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Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

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by Niki Burnham, Rodrigo Corral (Designed by)

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
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14 Years

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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Sticky Fingers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Kazy More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
llama_luvr More than 1 year ago
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.
Kany_lu1992 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
I_Only_Read_Good_Books More than 1 year ago
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.
modle101 More than 1 year ago
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.
Veronicalb More than 1 year ago
It was ok. A little boring, but it might help answer questions for young teens who are in a situation with peer preasure from your boyfriend into doing something you dont want to do. Overall it is a quick read and its ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book sticky fingers is about a senior in high school who thinks the year is going to be great till her and her best friend get into a fight over something small that could turn into something big.It is christmas break when they finally start to become good friends again .There are really only three main characters with one other character that is in the whole story but does not have a big role in the book. the first character is Jenna then Courtney her best friend and Scott Jennas boyfriend.the other character is Mat Courtneys boyfriend. I think the book was very well written. It is a fast read which is good in most cases. the book would apeal to a lot of ages maybe a liitle to mature for kids under the age of 12 though. some cons are the chapters are very long and the reader can not know the characters very well. The book only gaves a brief description of each one. -tyler
April4492 More than 1 year ago
An early acceptance letter to Harvard lets Jenna finally take a deep breath and relax. But will she let too much of herself relax and ruin this fantastic opportunity? Nikki Burnham shares the thoughts of a hard-working teen in her book, Sticky Fingers. Jenna always had the perfect grades, a well to do boyfriend, and a great best friend; and after her acceptance letter to Harvard she finally wanted to have a little bit of fun. Scott, her boyfriend, wanted Jenna to have more fun than she was thinking. He wants to show her how much he loves her, but Jenna's not ready for the next level. Courtney, her best friend, was starting to change her ways and act different towards school and her. As Christmas break came around and the parties were starting, Jenna thought this would be the perfect way to start celebrating her success. How much damage can one little party do anyway? Sticky Fingers shows the challenges teens face everyday and shows how things aren't always as they seem. Handling peer pressure is not an easy thing to do. It takes a strong person to stick up for them self. I thought this story gave teens an insight on how to live your own life and stand up for what you believe. I recommend this book to any young adult; it shows a new perspective on how to handle everyday situations. Nikki Burnham has a way of catching your attention and capturing your heart until the very last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. The main character is kind of annoying and I didn't understand why the conflict of the story came in so late into the book. It wasn't what I expected at all in a bad way. It was very boring and  it dragged. It would have been better as a short story not a 288 page book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just poorly written with very thinly veiled characters. Using the typical oh I got into Harvard as the only proof of the character's intelligence. Honestly it was just boring and so much more could have been done with such realistic topic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wth. The back of the man i think is 40 .. he looks so old ! If you really noticed, they dont put teenagers for teenager books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i am just wondering because i will probably never read this book, how does it end? Someone plz tell me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a girl and 12 yrs old
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do they ever habe sex in here? I mean i dont really want to get it if there is :/