Girl [NOOK Book]

Overview

Meet Andrea Marr, straight-A high school student, thrift-store addict, and princess of the downtown music scene. Andrea is about to experience her first love, first time, and first step outside the comfort zone of high school, with the help of indie rock band The Color Green.

"After I saw Todd Sparrow something deep inside me began to change. It was not a big change and I didn't shave my head and I didn't really think any differently about my...
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Girl

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Overview

Meet Andrea Marr, straight-A high school student, thrift-store addict, and princess of the downtown music scene. Andrea is about to experience her first love, first time, and first step outside the comfort zone of high school, with the help of indie rock band The Color Green.

"After I saw Todd Sparrow something deep inside me began to change. It was not a big change and I didn't shave my head and I didn't really think any differently about my life or Hillside or anything like that. But one glimpse of Todd and you immediately realized how limited you were and all the things you could do if you could just break out of your normal existence and stop worrying about what everyone thought."
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Unexpectedly, this male author has perfectly captured what goes on in the mind and experiences of a young female teen today. Andrea is a sophomore, and the story drops the reader into her life in October of that important year in high school. The story is told in Andrea's own words with the inane focus and repetitive vernacular common among members of this age group. It is all about Andrea and her circle of friends, which occasionally changes, as they negotiate the schizophrenic scene of music, punks, gays, sex, and self-discovery. It is a window on today's teen scene, although without the usual raw language. The timeline follows Andrea's life until she graduates and leaves for college the following fall. If parents want to know about teen lives, they should read this book. Teens, especially girls, will enjoy eavesdropping on Andrea's life as she negotiates the boyfriend scene and the best friend scene, set within the alternative teen scene. She seems to emerge unscathed but not unchanged. Isn't that what growing up is all about? Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
VOYA
In a relentless first-person teenspeak of thirteen years ago-when Blake's adult novel, now repackaged as young adult, came out-Andrea Marr chronicles her life, beginning in her sophomore year in high school and ending on her departure for college. Influenced by a rock-singer girlfriend, Andrea drops school-centered pastimes for the downtown club scene, forsakes middle-class malls for thrift stores, and develops an abiding crush on a fledging rock star. Along the way, she loses her virginity at summer camp (achieving orgasm her first night out), enjoys intermittent athletic sex with her rocker crush, and shares a brief lesbian encounter. She drinks, tries drugs, skips classes, gossips, tolerates her family, and under pressure to present well on college applications, joins the yearbook staff. Occasionally she studies, making As and top SAT scores. Seldom if ever introspective, events occur for Andrea in an ever-unraveling skein connected ad nauseam by the phrase, "and then." For her "look" is everything; of her crush, she muses, "Was it socially possible that I could be his girlfriend? . . . Would I need different clothes?" The sum of Andrea's experiences is greater at book's end than at its start, but the girl remains unchanged. This reviewer wanted more. She wanted story, but many readers will be enthralled by Andrea's hip, hard-gloss voice and fast channel-surfing life style. Profanity and explicit sex scenes mark this book, even today, a novel for older teens who might find it most readily in a library's adult collection. Reviewer: Mary E. Heslin
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"Nelson writes flawlessly in the voice of Andrea Marr, a tainted innocent who's busy negotiating the mixed messages of modern culture. This mesmeric novel made me laugh out loud and scared me to death." — Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120545
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 427,203
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Blake Nelson
Blake Nelson
Blake Nelson is the author of the popular adult novel Girl. This is his first book for Viking.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    TURN THE OTHER WAY

    I'll start out blunt - I've never read such a horrible book. And I never thought it would be possible for a book to mentally scar me like GIRL has. I remember thinking halfway through the book it may possibly get better, however by the end of the book I wanted to buuuuuurn it. Sounds horrible yes, but here is why: I saw GIRL in the bookstore about a week ago. The back summary seemed really interesting and like an enjoyable book. I started reading it right away, its easy to follow and most likely too easy to follow - more like an amateur writer who never did well in English class. That aside, I continued reading and the plot began to fall apart 'it contradicted the back cover, too!' And after a while, the book began to drabble on and on in an completely unrealistic manner. Look at it this way: If you put yourself in the narrator/main character's shoes the actions made in the book are nonsensical and simply ridiculous! And is it just me or when a book focuses on trying to be a realistic interpretation of a teenage girl and does the complete opposite - something isn't right. At all. Furthermore, there is no climax which leaves the book on a slow, static journey to um, no where. Finally, the author hints at the end there is a possible sequel, and oh my, if there would be anything worse than GIRL in this world it would be its sequel... I really shouldn't say something like 'This book sucks' in a review because most people won't take a comment like that seriously. But please trust me - this book sucks. I don't believe I will ever be able to look at a Taco Time again without holding back vomitttt. Thank you for reading, and I hope you find this useful!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Depressing but Interesting Book.

    At the beginning of this this book, I thought that it was pretty good and pretty interesting. The way that it is written as a kind of continuous monologue was a little weird but I got used to it and began to like it. The main character, Andrea, is kinda stupid and naive.
    Towards the end, the book became really sad and depressing. When I finished it, I felt like crying, it just sucked the energy and life right out of me.
    After reading a book like this, I wonder why any people want to go into the music business because it just sounds horrible. And this is not the first book that I read about the music industry and makes it sound bad. Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning made me feel the same way as this book did when I finished reading it (unhappy and sad).
    I don't dislike this book, but I don't particularly like it either. It's an okay book. Read it if you want to.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    However....

    Do Not Read if You Like the Following

    1. Dialogue

    2. Mainstream Fashion (Hot Topic included)

    3. Romantic and Happy Endings

    Other than that, its a great book. When I first read it, I didn't get it because I was so used to things like Meg Cabot and Stephanie Meyer. Still, it you want to be driven away from those books, Girl is a perfect way to start. I eventually got how it was about underground music and getting away from the high school image. It's also a real good book if your into the 90's. Needless to say, I will probably be buying this book a second time for my nook and I have read countless times.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    not a good book

    this book is not very good at all....it had no real purpose at all...basically it just went throught her high school years and it know meaning. she just hooked up with a couple different guys and took this personally of being cool..but the ending wasnt how i would expect it....it was alot of changes the author could have started an endless drama to make a purpose to the story....but it was stupis over all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Don't buy it!!

    This book was the worst I ever read. The only reason I finished it was because I can't stop reading a book till it's finished, an ocd of mine.
    This story is told in a first person narrative, it has little to none dialogue. It's all 'He did, then she told me blah blah blah.' The girl is a boring teen who whines all the time. It follows this skanky girl around through sophomore to senior year. She is the definition of skanky teenager. The girl in the novel is constantly trying to look 'cool' and be cool. It covers how she does drugs and drink alcohol, and lie to her parents, and sleeps around with many different people.
    Don't let the cool cover trick you, it really is a terrible book. Please take my advise and don't buy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Must Read.

    I am 15, and i read this book today.<BR/>It was intense to say the lease.<BR/>This book deals with the underground music scene, and this girl strggling to find herseelf and fit in with the cool crowd that hangs out at the Clubs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    thriftstore apocalypse

    This book is like entering the journal of a nerdy girl who gradually learns about bands and stuff mostly through her friend Cybil who shaves her head and starts her own band called Thriftstore Apocalypse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Could not put down

    I thought this was very interesting, it shows the issues teenagers have being labeled, and even labeling themselves, finding out who you truly are. Written as if you are in the mind of a teenage girl trying to figure out who she is in society, in high school, and how she see's herself. A little raw, not your typical bubble gum happy teen story. Worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Sup

    Wanna chat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    This is a movie

    As i read the summary i was thinking huh this sounds familiar and then the name todd sparrow clicked this is a movie with sean patrick flanery as todd sparrow and dominidue swain as the main character made in 1998 i liked the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Sucks

    This book was horriblely awesome even though im a little young it was a really good book.i mean it had plot dialoge everything a cople of misplaced commas but other than that it was sooooooooooooooooo totaly cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    M

    This book sux

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    ummmm!

    i liked it and. .......it was an interesting book, kept my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    Good But A Little Depressing

    This book started of really fun and exciting then started getting a little more depressing towards the end. I enjoyed this book vey much and couldn't put it down, but when I finally finished it, I felt so bad for Andrea that I wanted to cry for her. I really enjoyed this book and think you should read it and that you would enjoy it,however. So if you still wanna read this book, I hope you enjoy yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    let's ramble

    I really liked the story line and characters, but it was written as if it were a conversation with a bubbly teenage girl. It annoyed me quite a bit, but I finished the book and enjoyed it. It was just very odd the way it was written and if you like a well sturctured novel (as I normally do) this probably isnt the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    Okay

    I liked the book but so of the parts bothered me because it was kind of racist and i didn't really like it and it had to many charecters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    stay where you are

    At first, i was just looking for a simple book to do for a report, the cover seemed intresting so i bought it, when i began to read, i was thinking to myself, what on earth did i pick? at first this book seemed to go nowhere, but the more i read it the more intricat and the more interested i got into it, and finally, when i got to the end, i was disappointed, but not for the face that it wasnt good, but because he gave a hint of a sequel, which made me want to buy it!, this is an excelent book. Im looking forward to standing in line for its sequel. Trust me, even if it might seem wierd in the begining with cybil, at the end you will find insipiration by how strong andrea came out to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    AMAZING AND REALISTIC.

    this is my favorite book ever. i think it is very real and i can relate to it. it's something every teenage girl should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Best book!!

    I loved this book from the moment i picked it up! i finished it in two days. I could really relate to a lot of stuff Andrea was going through. i recommend it to anyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    I didn't want it to end

    When I first started to read this book, I got a little tired of reading through the head of one of those girls that I didn't like in high school, where a girl can say "like" 10 times in a sentance. But after I got farther in the book I started to enjoy it more. The book was very straight and to the point. Also the book is much better than the movie.

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