Bad Girl: Confessions of a Teenage Delinquent

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Overview

Three years ago, fifteen year old Abigail Vona lived a life so far out of control (booze, boys, drugs, stealing, and runaway charges) that her father committed her to Peninsula Village, a controversial treatment facility for "behavior modification" in Louisville, Tennessee. She was kept inside this "level-three lockdown" and "wilderness boot camp" for nearly a year. And though it all started out as a nightmare, it eventually became her salvation.

An errant soul at war with the world and especially with herself, Vona unabashedly takes readers inside her own private Idaho. And while she negotiates the dangerous terrain of this "tough love" program, she reveals many dark secrets of the Bad Girl sisterhood. Contending with various behavioral problems (sexual excess, violence, drug addiction, anorexia, self-mutilation, etc.) some of these girls succeed, while others must continue serving their term, or worse, be kicked back to their desperate lives on the outside. A book that will resonate with young women and their mothers alike, Bad Girl is an Every Girl story of teenage rebellion and discovery, accelerated to the extreme.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The title of Vona's memoir of her stay in a behavior rehabilitation facility for troubled adolescents is far more provocative than her book's content. Fifteen-year-old Vona's father commits her to Tennessee's Peninsula Village for the usual transgressions of angst-ridden teens: shoplifting, drug use, lying and running away from home. Initially, Vona rebels against the institute's stringent rules, only to find that compliance is key to survival. Stripped of the most basic liberties, Vona takes several weeks to make sense of Peninsula Village's seemingly illogical rules. But she earns privileges as the year progresses and predictably learns the value of trust, respect and responsibility. To distinguish her book from the Girl, Interrupted genre of teenage mental patient-cum-diarist stories, Vona juxtaposes progress notes from her therapy sessions and comments from the institution's staff with her own unenlightened, grouchy account of recovery and rehabilitation. The result is jarring. The notes' unsentimental insights will prompt readers to reconsider their opinions of Vona: in trying to reconcile the differing versions of her behavior and attitude, readers may doubt Vona's veracity in her dual roles as patient and storyteller. More, Vona's unpolished narrative voice relies too heavily on the use of the notes to propel the narrative forward. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This book is both a gripping diary by an out-of-control teenager who spent a year in a tough-love wilderness boot camp and a cumbersome, disconnected autobiography. Sent to "the Village" by her father, Vona goes through different degrees of rehabilitation, some in group, some solitary, most grueling. Her peers are hardcore delinquents with backgrounds in drugs, prostitution, truancy, and abuse. Further complicating the story is the friction among Vona's father, stepmother, and mother, with whom she is allowed limited phone conversations. The diary is pretty graphic and pretty awful, with Vona witnessing the near murder of a counselor. The Village is neither praised nor condemned; some girls, like Vona, make it, and some don't. Only in the author's note at the end do readers learn that Vona is so dyslexic that she dictated most of the diary to her teacher after she left the Village a fact that should have been made clearer from the start. Perhaps a more thoughtful approach would have kept readers in the story. For larger memoir collections, though there may be demand given endorsements by novelists Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis. Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A formerly out-of-control teenager recounts her life-altering experiences at Peninsula Village, a residential treatment center in Tennessee that uses behavior-modification techniques to reform seriously troubled kids. Vona dictated most of her story; she has dyslexia and is barely able to read or write, though her memoir doesn't make it clear how much her learning disability contributed to her problems growing up in Connecticut. Her parents divorced when she was six; her father was awarded custody and remarried a short time later; relations with her stepmother were disastrous. At 15, Vona was a wild and rebellious girl who stole, drank, smoked pot, sneaked out of her bedroom at night to meet boys, and ran away from home. Unable to deal with the situation, her father deposited her at Peninsula Village. Arriving at what she thought was a summer camp, Vona was dumbfounded to be placed on suicide watch in a locked unit with self-mutilators, child abusers, and other dysfunctional teenagers. The routine was monotonous, rules were rigid, and disciple was immediate. Vona underwent group therapy and, later, family therapy by telephone with her father, stepmother, and eventually her mother. After more than a hundred days she was moved out of the locked unit and introduced to the 12-step recovery program developed for Alcoholic Anonymous. She was given responsibilities and required to perform physical labor. Vona's numbered chapters count down from minus 12 to minus 1, then start counting up from 1 to 12 when she begins the AA-style program. Progress is not smooth, but the program does work for Vona, who gradually comes to see herself and her life through different eyes. Interspersed with her textare the notes of staff members who observed Vona in both group and individual therapy sessions; they provide another perspective, which sometimes meshes and sometimes conflicts with her account. Raw and unsettling, yet ultimately reassuring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590710517
  • Publisher: Rugged Land, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/10/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    amazing

    this is hands down the best book i have ever read. you need to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    amazing-tastic

    this book was quite an amazing read, i enjoyed it from the minute it was placed in my hands, but i wasnt so happy with the ending, id like to know what happined to abby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    good book

    this is a very good book. it does however shelter you from what its really like to have her life style. it gives you a glimpse of it that makes it feel real enough to a normal person, but the truth is its about 10x worse in real life. dont get me wrong though i loved this book so much that i read it all in one day. i recommend this book to anybody who is even just a little bit curious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Bad Girl: Confessions of a Teenage Delinquent

    This book is simply amazing! I began reading it just last week and cannot find myself the strength to put it down! It's real and it opens the readers eyes to what is really going on with the poor and addicted youth and adults of our time. We see a side of psychiatric hospitals that most people never see. We get to see what it would be like to be in her shoes. Vona's talent for telling us her story is incredible. I absolutely love this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Bad Girl: Confessions of a Teenage Delinquent

    This book is incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    AMAZING STORY!

    This story was very intriguing book. I enjoed it a lot. It should be for all people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    Great read!!

    This book was awesome and I usually take a long time to read books because I never find time for them. I made time to read this book though! Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    THIS REALLY IMPACTED MY LOOK ON THE STUATION!

    I would recomend this book to anyone it will have a major impact on your look towards teenage delinquints! once i started reading it it was hard to put down because like it says its an intense terrifying page turner!!!!!! so if you have the chance READ IT!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Sounds like me.

    I went to a wilderness camp and theraputic boarding school. it was like someone wrote my story into a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    it was such a good book

    This was a good book because it shows you what can happen to you if you really screw up. In this book, Abby went through alot to go through with what she went through. I would really reccommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Good, but not OUTSTANDING

    I reccommend this book, and I enjoyed it. But speaking as a teenage who used to be out of control, she was nothing compared to what I used to do. When I was 14 I did drugs, dealed drugs, stole anything possible, lots of boys, alcohol, tattoos, piercings, and I awful to my family. I also went to a troubled teen home and I've been sober since. I don't think this compares to the horrible things teenage girls to today. I should write a book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Great for those who work with teens

    This book is a useful guide for those who are seeking out professions working with teenage delinquents. I have been working in the feild for over five years. It made me take a look at the other side of the system

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    thought it was great

    i really liked this book because it gave her a sence of who she was, and the journey she went through to get to who she became

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    LOVE IT

    I never buy books, but after reading a few pages from a friends copy I HAD to get this book. The begining is a little on the dry side, but it's just the platform to this book. I must say while reading this book I felt myself change with abby. I was going through the same conscious battles, (blaming other people for my problems, temptations, relizing friends I loved and missed weren't good people) and as she figured out how to live in serenity, I also did. It showed me that ultimate happiness comes with a honest, guilt free soul and having good people in life. I was very disappointed when I finished this book, the only reason I'm on this web-site was to see if she had another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    So Entertaining, So Good

    As a psychology major in college, I got this book for my future library. As I was reading it I was pleasantly surprised by how intriguing it was. Abby's tale is rough but full of rewards. I have reccomended this book to all my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Talk about an eye opener!

    I first saw this book mentioned in a People magazine and thought it looked interesting enough to get away from my normal readings (trashy romance novels). I was COMPLETELY blown away by this book! The details that she goes into with her trials and how she eventually overcomes them is amazing! My now 16yr old niece has been in different lockdown facilities due to her own sexual and physical behaviors, and not even five minutes after I was done, was I on the phone with my sister asking to ship it out to her. It just shocks you to such an extent but then also brings you back as well. I would like to hope that someday Abigail will write a follow-up to let us know how she's doing and to see if she's still following her new, better lifestyle. Also, I'm 23 and when I was in my mid teens, was also out of control with my anger and other issues. This book made me realize what could have happened - it was again just utterly amazing! A must read for any teenager who is or was out of control and their parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Outstanding

    Very real!! sounds like my own personal family issues with my teenager!!!

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