Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (audiobook)

Book title: Story of a Girl (audiobook)

Author: Sara Zarr

Bibliographic entry Zarr, S. (2008). Story of a girl. New York, NY: Random House.
Description 16 year old Deanna can’t get her life back on track after an incident at 13 when she was caught by her Dad naked with her boyfriend Tommy.  The story is about Deanna making peace with herself and learning to move on.
Reaction There’s so much about this protagonist, Deanna, that is relatable. This story was so realistic, that I was sure it was biographical. I would recommend that to any girl past the age of 11.
Recommended age level Intermediate/Senior
Subjects/themes identity quest, sexuality, coming of age
Curriculum connections Health and Physical Education: demonstrate understanding of the pressures on teens to be sexually active

Learning Skills: analyse the importance of personalmanagement skills in school, work, and daily life (e.g., dealing with stress related to test taking, managing time to accomplish multiple tasks, persisting with work-related tasks until completion) and their impact on success

Awards 2009 American Library Association Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2007 National Book Award finalist; 2008 American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Miscellaneous Read by the author, this audiobook is very engaging.  Sara Zarr has written four other books.

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