The Geography of Girlhood

The Geography of Girlhood

by Kirsten Smith
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Geography of Girlhood 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention from the start
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bookhugger1 More than 1 year ago
The Geography of Girlhood is definitely memorable in the way that Smith expresses every single thought, feeling, and emotion that the characters are feeling. Smith makes an author relate to the main character at so many levels, but also introduces the reader to the mind of teen girls that parents or adults may have never experienced before. I thought it was amazing that other reviews suggested that every girl, lady, or woman would relate to it, but I know there are several issues that the girl goes through that I could not even begin to relate to. Although the form of the literature is interesting and makes it an easy read, there were some parts where it became a little complicated to follow along because of the problems each girl is facing. But, nonetheless it is an intense read if you enjoy reading the minds of some dark and mysterious girls growing up.
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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This book is all right if you are into verse novels, but if you are more traditional, it probably won't be your cup of tea. Its not really a novel. Given the poems and short length of the book, it only tells the major events of Penny's life, with little or no transition. The poems are okay, but definitely not the best. Probably won't hold readers attention, as it does not build supsense or anything, and is usually blocky. I wouldn't reccomend buying it, but if you think you might want to read it, check it out at the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was........... so/so. There was really no plot, just a bunch of events in a girl's life jumbled together to make a novel. I'm not even sure that the main characters name was ever mentioned.......
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Novels told in verse usually fall into two categories: those that simply tell a story with poetry, and those that manage to capture a life so eloquently in verse that you fall headfirst into the story. THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD, thankfully, falls into the latter category. Kirsten Smith has managed to pen, through verse, the story of fourteen-year old Penny Marrow, a girl you will laugh with, cry with, and get to know very, very well within the pages of this book.

Penny's older sister, Tara, was blessed with the beauty, and the ability to cut her sister down with only a glance. Her father's hope is simply that his daughters will have listened to him enough to stay away from bad boys and make a place for themselves in the world. And as for her mother? She left when Penny was six, and the only thing Penny has to remind her of her mom is a snow globe. Now she has a stepmother, and a younger stepbrother, and a family life that can be summed up with "don't be like your sister."

For Penny, life is confusing, with the fights her friends have regularly and the first kiss that makes her faint and the huge infatuation she has on her sister's boyfriend. But behind it all is the wish that her mother would just come home, would be returned by the aliens who abducted her or whatever, and make everything better. For Penny, watching her father change and her sister change and herself change is too much to take without a mother. But years pass, and when she finally gets one thing that she wants--which is Bobby--it's not at all like she expected, and she loses friends and gains new acquaintances and still, in the back of her mind, she wants her mother.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD is sweet and bitter, a poignant story filled with joy and heartbreak about growing up and learning to let go and first love. Thankfully, this is a book told in verse that you won't soon forget, a definite recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Novels told in verse usually fall into two categories: those that simply tell a story with poetry, and those that manage to capture a life so eloquently in verse that you fall headfirst into the story. THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD, thankfully, falls into the latter category. Kirsten Smith has managed to pen, through verse, the story of fourteen-year-old Penny Marrow, a girl you will laugh with, cry with, and get to know very, very well within the pages of this book. Penny's older sister, Tara, was blessed with the beauty, and the ability to cut her sister down with only a glance. Her father's hope is simply that his daughters will have listened to him enough to stay away from bad boys and make a place for themselves in the world. And as for her mother? She left when Penny was six, and the only thing Penny has to remind her of her mom is a snow globe. Now she has a stepmother, and a younger stepbrother, and a family life that can be summed up with 'don't be like your sister.' For Penny, life is confusing, with the fights her friends have regularly and the first kiss that makes her faint and the huge infatuation she has on her sister's boyfriend. But behind it all is the wish that her mother would just come home, would be returned by the aliens who abducted her or whatever, and make everything better. For Penny, watching her father change and her sister change and herself change is too much to take without a mother. But years pass, and when she finally gets one thing that she wants--which is Bobby--it's not at all like she expected, and she loses friends and gains new acquaintances and still, in the back of her mind, she wants her mother. THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD is sweet and bitter, a poignant story filled with joy and heartbreak about growing up and learning to let go and first love. Thankfully, this is a book told in verse that you won't soon forget, a definite recommended read.