A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone
HE MAY LOOK GOOD, BUT WAIT…
Three girls, three stories
three voices sob one story.
One boy devastates.
YA (grade 9 and up)
Three alternating first person POV
Main characters = three teenage girls (Josie, Nicolette and Aviva) all burned by the same boy
Typical YA verse novel — angst, emotion, devastation, drama
Self absorbed, emotional, hyper dramatic protagonists
Emotional intensity cresting and crashing over plot
Main characters over invested in self / boy troubles to the point of being blinded to the world around them
Protagonists are full of teen angst and self absorbed emotion – so wrapped up in their boy troubles that the rest of the world is a bit of a haze.
First protagonist = strongest voice in the novel — compelling, but eventually dragging, even redundant deteriorating in style and substance
Protagonists two and three = strong verse (image and form, style and function), complete and meaningful poetry
Verse conveys depth of emotion in a way that prose cannot, but also can tip into melodrama, over-friction, over-emotion, over-angst
Themes of angst, lust, overwrought emotion, love torn relationships echo real lives of many teens of today