Story of A Girl

Story of A Girl

Book - 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 Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and redemption.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. ; London : Little, Brown, 2008.
ISBN: 9780316014540
0316014540
9780316014533
Characteristics: 192 p. ;,21 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Apr 10, 2016

Deanna is a high school student still dealing with the aftermath of something that happened three years earlier when she was thirteen. She lives with her father’s constant disapproval. She dreams of escaping from her parents’ house with her brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Deanna is a very compelling narrator whose desperation to be accepted by her family and friends is heartbreaking.

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Haven0406
Dec 31, 2014

Finished this book the same day i started reading; very good read :)

euclid13 Jul 03, 2012

Good story. Girl has to deal with some very hard problems.

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sunflowerrr
Apr 27, 2012

Pretty good. I really liked this book because I grew up in Half Moon Bay, which is right near Pacifica and I know where the old Chart house is and stuff. So I knew a lot of the places the book talked about, especially the malls, and Terra Nova high school. It was pretty cool.

Emawesome Dec 22, 2011

This book was sooooo amazing and very relatable. I cried during some of the parts! A must read for any teen.

izzysnooks Oct 24, 2011

Sooo relatable beautiful story of strenght and uncertanty of someone with a pass.

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Drpepper4ever
Jul 05, 2011

I was intrigued the moment I picked up this novel. It's sad and touching, and had me tear up more than once (which is rare when I read novels). The heartbreaking thing about it is that in some way, everyone can relate to it. In the novel, Deanna feels trapped with a reputation she does not want. This novel covers everything in a teens life: friends, relationships, family, etc. and makes you empathetic towards not only Deanna, but her family and peers as well.
Everyone's got their story, and Deanna's is just one of the many. However, the portrayal of her life is fantastic, and I would be shocked if someone in the teen age group is not moved at some point while reading this novel.

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Mahala
May 08, 2010

This is a beautifully crafted tale and I teared up twice while reading. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a realistic novel about a girl who tries to deal with the daily obstacles in her life and how she learns to look foward and not back.

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Bbyjun Jul 01, 2013

Bbyjun thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

ecrl Jan 17, 2013

ecrl thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

EuSei Oct 19, 2012

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Kysandralovesyouu Jul 20, 2012

Kysandralovesyouu thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Emawesome Dec 22, 2011

Emawesome thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Drpepper4ever
Jul 05, 2011

Drpepper4ever thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Mahala
May 08, 2010

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Kysandralovesyouu Jul 20, 2012

Coarse Language: They say "Fuck You" a couple of times but i think this book is very suitable for kids age's 13 and up.

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Drpepper4ever
Jul 05, 2011

Coarse Language: Drops the "F" bomb once or twice, not loaded with swears, but there are a few.

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Drpepper4ever
Jul 05, 2011

Sexual Content: The author never describes anything in detail, but the story is surrounded by an issue involving sex, so it's obviously going to come up at some point in the novel.

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Mahala
May 08, 2010

Deanna's story is touching, and the worst example of how one event can seem to define a person's life. But like the fighter she is, Deanna tries to move on and just live her life as normally as possible, with her two best friends and her family. But her family life isn't exactly picturesque. Her older brother, his wife Stacy, and their baby daughter are living in the basement. Her father is always arguing with Stacy, and Deanna thinks that he hates Stacy almost as much as he hates her since that fateful night when Deanna's life fell apart. Her mother loves her and tries so hard to give Deanna the care that she needs, but somehow it doesn't quite make up for the fact that their family is just barely scraping by. On top of all that, Deanna doesn't know if she'll ever make it out of Pacifica, a little dump of a town in the otherwise glamorous state of California.

After sophomore year is over, Deanna is stuck at home all summer. To get out of the house and keep her busy, she gets her first job at a little local pizza parlor. There, she discovers that the same boy who came so close ruining her life three years earlier is now her co-worker. While she struggles to understand her feelings towards him, she is also struggling at home to live with the strange family arrangement and someday find a way out.

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