Slut or saint? Good friend or bad friend? In control or completely out of it?
Life is about making choices, and Natalie Sterling prides herself on always making the right ones. She’s avoided the jerky guys populating her prep school, always topped honor roll, and is poised to become the first female student council president in years.
If only other girls were as sensible and strong. Like the pack of freshmen yearning to be football players’ playthings. Or her best friend, whose crappy judgment nearly ruined her life.
But being sensible and strong isn’t easy. Not when Natalie nearly gets expelled anyway. Not when her advice hurts more than it helps. Not when a boy she once dismissed becomes the boy she can’t stop thinking about.
The line between good and bad has gone fuzzy, and crossing it could end in disaster . . . or become the best choice she’ll ever make.
A KIRKUS Best Book of the Year
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"High school has never felt more authentic. . . . Vivian challenges assumptions and sends a positive message about acceptance, forgiveness, and love."
"The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. . . . Readers will cheer."
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A joy to read . . . Full of wry observations, details that delight the senses and perceptions about things that matter."
-- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
High school senior and student council president Natalie Sterling believes she knows best about more or less everything (it s nearly impossible not to picture her as Tracy Flick in Election). Over the past few years, Natalie and her best friend, Autumn, have bonded over a shared disgust of the male species, but even though Autumn s stance shows signs of weakening, when Natalie starts hooking up with football player Connor, she still thinks she has to keep it a secret from Autumn and everyone else. Through Natalie and Spencer, a freshman girl Natalie used to babysit, Vivian (Same Difference) asks whether sex and sexiness empower girls; Natalie s feelings about Spencer s oversexed demeanor and provocative attire flip-flop between seeing her as a victim-in-the-making or as a liberated feminist. Natalie herself is definitely not that kind of girl ; rather she s the kind who constructs her own Amelia Earhart costume for Halloween and would rather restock ice in the coolers than dance at a party. Readers may not identify with Natalie s emotionally remote and arrogant nature, but she is both empathetic and genuine, and her transformation is believable. Ages 14 up.
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Really enjoyed this after being disappointed with ‘The List’. Was a fun, heartfelt story and love how the main protagonist gained some self-awareness and courage to embrace the woman she is.