This is a book that was in my to-read bookcase for a long time before I ended up buying it. It’s one of those books that catches your attention but not so much that you have a burning desire to read it. I picked it up along with another 3 books and decided to read it first just because it was the shortest.
The long description is exactly what the books has to offer. Nothing more. Nothing less. Not That Kind of Girl talks about a girl Natalie, who has always been on top of her academic game. She is the type of girl that gets good grades, joins differents clubs and looks forward to a succesful school-oriented future. The thing is, given these things, she didn’t have that many friends but at least she had one best friend. Natalie was able to encourage her best friend to join her in her school activities. Autumn, her best friend, has a past, one that has made her ashamed of who she is and afraid of other people, especially guys. Natalie takes on the job of protecting her against everybody else at school.
The plot of the story then consists of Natalie trying to mantain this kind of person she wants to be, or so she thinks. When a freshman girl that thinks differently than her appears, Natalie makes it also her job to help this freshman girl avoid situations like the one her best friend suffered through. Spencer doesn’t quite react like Natalie thought and instead, makes Natalie wonder what she truly wants in life, and makes her doubt the importance she puts in some stuff.
It all comes down to the difference between people’s opinion on relationships, love, sex and all the other implications. Natalie goes through a situation where her best friend finds herself in a difficult position due to a guy spreading rumors about her. This intesifies her desire to not pay attention to any guy, or stand up for equality, highlighting the fact that women are strong and independent. These thoughts are fueled by one of her teachers, who to be honest was a bit disappointing by the end of the book. Suddenly, Natalie finds herself falling in love with Connor, a guy that shows her that not all guys are assholes. This conveys the fact that you cannot generalize your ideas about something or someone based on just one incident.
I wasn’t expecting this kind of story, a bit slow and the characters were not developed as I would have liked, with the exception of Spencer, the freshman girl, who I think was the most round character in the book. I would recommend it for a quick read!
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 want 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.