A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl offers readers interesting bits of werewolf lore and New York City atmosphere.
Strong messages about the importance of friendship, family, and believing in yourself.
Positive Role Models
A believable 18-year-old rather than a typical paranormal teen, Sam is deeply conflicted about being transformed into a werewolf and struggles with learning to realize her destiny without harming anyone. Sam's stand-up, fiercely independent attitude, along with her brash, witty conversation, will appeal to teens. So will the way she often gets in trouble for not thinking things through.
Violence & Scariness
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl skips the excruciating scenes of werewolf transformation. Instead, Sam has to deal with unexpected issues, such as her newfound tendency to bite people. She does hurt someone, but it's by accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting and a kiss.
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Frequent use of "crap," "bitches," "bitching," and "pissed."
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Fender guitars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink, smoke cigarettes, and smoke marijuana. Sam drinks beer; she says she doesn't care for the taste but ends up drinking anyway.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is about 18-year-old guitarist Sam Lee, who turns into a werewolf. But, unlike the typical paranormal romance, it focuses on Sam's struggles with practical issues, from explaining her new status to family and friends to dealing with the guy she has a crush on. There's a lot of arguing and frequent use of coarse language ("bitches," "bitching," "crap," and "pissed"). Teens drink and smoke cigarettes and marijuana. Protagonist Sam drinks beer. There's mild flirting and one kiss.
Is It Any Good?
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is a fun story with interesting characters. Readers will root for Sam, who would definitely rather be a typical teen, as she comes to grips with her new reality. Although the story moves along quickly, almost half the book is spent building up to Sam's werewolf transformation. The frequent arguments along the way drag the story down. A cliffhanger ending leaves readers in suspense about what's next for Sam and her pack.
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