read "Not That Kind of Girl" for the longest freaking time. I have no idea why it took me so long to actually BUY the book. I am one of those people who actually likes covers with PDA. Not the whole bodice-ripper kind with the castles in the background and hiked up dresses, but the simple, straightforward message: YOUNG LURVE.

And that's precisely what I got with NTKoG. But not without a struggle.

Natalie's character is the girl I wish I could've been in high school. Determined, self-assured in my schoolwork, "eyes on the prize" kind of chick who is Ivy League-bound. Natalie and I are polar opposites. She tended to grind my gears at times, because she was a little too maternal and overbearing in her friendships. Her intentions were good, but ultimately, no one wants a friend who hovers like a mother hen. I did love that Natalie wasn't an unrealistic character. She internally acknowledged her jealousy over her best friend bonding with another girl from school and she knew she was being redonkulous with Connor. That's just her personality. She's self-aware! LOVE IT! I also enjoyed the interaction between Spencer and Natalie. Even though I didn't agree with everything (or much of ANYTHING) Spencer did, I did enjoy the fact that she called Natalie out on her neuroses, telling her to forget what everyone else thinks of her. Life-changing lessons, ahoy!

And can I also say that I don't think anything that Natalie did qualified her as a "slut?" AT ALL. I thought that was a bit ridiculous.

I seriously loved Connor. Love. Love. Love. I loved the way he talked to Natalie, the way he handled her craziness, even their fights. I only wish the book was longer so we could've gotten a better glimpse at Connor. The romance in this book was delightfully believable. I can picture someone like Natalie playing "who's got more power" games, even though she's head over heels in crush for the guy. We've all done it. GUILTY AS CHARGED. I may have to go back and re-read my favorite parts. Nom.

And finally...my FAVORITE part of NTKoG: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! *round of applause & whistles from the audience* THANK YOU, SIOBHAN. Not only do you have an awesome name that is fun to say, but you also know that your characters aren't perfect and you make them learn lessons. YES! I do love epiphanies that result in the bettering of my YA MCs.

Siobhan. Siobhan. Siobhan. Gosh, her name is fun. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go hunt down the other novels that Siobhan has written.

Rating: 4/5

Series: standalone.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Push, 336 pages (September 1, 2010)

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  1. Oooh - lovelovelove this review.

    i am really hanging out to read this. was plannign to wait until the paperback release, but i might cave...



    Stop writing such convincing reviews, you are bad for my wallet, Jen. :-)

    I have Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, but that's it, perhaps Not That Kind of Girl needs to keep it company on the shelf.

    Can I get an amen for character development?!?!

  3. YES! "Your characters aren't perfect and you make them learn lessons" ... This is the greatest point ever. This is why I adore this book and why I adore YA that does this right. In fact, I am posting on this EXACT topic on Thursday. By the way, Natalie = me in high school. It's an issue.

  4. I concur Anna's enthusiastic YES because OMG YES!! I loved this book so hard it's not even funny. And the fact that sometimes natalie was being anal and she totes got called out on it made me happy. Fabulous review.

  5. I've seen this book in passing, but never really gave it a 2nd look. Thank you for bringing it to my attention! I am definitely adding this to my TBR list :-)

    Btw - you write some pretty awesome reviews. I love the way you write. It makes me feel like I'm hearing this in convo between 2 book friends :-)

  6. I got this book from the library, read it in one sitting, and then went out and bought a copy of it and her two other books because I loved it so much!

  7. Great review, this book does sound really good. I'll make sure to put it on my TBR list.

  8. We're on the same reading cycle it seems, lol. I really enjoyed this one too. Again with the realistic romance and excellent character development. I most enjoyed the empowerment angle.