Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Thoughts: Who's That Girl by Blair Thornburgh
Who's That Girl
by Blair Thornburgh
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Publication Date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062447777
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Glbt
Source: Review Copy

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This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy.

Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her. But when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix—who has recently hit the mainstream big-time—returns home to play a local show, that’s just what she gets. He and his band, the Young Lungs, have written a chart-topping single—“Natalie”—which instantly makes Nattie second guess everything she thought about their awkward non-kiss at that June pool party. That it was horrific. That it meant nothing. That Sebastian never gave her another thought.

To help keep her mind off of Sebastian and his maybe-about-her, maybe-not-about-her song, Nattie throws herself into planning the school’s LGBTQIA dance. That proves problematic, too, when Nattie begins to develop feelings for her good friend Zach. With the song getting major airplay and her once-normal life starting to resemble the cover of a gossip magazine, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her brief moment with Sebastian was the stuff love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.

My Thoughts...

I was super curious to start reading Who’s That Girl, as the summary for the book sounded really interesting, and I couldn’t wait to see what it was about. I started reading the book in July, but unfortunately didn’t have a chance to finish it until this week. But, I’m not too far behind, and I did finish the book, so, go me!!

Who’s That Girl is full of interesting characters, including the main character, Nattie, who is nerdy and awkward, and totally relatable in so many different ways. She has so interesting friends in her bestie, Tess, two guys named Zach, one who is apparently Tall Zach, and the other is Zach the Anarchist, who Nattie ends up having lots of adorably, as well as painfully, awkward interactions with. Her mom and dad are pretty cool also, and I love her foreign exchange student-brother Sam as well. As I said, lots of interesting characters to get to know in this story!

The storyline for the books revolves around Nattie discovering that her crush from the previous year has wrote a song about her, a song with the same title as her name, and one that is topping the music charts at an alarming pace. It was interesting to see Nattie’s reaction to all this, although I do think that she was a little over-dramatic at times, but then again, I’ve never had a song written about me before, so what do I know? It’s also about the group planning an LGBTQIA dance at their local high school, which was not at all as easy as they expected. I actually enjoyed this part of the book much more than I did about the pop song, but maybe that’s just me. *grin*

Overall; Who’s That Girl is a quick, fun read, one that I would have normally probably read in one sitting if my schedule had not been messed up this month. It was definitely the characters that made the story for me, especially Nattie and Zach, as I appreciated their adorably awkward interactions so much. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Blair Thornburgh in the future!


  1. Another good review! It sounds like I would like to meet the characters in this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Cass @ Words on Paper

  2. I am with you, the whole song plot was lost on me, because I loved Nattie's friends so much, and found their interactions to be the heart of this book.


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