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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
Tanya Lee Stone
Wendy Lamb Books, 2006
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy, a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out 
on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won't back down.

I chose to read A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl because it was banned in Wyoming. I had never heard of this book before, but I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about. 

I understand that some parents would be uncomfortable with some of the passages in the book. However, all of the characters were in high school and all of the ladies made their own choices and explained their thought processes. Each one had a different experience, and if they said “no,” the guy listened. (I honestly can’t remember if the male character even had a name!) All of their stories ended with them learning from their experience and banding together with the other ladies at their school. (However, I think the way in which they do that would get them in trouble today.) In spite of the fact that it made some parents uncomfortable, banning a book sets a bad precedent and should not be done. It makes people MORE interested in the book (I never would have read it otherwise) and some parents might not MIND that their kids are reading books with sexually explicit content. I believe that the uncomfortable parents should monitor what their kids are reading and trust that they will make good decisions - not make a decision for the entire school.

The story itself was just ok. I enjoyed that it was a quick read and showed several perspectives. However, the verses weren’t as powerful as they could have been and sometimes the story seemed a bit thin. I’ve enjoyed other books better, but I am glad that I read this one.