Book Review: Skank

Student Reviewer: Raszkai C. – Grade 8

Skankby Teresa McWhirter
Lorimer, 2011
Pages: 141
Series: SideStreets
Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary: This book is about a sixteen-teen year old girl named Ariel. She lives in Vancouver’s roughest district off government assistance because of her moms arthritis. It stops her from working. Ariel is scared of going to a new high school. However, because of her huge breast, she attracts the attention of a lot of guys. Ariel starts concealing her problems from her mom and starts becoming more rebellious. She starts drinking at parties, drugs, and becomes a web-cam girl for a pornographer.

  • Did this book hold your attention?  Yes
  • Was the story what you expected it to be? Were you disappointed? Surprised? I was not surprised by the way this book went, it was exactly how i thought it would go. There were no surprises, and not many disappointments.
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: There is a lot of swearing, usage of drugs and
    alcohol, and there was also pornography.
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? In my opinion I did not appeal to this book. I found it very boring and that the author could have done a better job. The way the book was written was very hard to understand what was happening throughout the story. Therefore it lost a lot of my attention.
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example: I would recommend this book to people in grade 10, who have learned more about drugs and alcohol and the effects of them and how they aren’t good for you and I find that they would be less influenced by the book.
  • Was the book part of a series? Is it a book that you have to read the previous/following book to understand the plot? Or is the story self-contained? This book is self-contained.
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside?  The cover art on the book does match the style of the book because it is a girl that looks very lonely and who is all by herself and the main character in this book is a girl is lonely.

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