Sticky Fingers

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Busting my a#@ makes me feel good.

Bulletproof, that's how Jenna Kassarian sees herself. It's all about control: As long as she works hard, nothing can hurt her. So Jenna constantly pushes — for perfect grades, the ideal boyfriend, the best, best friend.
The only problem is, she doesn't know if she can stop. If she relaxes even for a second, she's afraid she'll lose control completely.
Then Jenna decides it's ...

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Overview

Busting my a#@ makes me feel good.

Bulletproof, that's how Jenna Kassarian sees herself. It's all about control: As long as she works hard, nothing can hurt her. So Jenna constantly pushes — for perfect grades, the ideal boyfriend, the best, best friend.
The only problem is, she doesn't know if she can stop. If she relaxes even for a second, she's afraid she'll lose control completely.
Then Jenna decides it's now or never. She goes to a party and has one drink. But one drink is all it takes for her perfect facade to shatter. Suddenly she realizes straight A's can't protect you in the real world.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 7 Up-Jenna receives Early Action admission to Harvard just before Christmas break of her senior year. Her boyfriend, Scott, thinks it's the perfect time for her to let loose-literally-and have sex with him. Though she is in love with him, Jenna knows she's not ready. Meanwhile, her friend Courtney is acting out of character, shoplifting, lying, and losing too much weight. Jenna also notices that Courtney and Scott are spending time together without her and she overhears heated arguments between them. The suburban Massachusetts setting is just right but the first-person narrative grows tedious as Jenna frets copiously about Courtney and Scott's behavior. The action moves slowly and uneventfully until Scott slips a date-rape drug into Jenna's drink. At this point, the mood goes quickly from frivolous to grave and the neat epilogue doesn't fit the severity of Jenna's trauma. As in Patrick Jones's Things Change (Walker, 2004), the intended message is that even smart girls can be fooled by abusers or rapists. Though Jenna is sharper and more likable than Jones's protagonist, her Harvard acceptance is a cheap symbol of the intelligence that is never shown in her thoughts. The frothy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek prose are better suited to Burnham's teen romances than to this consciously serious and issue-driven story.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689876493
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 404,581
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Niki Burnham is the RITA Award-winning author of several books for
teens, including Scary Beautiful, Sticky Fingers, and the
popular Royally Jacked series about Valerie Winslow. Originally from
Colorado, she now lives in Massachusetts. You can find her online at www.nikiburnham.com.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    Jenna Kassarian strives to have everything in her life exactly how she wants it--perfect. She has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect friend, and the perfect grades that got her into the top college of her choice. Jenna enjoys working hard because, in the end, it actually pays off. Now that everything seems to be going her way, and it's her last year of high school, all she wants to do, well, actually all her boyfriend wants her to do, is relax and enjoy life. Unfortunately for Jenna, relaxing just isn't in her vocabulary. <BR/><BR/>So now Jenna is trying her best to let go and have fun. That's not at all possible if what she has worked for has started to change. Her best friend is beginning to act weird and her boyfriend is pressuring her even more for their "first time". Along with that, it seems like her best friend is keeping something from her, something that just might have to do with Jenna's boyfriend. <BR/><BR/>But all Jenna needs to do is fix the problems around her. Change everything back to the way things were before. Easy, right? Well, when Jenna finally decides to let loose for once, things start to tumble around her and the people that she thought she knew turn out to be her downfall. <BR/><BR/>Different from all of her other works, Niki Burnham's novel STICKY FINGERS has a message that the reader won't know about until the very end. STICKY FINGERS is a novel that everyone should read and take into consideration. Even though the novel is fictional, the ending is the truth and could happen to anyone.

    40 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

    This book was not at all what I was expecting, and that's a good thing. I figured it would be the pretty cliched deal about a heroine whose on track for great things and then decides to start partying and chucks it all away. Jenna, and Niki Burnham, really surprised me.

    Jenna was a pretty consistent character in the story. She stays strong, she stays on track, despite the fact that her friends are the ones self-destructing around her. She does make a couple bad choices, but on the whole, she stays pretty true to who she really is...working toward her Harvard goal and staying pretty focused. She does spend a great deal of her time angsting over what her friends are up to, but this was a pretty realistic reaction to some of the things going on around her. The fact that she's able to power through and continue speaks well of her character.

    This is one of those stories that if I said too much more I might give away something really important. I will just add that when "the big event" happens later in the book, I was completely thrown. Boy, did I never see that one coming. It was the furthest thing from my mind as being a possibility. It wasn't until it happened, and I thought back over the events leading up to it, that I realized how well the author had set us up for this event to occur. I was shocked, but not surprised. Great job, Niki Burnham!

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is up for a more serious read about some real issues that teens face, both on a daily basis, and on a not so common basis. Despite the fact the fact that "the big event:" was inexcusable, you could definitely see the "villain's" point of view and see where "the villain" would think their actions to be explainable. To me, that's the best type of villain...the kind where you hate their actions, but at the same time, you can understand how they might think they didn't do anything wrong.

    A very good read... well worth the time.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

    Really amazing!!!

    by reading the back of the cover i thought why not give it a try it looked pretty okay but when i started to read it i could not put it down once it was such a great book it left me hanging all the time untill the end you would of never saw it coming of what happens at the ending and it helps you out in life problems and situations. a remarkable book really!!!!

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A "Perfect life" never lasts

    This book is something that I normally wouldn't read, but I was looking for a book to read for an English project, saw the cover, and it attracted my attention almost instantly. The main character is a person that thinks having perfect grades, a perfect boyfriend, and an overall perfect life is everything that matters in life. This book is so different than what kind of books that usually catch my eye. I haven't read any book, that isn't for school, which doesn't contain vampires or werewolves in about two years. I would recommend this book to anyone that would like to read a book but isn't sure exactly what they would like to read. I started reading and got a huge surprise, I was expecting the book to be about a thief or something like that. I love this book and wish that everyone would read it if they got the chance.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Stop now!

    I love teen books. Seriously, for me, the sappier the better. This is the most boring book ever. Theres no plot nor any relatable characters. The climax of the book is her friend stealing a bottle of nailpoish from CVS. So dont waste your money- the intriguing cover of the book is unfortunately misleading.

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Dont waste your money

    I bought this and its totally perverted like seriously how many time can you say sex in one book. I think this book broke the limit. I was completley dissapointed in it. I bought it thinking i could read it but im 12 and in the discription it said nothing about how it was more advancced than my age. But how was i supposed to know that. Tatallay boring and misleading.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Fun, Quick Read

    Jenna, the perfect over-achieving main character goes into this book facing much of what young females, and young males, face today.

    Pressure is thrown at Jenna from not only the Harvard acceptance letter in front of her but from her boyfriend, best friend, and the fact that whatever decisions she makes they can't all be taken back. That doesn't only apply to her though. Other's actions leave permanent dents in Jenna's life, changing everything from that moment out. Relationships and trust are easily trust in this story much how they are in the real world

    With a slow start, a emotionally straining middle, and a quick end, Sticky Fingers is a good quick read with a few loops thrown in.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    I love this book!

    This is one of my favorite books, because it's mature and entertaining. Plus, the things that happpen in this book actually happen in real life. I highly recommend it to any reader out there. You will laugh, get mad, cry and have a great time reading it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    DUMBEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ

    This book is soooooooo not what I thought it was. It's more about her stupid friend than anything. The book revolves around her friend and the end is soo predictable. You'll guess it once you get to page 229. Seriously though the book was stupid and I suggest you DO NOT waste your hard earned money on the book; unless you like junk like this...then go ahead.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    One of the worst teen books I have ever read in my entire life

    Horrible plot and horrible ending. THe most interesting thing about the book is the cover.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    Sticky Fingers by Niki Burnham

    In the book Sticky Fingers by Niki Burnham, Jenna is the perfect high school student but her boyfriend Scott is always pushing her to have sex. But, when Jenna finds out she was accepted into Harvard, Scott starts pushing her even more. I liked this book because of its characters and how teenagers can relate to them. For example, there is always that one girl in high school that is perfect, that one guy that is a good boyfriend but really only cares about getting into your pants, and that best friend who will always be there for you no matter what. Another reason why I liked this book was because one of the main things in this book is peer pressure. In high school, peer pressure is the number one obstacle teenagers must overcome. Whether it being in the classroom or in a relationship. Teenagers are always being pressured to do things even though it might be as little as lending their homework to a friend. Also, in this book it is being told from the victim's perspective. So you can really feel how much she hurts when her boyfriend and best friend betray her.
    This book will prepare teenagers for the real world. For example, in the author's note, Niki Burnham talks about things that you should be aware of when at a party. Some people may not take certain things into consideration, but when you read this book you realize all the different things that could happen to you. Even though this book is fictional, it talks about the truth of the real world. The book may seem boring at first but when you get to the end the truth is finally revealed about the real world. I would recommend this book to all teenage girls. No matter how young or old, this book will prepare you for life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    I was so freaking BORED!

    I only finished the book because I can't leave a book unfinished; I had to know how crappy the ending was going to be. The entire time I was reading I just kept thinking about how bored I was. Oh and it only took me a few hours to read. The ending is predictable too. I wouldn't advise anyone to buy this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Its good

    This book is pretty good. I would recomend it for kids who dont act their age

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    What?

    The book would skip ahead in time without even a page break to indicate a change. It was confusing.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

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    Perfect doesn't come without the price of pressure

    The perfect over-achieving main character goes into this book facing much of what young females, and young males, face today. The books starts off with a familiar feeling for those who can read Jenna's emotions and have memories of their own sparked.

    Pressure is thrown at Jenna from not only the Harvard acceptance letter in front of her but from her boyfriend, best friend, and the fact that whatever decisions she makes they can't all be taken back. That doesn't only apply to her though. Other's actions leave permanent dents in Jenna's life, changing everything from that moment out.

    With a slow start, a emotionally straining middle, and a quick end, Sticky Fingers is a good quick read with a few loops thrown in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2009

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    Great Book!

    This book was a little dierent than I expected, but overall i enjoyed the book. A lot of the things in this book are cautions and warning that you really need to be careul in lie and its very good. I would recommend this to anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Good!!

    The cover and the title dont go together for me when i finished the book... I thought the book was goin to be about a girl havn great grades to stealn clothes or items but its nothn like that.. Its not even..... (dont want to spoil the story) Read the bok its good!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Im 14 and this book is really good and i think any teen over the

    Im 14 and this book is really good and i think any teen over the age of 14 should read it because it teaches whats wrong and right and that not all high school students are haveing sex and the dangers of drugs

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Great book

    When I saw the cover, I was a bit hesitant to read it. But a friend suggested it to me an she normally recommends FANTASTIC books, so..... I recommend this book highly. It is like my new favorite book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Eye opening

    This book brings up an imortant topic that you would never really consider as an issue. This is a good book for any teenage girl in a serious relationahip or in a relationship. Also this book can be god for most teenage girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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