Second Virginity of Suzy Greenby Sara Hantz
Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in Australia. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved to a new town. Not even her best friend would recognize her now. Gone are the Doc Martens and the attitude. All she wants is to be like Rosie—perfect. The new Suzy Green makes straight As,… See more details below
Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in Australia. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved to a new town. Not even her best friend would recognize her now. Gone are the Doc Martens and the attitude. All she wants is to be like Rosie—perfect. The new Suzy Green makes straight As, hangs with the in-crowd at her new school, and dates the hottest guy around. And since all her new friends belong to a virginity club, she joins, too. So what if she’s not technically qualified? Nobody in town knows . . . until Ryan, Suzy’s ex, turns up.
As the past and present collide, Suzy struggles to find her own place in a world without her sister.
Gr 9 Up
Following her sister's death in an accident and an unfortunate incident involving alcohol and the police, Suzy, 17, is getting a fresh start in a new town, Adelaide. Her life as a uniform-wearing honor student at a private school is a far cry from her nearly Goth, troublemaking days in Sydney. All of her new, popular friends belong to a local Virginity Club and assume that she will want to join as well. There's just one catch: Suzy isn't a virgin. Her deception would go over without a hitch except that her ex-boyfriend has recently moved to Adelaide, too. The narrative depth with which Hantz attempts to imbue the story falls flat. Readers neither feel the mourning of Suzy and her family nor connect with her guilt and her own subsequent actions. Her relationship with her new friends has little foundation and is lightly explored, so it is difficult to worry when Suzy almost loses them. However, the author handles the sexuality well, without being preachy; readers are left with the impression that abstinence is fine, but that sex is acceptable and should be treated seriously and responsibly. As an amusing romp, this is a good addition, but for a similar book without the Australian slang, try Kate Brian's The V Club (S & S, 2004).
Cara von Wrangel KinseyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.66(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Sara Hantz started writing when she ran out of degrees to study and decided it was much more fun to make things up than to comment on dry academics. Born in England, she moved to New Zealand a few years ago. The Second Virginity of Suzy Green is Sara's first novel.
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Predictable, But Still Cute!This books was an easy read. If your going to the beach and want something mindless buy this book. This book covers up the tough subject of family loss with humor and teen angst. Very cute, but a little predictable.
LOL! This was a great read. If you have ever thought about becoming a V again, read this book. The story was funny and touching. As you read the main character's thoughts you may think, "That's just what I was thinking and feeling." You will realize you are not the only one feeling and thinking this way. Plus the other characters give you insight into why the main character is trying to go for the big V again. Grab a copy and prepare to enjoy.
Suzy's changed her tune. Gone is the former wild child who dressed all in black and got into trouble nearly every day. Instead, she's trying to become more like her sister, Rosie, who just died. She doesn't want her parents to worry anymore.
A change in location lets Suzy start over. Soon she's made friends with popular girls, but things here are very different from back home. For one thing, it's popular to belong to the V-club. Technically, Suzy's not a virgin, but what her new friends don't know can't hurt her, right?
Just as soon as her life is starting to settle down and she's accepted into this new and strange world, her past catches up with her. Can she still be accepted for who she really is, or will she lose herself in this new town?
With THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN, author Sara Hantz has written a moving novel about a girl trying to make over her soul without losing herself in the process.
When I started the book I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm almost 20 and thought it might be like stepping back in time and reading the books that I look back on now and think...'What was I thinking when I read that?' However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Sara's writing was just right for the tone of the book, I was drawn so far in that I read it in just two sittings. It kept me thoroughly entertained throughout, and I truly wanted to see a happy ending for all. Fantastic debut book for Sara, you really could not tell this was her first book at all. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone!