Book Review: Story of a Girl

by Melissa on July 21, 2010 · 0 comments

in 14-17, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Lexile 900-999, School Life, Social Issues

Title: Story of a Girl
Series: no
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Sara Zarr
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] 960L
AR Level: [?] 4.5
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“When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend - Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “”school slut,”" she 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.”


This book is often used as an example of an authentic teen voice in books. Even though the protagonist is 13, the sexual content of the book is pretty mature and not a good fit for most younger teens. The family situation is fairly dysfunctional.


Level 2, 3  [?] A teen flips off another.

Sexual Content

Thirteen year-old girl has sex with a seventeen year-old. Though she states she doesn’t love him, or even really like him. Boys make comments about a girls ‘boobs’. Word use: skank, slut, nympho. A teen girl gets pregnant. A teen boy convinces a girl to ‘go down’ on him, saying it wasn’t really sex.


Teens get drunk and stoned. There are kegs at a party. A teen describes her father as a drunk. `all cranked out on meth. A kid is arrested for using pot. Teens smoke cigarettes.




Mention of a kid cutting themselves. Teens move into parents basement when they have a baby. Father of teen is pretty critical of them and the job they are doing.


`Jesus’ used as expletive.

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