Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

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When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend--Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany and redemption.

About Sara Zarr

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Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.
Published March 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 228 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sophomore Deanna Lambert made just one mistake to turn herself into the “school slut.” Back in eighth grade, Deanna’s father caught her having sex with a high-school boy.

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Labeled as the school slut, in love with her best friend, fearing her own home, and looking for a way out, Deanna Lambert is anything but perfect.

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Most popular versions of the story: "Deanna Lambert is a total nympho…Deanna Lambert is a complete psycho…Deanna Lambert is beyond pathetic…" And to make matters worse, her father still won't look her in the eye.

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Now it's the summer between her sophomore and junior years, and she is still dealing with the repercussions: Her father can't look at her and seems to hate her, and Tommy's stories have made most of the high schoolers in her small town think she is nothing but a slut.

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I look forward to reading more books by Sara Zarr and I encourage others to read this book if they like books on teenage struggles.There is swearing and talk of sexual content.

Nov 13 2007 | Read Full Review of Story of a Girl

Read, read, read!.

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