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Girl Overboard
     

Girl Overboard

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by Justina Chen Headley
 

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The worst thing about having it all is having to deal with it all-the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Like seeing more of my dad when he's on the cover of Business Week than I do in person. Like the surgeon whose schedule was too jammed with professional ballplayers to deal with my busted up knee...until he heard who my parents were and

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The worst thing about having it all is having to deal with it all-the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Like seeing more of my dad when he's on the cover of Business Week than I do in person. Like the surgeon whose schedule was too jammed with professional ballplayers to deal with my busted up knee...until he heard who my parents were and miraculously his calendar was wide open. Like the pseudo boyfriend who was more in love with my last name than with me.

Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire, right down to a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend Adrian's girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called boyfriend is after her for her father's name. When her broken heart results in a snowboarding accident that exiles her from the mountains—the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has—Syrah must rehab both her busted-up knee, and her broken heart, and learn that she's worth her weight in real gold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316011297
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
A Justina Chen Novel Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Justina Chen grew up near Buffalo, NY and San Francisco. After attending Stanford University she spent time in New York and Sydney, Australia before settling near Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives with her two children. This is Justina's second YA novel. Her first, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), was a Book Sense pick, and her third novel, North of Beautiful, garnered critical acclaim with three starred reviews.

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Girl Overboard 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
If nothing else, the Chengs know how to save face. So to everyone else, Syrah Cheng's life looks like a dream come true. Her father is a billionaire, her mother is beautiful and always buying her fancy clothes (and custom-designed snowboarding gear). Between that and the mansion and private jet, it really seems like Syrah has it all. But . . . The worst part of having it all is having to deal with it all--the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Syrah knows better than most that appearances can be deceiving. She almost never sees her parents, her half-siblings hate her, and it turns out real friends are not that easy to find when you can buy everything else. What Syrah doesn't know is how to change any of that, especially when she's been deceiving herself for so long. Girl Overboard (2007) is Justina Chen Headley's second novel (following Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) from 2006). The writing here is snappy and really moves the text along, so much so that the story very quickly demanded my full attention to better catch the nuances of Syrah's narration. The writing here is also grittier than a lot of books I have read lately. Syrah's loneliness and depression are so tangible in the early stages of the book that, at times, reading it was painful. After years of being a loner with a one-track mind for snowboarding, Syrah's snowboarding accident and resulting knee injury force her to look at her entire life in a new light. If one bad accident can leave Syrah terrified of her chilly home away from home, what else has Syrah misinterpreted? It turns out the answer is a lot. This book deals with many themes in addition to snowboarding and overcoming a really scary injury (partly inspired by the author's own bogus wipeout). A first-generation American herself, Syrah's family still bears the scars of their past in China during the Cultural Revolution.The story also provides an interesting commentary on the cost of keeping up appearances and friendship. At its core though, Girl Overboard is about a girl who has found herself adrift and, while trying to get her own bearings, realizes she can help those around her at the same time. In this novel Headley spends a lot of time in Syrah's head, partly because the book is narrated in the first person, but also because Syrah is a solitary creature--especially after her Accident. For this reason, Headley is really able to trace Syrah's growth as a character. At the beginning of the novel Syrah is lonely, sad, and desperate for a way out of her life. But as the story progresses, Syrah learns that before you can ask for help you have to think you deserve it. In fact, you have to think you deserve it all because if you don't who will? In short, Girl Overboard is the latest example of what a CLW book should be not just because Syrah Cheng is an awesome, strong girl but because this book details how she became that girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good
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This books makes you want to read again and again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books in existence!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Even North of beautiful. Such a great book. Hope she write moree. She alos lives in Seattle Washington which is awesome and i can find out if she has other books cuz she lives in washington and shes not that far!!!
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I read this book when i was going through a hard time and i i could get away from it all when i was reading this book.also the snowboarding was great too.
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Hilorrid book
Sandra Beyer More than 1 year ago
Read it!
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LaneyDC More than 1 year ago
After the latest comment it ha really made me want to read this book so i cannot wait until i can!!!! Laney
MVM95 More than 1 year ago
Anyways I personally love this book. It made me realize how much I take for granted, so many kids are stuck in the hospital and I am free to do what I want with my parents permission(: After I read this I was inspired to go help out in hospitals, to know I am maybe, just maybe, am making a child happy makes me feel so exstatic. I would encourage others to read this book. It brought me to tears and I give it a 10+ though it talks mostly about snowboarding, which I do not mind. Highly recommend. Thanks for reading. -MVM(: And remember do not take things for granted and you can always find a way to get inspired and help out!
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I found this book to be very good. I like how its a story about a rich girl who doesn't fit in. Normally if your rich, your popular, but this wasn't the case. I happen to be an Olympic freak, so it was interesting to read a more sporty romance. The whole plot was about a girl who's dad is super rich. All she wants to do though, is not take over the family business, but be a professional snow boarder. This book is the perfect read if you like romance, and sports.
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