Story Of A Girl

Paperback | February 1, 2008


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I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy's Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o'clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.
I didn't love him.
I'm not sure I even liked him.

In a moment, Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," Deanna longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom, and striking emotion,Story of a Girlreminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and redemption.

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I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy's Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o'clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.I didn't love him.I'm not sure I even liked him.In a moment, Deanna Lambert's teenage life is cha...

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author ofHow to Save a Life,What We Lost,Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalistStory of a Girl. She is also the coauthor ofRoomies, with Tara Altebrando.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316014540

ISBN - 13:9780316014540

Appropriate for ages: 12

Customer Reviews of Story Of A Girl


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish there was a sequel Short book, I loved it. Just wish there was a part two and see what happens after.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Story Of A Girl This book was alright. It was short, and I read it pretty quickly. Could have been better, but also could have been worse. It was a good book for a younger aduience.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Great (spoilers) This book was a really great, really quick read. Deanna's character is great and really changes a lot. It all starts when her dad finds her in the backseat of a car with Tommy, ever since then he hasn't talked to her. Then her brother Darren gets his girlfriend pregnant and moves his new family into his parents basement. Well its 3 years after that night her dad found her and he still doesn't talk to her. She gets a job at a pizza place for the summer in hopes that she can surprise her brother and his girlfriend with enough money for the four of them to move out. Turns out Tommy is working at the pizza place. Her best friend ends up mad at her, her brother moves out without her. However, at the end things are on the mend, her dad is speaking to her and she meets up with her friends in the last paragraph. Overall its a really great book, definitely a must read.
Date published: 2008-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Standard This is a standard messed up life story. I half expected it to be somewhat interesting but I was dissapointed. There is only one main conflict in the novel and it gets old when you read through it. Also, you can't really connect to the main characters and their struggle. The author doesn't really explain the story in enough detail and it makes it kind of confusing. Overall, I would say that this book is "ok". I enjoyed it but I won't be reading it again.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This was an interesting book but it didn't captivate me. Deanna got caught having sex with a boy by her father when she was 13. This has defined her life every since. Her father thinks she's a sleaze and seems to hate her. The story got spread around school in a bunch of ways that made her look suicidal, pathetic and slutty. Boys grab her - girls hate her - even though its been three years. I liked the story but I didn't really connect with Deanna. I would recommend it but I'd recommend the ones below more.
Date published: 2008-04-03

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* "Realistic fiction at its best. Zarr's storytelling is excellent....An emotionally charged story...recommended for both teens and the adults who live and work with them."
-School Library Journal (starred review)