Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl

by Siobhan Vivian


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Slut or saint? Good friend or bad friend? In control or completely out of it?

Life is about making choices, and Natalie Sterling prides herself on always making the right ones. She’s avoided the jerky guys populating her prep school, always topped honor roll, and is poised to become the first female student council president in years.

If only other girls were as sensible and strong. Like the pack of freshmen yearning to be football players’ playthings. Or her best friend, whose crappy judgment nearly ruined her life.

But being sensible and strong isn’t easy. Not when Natalie nearly gets expelled anyway. Not when her advice hurts more than it helps. Not when a boy she once dismissed becomes the boy she can’t stop thinking about.

The line between good and bad has gone fuzzy, and crossing it could end in disaster . . . or become the best choice she’ll ever make.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545169158
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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

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Not That Kind Of Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't able to put it down until I finished it. Pulled an all-nighter. That's how good this book is. :3
Jennifer Polster More than 1 year ago
such a good book.... absolutely loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Randy Wolfe More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favoirte books.
Garry Feldman More than 1 year ago
loved it it is defnatly top 10
karakel24 More than 1 year ago
i thought this book needed to be made into a movie before i even finished it! i'm 29 years old & this got me thinking back to high school & everything seemed so authentic & it really feels like it'd be so easy to turn this into a script for a captivating teen movie. i don't care if i'm 40 by then...i'll go see it because i enjoyed this book so much :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure why I waited so long to read one of Siobhan Vivian's novels, but, after NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, I'll be definitely be reading the rest as soon as possible.Natalie Sterling is a typical teen with very rigid views of what's right and wrong. For the most part, her entire high school career has gone according to plan, but his year things start to fall apart. Before she knows what's happening the line between right and wrong has begun to blur and Natalie finding herself slowly venturing to the other side.I found Natalie's voice to be realistic and believable. She's one of the most judgmental MC I've come across... Some may find her to be overbearing and condescending, but that's exactly the point. I don't know how many times I've seen my peers act just like Natalie. They know what's right and wrong and they'll be the first to point out when a classmate or coworker is crossing the line, but they'll never admit when they themselves are doing the exact same thing. It's not pretty, but it's real and I appreciate that Vivian acknowledges that through Natalie's character.NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL also tackles the subject of teen sex and sexual behavior. While it was definitely present in the novel, I didn't think it was over the top, just honest. It wasn't anything more or less than what readers will see out in the real world, which is exactly what I liked about it. Through various characters, Vivian portrays different different viewpoints on the subject... I found it compelling.I'll be passing NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL along to my all sisters and friends... I think we can all learn a lesson or two from Natalie.
noahsmae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I vacillated between liking and disliking Natalie throughout the book. I admired her determination, strength, and conviction. But these same positive character traits were also her weaknesses -- especially when it came to building a relationship with Connor. Connor surprised me. He was actually able to confront Natalie on her B.S. That won some points with me. Overall, I felt their romance to be lacking depth -- which is consistent with the physical nature of their relationship. So, when they expressed their feelings for each other, I wasn't quite convinced. Still, a fairly enjoyable read.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I heard this book was amazing, but I ended up just being annoyed by it. The main character is so preachy and so judgmental that she made the entire book tiresome. I couldn't relate with her constant rudeness or her deep shame of liking a boy. The only part of the book I liked was the fact that Natalie and Spencer had completely opposite ideas of what was right and wrong, but they both had really good points. In the end I thought this was romance novel, but it felt like the exact opposite.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
High school can be rough. No matter where you are or what school you go to, gossip is a given. In this book, Vivian delves into the adolescent mind to bring about an all too 'could be real' book about coming of age. The struggle everyone has to be accepted, but feeling the need to stretch budding wings as adults, always comes to pass with scrapes and bruises along the way. The main character Natalie Sterling is an ideal teenager if you are a teacher or parent. She studies hard and will let nothing get in her way of getting into a good college. She has managed to stay out of the gossip circle her whole high school life by simply not doing anything gossip worthy. Unlike her best friend Autumn. She, unfortunately, became a victim of a horrible rumor that helped shape the rest of her high school reputation. All because of a boy and his need to discredit her and save his own pride. Because of this one defining moment, both Natalie and Autumn make personal choices about who they are and how they will be perceived. Their senior year though, all hell breaks loose in Natalie's structured world.Natalie has sworn off boys. They are nothing but a distraction and only want one thing. At least, that is what she and Autumn think. Problem is, Autumn is tired of feeling like a social outcast and begins to realize she has lived a shell of a life. A time that is suppose to be one of the easiest and fun - simply being a teenager. I actually agree with Autumn and proud of her for seeing the light before it was too late. It also gave me more insight into Natalie, who appears to be the perfect girl from the outside, but she has insecurities just like everyone else.Natalie and Autumn begin to see things differently from each other and their friendship starts to suffer. Along comes Spencer, a freshman girl that Natalie befriends. She is confident and thinks girls should have the power over boys. So, she inadvertently fuels the fire of Autumn's unrest being a social recluse, and believe it or not, starts to rub off on Natalie to some degree. At the very least, giving Natalie something to think about and to reevaluate her previous notions of girls vs. boys. Natalie, though, doesn't share these inner reflections with Autumn and the two continue to grow apart.At school, Natalie has prepared for three years to become Student Council President. With this comes a lot of responsibility, not to mention her class work load of AP courses. Along with the stresses of school and the stress between her and Autumn, Natalie is looking for a mental escape. Enters Conner Hughes, good looking quarterback at her school. Connor has taken a notice in Natalie and despite her best efforts, she has taken a notice in him. For most teenage girls, this is heaven, right? Not for Natalie. She has convinced herself that just this sort of thing is what bad, unfocused girls do. Problem is Natalie needs a distraction and Connor fits the description of a distraction to a "T".Natalie doesn't completely abandon her relationship views, but decides to see Connor in private. They have a secret rendezvous almost every night to make out. Natalie has made it crystal clear she does not want to make their relationship public, what would people think? As time goes on, she realizes Connor means more to her than a secret fling, and she thinks he feels the same. I mean, the boy does the sweetest things to help her out when she gets into a jam. If he didn't care, why would he bother, right? At this point in the book, I was ready to just slap Natalie and say, "Look at what this guy is doing for you! Wake up!" Thankfully, Spencer did just that for me. I wasn't sure I would like Spencer much at first, but that girl grows on you.As for Connor, I was all ready for him to either be the jerk she expected, or the best thing ever, totally knocking Natalie on her rear. What I didn't expect was Vivian made the boy real. He is a great catch AND he does something that a jerk would do. He doesn't keep them being
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie Sterling is not the most likeable girl. She¿s judgmental; she holds people to her high standards and dismisses them when they disappoint. But what makes her a great character is that she is so complicated that she even confuses herself, and the hardships she encounters as she struggles to discover her true self make for a book that I didn¿t want to put down.As the story begins Natalie is basically alone in the world except for Autumn, the best friend she stood by when the rest of the school considered her an outcast after an unfortunate encounter during their freshman year. Because of Autumn¿s history, as well as the fact that Natalie is a very focused and goal-oriented individual, she¿d never gotten involved with any of the guys in school and never felt that she was missing out on anything. As much as she held others to high standards, she expected perfection from herself, and friends and dating would only get in the way of that. Of course circumstances change and she finds herself doing things she never thought she would and trying to reconcile what she¿s doing with who she¿s always believed herself to be. This is where this book shines for me. For a person as driven as Natalie, it is one of the hardest things in the world to admit that maybe you were wrong about how things should be or the path you should take. This story shows how overwhelming that battle can be.Another aspect of the book that I liked was that it wasn¿t obvious from the beginning which boy would play a bigger role in the story. From the start Natalie dismissed pretty much everyone, but especially the guys. There¿s not an arrow with flashing lights pointing out the boy from the moment he enters the story, but instead that story arc is allowed to develop slowly, and the way it develops felt genuine because it weaves into the other plot threads seamlessly.Natalie was forced to confront some ugly truths in order to overcome her problems, and dealing with those truths allowed her to realize how she could become the person she really wanted to be. Ultimately this is a story about being honest with yourself, and the sometimes difficult journey to that honesty.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie is the girl who knows what she wants: academic success, student council leadership, and avoidance of the male miscreants that run amok at her school and destroy girls¿ lives with one raucous laugh and joke. Her one friend was at the receiving end of one of these boys¿ cruelties in freshman year, and now, as seniors, Natalie has almost made it out home-free.Until the entrance of two very different people into her life throws her into disarray. Spencer, her former babysitting charge, is now a one-woman force, unafraid to play up her sexuality and toy with the boys, much to Natalie¿s chagrin. And Connor Hughes, quarterback and supposedly the biggest jerk of them all, surprises her with a side of him that she¿s never known¿and his interest in her.Can Natalie deal with changing up her entire philosophy for success and feminism?NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, Siobhan Vivian¿s third novel, succeeds where few other contemporary YAs do: it features a smart, determined, but not always nice or right female protagonist and a strong message of the different definitions of what female empowerment entails.Natalie is not a straightforwardly sympathetic protagonist. She¿s smart and has obviously accomplished much, yes, and her narration is delightful for the ¿over-read¿ YA reader: anguished and angsty, determined and stubborn, without being overly dramatic and annoying. However, we get the sense early on that, despite the seeming solidness of her feminist creed, she could stand to learn a lesson or two. Too often I feel like YA protagonists are always made out to either be ethically perfect in dealing with external problems, or else have an identity utterly wrapped up in a love interest. Thus, Natalie is a breath of fresh air¿even if she may snap at you, and even slap you, for daring to objectify her as refreshing.There are a gratifying number of strong females in this novel¿even if not all of them are ¿strong¿ in the best ways¿but Spencer is probably the most admirable character of them all. She is the type of girl Natalie fears, though for all the wrong reasons. Spencer is confident, strong-willed, feminine, and, to Natalie¿s horror, not afraid to play up her feminine appeal to get her way. Spencer and Natalie come from different schools of feminism, and while there is no clear answer as to which of them is more correct¿Spencer gets hurt more, but she also lives¿they are excellent examples of the different manifestations of feminism¿with a hearty dose of entertainment in their shenanigans and interactions, too.NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL focuses on the feminism aspect, on what it could mean for a female to be empowered, but it¿s hardly preachy, and not without a crackling romance as well (although Natalie¿s interactions with Connor was something I wish had been more fleshed out). Siobhan Vivian is a strong writer with a talent for character subtleties. This is my first book of hers, but it will certainly not be my last. Don¿t overlook this strong gem of a contemporary YA read!
lynnm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to grade this book. While I found it immensely readable and compelling - I started it one evening and stayed up to the wee hours to finish it - the story's heroine was a little too hard to like for my tastes. Natalie Sterling is judgmental with a capital J. Even her best friend, Autumn, is subject to Natalie's high standards and repressed sense of acceptable behaviour. Natalie's only saving grace is that she expects a lot of herself as well, and by the end of the book, she's realized that she's a hypocrite of the worst kind - one who judges everyone else but then can't handle being judged herself.Also, I didn't much like the way Natalie treated Connor. For much of the book, she outright used him and treated him very meanly in public. I was a bit surprised that he put up with it. In fact, other than the physical relationship, I was never quite sure what Connor got out of sticking with Natalie. We never got to see them interact in any way other than Natalie being mean to him, so I'm not sure why he liked her in the first place.Too, I found Natalie's school mentor - Ms. Bee - to be a poor example for Natalie to look up to. Ms. Bee's standards for all of the students at Ross Prep were far too extreme and unrealistic. High school kids are high school kids, and to expect them to act like mini adults is just asking to be disappointed. Rather than dig deep to find out why Natalie began to act so differently than she ever had before, Ms. Bee just passed judgment and expressed deep disappointment. What a great role model. To the very end of the book, I waited for Mike whatshisface to demonstrate some redeeming qualities. Still waiting.Truth be told, the character in the book I found most realistic and, in a way, most mature was Spencer. Natalie simply had too many issues.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favs
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The book was fun to read and i couldnt stop reading it!!(:
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