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Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy–a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out
on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won’t back down.


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A novel in verse that scans mostly as prose (is this considered poetry?), this short, hyped, sometimes challenged book is not as scandalous as its reputation suggests. Yes, this book is about sex, but 1) It's not graphic, and 2) It is advocating safe, non-promiscuous sex. Sex is handled with care, not displayed gratuitously. This book is actually about gossip and girl friends, and the shark-infested high school environment, where your reputation is everything. This book successfully makes the case (while sneakily passing as scandalous) that sex should be respected, because it can be hurtful and dangerous. The old fashioned type of girl power.more
PLUS - * A verse novel, which is quick to read and will certainly grab even the most reluctant teenage (female) readers.* Three separate stories are told - how three very different, very realistic teenage girls all fall for, and are ultimately used by, the same 'bad' boy.* Each of the three main characters are really well written. We are quickly inside their heads, understanding their obsession with the boy in question even though we know it's probably not going to end well.* The main themes are those of teenage sex, self esteem and the relationship between the two. It's not by any means a moralistic book - all three girls enjoy sex, they each make their own decisions and are not forced into anything, but ultimately regret their decisions to have sex with someone who does not respect (let alone love) them.MINUS - * This is not a book for the faint hearted. If you don't want to acknowledge the fact that the world is full of sexually active teens, and don't want to read some fairly graphic (though never tasteless) descriptions of what this means, then this is not the book for you. OVERALL - * A very frank look at teenage sexuality which will be hugely popular with girls age 14 and over. It's one that will be talked about on the grapevine I think!more
"Bad Boy" is a quick read written in the voice of 3 different girls, each of whom has a 'relationship' with the star jock of the senior class. This book, while sexually explicit at times, offers a realistic look into the dating world of the modern teenager. Great 'heads up' lesson for any teen; better to read it than to regret it.more
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, all ranging between 14 and 18-years-old, are three strong bright girls, but when the same guy enters their lives at different times, he worms his way under their skin and into their hearts and they ignore their gut instincts warning them against him. Everyone gets hurt. Josie is first, and decides to do something about it. She checks out Forever by Judy Blume from the library, and writes a warning to all girls in the back of the book, and tells every girl she meets to check it out. Some listen, some don’t. Everyone learns something; about themselves, how to be stronger, and what to look out for in the future, and it turns out a bad boy can be good for a girl.This book was just so awesome. Being a verse novel from the point of view of each of the three girls in turn, it feels very much like you’re reading someone’s diary, so feels very personal. Because of how personal it feels, you can’t help but be drawn into it all; you really get into the heads, and hearts, of these three girls, and it was so unbelievably powerful. It also made it hard to read when you know, you just know how things are going to turn out for each girl. The girls are all very different, and so have a different take on the “same old story”- the story being boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, boy breaks girl’s heart – but with each girl, you want to shout and scream at them for their own sake not to fall for it, beat the crap out of this boy, and then give them all a big hug. It was also brilliant that the boy wasn’t named; without a name, he can become the embodiment of every single bad boy out there, and all female readers who know a bad boy will see him in this guy, like I did. The book then becomes your story too as you relive your own experiences while reading about Josie, Nicolette and Aviva’s. As upsetting as it can be, it’s also comforting to think that you’re not the only one.It’s difficult to talk about the sex in this novel, as it’s all connected with the behaviour of the boy, the feelings of the girls, and the choices the girls make. Before I read the book, I had heard that it was graphic, and it is, but not as much as I thought it would be. The intercourse and oral sex scenes aren’t overly detailed, but there is no steering clear of the desire the girls feel for the boy, and their enjoyment during sexual acts. I found the desire and the enjoyment to stand out and was very believable, but it didn’t overshadow the pain each girl felt when the boy hurt them, which I think is just wonderful. Although there are only a few small mentions, masturbation is brought up, but in a way that makes it seem completely normal, like brushing your teeth, and not taboo, which is great and different from Deenie by Judy Blume, in which the main character gets a bit embarrassed when the topic is brought up in class discussions on sex I don’t think anyone who was to read A Boy Can be Good for a Girl would take the view that sex is fun and they can go and have it, and everything will be fine; this is a story where the sex and the feelings are one and the same, and not two separate things. Although the girls find enjoyment in sexual acts, there is regret when they get so hurt.I got the feeling that the story wasn’t necessarily moralistic with a message, as in “this is what you should do...”, but more along the lines of being informing as to what can happen, so readers are aware, and can hopefully avoid similar situations. A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl is such a powerful, poignant book, and struck such a chord with me. It was just brilliant. All teenage girls should read this book; they should be forewarned. As Josie says, “Forewarned is forearmed. Forever.”more
I thought this book was very empowering. It's told in poetry from the perspective of Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, three girls who all got used by one guy. All three really do get something positive out of the experience, though. A Bad Boy... definitely brought back memories of the bad boy I dated in high school. blech!more
This story is about the a bad boy who meets he meets this girl who he falls hard for. He changes his ways for the better. It's a cute love story that you will enjoy. -JBmore
An extremely quick read, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is a free verse journey into the lives of three young teen girls and the sex-loving jock with whom they fall in love. At our BBYA teen meeting, this book was the clear favorite of all the books on our list, especially among the young women in the room. While this book is not for all readers because of its implicit, yet largely off camera, depiction of sexually active teens, the message is clearly a cautious one. What I find especially realistic about this book is the fact that the unnamed, handsome jock, is not a rapist. He understands and respects a “No” answer (even if that answer will cause him to dump the current girlfriend). Consequently, Stone provides opportunities for teens to discuss the nature of relationships and how sex is used as a weapon against young women, even when the women believe they are in control of the relationship. An especially nice touch is the way Stone uses Judy Blume’s Forever as the depository for information on how to protect other girls from this sex-loving jock. Teens are finding this book, regardless of whether it is recommended for high school or middle school students or not! Recommended for very brave middle school and high school libraries and for junior and senior high school students, especially boys. I’d like to see this book placed widely, but this book will be controversial— make sure your library challenge policies are firmly in place and carefully understood.more
WOW - I devoured this book. The title is so appropriate yet misleading: the story of one guy and the girls he uses, one after another. Each girl tells her own story, leading the reader through the intense passion of a crush, the decisions to call, to kiss, to love, to leave. Written in verse, the language is packed with sensory imagery.Judy Blume's Forever plays an integral role as girls' notes to one another in the back of that old library book comfort and console. High school (and even mature middle school girls) need to read this book before they find themselves in similar situations; this would be a good companion novel to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.more
Three different girls; one nameless, womanizing dog of a teenage boy. This book tells the story of each girl's experiences, through a series of poems. A honest depiction of teenage relationships, sexual activity, and some of the emotional fallout that occurs when things don't go as hoped.more
Three girls deal with relationships with a bad boy, who loves them and leaves them. To warn others, they start a "bathroom graffiti wall" in the back cover of "Forever" by Judy Blume. A quick read, but not very strong characters.more
I really disliked this book. The girls are all unrealistically beautiful and also completely stupid. They, and also (ESPECIALLY) the boy they are all crazy about, are completely flat characters and have no depth at all. The book as a whole has no soul... you never really get into the book, it's just sort of there. I got nothing out of it.more
I did not find this book; it found me. I was searching through the stacks for YA graphic novels when I came across it, hidden in that group. An especially juicy section was bookmarked with a slip of paper from the library and I assumed some YA did not feel comfortable checking it out, but was ‘checking it out’ just the same. I scooped it up only to find it on the READING RANTS list of the best YA romances and with great reviews. I never would have picked it up based on the title or the graphic-y cover, but I LOVED IT and I loved the premise: a high school girl who knows better gets burned by the school heart throb. Instead of hiding she admits her mistakes to herself and her slighted girl friends, and turns her heartbreak and humiliation into a positive force for change by telling her story and using it as a cautionary tale for other victims (actual and potential). Using Judy Blume’s romance classic, Forever, she warns girls of what happened to her by writing all over the volume in the school library. Two other girls realize too late and after they are burned they also read the notes, only to realize that many, many girls have fallen for that jerk. They are not alone; instead they are empowered. 11/06more
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A novel in verse that scans mostly as prose (is this considered poetry?), this short, hyped, sometimes challenged book is not as scandalous as its reputation suggests. Yes, this book is about sex, but 1) It's not graphic, and 2) It is advocating safe, non-promiscuous sex. Sex is handled with care, not displayed gratuitously. This book is actually about gossip and girl friends, and the shark-infested high school environment, where your reputation is everything. This book successfully makes the case (while sneakily passing as scandalous) that sex should be respected, because it can be hurtful and dangerous. The old fashioned type of girl power.more
PLUS - * A verse novel, which is quick to read and will certainly grab even the most reluctant teenage (female) readers.* Three separate stories are told - how three very different, very realistic teenage girls all fall for, and are ultimately used by, the same 'bad' boy.* Each of the three main characters are really well written. We are quickly inside their heads, understanding their obsession with the boy in question even though we know it's probably not going to end well.* The main themes are those of teenage sex, self esteem and the relationship between the two. It's not by any means a moralistic book - all three girls enjoy sex, they each make their own decisions and are not forced into anything, but ultimately regret their decisions to have sex with someone who does not respect (let alone love) them.MINUS - * This is not a book for the faint hearted. If you don't want to acknowledge the fact that the world is full of sexually active teens, and don't want to read some fairly graphic (though never tasteless) descriptions of what this means, then this is not the book for you. OVERALL - * A very frank look at teenage sexuality which will be hugely popular with girls age 14 and over. It's one that will be talked about on the grapevine I think!more
"Bad Boy" is a quick read written in the voice of 3 different girls, each of whom has a 'relationship' with the star jock of the senior class. This book, while sexually explicit at times, offers a realistic look into the dating world of the modern teenager. Great 'heads up' lesson for any teen; better to read it than to regret it.more
Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, all ranging between 14 and 18-years-old, are three strong bright girls, but when the same guy enters their lives at different times, he worms his way under their skin and into their hearts and they ignore their gut instincts warning them against him. Everyone gets hurt. Josie is first, and decides to do something about it. She checks out Forever by Judy Blume from the library, and writes a warning to all girls in the back of the book, and tells every girl she meets to check it out. Some listen, some don’t. Everyone learns something; about themselves, how to be stronger, and what to look out for in the future, and it turns out a bad boy can be good for a girl.This book was just so awesome. Being a verse novel from the point of view of each of the three girls in turn, it feels very much like you’re reading someone’s diary, so feels very personal. Because of how personal it feels, you can’t help but be drawn into it all; you really get into the heads, and hearts, of these three girls, and it was so unbelievably powerful. It also made it hard to read when you know, you just know how things are going to turn out for each girl. The girls are all very different, and so have a different take on the “same old story”- the story being boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, boy breaks girl’s heart – but with each girl, you want to shout and scream at them for their own sake not to fall for it, beat the crap out of this boy, and then give them all a big hug. It was also brilliant that the boy wasn’t named; without a name, he can become the embodiment of every single bad boy out there, and all female readers who know a bad boy will see him in this guy, like I did. The book then becomes your story too as you relive your own experiences while reading about Josie, Nicolette and Aviva’s. As upsetting as it can be, it’s also comforting to think that you’re not the only one.It’s difficult to talk about the sex in this novel, as it’s all connected with the behaviour of the boy, the feelings of the girls, and the choices the girls make. Before I read the book, I had heard that it was graphic, and it is, but not as much as I thought it would be. The intercourse and oral sex scenes aren’t overly detailed, but there is no steering clear of the desire the girls feel for the boy, and their enjoyment during sexual acts. I found the desire and the enjoyment to stand out and was very believable, but it didn’t overshadow the pain each girl felt when the boy hurt them, which I think is just wonderful. Although there are only a few small mentions, masturbation is brought up, but in a way that makes it seem completely normal, like brushing your teeth, and not taboo, which is great and different from Deenie by Judy Blume, in which the main character gets a bit embarrassed when the topic is brought up in class discussions on sex I don’t think anyone who was to read A Boy Can be Good for a Girl would take the view that sex is fun and they can go and have it, and everything will be fine; this is a story where the sex and the feelings are one and the same, and not two separate things. Although the girls find enjoyment in sexual acts, there is regret when they get so hurt.I got the feeling that the story wasn’t necessarily moralistic with a message, as in “this is what you should do...”, but more along the lines of being informing as to what can happen, so readers are aware, and can hopefully avoid similar situations. A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl is such a powerful, poignant book, and struck such a chord with me. It was just brilliant. All teenage girls should read this book; they should be forewarned. As Josie says, “Forewarned is forearmed. Forever.”more
I thought this book was very empowering. It's told in poetry from the perspective of Josie, Nicolette and Aviva, three girls who all got used by one guy. All three really do get something positive out of the experience, though. A Bad Boy... definitely brought back memories of the bad boy I dated in high school. blech!more
This story is about the a bad boy who meets he meets this girl who he falls hard for. He changes his ways for the better. It's a cute love story that you will enjoy. -JBmore
An extremely quick read, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is a free verse journey into the lives of three young teen girls and the sex-loving jock with whom they fall in love. At our BBYA teen meeting, this book was the clear favorite of all the books on our list, especially among the young women in the room. While this book is not for all readers because of its implicit, yet largely off camera, depiction of sexually active teens, the message is clearly a cautious one. What I find especially realistic about this book is the fact that the unnamed, handsome jock, is not a rapist. He understands and respects a “No” answer (even if that answer will cause him to dump the current girlfriend). Consequently, Stone provides opportunities for teens to discuss the nature of relationships and how sex is used as a weapon against young women, even when the women believe they are in control of the relationship. An especially nice touch is the way Stone uses Judy Blume’s Forever as the depository for information on how to protect other girls from this sex-loving jock. Teens are finding this book, regardless of whether it is recommended for high school or middle school students or not! Recommended for very brave middle school and high school libraries and for junior and senior high school students, especially boys. I’d like to see this book placed widely, but this book will be controversial— make sure your library challenge policies are firmly in place and carefully understood.more
WOW - I devoured this book. The title is so appropriate yet misleading: the story of one guy and the girls he uses, one after another. Each girl tells her own story, leading the reader through the intense passion of a crush, the decisions to call, to kiss, to love, to leave. Written in verse, the language is packed with sensory imagery.Judy Blume's Forever plays an integral role as girls' notes to one another in the back of that old library book comfort and console. High school (and even mature middle school girls) need to read this book before they find themselves in similar situations; this would be a good companion novel to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.more
Three different girls; one nameless, womanizing dog of a teenage boy. This book tells the story of each girl's experiences, through a series of poems. A honest depiction of teenage relationships, sexual activity, and some of the emotional fallout that occurs when things don't go as hoped.more
Three girls deal with relationships with a bad boy, who loves them and leaves them. To warn others, they start a "bathroom graffiti wall" in the back cover of "Forever" by Judy Blume. A quick read, but not very strong characters.more
I really disliked this book. The girls are all unrealistically beautiful and also completely stupid. They, and also (ESPECIALLY) the boy they are all crazy about, are completely flat characters and have no depth at all. The book as a whole has no soul... you never really get into the book, it's just sort of there. I got nothing out of it.more
I did not find this book; it found me. I was searching through the stacks for YA graphic novels when I came across it, hidden in that group. An especially juicy section was bookmarked with a slip of paper from the library and I assumed some YA did not feel comfortable checking it out, but was ‘checking it out’ just the same. I scooped it up only to find it on the READING RANTS list of the best YA romances and with great reviews. I never would have picked it up based on the title or the graphic-y cover, but I LOVED IT and I loved the premise: a high school girl who knows better gets burned by the school heart throb. Instead of hiding she admits her mistakes to herself and her slighted girl friends, and turns her heartbreak and humiliation into a positive force for change by telling her story and using it as a cautionary tale for other victims (actual and potential). Using Judy Blume’s romance classic, Forever, she warns girls of what happened to her by writing all over the volume in the school library. Two other girls realize too late and after they are burned they also read the notes, only to realize that many, many girls have fallen for that jerk. They are not alone; instead they are empowered. 11/06more
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