When I read the blurb of this book I was reminded of Sarah Dessen's What Happened to Goodbye
, but after reading The Second Virginity of Suzy Green
I can only surmise that is a very poor imitation of the afore mentioned book. The narrative voice of Suzy was annoying and I instantly disliked Sara Hantz's writing style, and my dislike was only confirmed by the repetitive and contradictive
writing. There was no distinction between Suzy's dialogue and narration, and this was seriously confusing. Suzy was also one of the most childish teenagers ever, there was absolutely no depth to her character.
Suzy Green and her family move after her sisters death. Suzy was once the cool, partying 'almost-Goth' girl at her old school. But now she's changed herself to become 'perfect' like Rosie, her sister. Suzy also joins the in-crowd at her new school, who happen to be in the virginity club. So Suzy joins too, and why not? She pretends to be qualified. Suzy's also dating the coolest guy at school, and if all that weren't enough, her ex Ryan turns up, and he knows the TRUTH. Cue ridiculousness.
There was a really big emphasis on Suzy's past life, but little information was provided. Hantz creates a huge mystery around Suzy's older sister Rosie's death. So I was expecting a dramatic and emotional reveal. This did not happen. Suzy just blurts it all out, and this completely ruins the entire build up.
Apparently The Second Virginity of Suzy Green is set in Australia. Well, that was certainly news to me. I actually didn't realise this until after I'd finished reading. There was no explicit setting in the book, and this made the whole thing feel incomplete.
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green was so infuriating, I didn't like Suzy, and that's kind of a big must to enjoy the book. The messages in the book, second chances and being true to yourself are important, but they weren't as effective as could be. How did you feel about The Second Virginity of Suzy Green? Did she drive you crazy too? Let me know in the comments.
'The Second Virginity of Suzy Green' by Sara Hantz
Labels: 1 Star, Book, Published 2007, Review, Sara Hantz, The Second Virginity of Suzy Green, YA, Young Adult