Book Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Rating: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary | Romance

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 when 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 wants to sleep with yourself – but only in secret, with nobody ever 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.


Not That Kind of Girl reminds me a little of Kody Keplinger’s novels, The DUFF and Shut Out (more similarities on this one) because of the sex battles. While I found The DUFF awesome and Shut Out okay, Vivian’s book is somewhere between endearing (Connor) and irritating (Natalie).

If Natalie is getting tired of forced choices, I’m getting tired of her attitude. I did not like her for more than half of the book. She’s pretentious and an opportunist (when it comes to Connor). But i get her protectiveness for her best friend. Unfortunately, that made her for the worst, not for the better. Connor is the usual guy who gets the ‘jerk’ tag just because of his circle of friends that area jerks. I enjoyed him when she’s winning over Natalie, so sweet and determined.

Not That Kind of Girl is a so-so read for me. Connor’s resiliency might stay with me, but i think he’s all i will remember from this book.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”