Girl to the Core by Stacey Goldblatt

August 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

girlMolly is in love with Trevor, a handsome teenage heart throb. He says he loves her, too. All should be perfect, no? Well, no, because Trevor wants more from Molly than she is ready to give.  Molly is just fifteen, but her dates with Trevor include many evenings on his couch with no parents around. She has a problem saying no. Worse, she sees Trevor kissing Felicia, his ex. But breaking is up is hard to do. Trevor keeps texting and calling and asking her to forgive him. Goldblatt nailed the doubts and highs that comprise the smoldering of unleashed teen passions. But then, suddenly,  Molly gets involved with Girl Corps – a group of nine year old girls who talk about empowerment and finding their voices and wear red capes.  This unlikely fellowship of a fifteen-year-old high school girl and fourth graders spending hours together does not ring true. The overt and hidden agenda of girls being true to themselves is essential. But a novel is not a Cosmo self-correcting quiz. The self-doubt and hesitation about becoming sexual is a real issue for most teenage girls. Just saying “no” doesn’t resolve it. But answering 100 journal prompts (included at the end of the book) doesn’t seem plausible either. Molly somehow finds her “voice” and I suppose that is what the author wanted to achieve. For most teenage girls, however, Girl Corps isn’t an option.

Lily Hecker, Pelham

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