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Girl, Unframed

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen faces danger and sexual awakening in uneven thriller.

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A teen's eyes are opened to the double standards and harassment faced by women in this thought-provoking coming-of-age thriller. In Girl, Unframed, author Deb Caletti delivers important messages, but the main character isn't all that interesting and the suspense angle falls flat. The structure of the book is very similar to that of Caletti's previous novel, A Heart in a Body in the World, with a teen narrator telling a traumatic story after the fact. But Girl, Unframed lacks the other book's sympathetic narrator and engaging secondary characters.

What this book does well is provide insight into what life can be like for kids with self-absorbed parents, and a large portion of the story is dedicated to showing how young women receive a constant stream of conflicting, critical messages about their looks and behavior. Relationship dynamics are explored, especially where domestic violence is concerned. Unfortunately, the pacing is slow and Sydney's repetitive inner thoughts bog down the narrative.

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