Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Not That Kind of Girl

So I kind of fell in love with Siobhan Vivian’s books when I finished reading ‘The List’ and decided to buy more of her work. I asked for ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ for Christmas but for some reason when my Mom went to buy it they told her it wasn’t available until May for some reason? So she didn’t get it so I went to Waterstones myself to buy it.

‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is about Natalie Stirling who prides herself on always making the right choices. She avoids the jock types, always top honour roll and plans to become the first female student council president in years. If only the other girls could be like her. But being strong isn’t easy. Not when Natalie nearly gets expelled anyway, when her advice hurts more than it helps, not when she can’t stop thinking about a boy she knows she should ignore… What will Natalie do?

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I don’t really know what to think of this book. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it because I definitely did but I wasn’t over the moon about it or anything. Like I said in my review of ‘The Last Boy and Girl in the World’ I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read ‘The List’ first. I feel like that set my expectations really high and this book was a bit of a letdown. It was good; don’t get me wrong, but not as great as I hoped.

Natalie was okay but I didn’t really grow too attached to her or anything. However, I really loved Spencer who was a girl that Natalie had previously babysat for when she was younger but had just started at High School. I loved how honest and open she was. Sure, she made some questionable decisions but she’s confident and a lot wiser than I was at her age. Mike, however, can literally suck a cock.

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I thought Natalie’s relationship with Connor was a bit cringe, not gonna lie. The chapters of Natalie sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet up with him were really boring and I just couldn’t get into it. I was glad when they eventually got together but the build up to it really made me cringe and I’m not sure why. I know I’m not a fan of romance but this was something else.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to my friends but if they asked if they should read it I’d say yes. If you’re a fan of Siobhan Vivian’s other books then I’d definitely recommend getting a copy.

Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

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After reading ‘The List’ by Siobhan Vivian I decided to give ‘The Last Boy and Girl in the World’ a try. I’d seen it in Waterstones plenty of times but due to the title I hadn’t picked it up because as everyone knows, I’m not the biggest fan of romance. However, I decided to trust Siobhan Vivian and gave it a read while I was in London.

The basic story is about a girl named Keeley who lives in Aberdeen, a town that is slowly sinking underwater. While the adults prepare for the future Keeley and her friends decide to go out with a bang, hoping to spend every minute they still have together. And for Keeley it means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

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I did enjoy it and I finished it quite quickly but I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed. I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d read it before ‘The List’. ‘The List’ is probably currently my favourite book and I enjoyed it much more than ‘The Last Boy and Girl in the World’. That’s not to say the book wasn’t good though because it was.

I really liked Keeley, I thought she was funny and the kind of girl I’d like to be friends with, and I liked reading from her point of view. I even liked her crush Jesse because it was written realistically. They didn’t suddenly fall in love and want to spend every second of their time together. They were two normal teenagers who wanted to have a bit of fun before they had to leave Aberdeen. I loved Morgan and Elise, Morgan less so towards the end.

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There’s one bit that kind of annoys me. Throughout the book Keeley keeps talking about how Morgan’s ex-boyfriend got mad at Keeley and started disliking her causing Morgan and him to break up. I went the whole book wondering what could’ve been so bad and when I found out… It was a bit of a letdown. He hated her for that? Really? Was it that big of a deal?

I loved Keeley’s parent’s storyline and I found the plot twist really interesting. That was probably my favourite part of the book and I really didn’t see it coming. You’ll have to read it to find out what I mean though!

Ultimately, I’m glad I trusted Siobhan Vivian and I think I’ll continue to do so. I did enjoy the book and I want to read more of her work. I asked for ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ for Christmas but the guy at Waterstones said the book wasn’t out until this year? Pretty sure that’s not true and I’m definitely going to be giving it a read! Overall, I do recommend this book to you and then when you’re finished with that make sure you read ‘The List’.

Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian

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So ‘The List’ is another one of those books that I’ve picked up in Waterstones but then put back down. It was intriguing and to be honest I’m not sure why I didn’t buy it sooner. I suppose it was a case of liking the idea of it but worrying that I wouldn’t be able to get into the writing style. Either way, I picked it up last week and finally left the store with it. I bought it, I didn’t like carry it out the store or anything…

Anyway, the basic plot is that every September ‘the list’ is poster all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren’t picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the centre of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience. When they discover they are this year’s victims, Danielle, Abby, Candace, Lauren, Sarah, Bridget, Jennifer and Margo struggle with the judgements of their peers. After all, prettiest or ugliest, once you’re on the list, you’ll never be the same.

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First of all, my absolute favourite thing about this book was that it wasn’t a simple oh the pretty girls have a really easy time and the ugly girls get a really shit time. None of them have a particularly easy time and it was so interesting to read about how each girl reacted. It made for a much more interesting read and made the characters more believable.

Speaking of the characters I don’t think there was a single one I truly disliked. Okay, I thought some of Sarah’s chapters were pretty gross to read about but I still liked her. My favourite has to be Lauren, I thought she was lovely and I loved reading her chapters. I did love Candace as well though but not right from the start. I loved that none of them were perfect, they all fucked up in some way and they were all so different from each other. In some books girls can be written so lazily, so to read about eight girls who were all completely different with their own unique issues was just so uplifting.

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There’s also a mystery element and as I’ve mentioned before I do love a good mystery element to make you want to keep reading. We’re trying to figure out who wrote the list but its good because it’s not the obsession of any the characters, it’s just enough to keep you intrigued. Spoiler alert, you do find out who wrote the list, and I didn’t see it coming. I’m not sure what I thought of all that to be honest.

My only complaint would be that the ending suddenly felt rushed and I didn’t think it was a particularly satisfying conclusion but I can see what Siobhan Vivian was aiming for. To be honest though I could overlook it because I enjoyed the rest of the book so much!

Overall, I 100% recommend this to all of you because I honestly thought it was fantastic. I only bought it about five days ago and I’ve finished it because I just couldn’t put it down. Also, I thought that because there were eight girls it might be difficult to automatically tell them apart but it really wasn’t! It’s so well written, please give it a try! I definitely think I’ll be reading more of Siobhan’s books in the future.