STONE, Tanya Lee. A bad boy can be good for a girl, a novel. Random House, Wendy Lamb. 223p. c2006. 0-385-74702-0. $14.95. S*
This amazing first novel is one of the most honest treatments of teenage sexuality to be found in YA fiction--it will definitely be provocative. Stone tells the story in poetry, and the terseness makes the feelings that much more vivid. The format is inventive: there are three girls telling the story of their seduction by the same bad boy, each in turn.
Josie begins, with a series of poems about her freshman year in high school. She has confidence in herself, but finds her critical thinking skills not much help when an attractive senior boy seduces her. She is vulnerable to his attention even when she suspects he isn't always sincere, and he knows how to make her body respond to his touches and kisses. She manages to resist him sexually, and when he ditches her, she goes to the library and writes in the back of the book Forever, by Judy Blume, the details of what a jerk he is.
Next to experience the "bad boy" is Nicolette, completely different from Josie. Nicolette has had sex before and prides herself on being in control of relationships. She loses control in this relationship because the sex is so exciting she...