Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Just a Girl
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Taking a hard look at the societal conventions that constrain teenage girls, William C. Morris Award finalist Carrie Mesrobian tells one girl’s story with bracing honesty and refreshing authenticity.

By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the fun there is to have in small town Wereford, Minnesota. Volleyball season is winding down, the parties all feel tired, and now that she’s in a serious relationship with reformed player Luke Pinsky, her wild streak has ended. Not that she ever did anything more than the guys her age did...but she knows what everyone thinks of her.

Including her parents. Divorced but now inexplicably living together again, Rianne wonders why they’re so quick to point out every bad choice she’s making when they can’t even act like adults. With an uncomfortable home life and her once-solid group of friends now dissolving, the reasons for sticking around after high school are few. So why is Rianne in lockstep when it comes to figuring out her future?

That’s not the only question Rianne can’t answer. Lately she’s been wondering why, when she has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend, she wants anything but. Or how it is that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian, understands her better than anyone who’s known her all her life? And why has Rianne gotten stuck with an “easy girl” reputation for doing the same exact things guys do without any judgment? Carrie Mesrobian, acclaimed author of Sex & Violence and Cut Both Ways, sets fire to the unfair stereotypes and contradictions that persist even in the twenty-first century.

Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Just a Girl “Even having this sex was boring. Uninteresting. She tried to make good sounds so he wouldn’t notice.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl called Rianne.

Rianne was a girl who seemed to get used a lot, especially by boys. She seemed to throw her virginity away like it meant nothing, and then hooked up with quite a few other guys just for something to do. I did feel sorry for her when her mother told her she needed to move out though.

The storyline in this was basically just about Rianne’s day-to-day life and her sex life, and we did get cheating in this book, with Rianne sleeping with another guy whilst in a relationship with someone else. The story was enjoyable though, even if it seemed to lack direction a bit.

The ending to this was a little odd, and I really did wonder what would happen to Rianne next.

6.5 out of 10

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