Tuesday, June 26, 2012
REVIEW: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
When I started, I was thinking that Not That Kind of Girl was about feminism. How Natalie was on one side waving her girl power without men flag. She's a little bit judgemental towards other girls wearing revealing clothes or having sex but she has some good ideas about being known for hard-work and diligence and intelligence. Natalie has high expectations for herself, hoping to be student council president and to not distract herself by people of the opposite sex. But of course things don't always go to plan when she finds herself falling for the exact type of boy she was hoping to avoid.
And then there's the younger Spencer who has different ideas. She's all about expressing her sexuality and has no qualms about admitting she likes the attention boys give her and that she has needs too. I really wanted to cheer at a lot of Spencer's beliefs and behaviours especially about the anti-slut shaming, but her story arc is the one that leaves me the most confused. I'd have liked to have seen things work out differently for Spencer.
I did mostly enjoy the book. I thought Natalie's love interest, Connor, was absolutely lovely and it was nice getting to know a decent boy in this story when it's populated by mostly jerks. And I think Siobhan Vivian had some great ideas about teen sex and changing up people's perceptions about good girls and bad girls. But it all felt a little judgemental from Natalie's point of view and everything felt a little bit muddled, which restricted me from enjoying this book more than I did.