Review: Not That Kind Of Girl by Soibhan Vivian

notthatkindofgirlTitle: Not That Kind Of Girl

Author: Soibhan Vivian
Publication Date: 1st September 2011 (Push)
Pages: 448
Genre: Contemporary
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK |  |Book Depository|  |Waterstones|

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. [Goodreads]

This book surprised me in many ways. The whole cover *waves hand over the cover* is kinda misleading compared to what’s in the story.

Natalie knows what she wants out of school and she needs to be the student president role. She avoids all the ‘jerky’ popular boys in the school and she feels the need to help those around her to become better. She took in her best friend, Autumn, when she fell from the popular and she’s now taken in the Spencer, the child she used to babysit. The whole Spencer idea almost becomes a whole project that runs along with the school council. Spencer is the complete opposite to Natalie and she in turn teaches her a thing or two about, well, life. Finding yourself and general things about growing up.  The book pretty much lays out the different sides of feminism.

But the thing I liked about Natalie was her friendships she builds. She’s very much there for Autumn all the time and is there to listen. Listen to their problems, their lives and help give advice to help them. She isn’t seen as someone who is lost on the exterior so her friends don’t return the exchange. This is something that I can relate to myself, where I’ve become a listener and in some cases, I do like trying to give advice (even if it’s wrong!).

But the always calm exterior always shatters in the end, and now one of the ‘jerky popular guys’ is the one she can’t stop thinking about? Is she suddenly becoming a slut? Is there a difference between the ‘a little out of line’ and the ‘completely wrong’?

I adored the ending and it was done quite beautifully. And I think this is down to Vivian creating such a great character.

My Rating:

I really liked it

4 cup

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