Kirkus’ Reviews Best Book of the Year

2012 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Carolyn W. Field Award Nominee



Brazil: Novo Conceito
Turkey: Yakamoz Yayinlari

Praise for Not That Kind of Girl

“Can teen girls own their sexuality and be taken seriously? It's rare to see second- and third-wave feminism square off in YA literature so successfully; don't miss this round.”


“Vivian challenges the assumptions about sex being rampant in high school and sends a positive message about acceptance, forgiveness, and love.”


“The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. Natalie and Connor’s love scenes are as steamy and fraught as anything in Judy Blume’s Forever . . . . This protagonist is the perfect representation of a conflicted 21st-century feminist teen.”


“She treads a delicate path that explores first love, hard-won independence and all the obstacles that make growing up such an intense challenge and triumph. Any girl, or anyone who cares about girls, will enjoy this book’s riches.”


About the book

Life is about choices, and Natalie Sterling prides herself on making the right ones. She’s avoided the jerky guys populating her prep school, always topped honor roll, and is poised to be the first female student council president in years.

If only other girls were as sensible and strong. Like the pack of freshmen yearning to be football players’ playthings. Or her best friend, whose crappy judgment nearly ruined her life.

But being sensible and strong isn’t easy. Not when a prank nearly gets her expelled. Not when her advice hurts more than it helps. Not when a boy she once dismissed becomes the boy she can’t stop thinking about.

The line between good and bad has gone fuzzy, and crossing it could end in disaster . . . or become the best choice she’ll ever make.