Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

2007
05.03

Story of a Girl When Deanna Lambert is thirteen, her dad catches her making out and more with seventeen year old Tommy Webber, in Tommy’s car. The story quickly got out in her small town, mostly due to Tommy’s big mouth. Now it’s three years later and she and Tommy are ancient history, but Deanna still can’t shake the hateful label of “school slut.” No matter what she does or where she goes, she sees the smirks and hears the whispers of people who just won’t let the story die. But at least those people are strangers. What’s worse is that Deanna’s own father still can’t seem to forgive her. It will be up to Deanna to force her father to see that she’s not that naive girl anymore, but a young woman who’s sick of being punished and ready to take back her reputation. Like Laura Ruby’s Good Girls, Story of a Girl is an insightful, though terrifying look at how quickly we punish girls in our society for acting on sexual urges, or falling for an older boy’s persuasive line. Make sure to share this Story with as many girl (and boy!) friends as possible!

3 Responses to “Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr”

  1. Kassidy says:

    I loved this book. I read it 4 times in a row while I was camping. It is so honest, and doesn’t sugarcoat the reality of Deanna’s world. Also it isn’t a story that makes you roll your eyes and go YEAH, RIGHT. It is realistic.

  2. Renee says:

    i didn’t like this book at all. it was boring and slow. there was no real climax to it.

  3. karmen says:

    i think this book is really great. it is so real. it explains why we should choose or limits in what we do. everybody have limits on how far they want someone to go. there are some slick boys who want this one thing and nothing else. and there are some stupid girls who would give it to them. that,s the way life is these days.

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