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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl    by Tanya Lee Stone order for
Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
by Tanya Lee Stone
Order:  USA  Can
Wendy Lamb Books, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Josie is a spunky freshman who hasn't had a lot of experience with guys. She falls hard for a total jerk jock whose game is to nail as many girls as he can. When it's over, she looks for ways to warn others about him.

Nicolette is different. She goes into the relationship knowing what he wants, but she's cool with it. She wants it, too. Still, is it expecting too much to want to be respected?

Aviva is a criss-crosser. That's a kid who doesn't belong to one particular group and likes it that way. Hanging out with him means she's swept up by the cool crowd and she finds she likes it a little too much. Besides she's in love. Your first time should definitely be with someone you love.

Told in verse, this little novel is impossible to put down. Full of heartbreak, humor and hope, three girls learn about love sex, respect, and the kind of boy their dad hopes they never meet.

I'm not sure whether it's really true that A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, but despite their heartbreak, Stone's characters learn a lot and share their pain and wisdom with readers, just like a best friend would.

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