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Girl, Unframed Sydney is the daughter of the famous Lila Shore, an actress who did an iconic sex scene Sydney lives most of the year in Seattle attending a private school, living in a dorm, and visiting her grandmother But over the summer, Sydney heads to San Francisco to spend months with her mother, who never seems to actually have time to spend with Sydney Lila lives in Jake s house, dating him and staying for free It s a house near the beach with cliff views, a house that is often fogged in, a house fu Sydney is the daughter of the famous Lila Shore, an actress who did an iconic sex scene Sydney lives most of the year in Seattle attending a private school, living in a dorm, and visiting her grandmother But over the summer, Sydney heads to San Francisco to spend months with her mother, who never seems to actually have time to spend with Sydney Lila lives in Jake s house, dating him and staying for free It s a house near the beach with cliff views, a house that is often fogged in, a house full of secrets and violence Jake pays a lot of attention to Sydney, as does a construction worker at a neighboring house Sydney is creeped out by the sudden attention to what she is wearing, how she looks and innuendos about what she does However, she doesn t mind the attention from Nicco, a sweet boy she meets on the beach, who captures lines and moments from each day in his journal As the summer goes on though, the tension grows towards a foreshadowed tragedy that is almost inevitable.In this slow burn of of thriller mystery, Caletti focuses on how unwanted male attention impacts teen girls, both in the way they act but evenimportantly on the way they view themselves With an even brighter light than our general society, Caletti uses the intensity of fame to capture society s objectification of women and finding value in the physical rather than the internal.The book works on several levels with the thriller being steadily foreshadowed by the court documents listed at the beginning of each chapter The mystery of what happened, the steadily build of tension, and the intensity of the revealing scene It also works as a deep work of feminist literature, insisting that the reader notice what is going on, notice the impact that male attention has, and notice that something must be done to change this.An intense feminist novel for teens that insists on being noticed Appropriate for ages 15 18 This is hands down one of the best YA books I ve ever read Not so much because of the story itself a compelling coming of age tale with an unraveling crime mixed in but because throughout it, Deb Caletti meticulously reveals the internal rage confusion felt by teenage girls who grow up in a patriarchal society The reader sees 16 year old Sydney work through her feelings regarding how teen girls are expected to be desirable without having their own desires, how they we often push down t This is hands down one of the best YA books I ve ever read Not so much because of the story itself a compelling coming of age tale with an unraveling crime mixed in but because throughout it, Deb Caletti meticulously reveals the internal rage confusion felt by teenage girls who grow up in a patriarchal society The reader sees 16 year old Sydney work through her feelings regarding how teen girls are expected to be desirable without having their own desires, how they we often push down their own feelings of discomfort in order to be polite to men, how street harassment buries itself deep down in our bones makes us feel unsafe, always And SO MUCH MORE Parts of this book destroyed me with its realness I underlined so many passages, thinking YES YES EXACTLY THIS It s wildly, devastatingly good you should absolutely read it as soon as possible A Teen Girl S Summer With Her Mother Turns Sinister In This Gripping Thriller About The Insidious Dangers Of Unwanted Attention, From Printz Honor Medal Winning And National Book Award Finalist Author Deb Caletti Perfect For Fans Of Courtney Summers S SadieSydney Reilly Has A Bad Feeling About Going Home To San Francisco Before She Even Gets On The Plane How Could She Not Her Mother Is Lila Shore The Lila Shore A Film Star Who Prizes Her Beauty And Male Attention Above All Else Certainly Above Her DaughterBut Sydney S Worries Multiply When She Discovers That Lila Is Involved With The Dangerous Jake, An Art Dealer With Shady Connections Jake Loves All Beautiful Objects, And Syndey Can Feel His Eyes On Her Whenever He S Around And He S Not The Only One Sydney Is Starting To Attract Attention Good And Bad Wherever She Goes From Sweet, Handsome Nicco Ricci, From The Unsettling Construction Worker Next Door, And Even From Lila Behaviors That Once Seemed Like Misunderstandings Begin To Feel Like Threats As The Summer Grows Longer And HotterIt S Unnerving, How Beauty Is Complicated, And Objects Have Histories, And You Can Be Looked At Without Ever Being Seen But Real Danger, Crimes Of Passion, The Kind Of Stuff Where Someone Gets Killed It Only Mostly Happens In The Movies, Sydney Is Sure Until The Night Something Life Changing Happens On The Stairs That Lead To The Beach A Thrilling Night That Goes Suddenly Very Wrong When Loyalties Are Called Into Question And When Sydney Learns A Terrible Truth Beautiful Objects Can Break This is such a hard book to review because there were just so many elements to it So many surprises and so many hard, uncomfortable things about it Sometimes being thrown out of your comfort zone isn t a bad thing It helps us grow, think of things in a new light and can even make us exam things around us that we never noticed before.Girl, Unframed most of all, is a story about self discovery A story about growing up, finding out who you are and what you want in life with all the bumps and br This is such a hard book to review because there were just so many elements to it So many surprises and so many hard, uncomfortable things about it Sometimes being thrown out of your comfort zone isn t a bad thing It helps us grow, think of things in a new light and can even make us exam things around us that we never noticed before.Girl, Unframed most of all, is a story about self discovery A story about growing up, finding out who you are and what you want in life with all the bumps and bruises that growing up gives you along the way Really, it s the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly about it all with a few brighter, sunnier moments thrown in.It is not a thriller although it does have some pretty intense moments, it is not the mystery read you might be lead to believe from the description but it is captivating and rough, and completely will have you turning the pages wondering what will happen next ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Sydney loves her life at her boarding school She can be a regular teen with great best friends However, occasionally she is forced to stay with her celebrity mother, who is extremely self involved and not a great parent Sydney is to spend her summer with her mother and she prepares herself to get through it as quickly as possible What she didn t plan on was her mother s new boyfriend, Jake He is supposed to be an I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Sydney loves her life at her boarding school She can be a regular teen with great best friends However, occasionally she is forced to stay with her celebrity mother, who is extremely self involved and not a great parent Sydney is to spend her summer with her mother and she prepares herself to get through it as quickly as possible What she didn t plan on was her mother s new boyfriend, Jake He is supposed to be an art dealer, but his creep factor makes him seem like there isgoing on there When Sydney strikes up a relationship with a local guy, Jake becomes oddly possessive The longer Sydney stays with her mother thehorrific the interactions with Jake become Sydney is desperate for her friend to come visit and be a buffer, but is this really going to help This book works through Sydney trip into womanhood and what that means in the world As her body has developed and she fills the standard of beauty, men and her mother begin to treat her differently I had difficulty with the writing style, which is just a personal preference thing I thought that the author keep the mystery crime a mystery for far too long and after awhile I became frustrated with it Also, I feel like I never fully got into the character s head As the only child of the troublesome movie seductress Lila Shore, Sydney Reilly tries to keep her distance from her mother by living in Seattle with her grandmother Edwina But in the summer she turns sixteen, Syd is called to live with her mother in San Francisco Syd reluctantly leaves behind the life of security she knows with her grandmother, friends, and friends families to enter her mother s high flying life of glamour Lila Shore lives in a posh mansion with a lovable dog named Max and b As the only child of the troublesome movie seductress Lila Shore, Sydney Reilly tries to keep her distance from her mother by living in Seattle with her grandmother Edwina But in the summer she turns sixteen, Syd is called to live with her mother in San Francisco Syd reluctantly leaves behind the life of security she knows with her grandmother, friends, and friends families to enter her mother s high flying life of glamour Lila Shore lives in a posh mansion with a lovable dog named Max and boyfriend Jake, a surly, reckless, shallow guy with a mysterious business life Syd is aware that her long legs and athletic build make her uncomfortably attractive to men who have no business ogling a sixteen year old girl, so when she meets Nicco, a cute boy her own age, she is unsure how to balance her feelings for him and her fears about males with bad intentions.In Girl, Unframed Deb Caletti delivers a riveting novel about family, friends, and fear The novel begins with episodes about a relatively normal girl who suddenly finds herself in a surreal lifestyle, but as it proceeds, the ominous list of artifacts and exhibits in each chapter s heading promises that something violent will unfold before the book s conclusion Along the way, Syd s narration explores how and why girls feel annoyed and distressed by the actions of males they encounter in daily life Syd perceptively connects her thoughts to how women are portrayed in classical and modern art Of course, all of this is especially relevant to Syd because of her mother s on screen persona.The appealing narrator combined with the San Francisco beach setting, a charming romance, fast paced danger, and disquieting concerns about the opposite sex make Deb Caletti s Girl, Unframed an excellent choice for young readers this summer GIRL, UNFRAMED started off strong, with narrator Sydney experiencing subtle and not so subtle sexism from boys, men and her actress mom s internalized misogyny Slow, repetitive pacing had me waiting for something to happen We know from the blurb a crime is committed I didn t expect to wait until 90% of the story and then to be so underwhelmed at what happened and how it was handled.I appreciate that Deb Caletti wanted to show how even in the 21st century, females still experience a great de GIRL, UNFRAMED started off strong, with narrator Sydney experiencing subtle and not so subtle sexism from boys, men and her actress mom s internalized misogyny Slow, repetitive pacing had me waiting for something to happen We know from the blurb a crime is committed I didn t expect to wait until 90% of the story and then to be so underwhelmed at what happened and how it was handled.I appreciate that Deb Caletti wanted to show how even in the 21st century, females still experience a great degree of sexism, harassment and worse I was Sydney s age in 1980 and not much has changed if her experiences are reflective of teenage girls Of course, Sydney s narcissistic mother makes matters worse Lila isn t completely without sympathy Her own mother, a better grandmother to Sydney than mother, stood silent while Lila was sexually harassed by Hollywood producers Caletti had the right ingredients for a spectacular story The execution of GIRL, UNFRAMED fell flat and the ending wasn t satisfying This story kept you hanging for a long time Obviously there were hints at what was going on, but you didn t get a lot filled in as you went along And you had an idea what was going to happen based on the synopsis Within the story there were a lot of good points made, either based on just the thoughts Sydney had as things happened to her, or even just through what happened itself This is another book where the things that women have to deal with from men looking at them and that creepy feelin This story kept you hanging for a long time Obviously there were hints at what was going on, but you didn t get a lot filled in as you went along And you had an idea what was going to happen based on the synopsis Within the story there were a lot of good points made, either based on just the thoughts Sydney had as things happened to her, or even just through what happened itself This is another book where the things that women have to deal with from men looking at them and that creepy feeling we get from men but aren t sure of if we should feel that way are really pointed out Also how it is her purity that is important, and all the things that really should be worried about, is she emotionally ready, does she want to, those aren t the concerns the male trying to be a father figure worries about.This book had a kind of slow pace for me, and I feel that there could have beenactual things happening I get that it had a lot of great messages, but I just wish there had been someto the crime We got little updates to witness testimonies or similar at the beginning of each chapter, but nothing other than the words, not what the actual testimonies or evidence was I kind of wanted that if it was going to be pointed out So while the story wasn t bad, overall I wasn t the biggest fan of it I d actually give itof a 3.5 star rating than 4.Review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature It s no surprise that I liked this, because I trust Deb Caletti implicitly at this point, but this really was unique and wonderful and much needed The synopsis pitches this as a YA thriller, butthan anything else, it s a gut punch of a YA coming of age story about what it s like to grow up as a young woman in a society that hates women. Deb Caletti was my jam in high school She was like Sarah Dessen withedge.I really want to read this It s set in San Francisco


About the Author: Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is the award winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L Printz Honor Book Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and she was a finalist for the PEN USA Award She lives with her family in Seattle.


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