Not That Kind Of Girl

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From the acclaimed author of A Little Friendly Advice and Same Difference, the story of a senior class president who takes on a pack of promiscuous freshmen.

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to ...

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Overview


From the acclaimed author of A Little Friendly Advice and Same Difference, the story of a senior class president who takes on a pack of promiscuous freshmen.

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.
But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
High school senior and student council president Natalie Sterling believes she knows best about more or less everything (it’s nearly impossible not to picture her as Tracy Flick in Election). Over the past few years, Natalie and her best friend, Autumn, have bonded over a shared disgust of the male species, but even though Autumn’s stance shows signs of weakening, when Natalie starts hooking up with football player Connor, she still thinks she has to keep it a secret from Autumn and everyone else. Through Natalie and Spencer, a freshman girl Natalie used to babysit, Vivian (Same Difference) asks whether sex and sexiness empower girls; Natalie’s feelings about Spencer’s oversexed demeanor and provocative attire flip-flop between seeing her as a victim-in-the-making or as a liberated feminist. Natalie herself is definitely “not that kind of girl”; rather she’s the kind who constructs her own Amelia Earhart costume for Halloween and would rather restock ice in the coolers than dance at a party. Readers may not identify with Natalie’s emotionally remote and arrogant nature, but she is both empathetic and genuine, and her transformation is believable. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Donna Ashcraft
Natalie Sterling is a most serious student at Ross Academy, who wants to spend her senior year as Student Council President and aims for exemplary SAT scores to get offers to the best colleges in the country. She has no time for high school social life, except for with her best friend Autumn, whose high school fate had taken an ill turn with a dishonest boy when she was a freshman. Since then, she sticks close to Natalie, both girls turning to the serious side of study and academic achievement. However, senior year has Autumn trying new avenues of social interaction, leaving Natalie, ever serious, alone. Her life turns complicated when she gets involved with a boy-crazy freshman girl who accepts Natalie's invitation to get involved in Student Council, but turns it upside down with her antics. Eventually the football player Connor Hughes shows an interest in Natalie, and their romance turns serious and involved. Natalie learns a great deal about friendship and commitment during her last year of high school, and becomes a more balanced and insightful girl, ready to face the world on its terms, and not just hers. This is a compelling read, honest and involved. Adolescent girls will easily identify with the characters and their complicated situations. Reviewer: Donna Ashcraft
VOYA - Hilary Crew
Natalie, accomplished and ambitious, only just wins the vote to be student council president against Mike Domski, whose offensive posters confirm his reputation as a sexual predator. Natalie's presidency is not going as smoothly as she had hoped, as fourteen-year-old Spencer, a freshman who Natalie once babysat, is a forceful presence on the student council and, moreover, causes disruptions by openly flaunting her sexuality. In addition, Natalie becomes involved with Connor, a handsome football player, and uncharacteristically finds herself neglecting her duties and lying to her parents when she spends the night with him. In this thoughtful novel, Vivian presents teens negotiating with issues of sexuality and power. As a result of Spencer's provocative behavior at a pep rally, Natalie organizes a sleepover seminar to educate girls on how to avoid being sexually objectified by emphasizing their accomplishments. Natalie's traditional feminist views, however, are challenged by Spencer, who advocates that women should appreciate their bodies and use their sexuality for empowerment. Spencer draws attention to double standards that punish girls, not boys, for displaying their sexuality. But there are lessons to be learned for both girls: Natalie realizes that she has hurt her best friend, Autumn, by treating her as a pathetic victim in a past sexual incident, while Spencer learns that there are consequences to her exercise of power over Mike Domski. The nuanced delineation of Natalie's conflicted emotions and her descriptions of her intricate relationship with a tender and loving Connor add complexity to this appealing novel. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Despite its chic-lit packaging, bubbly style, and sophomoric jokes, this is a smart feminist novel. The story sheds light on some unfinished business of the women's movement: where sex is concerned, girls are still either "good" or "bad," while boys are allowed more nuance. Outraged by these double standards, Natalie, president of the student council, organizes a Girl Summit, an "empowerment symposium" for female students. As she flounders in leadership, she wonders: Can I ask for help? From a cute boy, Connor? The quintessential "good girl," Natalie is more complex than she appears. Indeed, all of Vivian's characters are recognizable types and human at the same time. The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. Natalie and Connor's love scenes are as steamy and fraught as anything in Judy Blume's Forever (Bradbury, 1975). The overall message of the novel is that sex is joyful and should be embraced—but it is ever complicated. In Natalie's effort to be an independent woman who refuses to be used by a man, she inadvertently uses Connor. Clearly, gender relations have a long way to go—especially in high school. This protagonist is the perfect representation of a conflicted 21st-century feminist teen. Readers will cheer for her epiphany at the end: "I just needed to be okay with all the kinds of girl I was."—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College Queens, Long Island City, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Another powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships from the ever-improving Vivian (A Little Friendly Advice, 2008, Same Difference, 2009). Type-A super-achieving high-school senior Natalie Sterling has a foolproof plan: Win the Student Council presidency, ace the SATs, gain acceptance to her top-choice colleges and get out of Liberty River. Sure, she'll miss her best (OK, only) friend, Autumn, and yes, there's been no room for romance in her life to date, but Autumn's reputation-ruining freshman-year relationship taught Natalie that "trusting boys [is] just like drinking and driving"--not worth the risk. Enter Spencer, Natalie's former babysitting charge, all grown up and provocative as hell, and Connor, a cute football player with unexpected depth. Natalie finds her deeply held beliefs about feminism challenged, first by Spencer's half-baked assertions about female sexuality, then by Connor's wholehearted embrace of Natalie's strength and determination. Can teen girls own their sexuality and be taken seriously? It's rare to see second- and third-wave feminism square off in YA literature so successfully; don't miss this round. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545169158
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,007,425
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “powerful, involving exploration of teen girls’ identities and relationships,” Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.
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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    loved it!

    such a good book.... absolutely loved it

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    awesom book

    loved it it is defnatly top 10

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Angela shikany

    Too expensive.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Another Great Read from Siobhan!

    Ever since I read Same Difference, I have been a Siobhan Vivian fan. This book was no different in quality! Short, yes, but a suitable length to cover everything that would continue the plot at a nice rate. One of my favorite parts of Siobhan's books is that no one is perfect. Everyone has a dark side, imperfections that just add to the beauty and realism of the book. Connor's character may have pushed this a bit, but even he had his moments. This book pulls feminism out with some power, questioning what it really means to be a feminist. Overall a fabulous, quick read that flew by. Felt myself connecting with certain characters in small ways and by the end was actually quite pleased and able to let the story come to a close. Everyone should read this as well as Siobhan's other books!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great book

    I wasn't able to put it down until I finished it. Pulled an all-nighter. That's how good this book is. :3

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Okay book.

    The story is okay. It is a fast read. I would read other books by this author since it's unfair to make a judgment on just one book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    sooo good

    This is one of my all time favoirte books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    No

    This book is not worth the cost!!!! Can get for cheaper somewhere else!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Great lesson, Good book

    As i read this book, i was unsure of my feelings on it. It was definitely different from what i normally read. At times i thought it was a little like a drama show. Only once i finished did i realize its one of the most realistic books i have ever read. I will be entering high school next year, and i have lots of expectations. I wanted to be just the kind of girl Natalie was when this book started. This book was sort of a reality check. Because even now with what i have aspired for, it is tough. And i realized i cant let it all come crashing down like Natalie did, even thoigh it ended up ok in the end. I love the last bit this book teaches you. As long as you are ok with the kind of person you are and with the decisions you have made, its going to work out ok. Often we are the ones who create stressful situations, and Not that Kind of Girl perfectly conveyed that. A four out of five stars. Althoughi think this book was intended for older readers than me, in eigth grade i still benefited from the moral though there were some themes meant for high schoolers. It was a good book overall.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    December18,2011

    I like this book because its a little bit of high school and some information of her social life. I think that the author did a really good job on

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Siobhan Vivian is one of my favorite authors to actually talk to

    Siobhan Vivian is one of my favorite authors to actually talk to - she's just genuinely sweet and nice - and when I read her second novel Same Difference last year, I adored it. I was really excited to read Not That Kind Of Girl.

    Siobhan didn't let down. Not That Kind Of Girl is a fantastically written story that any high school girl now is going to find a way to connect to. Siobhan has managed to capture high school perfectly: the pressure the girls and guys are under, what happens when a name gets stuck with you, the ups and downs of friendships, the chaos that can be student council. She even understands how a student can connect with a teacher and really look up to her.

    I liked Natalie a lot. She reminded me a lot of me. I somehow doubt I would ever sneak out in the middle of the night to go make out with a boy - but then again, Natalie never thought she would, either.

    By the way, Connor Hughes? VERY sexy. I can haz one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    This was a very touching book to read and i wish i would have re

    This was a very touching book to read and i wish i would have read it a long time ago. It shows the insecurities and real issues we all have with ourselves and with what others think of us. Though at times in the book I would have a little trouble getting thru it but I am happy i finished it. This book shows that everyone has imperfections and secrets to keep but makes you realize you need to work thru those things to truly be happy with yourself. Great book that everyone should give a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Amazing

    This is a great book. It has the perfect balance of high school drama, sexuality, and the sweetest romance ever, and that makes this book just so extrordanarily perfect.

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