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A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone

Posted in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)

HE MAY LOOK GOOD, BUT WAIT…

Three girls, three stories

three voices sob one story.

One boy devastates.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA (grade 9 and up)

Verse novel

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