Parents' Guide to

Story of a Girl

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Coming-of-age story about girl who had sex at 13.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Great book for kids over age 15

Loved it! I read it in my senior high of high school and did my report on it. Definitely didn't want to put this book down.
age 14+

perfect for young adults

this book can show children how life sometimes works out. it can show them that nooones life is perfect nor is it anywhere near perfect. lives have ups and downs and everyone has their own stories. noone is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes that they must live with. i love this book because these things do happen everyday to millions of young adults, and it makes them feel alone. i believe this can help change a young adult mind, to help them prevent a big mistake, and if not preventable it can show them that they are not alone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (18 ):

The feelings and motivations of all of the characters, but especially of Deanna, are subtle and complex here in a way that most young adult novels aren't. For instance, Deanna is repelled by Tommy, angry at him, contemptuous, a bit frightened, and yet still attracted to him. Tommy himself is a lout, but not evil, and with complex feelings of his own. Every character and every relationship gives the reader much to recognize and think about.

The theme of forgiveness is similarly subtle and complex here -- this is not an author to hit the reader over the head with The Point. Forgiveness is something all the characters confront in one way or another, and those who can manage it do it for themselves more than for others. It becomes an act of survival, not sainthood.

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