Book Review

REVIEW: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

just a girl

TITLE: Just a Girl

AUTHOR: Carrie Mesrobian

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: March 28, 2017


Senior Rianne Hettrick-Wynne has had her share of hookups and parties in small-town Wereford, Minnesota. Now volleyball season is over and her once-solid friendships are unraveling, while an all-of-a-sudden relationship with Luke Pinsky is weirdly becoming serious. Add to that the possibility of getting kicked out of her house, and Rianne is desperate to make a plan that doesn’t include going to college or working at Planet Tan for the rest of her life.

At the same time, her divorced parents have started cohabiting again without any explanation, making Rianne wonder why they’re so intent on pointing out every bad choice she makes when they can’t even act like adults.

That’s not the only question she can’t answer: How is it that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian who makes his own vodka, is the only one who seems to understand her? And why, when she has Luke, the most unattainable boy in Wereford, all to herself, does she want anything but?

Perhaps most confounding is the “easy girl” reputation that Rianne has gotten stuck with by doing the same things that guys do without judgment or consequence. If they’re just being guys, then why can’t Rianne just be a girl?

(Read more for my review.)


I did not expect much from this book, but I was still disappointed while reading it until I finished it. Idk… I just had high hopes on this book because the story seems really good + social issues, but the way it was delivered or told was not enough for me. I kept on thinking that maybe in the long run it would get better.

I know we all love books that feels like a rollercoaster ride; and I think that’s the reason why I didn’t get to love this as much as I wanted to… because it didn’t give me that rollercoaster-kind-of-feeling. It’s frustrating how it has a potential to become a great book because of the social issues it has, but then… writing style destroyed the potential. 😦 I feel so sad for the lost potential.

Despite the fact that I didn’t like the writing style, I still had some things that I loved about it. The thing I love most about it is its theme. It’s clearly stated in the title, “Just a Girl.” You see, the society has all its way to stereotype girls (or females) who drink, party, loves having fun, takes life easily, etc… Like, what? Why? I still can’t understand why most people can say bad stuff about girls who are just being… a girl… If you have some thoughts about this, please comment down below so I could also think about it. 😉

**A review copy was sent to me by the publisher but it does not affect my opinion.**


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