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Girl Overboard () is Justina Chen Headley’s second novel (following Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) from ). The writing here is snappy. Adding to a category overrun with poor-little-rich-girl plotlines, Headley (Nothing But the Truth [and a few white lies]) crafts a tale that will stand. Justina Chen is a Taiwanese-American fiction writer and executive communications consultant. She is best known for her young-adult fiction, especially North of Beautiful (), A Blind Spot for Boys (), Girl Overboard (), and Nothing but the Truth A Book Talk with Justina Chen Headley and Alvina Ling (), retrieved.

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If nothing else, the Chengs know how to save face. Age is Syrah’s best friend who is easily influenced by his girlfriend to stop hanging out with Syrah which also helps bring out unspoken emotions between the two best friends. She and her best friend, Age, would cruise the mountains like the rich girls would cruise in their convertibles. Headley has once again put life headle a girl that possesses some unique qualities that will also jusina relatable to most teenagers.

This is my favorite aspect of Chen’s works.

Justina Chen Headley writes with an engaging wit and a powerful, distinct voice. That’s the mark of good literature.

Girl Overboard

However, if you like little irrelevant stories, hundreds of side messages, and a non-existent relationship between one of the most important figures in her life her best friend Ageyou know the way to the nearest bookstore. Jan 15, Ash R. Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. Ethan, her father, just wants her to focus on something more stable than snowboarding. Of c I love those quotation marks at the end of the synopsis.


Partially for giving out the entire backstory, but mostly for making it out to seem like another cookie-cutter YA rom-com. Also people who know some things about snowboarding.

GIRL OVERBOARD by Justina Chen Headley | Kirkus Reviews

In the beginning, I thought that she was going to be annoying, because Syrah did often feel a little annoyed with her, but as the story progressed, she wormed her way into my heart. Please provide an email address.

One day she gets into a very horrifying accident while hitting the slopes and that event changes many things in her life. Talk about wild misrepresentation.

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So long as they tweak out more amplitude than than the next guy, go bigger girll cleaner, they could be the scroungiest dirtballs on the slopes and still score sponsorships. She has her own set of problems, whether it is with her family or her friends.

Jan 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: She soon befriends Lillan, an energetic and kid person. I was afraid this was gonna be a poor-little-rich-girl story, and I don’t know enough about snowboarding to care about it, but Syrah turned out to be a character easy to sympathize with. This book is really touching and inspiring.

Every time he showed up in the book, I sensed an anger storm brewing in me. Also, I kinda sorta maybe wanted to see more with Syrah and Bao-mu.

Do you want to read a book about a teenage girl who has everything? What’s the point of reducing life to a question of survival, as if our time on Earth is some ordeal to be endured? Overall, I tried to enjoy Girl Overboard, but there was some major flaws that I found with it. But in the end something happen that changes everything the way Syrah really wanted it to be in the first place.


Syrah’s parents are not very supportive of her. Although the author strives to leave the reader with positive messages at the end of the book, these cliches are overshadowed by the shallowness of the rest of the story.

Basically what Justina is doing is that she creates little problems that soon relate to the climax or the major problem.

At its core though, Girl Overboard is about a girl who has found herself cyen and, while trying to get her own bearings, realizes she can help those around her at the same time. Jun 30, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: The headlet thing Syrah wants now is to get back to snowboarding. Dec 27, Becky rated it liked it. What I love about Syrah is that she feels so real.

Return to Book Page. Jan 09, Payal Jain rated it jsutina was amazing Shelves: Life for Syrah isn’t as simple as it seems to be: View all 5 comments. I was expecting scenes and scenes of her flying down the mountain or something. Open Preview See a Problem? Syrah knows better than most that appearances c If nothing else, the Chengs know how to save face.

Lillan’s sister, Amanda, has Syrah was injured in a snowboarding accident.