A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee StoneA Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

byTanya Lee Stone

Paperback | 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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Tanya Lee Stone studied English at Oberlin College and was an editor of children's nonfiction for many years. She also has a Masters Degree. She teaches writing at Champlain College. After many years as an editor. Tanya moved to Vermont and returned to writing. This award-winning author has written titles that include the young adult n...
Title:A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.51 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553495097

ISBN - 13:9780553495096

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favorites I love this book. I wasn't able to put it down. A must read for teen girls. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must read for teenage girls!! This is the story of three high school girls that get involved with a bad boy and the consequences of that. It is a short story wrote in verse and we get a glimpse of the three girls falling for the same boy. He moves from Josie to Nicolette and finally to Aviva looking for one thing. Sex. I would describe this story as a cautionary tale of what happens when you get involved with a boy who looks for one thing only and you know it but choose to ignore it. I recommend this to all girls stating high school as this could help them make the right choices.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When you start this book you won't be able to put it down! I love this book! When I went camping after the sun had gone down I picked up the book and 2 hours later I turned to my sister and said: I love that book. When I went to Indigo today I saw it was on sale for 5 bucks and I got it! I 3 it!
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a book for a MATURE TEEN! A lot of parents would be horrified to have their daughter read this book. They should work on that and read it themselves. This book was written in a verse style which I thought I was going to hate but I ended up loving this book. While it was formatted like verse it really did feel like prose to me. It is the new Forever by Judy Blume. Forever is "the sex book". It was the seminal book that looked at sex as a reality for teenagers and how they could really want it and wasn't a horrible cautionary tale where everyone ended up pregnant or with STDs. This book reminds me of Forever. 3 high school girls get sucked in by T.L. - a hot gorgeous sexy senior. He is a player after sex and each girl has to figure out how far she is willing to go and they each learn a lot about themselves after their experience. It is full of sex - that is the point of the book - but it is a wonderful fascinating book. Much more in tune with todays teen than Forever (which still sells and sells). It would be a great one for parents to read then give to their kids.
Date published: 2008-02-10

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JosieFor the RecordI'm not stuck up.I'm confident.There's a big difference.If I was stuck upI'd be one of those"Oh look at me, I'm so pretty"girlsinstead of just appreciating the fact thatmy cinnamon skin looks good year-roundand I can hop in the shower after soccer or lacrosse,throw on a clean sweatshirt,sweep on some mascara,let my hair loose from its pony,and give any girla serious run for her money.And while I totally deserve my spot in Honors EnglishI'm happy to take my proper placein Algebra I, suffering alongside the rest of themediocre math heads.So,as far as high school boys go,I'm not so floundering in self-esteem issuesthat I needsomeone's arm to hang on orsomeone's jersey number to cheer forto be a legitimate person,like some people I know.Man, to listen to Kim and Carolinechatter away all summeryou'd think we've been waiting our whole pathetic livesjust to graduate middle schooland get to Point Beach Highso we could date high school boys.As if high school boyshold some kind of magical keyto who weallreallyare.The Whole TruthAll that stuff I just said is absolutelyswear-to-God true,but the rest of the truththe whole truthislatelyI don't have as tight a gripon my confidenceas usual.I mean, this is high school.Sure, I was pretty popular in middle school,but you never knowhow these things are going toturn out.What ifwhat Kim and Caroline callmy natural lookis considered totally lame in high school?What ifwanting to readduring lunchmakes me atotal geek?What ifI don'tfit inatall?JigsawIt's funny how one night can changethe way you look at certain things.I mean, I believe 100 percentthat high school boys don't hold any magical key or anythingbut that's not the same as saying they're all bad.Some of them aren't so bad.Like, maybe,thisone.I saw him across the gym before he saw me.He was scoping things out at the Fall Fling,looking for that one lucky freshmanto win the prizeof dancingwith the studly senior.I think he picked mebecause I lookedright at himas if I couldn'tcare less.I couldn't caremore.My heart was pounding,palms sweaty.Hit me like a surprise party you cross-your-hearthad no ideaanyone was throwing you.Now, I have never understood all thathe's-my-other-halfsoul mate stuffor when people sometimes talk abouthaving an empty space insideor that they're missing pieces or something.But thenhe walked overand fit himselfright into my puzzle.First (Real) Date: Part OneI think Mom is a little bit worriedthe first guy I'm datingis a senior.She should know mebetter than that.I never doanythingI don't want to do.That's not going to change.I mean, when everyone thoughtit was so coolto sit on the seawalland puff through a pack of Marlboro Lights,I had a blast sitting there laughing,telling them how truly stupid anduncoolthey really were, actually,coughing and sputtering and wanting to puke,yeah, real sexy,dopes.Give me some credit.I never doanythingI don't want to do.Period.He picks me up in his brand-newMazda Miata.I hate to admit it,but he kind of cracked mycool-as-a-cucumber exteriorI tried to pull offat the dance(even though I'm hopinghe didn't notice I talked way too fast)but nowall he's talking aboutis how many horsepowers his stupid car hasand the torqueand how he almost picked cherry redbut he's so stoked that they had thissweet ocean colorcome in at the last minuteand I'm starting to thinkmaybeI madeabigmistake,but I just smile and nod,like the idiotic bobbleheadplantedin the middle of his dashboard,pretendingthis is the mostinteresting conversation ever.Man, I hope he doesn't keep this up too long.We pull in to Smiles.The parking lot isalive,too many radio stationsblaringkids making out in carssitting on hoodseating hot dogshigh-fivingsmoking various thingsdrinking various thingstalking too loudaboutnothing.Real fun.Insidethe scene isn't all that different,exceptit's another kind of darkpunctuatedby the bright lightsof too many pulsingvideo gamesjammed upagainst each other.We walk over to a big bunch of seniorsby the batting cageshe drapes his arm around mereal possessive,which should have immediately brought out myI-can-take-care-of-myself attitude,but instead stirs thisway-foreign tingly"Oh my God, he really likes me" rush.(Lame! Did I just actually think that?)"Dude!""Who's the babe? Freshmeat?" one of the jocks says,right in front of my face."Get it? Freshmen, freshmeat?"He's laughing hysterically,like this is the most hilarious thinganyonehas everheard."Yeah, got it.Guys, this is Josie."A round of Hi's, How's It Goin's, and What's Up'sare tossed in my general direction."Hi."I never thought this scenewould interest mebut actually,I feel really,I don't know,included, I guess,with his arm wrapped around mepulling me into a group--and not just any group:the coolest, most popular group of seniors,even though the guys are fairly juvenile."Hey, we're all heading over to Lindsey's in a while,"one of the boys says."Time to party!""Okay. We'll hit that, too. All right, Jos?""Okay. Sure."Although I'm not at all surebecause my Mom wouldfreakif she knew I was going to asenior party.First (Real) Date: Part TwoWe hang out at Smiles for a while,eat some truly nasty pizza,then head over to Lindsey's.On the drive overhe rests his hand on my thigh,"Are you having a good time?""Yes.""Good, I'm glad. I want you to have fun."His handis stillon mythigh.He's going on and on about something,his car again, I think,but I can't concentratewith his fingers moving back and forth like thatand even though he's acting realinnocent,like he's got no goal or anything,the heat from his fingers issearing through to my skinlike one of those iron-on transfers.I could almost betwhen I look laterhis handprintwill have been permanentlyimprintedon my leg.Then he raises the stakes.He moves his hand onto minepicks it upand puts it onhis thigh.He takes his eyes off the roadfor a secondlooks at meand smiles.Like the big bad wolf.If I was in a comic strip,there'd be a bubble coming out of my headwith the word "Gulp" in it.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Three girls succumb to the charms of one sexy high school senior and emerge wiser for the experience in this energetic novel in verse. . . The free verse gives the stories a breathless, natural flow and changes tone with each narrator. The language is realistic and frank, and, while not graphic, it is filled with descriptions of the teens and their sexuality. This is not a book that will sit quietly on any shelf; it will be passed from girl to girl to girl.”–School Library Journal, Starred Review“This amazing first novel is one of the most honest treatments of teenage sexuality to be found in YA fiction. . . . This will be much talked about, and every reader who has been swept away in a love affair will recognize its truth.”–Kliatt“The kind of tell-it-like-it-is wisdom that comes from your best girlfriends. It’s irresistible.”–Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels“Candid free-verse novel . . . electrically charged.”–The Horn Book Magazine“Stone's novel in verse, more poetic prose than poetry, packs a steamy, emotional wallop. . . . The lessons learned here, however, are important.”–Booklist “It's fantastic–hip, edgy, and addicting. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always real. Sure to be the new Forever.”–Cynthia Leitich Smith, award-winning author“Every high-school age girl in the world needs to read this book, before they meet the proverbial bad boy.”–Teens Read Too!“3 smart girls + 1 slick senior boy = 1 sharply observed novel about sex, sisterhood, and self-respect.”–Reading Rants!A Bill's Best Book chosen by ALAN–the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English“The next Vagina Monologues, . . . for the teen crowd.”–Donna Freitas, Belief.net columnist and author of Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise“Stone's intimate and honest work accurately depicts both the agony and ecstasy of teenage relationships from the inside out.”–VOYA, 4Q, 4PFrom the Hardcover edition.