A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

 
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
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June 12, 2007
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Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy–a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out
on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won’t back down.

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A book for all girls to read
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Three very different girls. One bad boy that they all meet up with and who changes their lives. All three stories told in poetry that feels real, like the kind of things a teen girl might have going through her head on any given day.

(Warning: there will be some spoilers in this review. But they wont tell everything and youll get a lot out of reading this book. So whether you read on here or not, definitely go read the book.)

The tale starts with Josie, a freshman, who has always fancied herself to be a smart girl cool and confident. But this is high school now -- and the bad boy? Hes a senior. Sexy. Slick. He knows just the right things to say. Even when his lines are cheesy, they still work, coming from him.

Josie falls hard, but isnt ready to give up everything to him. Shes still holding on to that self-confidence. In the end, shes glad she didnt because she figures out he was only after one thing and one thing only. He drops her like a rock when he figures out he isnt going to get it.

Josie is reeling, but also mad. She decides to take some action. She adds a warning note about him to the back of Forever by Judy Blume in the school library and starts telling other girls in school about it. Hey, every girl in high school reads that one sooner or later, right?

Next up is Nicollete. Shes a junior and shes got some experience with guys. She thinks she has all the answers and all the control but soon our bad boy has her tied up in knots. Shes in love for the first time, but his actions speak louder than his words. He doesnt take her out on any real dates, but somehow always winds up just hooking up with her, even at school.

Their romance ends when Nic finally calls him out. She is devastated and a total wreck, but finally confides in her mother, who helps her to regain some self-esteem. She winds up adding more to the back notes in Forever that Josie started, after Josie herself pushes her gently that way.

Then theres Aviva, a well-balanced senior. She considers herself a criss-crosser; popular enough with everyone. Even so, its a surprise to her when the bad boy comes calling. She works to keep her distance, but she does find him charming. And hanging out with him means shes suddenly hanging out with the A-list crowd, something she thought she didnt really care about. But now&popularity has its charms too.

Things are up and down with Aviva. She keeps overhearing things that just dont seem quite right. But she cant help feeling this is it and she decides he is the one to lose her virginity to.

The predictable thing happens and soon, Josie is there again to offer some comfort and point Aviva to Forever, which is becoming a chronicle for a lot of girls in school. There is comfort in knowing that youre not alone and that no matter how smart you try to be, things sometimes happen.

I found A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl to be a very strong and emotional read with flashes of both humor and seriousness. All three girls learned something from their experience and you, the reader, can benefit from their trials. Trust yourself, trust your instincts, trust your friends. As Josie says, forewarned is forearmed.

Given the sexual content, Id recommend this book primarily to readers aged 14 and up. I highly recommend it to all girls in high school. The bad boys are out there, even the ones who dont have a clue how bad they are. In the authors words, dont let them get you down.
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Reader reviewed by gonkat

The book A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Sara Lee Stone is good. This coming of age story is about three completely different girls who fall for the same guy. He makes them believe that they're special and that he actually loves them. Instead, he's actually using them. At school he's known to be a player but these girls think he's changed.
This book is full of actual experiences that some teenage girls go through. Thinking they fall in love and then giving something special to a guy that doesn't deserve it. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes books like this.
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Reader reviewed by gonkat

The book A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Sara Lee Stone is good. This coming of age story is about three completely different girls who fall for the same guy. He makes them believe that they're special and that he actually loves them. Instead, he's actually using them. At school he's known to be a player but these girls think he's changed.
This book is full of actual experiences that some teenage girls go through. Thinking they fall in love and then giving something special to a guy that doesn't deserve it. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes books like this.
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fantablous
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Reader reviewed by christie

i love this book.its about three girls each a different section in a part of the book telling how they all dated a guy.the guy is a bad boy and acted like the guy each girl acted like and then played them all when he got what he wanted.and the three girls got labeled as wrong things cuz the guy spread rumors.it shows how some guy are really just jerks.no offense to any guy but im calling the guy in the book a jerk.i also think a bad boy cant be good for a girl.
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Why we need bad boys
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Reader reviewed by Melissa Palmer

A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl is an edgy novel but a powerful one.  It has a good lesson.  The verse novel format adds to its strength.  While some language and content would make it hard to use as a classroom book, I have had HS students read it independently.  The girls love it.

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not that good
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Reader reviewed by Ruth

I know the book had a good message for girls about players. But all the stories were the same and not all girls are that easy. And i doubt not all girls are eager to have a too physical relationship with a guy. To me the words were too bold and frank. I expected a good read but i finished it in 45 minutes. Did not meet my expectations.
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True To Life.
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Reader reviewed by Devan Woten

this book is true to life. if you dont like books that talk about real things that can happen in life (ex. from book: SEX) i wouldn't read it. this book is believable. and true to life. it is one of my favorite books i have ever read. you should really try it. and i think its good for teens to read it like middle school and high school age. cause it can really happen whether you like the idea of it or not.
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Read it. NOW.
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Reader reviewed by Khy

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy--a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won't back down.

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Ever read one of those books that you really want to review and talk about because it's so good but you have to think pretty hard for things to say about it and your review turns out kind of suckish? For me, that book is A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl.

This book had a lot going for it. Right at the beginning of each girl's POV, the girl said what she was like. I did find the girls kind of similar, but that didn't really bother me. Anyway, the girls were described well and I felt like I knew them. I also felt like I knew unnamed bad boy jerk, even though he wasn't even described that much. The girls just told how he was really hot, but I still felt like I knew him. Maybe because he was a stereotypical bad boy jerk, but the kind that of stereotypical bad boy jerk that actually exists. (Did that make sense?)

So, plot. It was like many subplots in books. There was the girl head over heels for the boy who only wanted her for sex, but she was virtually unaware of that fact. I should dislike this fact, but I don't. This book was just so much better than the other books with this plot. It delivered such a powerful message that I didn't mind the plot I see all the time. It was just a lot better.

And one thing that made me really happy was the fact that they talked about Forever by Judy Blume so much. I absolutely love that book, so seeing it actually play a big part in this book made my inner Judy Blume fangirl happy.

If you don't read this book, especially if you are a teenage girl, you are missing out big time. READ IT I TELL YOU! READ IT! There were so many things that should have bothered me, but they didn't because the book was so engrossing and wonderful.

On the blurb page, Cynthia Leitich Smith (author of Tantalize, in case you didn't know) said this book was "Sure to be the new Forever." While I do not think their should be a new Forever, since Forever was just so wonderful, but if, for whatever bizarre reason, there had to be a new Forever, I'd pick A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl to be it.
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hard lesson for girls
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Reader reviewed by Ruth

yea, the book warns girls not to fall for just any guy, especially one that is looking to only fulfill his physical needs. But the girls in the book are all so easy and gives themselves up with all heart, body and mind. I finishes the book in 45 minutes. I for one didn't like it very much.
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Poetry to my eyes
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Reader reviewed by ren5

It is an amazing book. It is in poery form which makes it a quick read. I love poetry for but even if you dont you will still fall in love with this book. I have recomened it to all of my friends.

It was great I felt so connected to the characters. It is written so you understand where the characters are coming from.
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Not all pink and fluff
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Reader reviewed by abscae

I judge a book by it's cover. Unfortunately, I judged this one to be all pink and fluffy, and passed by it on the shelves. However, when I read it, it gave me a new insight into a girl's perspective.

First, there's Josie, a girl who promised never to put her friends below a boy. Yet when she catches the attention of a jock, all ideals and morals fly, and she is left falling for him. When their relationship is torn when the jock leaves her, Josie recooperates through reading Blume's Forever. Scribbling a warning for other girls into the very last pages of the novel, Josie finds closure.

Next comes Nicolette, a girl aware of her sexual abilities. When she dates the jock, she finally sees the difference of love and sex, only to have the boy leave her. Finally, there's artsy Aviva who gives her virginity to the jock, only to find it all lacking. When once again dumped by the jock, she finds solace in Forever, which now holds many rantings of other teenage girls.

Funny and heart wrenching, the characters come to life in one's mind and leave a reader breathless.
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