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July 28, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: July's Best Book

Kate Hart

Shortest RTW ever:

The best book I read in July was STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr.

I already returned it to the library, so I can't quote any of my favorite parts, but that might be for the best-- because while I read it, I wasn't in love. But then I thought about it non-stop for a week afterward. That = good book, in my humble opinion.

From School Library Journal, via Amazon:

"When Deanna's father catches her having sex in a car when she is 13, her life is drastically changed. Two years later, he still can't look her in the eye, and though Tommy is the only boy she's been with, she is branded the school slut. Her entire family watches her as though she is likely to sleep with anyone she sees, and Tommy still smirks at and torments her when she sees him. Her two best friends have recently begun dating, and Deanna feels like an intruder. She tries to maintain a close relationship with her older brother, but Darren and his girlfriend are struggling as teenage parents. Deanna learns to protect herself by becoming outwardly tough, but feels her isolation acutely. Her only outlet is her journal in which she writes the story of an anonymous girl who has the same experiences and feelings that she does."

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  1. This sounds like a great book. *dashes to add it to goodreads*

  2. I love when books make me think for days after finishing them.

  3. Those are the best! Anything that sticks around in your brain is amazing. Much more likely to read those kinds of books twice.

  4. I read this book a few months ago. Absolutely love it!

  5. I really loved this one too. I read Sweethearts by her this month and it was my runner-up for best book of the month (wouldve won, but I just read Stolen.) Anyway, Sweethearts was really compelling and beautiful and made me ache. My fave of hers so far.


  6. Will check it out-- thanks for sharing!

  7. This has been on my TBR list for long. It's time...


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