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About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

Goodreads Summary

This book centers around Tally leaving town (and her mother very worried) to find out who her father is.  The reader will quickly become annoyed with Tally's irresponsible and tactless behavior.  She has high hopes for herself and is a little too over-confident.  This was an unusual book for me because I didn't like the main character, but I found the novel as a whole interesting.

Tally has a few different sexual experiences throughout the book.  She has a friend who is transitioning genders and falls in love with another girl.  I liked seeing the diverse relationships, but I wish they had been developed a little more than they were.  It was impossible for me to get attached to any specific character because I didn't feel like I knew them enough.  I did like the author's way of describing and setting the scene and fleshing out the characters.  The ending left me with a lot of questions and very few answers.  Hopefully, there will be a continuance in the series!  This book is recommended to young adult readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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