Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl

by Sara Zarr

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ISBN-13: 9780316029179
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 555,828
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, The Lucy Variations, Gem & Dixie, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. She is also the coauthor of Roomies, with Tara Altebrando.

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CHAPTER 1

C'était le dernier jour de l'année de seconde, on devait nettoyer nos casiers. Je retirai l'emploi du temps que j'avais scotché à l'intérieur de la porte en début de semestre et le balançai dans la poubelle qui contenait déjà quatre-vingt-quinze pour cent des conneries pour lesquelles je m'étais crevé le cul tout au long de l'année. À quoi servait ce prétendu savoir si en fin de compte ça finissait à la poubelle? Le seul truc que je gardai, c'étaient mes disserts. Si on m'avait posé la question, j'aurais dit non, mais je pensais que j'aimerais en relire certaines un jour. Comme celle de quand on avait lu Sa Majesté des mouches. J'étais vraiment rentrée dans le bouquin, la sauvagerie et cette histoire de survie-des-plus-aptes. Beaucoup dans ma classe n'avaient rien compris. "Pourquoi les garçons sur l'île ne peuvent pas s'entendre?" avait demandé Jeremy Walker. Puis Caitlin Spinelli, genre: "C'est vrai, ils ne savaient pas qu'ils avaient bien plus de chances de survie en s'unissant?"

Coucou! Promène-toi donc trois secondes dans les couloirs de notre propre bahut, Spinelli: nous sommes des sauvages. Il n'y a aucune volonté collective pour que ça s'arrange. Aucune solidarité des plus à l'aise avec les moins chanceux. On ne décide pas de se traîner ensemble les poids morts pour pouvoir atteindre tous ensemble la ligne d'arrivée. En tout cas pas pour moi. Caitlin Spinelli a peut-être un point de vue différent puisqu'elle possède tout ce qui l'aurait rangée dans la tribu des survivants.

Enfin bref, M. North avait commenté ma dissert au feutre violet. Il utilisait un stylo rouge pour corriger les fautes d'orthographe, de grammaire, les trucs comme ça, mais quand il voulait juste vous dire qu'il aimait bien quelque chose, il utilisait le violet.

Deanna, avait-il écrit, vous avez manifestement des choses importantes à dire.

Des choses importantes.

— Tiens, Lambert!

À propos de sauvages, Bruce Cowell et sa bande de pseudo-sportifs, qui s'étaient fait virer de toutes les équipes du lycée pour mauvaise attitude et/ou usage de substances illicites, se pointaient pour leur déconnade hebdomadaire.

Bruce s'appuya contre les casiers.

— T'as l'air chaude aujourd'hui, Lambert.

Tucker Bradford, un gros mou à la figure rouge, s'approcha pour ajouter:

— Ouais. Je crois que tes nichons ont grossi cette année.

Tout en continuant de vider mon casier – plus précisément, je décollais un bout de sucre d'orge, souvenir de Noël, d'un de mes classeurs –, je me dis que c'était le dernier jour de classe et qu'en plus ces types étaient en terminale. Si je survivais aux cinq prochaines minutes, je n'aurais plus jamais à les revoir.

Sauf que cinq minutes c'est long, et quelquefois je suis incapable de tenir ma langue.

— Peut-être, j'ai fait en désignant la poitrine de Tucker. Mais ils ne sont pas encore aussi gros que les tiens.

Bruce et sa clique, qui se tenaient à quelques pas, se sont mis à rire; Tucker est devenu encore plus rouge, si tant est que ce soit possible. Il s'est penché, avec son haleine puante.

— Je me demande ce que tu as encore à sauver, Lambert.

J'explique: Pacifica est une petite ville abrutie avec un seul vrai lycée, où tout le monde connaît les histoires de tout le monde et où les rumeurs ne s'arrêtent jamais à moins qu'un autre ado soit assez taré pour faire un truc qui fera une meilleure histoire à colporter. Mais mon histoire à moi avait l'honneur de tenir la vedette depuis plus de deux ans. Il faut dire qu'un mec de terminale surpris le pantalon baissé sur une fille de quatrième, par le père de la fille ("Là, tu charries! Son père? À mourir de honte!") était assez difficile à concurrencer. L'histoire s'était répandue dans les couloirs, les vestiaires, les fêtes et le fond des salles de classe dès que Tommy avait débarqué au lycée le lendemain matin. Sur le coup, il s'était empressé de fournir tous les détails à ses copains, même s'il savait que mon frère Darren lui mettrait une raclée. (Ce qui fut le cas.) Le temps que j'intègre Terra Nova pour ma troisième, le lycée entier pensait avoir appris tout ce qu'il y avait à savoir sur Deanna Lambert. Chaque fois que quelqu'un voyait ma tête, je savais à quoi il pensait. Je le savais parce que, chaque fois que je me regardais dans la glace, j'y pensais moi aussi.

Alors quand Tucker me souffla dessus son haleine puante en disant ces mots, je compris que ça allait au-delà d'une insulte banale adaptée à n'importe quelle fille. Il ravalait ma vie entière à une saloperie en onze mots. Pour ça, il fallait que je l'envoie dans les cordes en grand. Je commençai par lui montrer mon majeur (on ne peut pas se tromper avec un classique), enchaînai avec quelques mots choisis à propos de sa mère, et conclus en insinuant qu'il n'était peut-être pas attiré par les filles.

Aussitôt après, je me demandai s'il y avait dans les parages un prof ou un autre adulte responsable au cas où Tucker, Bruce et leurs potes décideraient de se fâcher. J'aurais sans doute dû y réfléchir plus tôt.

Ce fut Bruce qui se chargea de répliquer.

— Pourquoi tu la ramènes, Lambert? Pourquoi tu fais semblant d'être autre chose qu'une pétasse alors que t'es rien d'autre? On le sait tous, poursuivit-il en se désignant avec ses copains. Toi aussi tu le sais. Et même ton père le sait, alors ...

Une voix résonna à l'autre bout du couloir.

— Hé, les mecs, vous n'avez pas des chatons à aller torturer ou un truc dans le genre?

Jason n'était jamais si bien tombé.

— Casse-toi, minable, lança Tucker pardessus son épaule.

Jason continua à avancer vers nous, avec sa dégaine avachie habituelle, traînant les semelles de ses bottes noires sur le sol comme si ça lui demandait trop d'efforts de lever les pieds. Mon héros. Mon meilleur ami.

— Dites, vous avez bien eu votre bac hier? dit-il aux gars. C'est pas un peu lamentable de zoner encore dans le coin?

Bruce l'attrapa par sa veste en jean et le plaqua violemment contre les casiers. Où étaient donc les adultes? Tous les profs s'étaient-ils envolés pour les Bahamas dès la dernière sonnerie?

— Lâche-le, dis-je.

Un des copains de Tucker intervint: — Allez, mec, on n'a pas le temps pour cette merde. On a promis à Max d'avoir la bière à 16 heures.

— Ouais, ajouta Tucker, mon frangin débauche de Fast Mart dans dix minutes. Si on arrive après, on nous demandera nos papiers.

Bruce lâcha Jason et m'assena un dernier regard, droit dans les yeux.

— Tu nous fais perdre notre temps, Lambert.

On les regarda s'éloigner dans le couloir et disparaître à l'angle. J'envoyai un coup de pied dans la poubelle et fixai le papier éparpillé.

— Ça va? demanda Jason.

J'acquiesçai. Ça allait toujours pour moi.

— Il faut que je rende mon bouquin de français, là l'année de seconde sera officiellement terminée.

— Pas trop tôt. Et après?

— Manger un morceau à Denny's, ça te dit?

— Allons-y.

Après Denny's, on est allés à la boutique de CD où on a déconné, puis Jason m'a suivie pendant que je recensais les offres de boulot dans tous les magasins et commerces alimentaires de Beach Front – un centre commercial triste et à moitié désaffecté où quasiment personne ne vient plus faire ses courses depuis qu'un deuxième Target a ouvert à Colma. On ne parlait pas beaucoup. Je sentais encore l'haleine de Tucker tandis qu'il énonçait ce que probablement tout le monde pensait au lycée.

Ça nous va de ne pas parler, Jason et moi. C'est comme ça qu'on sait pouvoir se fier vraiment à quelqu'un, je crois; quand on n'a pas à parler tout le temps pour s'assurer que la personne a encore de l'affection pour vous ou prouver qu'on a des choses intéressantes à dire. Je pourrais passer une journée entière avec lui sans prononcer un mot. Je pourrais aussi contempler son visage toute la journée. Sa mère est japonaise, et son père, mort juste après sa naissance, était blanc. Jay a des cheveux noirs incroyablement brillants, de longs cils, tout ça avec les yeux bleus de papa. (Pourquoi les garçons ont-ils toujours des cils à faire crever d'envie les filles?) Franchement, je n'ai jamais compris pourquoi les nanas du coin ne se jetaient pas sur lui. Peut-être parce qu'il est plutôt taciturne, petit aussi, comme sa mère. Moi ça ne me gêne pas, on fait presque la même taille et on irait très bien ensemble s'il devait être question de ça.

Il est calme. Il est loyal. Il saisit tout. En fait, il n'y avait qu'un seul problème avec Jason, à ce moment-là: il était le petit ami de mon autre meilleure amie, Lee.

Contrairement à Jason, qui me connaît depuis toujours, Lee n'a acquis que récemment le statut de meilleure amie. Elle arrivait d'un lycée de San Francisco et elle était totalement cool. Pas cool du genre à s'habiller comme il faut et s'y connaître à fond en musique ou que sais-je, mais cool dans le sens où elle n'essaie pas d'être autre chose que ce qu'elle est. J'ai fait sa connaissance en cours de gym le jour où elle a fait un plat en retombant à côté du cheval d'arçons. Mme Winch serinait: "Allez faire quelques pas, Lee, puis recommencez." Et moi genre, excusez-moi mais j'ai l'impression qu'elle ne respire plus, et si vous croyez que je vais moi aussi aller me tuer sur ce truc ... On a toutes les deux écopé d'un zéro et d'un sermon de Mme Winch sur notre manque de "jugeote".

Après ça, je me mis à observer Lee. Elle a un look un rien ringard, avec ses cheveux courts qui ne font jamais ce qu'il faut et ses fringues toujours limites. J'imaginais que le groupe des plutôtringards l'intégrerait vite fait – voyez ce que je veux dire, ceux qui font le club théâtre, le cercle des futurs étudiants, etc. – mais j'eus beau l'avoir à l'œil pendant un moment, elle ne copinait avec personne. Cette absence de lien impliquait probablement qu'elle ignorait encore ma réputation. Alors je me mis à lui parler et j'eus rapidement le sentiment qu'elle était différente de la plupart des autres filles qui se souciaient uniquement de leur apparence et passaient leur temps à débiner leurs soi-disant meilleures amies.

Une fois qu'on eut commencé à se fréquenter, elle me dit que son vrai père était un ivrogne et qu'elle ne savait pas où il était, moi je lui dis: "Pas de problème, mon père me hait." Quand elle me demanda la raison, je lui racontai Tommy. Ça faisait du bien de pouvoir donner ma version au lieu de celle de Tommy, celle que tout le monde connaissait dans le lycée. Après, j'eus peur qu'elle n'ait plus aucune sympathie pour moi ou qu'elle se mette à se tenir bizarrement, mais elle se contenta de dire: " On a tous quelque chose qu'on aimerait pouvoir changer, hein? "

Donc je suppose que c'est ma faute si Jason sort avec elle. Je n'arrêtais pas de parler d'elle, et Lee par-ci, et Lee par-là, et, Jay, il faudrait que tu la connaisses; elle te plairait. Elle lui plut.

Ça m'était égal, sincèrement. Tout le monde sait que quand on commence à batifoler avec ses amis, on peut dire adieu à ce que cette amitié avait de meilleur. Je m'efforçais de penser que j'étais sortie gagnante de la donne, que si Lee et Jason rompaient, ils ne se verraient certainement plus, alors que moi je resterais la meilleure amie de Jason.

De temps en temps, pourtant, se produisait un fait minuscule, genre ils marchaient dans un couloir du lycée, main dans la main, et je les voyais mais eux ne me voyaient pas, et d'abord je pensais: "La vache, ce qu'ils sont mignons ensemble!" puis aussitôt j'avais l'impression d'assister à quelque chose de terriblement intime, quelque chose qu'il ne partageait qu'avec elle. Alors que j'avais toujours cru être la personne qui connaissait le mieux Jason, quand ils commencèrent à sortir ensemble ce fut comme si Lee était devenue une sorte d'initiée et que moi je ne l'étais pas.

Nous avions encore nos tête-à-tête, Jason et moi, comme ce dernier jour de classe, rien que nous deux et, même si ça peut paraître un peu perfide, dans ces moments-là je faisais comme si Lee n'existait pas.

Jusqu'à ce qu'il se mette à parler d'elle.

— ... J'ai reçu un texto de Lee tout à l'heure ...

Notre bus descendait Crespi Drive et abordait le lotissement où on habitait tous les deux.

— ... Ils étaient sur la plage à San Luis Obispo.

Lee et sa famille étaient partis pour Santa Barbara afin d'aller chercher son frère à l'université.

— Elle rentre quand?

— Dans la soirée. Son beau-père doit retourner travailler.

— Ah, d'accord.

Le bus s'arrêta poussivement à mon arrêt, l'arrêt auquel j'étais descendue toute ma vie, à cinquante mètres de chez moi, devant une baraque gris-moisi avec cinq voitures garées sur la pelouse – parquées là depuis la nuit des temps, au moins.

— Appelle-moi demain, dit Jason.

— D'ac.

C'était chaque fois le pire moment de la journée, quand le bus freinait à mon arrêt et que je devais quitter Jason, lui continuant, continuant son chemin vers quelque chose tandis que j'atteignais l'impasse quotidienne censée être mon foyer.

Avant d'entrer, je me plantai devant la porte pour mon comptage rituel jusqu'à dix. Un, deux ... fais pas gaffe à la porte du garage de guingois ... trois, quatre, cinq ... oublie les tessons du pot de fleur cassé qui sont restés en tas sur la pelouse depuis l'été dernier ... six, sept ... ça baigne, tout le monde laisse ses guirlandes de Noël allumées à longueur d'année ... huit ... un endroit sympa, la véranda, pour stocker une collection de boîtes en carton détrempées ... neuf ... oh, laisse tomber, tourne la poignée et entre.

Dix comprend tout le reste: l'odeur de moisi qui ne se dissipe jamais, les cinq pas sur la moquette verte pour aller du séjour à la cuisine, les murs rose bonbon de la cuisine et, pour finir, mes parents.

— Tu rentres tard.

Mon père, trapu et renfermé, une île sur une chaise de cuisine, ne leva pas les yeux de son assiette en disant ça.

— Tu ferais bien de te mettre à tes devoirs.

— C'était le dernier jour de classe, p'pa.

Sa fourchette s'immobilisa une seconde, puis il se remit à manger.

— Je sais. Je veux juste dire ... j'espère que tu as l'intention d'éviter les ennuis cet été.

À croire que j'avais cumulé les problèmes jusque-là, ce qui n'était pas le cas, pas depuis longtemps.

— Tu as entendu ce que je viens de dire?

— Ouais.

Maman fit carillonner sa voix joyeuse comme chaque fois qu'elle juge urgent de changer de sujet:

— Si tu t'asseyais pour dîner avec nous?

— J'ai mangé.

— Du dessert, alors? enchaîna-t-elle en ajoutant de la nourriture dans l'assiette de mon père, ses cheveux teints frisottés lui tombant devant le visage. Que dirais-tu d'un peu de glace?

Voici les phrases préférées de maman:

1. Ton père n'est pas très démonstratif, c'est tout. (Variante: Ce n'est pas parce qu'il ne le dit pas qu'il ne t'aime pas.)

2. Il faut tourner la page; sois une gentille fille et tout ira bien.

3. Que dirais-tu d'un peu de glace?

— Darren est déjà rentré de son boulot? demandai-je.

— Stacy vient de partir travailler et déposer la voiture, répondit maman. Ou reprendre la voiture. Je n'arrive jamais à me rappeler comment ils s'arrangent.

Darren vivait encore à la maison, ce qui au départ n'était pas prévu – ni de son côté ni côté parents. Quand sa copine Stacy s'était retrouvée enceinte et avait décidé de garder l'enfant, leur seule possibilité avait été de s'installer au sous-sol et de renoncer à tout ce qui aurait pu ressembler à un projet.

Lui et Stacy travaillaient tous les deux au supermarché Safeway – Darren le jour, Stacy le soir – pour qu'April soit toujours avec l'un de ses parents. Ce qui était un bon système, je suppose, à part qu'ils ne se voyaient jamais, sauf pour se passer les clés de leur voiture.

— Stacy est partie d'ici en retard, comme d'habitude, dit mon père. Elle a de la chance de ne pas se faire virer.

— Elle a été désignée deux fois employée du mois, lui rappelai-je alors que maman me tendait un bol de crème glacée caramel-praline que je ne lui avais pas demandé.

Papa agita sa serviette de table.

— Ce n'est pas une raison.

Il avait pour Stacy à peu près autant d'affection que pour moi.

— Oh, je ne sais pas, tempéra maman. Ils doivent se montrer un peu coulants dans la mesure où c'est une toute jeune maman et ...

(Continues…)



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deanna is caught by her dad having sex with Tommy when she is thirteen. And after that things change. Tommy tells the whole school, and so she's always known just for being slutty, even though Tommy was the first and only guy she'd ever done anything with. Her dad has never been able to look at her the same after what happened, and so her entire life is changed.
Now, a couple years later, Deanna wants things to change. She makes plans in her mind that include moving out with her older brother and his family, and she tries to remain secretive about her feelings for her best friend. In the meantime, Tommy and Deanna are working at the same pizza place.
This book was so powerful and amazing, I can definitely understand how it became so popular. It's amazing how deep it was, and how I could see into Deanna's emotions and understand exactly how she was feeling. I felt like the writing was amazing and all of the characters were realistic, including the minor characters. The story was beautifully written and while it was short, it still touched me in a new way. Aside from my all time fave, K S Michaels, there really is no book like 'Story of a Girl'.
nononewday More than 1 year ago
This book was so insightful. It delves into the truth of what happens behind closed doors, and the consequences of what happens when those doors are opened. It tells the story of Deanna, a girl who at age thirteen was caught by her father in the back seat of a car with older brother's seventeen year-old "best friend" doing something she shouldn't have been. Thus far known to the general public a slut, Deanna wishes her life were not as is it. She wishes her father would talk to her again without hurting her, she wishes that he would just look at her without scorn; She wishes her brother and his small family would take them with her when they at long last leave her parents house. In an attempt to make the later a more realistic option Deanna gets a job, only to find that her past is ther waiting for her. All the while she discovers her love for a friend she know she can't have, and discovers bits of herself and who she really is. This novel forced me to examine things that have occured in my own past, and discover parts of who I am as an individual. Truly an inspiring work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book will put you in tears as you stay up all night to see what happens next! 13 year old Deanna was overcome by the sexy 17 year old Tommy and ended getting dragged out of his car, with her pants around her ankles, by her father. Years later, Deanna's father still hasn't been able to look in the eyes. Her brother (Tommy's ex-friend) got his girlfriend pregnant and is living in the basement. Deanna has been trying to ignore all the talk about her and Tommy along with the terrible family life they (her, her brother, his girlfriend, and his daughter) have to put up with. [Sorry for the drab summary, the book deserves a much better one than this.] Despite my lousy summary, read the book. It brought me to tears multiple times and kept me up until 2 am for I could finish it.
cranash13 More than 1 year ago
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr is one of the best books out there for teenage girls to read. Every teenage girl should read this book because it shows what could happen if you make the wrong decisions and if you are forced to live with them because they will never go away, just like Deanna and her father. Sara Zarr did a fantastic job on writing story of girl, once you started reading it you just couldn't stop. There was always something going on such as Deanna having to deal with Tommy at work, the awkwardness with her father, or fighting between Darren and Stacy. This book was amazing, I could read it over and over and I would never get tired of it. It is one of those books that many people can relate to and they know how the main character feels. When Deanna Lambert was 13 years old her brothers supposed best friend Tommy Webber who was 17 when he started dating Deanna. One night she was with Tommy in the backseat of his car when her dad caught them having sex. When they got to school Tommy told everyone what had happened and from that moment on Deanna was known as the "school slut". So many different stories were made up about her and none of them were true, the only ones who knew the true story were her and Tommy. From that point on in the car her dad has never been able to look into his daughters eyes. This book was absolutely marvelous; I could not put the book down. Especially when Stacy left and no one could find her, she just left Darren and April (their baby). One of the best parts is when no one came to pick her up from work so Tommy had to take her home. They started kissing which was absolutely wrong on her part along with his but then she just got out of the car crying and then he got out to and she said how come you told everyone, I was so young and still am and Tommy said I'm sorry, I'm sorry for everything I have done to you. Deanna had no response so they got back in the car and went home. Another good part of the book is when the whole family is in the kitchen and they were talking and Deanna said how come you hate me dad and he said I don't hate why would you think that? Darren then came into the conversation and said how could she not think that dad, she knew what she did was wrong so just let it go. You could tell he was about to cry so he just left the room. I loved the books plot, message, characters, and writing style. To me it seemed that it all fit together. I couldn't see the book any other way. This book is definitely a "must read". I give it 5 out of 5 Ashley's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. When i read the review i was thinking that it woulnt be good but i read it anyway and it was great! Some parts were alittle dull but most of the book kept me on my feet. I didnt like the ending to much. I think it could have had a little more added to it like what happened with her friends was it normal? Or what was going to happen between her and tommy. But it was still a great book. I say you should read it.
sltm22 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, a great book is a book you can't stop reading. A book where you're eyes are practically cemented to the pages. Story of a Girl was one of those books. When Deanna first found out that Tommy- the guy who she was caught in the car with by her dad- was working at the same place as her, I was captivated at what would happen next. If your looking for a story that is realistic, funny, and a book worth re-reading a bunch of times, you've come to the right place. Story of a Girl deserves to be on any girl's bookshelf.
B_SwanCullen13 More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, it was a tad out of my leauge so I wasn't sure I would like it. But within 10 minutes I was addicted and ended up buying and reading the book in 2 days. You see into Deanna's mind truthfully and the story is so well written and amazing. A few days later I acctually decided to give the book to my 13 year old sister, but wasn't sure if she would be old enough for this. But she acctually finished faster than I and loved it. You feel like your in the book. Sad to put it down, though I wasn't completely thrilled with the ending. But still an addciting and REAL plot line. A MUST READ
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I expected it to be better. The plot seemed dull and nonexistant, and there was very little character change to pull it off. However, most of the characters were likeable, if somewhat undeveloped. The end offered very little resolution, and it wasn't to my tastes. I think the author was trying to hard, between "the girl of the sea" and other annoyances. By far, the worst thing about this book for me is the overuse of the word "declaration". It was in there at least nine times (and this is a very short novel).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book.. Actually I own it, I didn't bye it of of my kindle. I HAD IT BEFORE. Still, great book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of my life, in fact it was exactly like my life. It shows how Deanna's life now has an awful label on it because of a mistake that she made years ago, and that's exactly how i feel everyday since i made the same mistake 2 and a half years ago!!!
Juggalocoroni More than 1 year ago
Story of a Girl is one of the realist fiction books I've read. It's a story that you can relate to in many situations and the feeling of connecting with the characters starts right from the getgo. It's the tale of three friends and their secrets, and how they struggle to keep themselves together. Great read, I recommend it to all!
kels10 More than 1 year ago
Deanna was thirteen when she would hang out with Tommy in his truck. Its three years later and there's still rumors going around about her. However through all her problems she learns to face the facts and stay true to herself. This book is really a great book. I deffinetly recommend this book to not only girls but guys too. I really took this book to heart, and its just unforgettable. Read it!!!
bookluvinprof More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because of the way it focused not just so much on the main character's sexual experience, but on the aftermath of that experience: the way she is treated differently by her family, especially her father; her friends at school, and by the community in general. Too often, sex and romance are depicted as being the only meaningful growth experiences, and in this book, they are a minimal part of the character's development. I also liked the book's realistic setting. This is one of the few YA novels I've read where the characters are not upper middle class, and worries about work, money, and opportunity are a significant part of the story.
JMRALCC More than 1 year ago
Story of a girl, by Sara Zarr, was an amazing book. it gave a detailed story of Deanna's past and and left me on the edge of my seat. i realized to never judge a book my it's cover. this book was exciting and interesting. she was an innocent girl, and it only took one mistake, one misunderstanding, and one boy, to ruin her entire highschools and beyond years. deanna was thirteen and slept with her brothers best friend. she hadn't had her first date, first kiss, or even first boyfriend. tommy took advantage of her. the worst part was that her dad caught them in the back of his truck, and it was no more to tommy than the funniest story to spread around the town. people made comments to hime such as, "good job, thatta guy, or nice". But for deanna, people she didnt even know expected her to be easy. they'd call her slut, ask to get with her and touch her without any of her own concent. her dad hated her, he was embarassed to have a daughter with such reputation. as time blew over, the rumor never did. it was always ranked number one. years later Deanna found herself imploye at the same place as tommy, it brought back good and bad memories, feelings, and brought her a future. it was a struggle to manage that and all of her problems at home. i would recomend this book to any young girl. its realistic on problems and the unfortunate way of dealing with them. it really makes you watch what you do, and was overall an amazing book.
SedneyR More than 1 year ago
Story of a girl was a good book because I felt like I was involved in the story, and that I wasn't just looking from the outside in on her life but from the inside out. Deanna is a girl who was sexually involved with her brothers friend Tommy who was seventeen, Deanna was only thirteen. There is a phrase in the book that says "I didn't love him I'm not even sure if I liked him" and after I read that phrase I couldn't put the book down I felt like I was going through Deanna's problems and I needed to see what was going to happen next. The suspense of this book was so amazing I felt scared when Deanna was scared and happy when she was. One particular night Deanna and Tommy were in a parking lot, in a car, being sexually active when her father showed up and caught her and Tommy right in the middle of everything! After that "tragedy" Deanna felt her Dad didn't love her anymore. So considering this she made secret plans to someday move away and live with only her brother, Darren, and his girlfriend and their baby. Well a couple years pass and she finds herself at the end of her sophomore school year and people are still talking about Deanna the slut. Not only that but Deanna also seems to have a crush on her best friend, the catch to that is Deanna's best friends girlfriend is also Deanna's friend so when Deanna kissed the boy she felt she had betrayed her friend and ruined her relationship with the boy. That summer Deanna gets a job at a pizza place to help pay for the place for Darren and his family. Tommy works at the pizza place so everything from her past is always on her mind, Deanna stays strong and doesn't and in control of her emotions. I think that is was a great book and now when I hear about someone in Deanna's position I don't think "Ewe what a slut" I feel bad for that person. I think that this book had a great message as well it not only made me feel bad for her, it made me feel like I have to be more aware in my personal relationships with people. I think this would be a great book to read if you have had sexual encounters, a bad relationship with your parents, or you just simply want to read a great book with a great message. This book is definitely for teens, and I think it's a better message for girls because it could almost be a self help book depending on your situation. This was a great book and I will definitely recommend it to my friends and to you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very well written book. I enjoyed it, it kind of reminded me of myself. It didnt keep me interested for long though. I expected more out of it when i purchased it.
jwheelzJW More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite book but it was well written for the most part. It was a little depressing and the plot was nothing special. Not a book I would read again or add to my library but I don't regret reading it. I just wish things had a little bit more of a happier ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.The characters were really cool and it was well-written. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I thought that the book was a little short too.
Allie_Is_The_Best More than 1 year ago
I can't say this is the best book but It wasn't the worst. It didn't seem excting to me. Just dull. The ending of the book wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Some positive things about this book is that it shows what happens to a girl when things get flipped and scrabbled. It had good sides and bad sides but it was an ok book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. I read in ONE DAY! it is emotional and very edgy.... sometimes it will just keep going on about the same thing so it gets a little boring at times. She could have made a better plot and make it longer.
evidencexneverxlies More than 1 year ago
*Warning- there are some spoliers in my review- not a lot though* This book was horrible. Sorry, but I think it was. I read the back and thought it was going to be really good, you know- learning to ignore what everyone calls her at school, finding herself, staying true, but no. It was during the summer. So there was no plot. None at all. It was basically just: Oh, my dad hates me, I got a job, I got into a fight with my best friend, I kissed my BFF's boyfriend, wow I am so bad. There was no plot, nothing interesing about it. I really could not stand this book. Also, it used the word 'declaration' wayyy too much.
wkamai on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A story of a 16 year old girl, who, when she was thirteen entered the world of maturity far to quickly, and she is forever shunned because of it. A touching story but definitely not something you want to read to the kids. This is more of a story for teens and young adults. An interesting read, but in my opinion the teen angst could have been lightened just a little bit. All in all a good book but not the best that I've ever read.
baachan on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Zarr's novel gives us the story of Deanna, who at 13, was caught having sex with Tommy (who's 4 years older) in his car. Her father is the one who found them; three years later, he still won't speak to her or give any sign of affection. Tommy spread the story around school, and it's followed Deanna ever since, impacting her self-esteem and any chance for a "real" relationship with someone her own age. Now, it's the summer before her junior year and Deanna finds a job in a pizza shop. One of her co-workers is none other than, yup, you guessed it--Tommy. Zarr builds realistic, likeable characters and gives us a compelling story. It felt like I was reading some girl's diary, in that the language used felt like I might actually hear it coming out a teen's mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed the book--I was supposed to be studying for a final exam, and instead I was reading this. The book touched on some very contemporary themes, and in doing so, portrayed family members trying to negotiate new roles for themselves in evolving circumstances. I really appreciated the fact that Zarr gave Deanna a chance to tell off Tommy, but also to forgive him, which to me seemed like a way to let go of what had happened those 3 years earlier. Recommended for purchase for all collections in both public and school libraries.
meggyweg on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Although this is slow-moving -- most character-driven novels are -- it is ultimately VERY realistic fiction. I could totally see this happening in someone's life. Deanna's working-class family, and the difficulties that result from her friction with her father, ring beautifully true. I was impressed.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 11 months ago
When Deanna Lambert is 13 years old her dad catches her having sex with Tommy Webber in the back of a Buick. After that, her life is changed forever because her dad can hardly stand to look at her, her friends and schoolmates all think she's easy, and even teachers seem to talk. The problem is... what does she do years later, when that moment just won't seem to go away? Deanna ends up working at the same pizza place as Tommy Webber, and everyone seems to have an opinion about that.