Book Talk # 22 ( 2017 ) : Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Paperback, 196 pages

Published February 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 10th 2007)

Original Title : Story of a Girl

ISBN 0316014540 

(ISBN13: 9780316014540)

Edition Language : English

Literary Awards : Lincoln Award Nominee (2012), National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature (2007)



I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy’s Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.


I didn’t love him.


I’m not sure I even liked him.
In a moment, Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” Deanna 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.

It’s a simple story but exudes life lessons longer books don’t give. It was written in a manner that a lot of people can understand. Stories like these are what opens people minds to societal problems especially bullying and family struggles. This is the kind of book you would want to read growing up so you could have a glimpse of other people’s expwrience and how you can learn from it. 

Honestly, I like Deanna. Her life’s full of shit but still she perseveres to make it just a little better. Yes she made naive mistakes when she was young but that was it. She was just young and hoping for attention and nobody should have went through what she did for just one measly mistake. I hope everyone who reads this book realize that people can make mistakes and change for it. 

Giving this book 4 loving stars because it’s one of those reads that’s a good coking of age novel for young adults going through the same thing. Kudos to Sara Zarr for writing such a wonderful book. 

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