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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

Random House/Wendy Lamb Books | 2006 | 14 and up


A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva are three very different girls who all date the same bad boy with an irresistible knack for getting into their blood and under their skin. Will the choices they make and the paths they take lead them where they want to go? 

Meet the Girls

JosieI'm not stuck up.
I'm confident.
There's a big difference.


NicoletteWhy should I sit around and wait for some guy to call me?
It's all about the power.
Who's got it and who doesn't. 


Aviva I'm what you call a Criss-Crosser. I've got friends in pretty much all the cliques. I think it's because I'm pretty, but not cheerleader pretty, and smart, but not brainiac smart, and artsy but not freak-show artsy.


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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl

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  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  • School Library Journal Book of the Month
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Texas Tayshas State Reading List
  • Maryland Great Books for Teens 2006
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • Nominated for ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and ALA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

"brave and beautiful...honest and nonjudgmental"  Megan McCafferty, New York Times best-selling author

"...crawl-under-the-skin true filled with humor, hope, a little heartbreak, and the kind of tell-it-like-it-is wisdom that comes from your best girlfriends. It's irresistible." 
Libba Bray, NYT best-selling author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels

"poetic, funny, and amazingly true...will be dog-eared and stuffed in pockets and read long after bedtime." --E. Lockhart 

"Vagina Monologues...for the teen crowd." - Donna Freitas, 

"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."  - Kliatt, Starred Review 

"a brilliantly observed wake-up call for teenagers about life and love" - Lovereading  

"It's fantastic--hip, edgy, and addicting. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always real. Sure to be the new Forever."
- Award-Winning Author Cynthia Leitich Smith

"Stone's novel in verse, more poetic prose than poetry, packs a steamy, emotional wallop...suggest(s) a mature audience, even though the sex isn't graphic. The lessons learned here, however, are important: the girls realize they'll be hurt again, but they are now "Forewarned / Forearmed / Forever." 
- Booklist

"every high-school age girl in the world needs to read this book...a story of self-discovery, broken hearts, and renewed spirits...a wake-up call."  Teens Read Too!

"spot-on...evidence that feminism is alive and worth fighting for."  Avenging Sybil

"This should be on every girl's ninth grade reading list for life."  BookSnog

"At our BBYA teen meeting, this book was the clear favorite of all the books on our list, especially among the young women in the room....Stone provides opportunities for teens to discuss the nature of relationships and how sex is used as a weapon against young women, even when the women believe they are in control of the relationship....I’d like to see this book placed widely." --Ed Spicer

The three (very different) teen girl narrators in this candid free-verse novel form a chorus of varied perspectives on how a 'bad boy'-the same boy for all three-causes them to lose control before they even realize what's happening. Stone's portrayal of the object of their (dis)affection is stereotyped, but the three girls are distinct characters, and she conveys the way the girls' bodies and brains respond to the unnamed everyjerk in electrically charged (and sexually explicit) detail. Finally returning to her senses, Josie decides to post warnings about her ex in the back of the school library's copy of Judy Blume's Forever... because 'every girl reads it eventually.' Others add their own caveats in a reassuring show of sisterhood. As this scribbled 'support group' illustrates, even the most careful and self-aware among us sometimes gets bitten by the snake in the grass.'"  Horn Book

ALAN -- The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English
-- chose A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL as a BILL'S BEST BOOK for September 2005

Judy Blume mentioned Tanya and her book in a Guardian article! Thank You Judy Blume!

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