Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (ARC)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Summary (from goodreads):
Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.
But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not where there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself-but only in secret, with nobody every finding out.
Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices-and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.
I've heard so much great things about Siobhan Vivian's previous novels, but I have never had the opportunity to pick one up. So I was really happy to have received this novel because it sounded like a great story line. Natalie is the smart girl in school, who is running for student council president. But Mike, the unresponsible immature popular jock, is also running. And Natalie can't stand Mike or any of his other annoying friends. But when Natalie finds a confidant in Mike's friend-one who she never thought she would want to spend time with-her whole life turns upside down especially when she finds out her best friend has been keeping secrets from her.
I really loved Natalie's personality throughout the novel, she was brutally honest and very strong. I loved that she told Mike how she really felt about him and how even though she knew something was wrong-she did it anyway. Natalie's best friend, however very annoying, was well played out as well as a great parallel to Natalie.
Will I reread it?
Yes, I probably will pick this one back up in a couple years. I loved the story line and I hope you will also give Siobhan Vivian's novels a try. I will have to read her other books as well.