Girl | Blake Nelson

A suburban high-schooler infiltrates the Portland, Oregon music scene and experiences a world far removed from most of her classmates’ social lives.

Recommendations

• “YA fiction at the very top of the genre … speaks the language of most of this age group.” Publisher’s Weekly review, 1994

Review

When Cybil shaves her head, Andrea is completely embarrassed for her and worried about what everyone at school will think. But then Cybil forms a band, and Andrea starts hanging out at the clubs downtown and shopping at thrift stores instead of the mall. She meets charismatic local rock star Todd Sparrow, and soon he’s all she can think about.

With a highly conversational style, Blake captures the essence of a self-absorbed yet likable teen trying to process the complicated events of her everyday life. Andrea’s first encounters with sex and drugs are related in a frank manner, and though she sometimes seems detached from it all, the reader can’t help but feel for this Girl.

Nelson, Blake. Girl. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

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June 28, 2009. Tags: , , , . Realistic.

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