Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-wearyNot Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-weary

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

byEmily Pohl-weary

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

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Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog.”

Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat—the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it with. So begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth.

When a new girl gang appears in the city—with claws and paws—Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human self, forced to choose between the guy who sparks her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, the media, and her mother catch up to her.

Award-winning author and arts educator  EMILY POHL-WEARY is a founder of the Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth. She has published five books, a series of comics, and a literary magazine. Her biography of her grandmother Judith Merril, Better to Have Loved (co-authored with Merril), won the Hugo Aw...
Title:Not Your Ordinary Wolf GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.79 × 5.75 × 1.05 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670066400

ISBN - 13:9780670066407

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I was so excited to be asked to be a part of this blog tour and to review Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl. Not only was I excited that the author was Canadian (YAY!) but it also had to do with the fact that this book was about werewolves that were also rock stars! Sam was a great character from the very beginning. Her voice was real and authentic. She is the mastermind behind her underground band that has just gotten a following and she is struggling with all the different personalities surrounding her. There are her band mates that seem to care more about fame then what is actually going on, and then there is the guy who Sam has liked for a long time, who now professes his interest. If that wasn't enough, she gets attacked in the park one night, and after that she starts having weird cravings for meat (and since she is a vegetarian this is weird) she blacks out occasionally and new and interesting boy is telling her he can help with the cravings and explain everything. This book was great fun to read. Honestly I was laughing out loud at certain instances because the dialogue was spot on. The characters were fabulous because they were all different and therefore brought something new and interesting to the story. What I think I loved mist was the mystery aspect of the story that was a secondary plot line at the beginning of the story but then became the sole focus at the end. I thought that was very well done and brought a lot of tension to the end. The only issue I had was the end. I thought that it was rushed and I thought that there could have been more explanation as t why it all happened and what will come next. I wanted a little bit more closure than I received but for an author who does not normally wrote for this genre, Emily did a fantastic job grabbing my attention, making me feel for her character and making me keep reading until the story was over. A great fun read for paranormal lovers!
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Werewolf Story with Smarts and Heart Did you enjoy the Twilight saga? Well, this book is nothing like those stories. In Emily Pohl-Weary’s Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, you will meet Sam, who lives the life of a rock star on stage but whose life off stage is decidedly less exciting. Until she unwittingly gets bitten while biking home one night after a concert, of course. That’s when everything changes. This seems to be the season of strong female characters as this is the third book in a row I’ve read whose protagonists are far from the doe-eyed, maiden-in-distress archetype. Or maybe I’m only now discovering more and more fiction replete with confident, determined women thanks to the plethora of wonderful female authors out there. Whatever it is, I really enjoyed Pohl-Weary’s take on the werewolf subgenre because the love story isn’t really the meat of this novel. What can you expect from the story then? I love that Pohl-Weary tackles the challenge that stems from change and that Sam has to learn how to accept her circumstances while she makes the most of them. She’s not whiny or needy despite the fact that she could use all the help she can get to deal with her new life. I like that there’s a conflict between conforming to societal norms (super hirsute faces scream “wolf girl”, don’t they?) and letting the true self come out. For much of the story, Sam is unsure which of the two boys in the novel she can trust, and I like that she waddles back and forth in her decision because boy is trust always a tough issue. If you’re looking for an adventure-packed read full of twists, turns, and a strong female protagonist, give Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl a whirl.
Date published: 2013-10-25

Editorial Reviews

With teenage angst, a love quadrangle, a fantasy element that should be silly but isn’t, and a strong female heroine who is anything but a hapless damsel in distress, Pohl-Weary’s latest YA title offers a welcome twist on the paranormal genre - Cara Smusiak, Quill and QuireThe story is fast and superbly told, and the characters are fantastically likable and believable. Wolf Girl is a YA werewolf novel that's not afraid to show us the sex and violence of the wolf-story, not afraid of ratcheting up the tension and the fear, but still firmly age-appropriate. - Cory Doctorow, Boing BoingEmily Pohl-Weary's writing is evocative, ensuring the reader truly understands the depth of Sam's physical and emotional transformation, and her characterizations are explicit and fully revealing. - Helen Kubiw, CanLit for Little CanadiansMy desire to follow Sam to some sort of resolution was fueled by stellar writing and a plot construction that is free of gaps or holes. The book stands above others in its genre because of the attention to detail. - OurFeministPlayschool