Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mock Printz: A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

Title: A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl
Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (Random)
ISBN: 0385747020

Starred review in: Kliatt (January '06), School Library Journal (January '06)
Review: Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva don't know each other very well, but they do all know the same bad boy. He woos all of them to a degree of success, and when each of the relationships end, the girls feel bad, not for what they've done but because they realize that the boy is just bad news. Josie decides to send the message to other girls about the bad boy, and she uses the school library's copy of Forever as her sort of bathroom wall. The book is written in verse, and cleverly Stone uses forms and words that teen girls would, such as writing one/word/per/line/like this. It looks like a simple, light read, but there are thoughtful themes of what sex and love mean to teens. The incorporation of old books/stories in new books is a popular trend in teen lit right now. I don't think this book will win the Printz, but it will definitely win teen girl fans and be passed around just like Forever.
Reviewed by: Carlie W., BCCLS

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