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A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention. Sydney 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 daughter. But Sydne A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention. Sydney 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 daughter. But 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 hotter. It’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.


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A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention. Sydney 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 daughter. But Sydne A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention. Sydney 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 daughter. But 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 hotter. It’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.

30 review for Girl, Unframed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Fuck, y'all. This one really hurt. It is a book about the millions of ways that men treat women of all ages like objects. It is also a book about a girl who's mother prioritizes her own beauty and the opinion of men over her own daughter and.. this book hit me hard. It hit me SO personally in ways that a book never has before and I am going to be thinking about this one for a LONG time. TW: sexual harassment, domestic abuse, emotional manipulation

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    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, but more than 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Deb Caletti was my jam in high school. She was like Sarah Dessen with more edge. I really want to read this! It's set in San Francisco!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    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.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 is more going on there. When Sydney strikes up a relationship with a local guy, Jake becomes oddly possessive. The longer Sydney stays with her mother the more horrific 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    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 been more actual things happening. I get that it had a lot of great messages, but I just wish there had been some more to 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 it more of a 3.5 star rating than 4. Review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    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 even more importantly 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Deb Caletti blew me away with her last book, A Heart in a Body in the World. She returns with Girl, Unframed exploring a lot of the same topics, but in a new, thrilling way. Girl, Unframed follows Sydney Reilly as she spends the summer with her famous actress mother. Before she even arrives in San Francisco, Sydney has a bad feeling about the visit. Her feeling proves justified as she meets her mom's leering, dangerous boyfriend, deals with the harassment from the construction worker next door, Deb Caletti blew me away with her last book, A Heart in a Body in the World. She returns with Girl, Unframed exploring a lot of the same topics, but in a new, thrilling way. Girl, Unframed follows Sydney Reilly as she spends the summer with her famous actress mother. Before she even arrives in San Francisco, Sydney has a bad feeling about the visit. Her feeling proves justified as she meets her mom's leering, dangerous boyfriend, deals with the harassment from the construction worker next door, and confronts loneliness and anxiety of the entire situation by herself. The book teases out a crime and each chapter starts with evidence presented in the trial for whatever the crime is. Slowly we realize where the ending is going, but you are still left with one last twist. You feel anxious with Sydney, you feel lonely with her. Caletti is great at making you feel like one with the character. But the strongest part of Girl, Unframed is the exploration of being a woman in society. Sydney is 16 years old and is starting to get a lot of unwanted attention. This is offset by her aging actress mother who is trying to do everything she can to stay relevant and desirable. Caletti subtly shows how women are treated in the world and how men and others try to control and dominate. A lot of Girl, Unframed felt familiar to A Heart in a Body in the World, especially in the story of a teen girl coming to terms with what it means to be a woman and the good and bad that comes with it. Yet, Girl, Unframed still takes a unique approach and shows this same theme in a different light. Highly recommended. **eARC was provided by Netgalley**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber Reifsneider

    I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Sydney loves her life at school in Seattle, she has an awesome group of friends that she enjoys spending time with as well as her grandmother. But, she flies to LA to spend the summer with her mother who is a “washed up” actress who is very self-centered, naive, and honestly, an absentee parent. However, when she leaves the plane she isn't met by her mother, but rather her mother's boyfriend, Jake. Jake is supposedly a real I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Sydney loves her life at school in Seattle, she has an awesome group of friends that she enjoys spending time with as well as her grandmother. But, she flies to LA to spend the summer with her mother who is a “washed up” actress who is very self-centered, naive, and honestly, an absentee parent. However, when she leaves the plane she isn't met by her mother, but rather her mother's boyfriend, Jake. Jake is supposedly a real estate agent and an art dealer, but there are many things about Jake that Sydney “Syd” just doesn’t like. He doesn’t treat her or her mom the way she feels they should be treated and he really makes her uncomfortable. Sydney also begins to find herself and her voice in many ways throughout the novel whether it is through her relationship with the nice young man, Nicco that she meets or whether it is learning to stand up to her mother and Jake. Personal opinion: Honestly, this book tried to cover so many things, domestic violence/abuse, a girl finding her voice and working her way into becoming a woman, etc. I personally felt that this book fell flat when it came to being a “thriller”. The mystery/thriller part of the book was kept a mystery until about 93% of the way through the book which was really frustrating to me and did not really make me want to continue reading. I also felt like the mystery in the end was then rushed and not really shown in as much detail as the rest of the entire book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara Alcorn-Luparello

    This was deeply unsettling in all the right ways. If you’re a woman this will get right up in those memories you’ve tried to push away about men and our society. But maybe we shouldn’t be pushing those away. Caletti makes the argument through Girl, Unframed that we have to stop pushing them away and start pushing back against them. Captivating and edge-of-your-seat intoxicating, this little novel packs a thrilling punch about what it’s really like becoming a woman.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol Youssif

    I've been mulling over the idea of including this title in the middle school library I work at. There is SO much that is unpacked in this book about being a girl/woman, how there's a blurry line between wanting to be attractive and how that can also turn into something ugly. When men/boys pay attention to you in *that way, is that something that you should welcome? Should you be polite even if someone is doing something that bothers you? What if standing up to them means potentially putting your I've been mulling over the idea of including this title in the middle school library I work at. There is SO much that is unpacked in this book about being a girl/woman, how there's a blurry line between wanting to be attractive and how that can also turn into something ugly. When men/boys pay attention to you in *that way, is that something that you should welcome? Should you be polite even if someone is doing something that bothers you? What if standing up to them means potentially putting yourself at risk? In retrospect, I wish I had read this book as a younger woman. The duality and often confusing nature of growing up as a girl is just as complex as this book describes, with obviously MANY layers that are not discussed in this story. Should prepubescent, soon-to-be-women girls know about this burden? Should we warn them? Should we shelter them? I need to think about this some more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Duffy

    4.5/5 stars. I wouldn’t call this a “thriller” like some of the blurbs do, but otherwise it’s a good read. Deb Caletti knows what it’s like to be a young woman, and is really good at exploring the duality/double standard of being a girl.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 6/25/20 3.5 stars I was dying to read this arc because I loved Caletti's _A Heart in a Body in the World_. Caletti's style, character evolution, and plot formation really work for me in that book than they do here. The pieces of this story never really came together for me. Syd is the only child of an extremely self-involved, famous mother. S Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 6/25/20 3.5 stars I was dying to read this arc because I loved Caletti's _A Heart in a Body in the World_. Caletti's style, character evolution, and plot formation really work for me in that book than they do here. The pieces of this story never really came together for me. Syd is the only child of an extremely self-involved, famous mother. She lives with her grandmother but visits her mom in San Francisco for the summer, and that's where everyone's lives go awry. While there, Syd meets her mom's trash boyfriend, who from the jump seems like a creep; his interest in Syd's body is immediately triggering and off putting. There's a lot of other shady stuff about him, too, including the environment of domestic violence and alcohol abuse he builds with Lila, Syd's mom. The adults in this novel are terrible, and they do not take responsibility for their actions: even the okay-seeming ones! This happens generally, but it also happens in what I think is one of the strengths of the novel: Syd's awareness of how disgustingly men - in general - seem to treat her. She does meet a decent guy, but she is surrounded by inappropriate behavior, and I really like the way she processes and questions that. It feels both realistic and productive. What didn't work as much for me is Syd as a character. I found her really difficult to connect with, to care for, and to root for at times. I like that she moves in a direction of finding her voice, but the path to get there is long and winding. I wanted to feel more invested in her earlier on, and I wonder - based on how much I felt this in Caletti's earlier work - if my response has somehow more to do with where I am in this moment of pandemic, shelter-in-place mindset than the with the writing (caveat? Done). This is a good read. It's well written and interesting in the premise, but I wanted more connection to the m.c. and her outcomes. I hope you, dear readers, will get what I missed!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lorina

    I liked this book enough to keep reading it. It definitely held my interest. I did feel some of the “messages” were a bit heavy-handed when it came to females vs males etc. I really liked the little comments of “looking back” perspective. I wished there was more of that. I also felt the climax was very fleeting and rushed. So both of those negative points bring my rating to a 3. Other than that though this was a satisfying YA read. I enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    a promise from me to you: this will be the best contemporary you read in 2020.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    Thank you Simon and Schuster Children’s publishing for the eARC from Netgalley. 3.5 / 5 stars *I will include book trigger warnings in my review, so these may be slight spoilers. I note when I do this. Sydney dreads spending the summer with her absentee mother. Sydney is used to being last on the famous Lila Shore’s list. Sydney is staying with Lila and her new boyfriend, Jake, for the summer in California. Soon Sydney realizes that her mom and Jake seem to be involved in some suspicious art dealin Thank you Simon and Schuster Children’s publishing for the eARC from Netgalley. 3.5 / 5 stars *I will include book trigger warnings in my review, so these may be slight spoilers. I note when I do this. Sydney dreads spending the summer with her absentee mother. Sydney is used to being last on the famous Lila Shore’s list. Sydney is staying with Lila and her new boyfriend, Jake, for the summer in California. Soon Sydney realizes that her mom and Jake seem to be involved in some suspicious art dealings. Sydney’s mom is self obsessed and barely takes the time to worry about anyone but herself. Sydney, used to her mother’s absence, finds herself exploring more of the seaside town throughout the summer. This title is listed as a “thriller” in multiple synopsis for this book. I would say this is misinforming. I believe the more appropriate classification would be a coming of age story with a hint of mystery. However, I do feel a bit hesitant to classify this in this way, but it is the closest comparison I can think of. This is not a thriller. This book does include brief descriptions at the beginning of each chapter that seem to display testimony entries from multiple people. However, the arc copy does not go into detail with these, so I would assume that there may be photos or some other form of visual in the final copy. These snippets do support a sense of mystery / intrigue, but I would not say that this helps make the book into a thriller or anything of the sort. *content spoiler warning* *Book trigger warnings: I feel like this book should include some trigger warnings at the beginning of the book. When you pitch this as a thriller/mystery you are potentially bringing a different audience in. *Topics included: violence / abuse / forceful grabbing, mention of rape, violence from an intoxicated person, predatory behavior / targeting of a minor, touching of a minor, possessive behavior, parent ignoring warning signs / putting a child in danger, lewd behavior This book was very tough to read at times. Based on the synopsis I knew that it may be a harder read, but I truly did not expect all of this. I personally think that a content warning should be given and the inclusion of “thriller” genre should be removed. Overall, I did enjoy this for what it was. Important topics were brought up throughout the book. The main character showed quite a bit of strength. It was sad to see Sydney be put in troubling situations by her mother. I was disgusted with the male predatory behavior in this book, and it was hard to witness Sydney dealing with all of it over and over again. Sydney definitely feels much older and wiser by the end of the book. I do wish this book would have included more outside support though. I wish Sydney's friend and Nicco would have supported her a little more. More could have been done. I enjoyed this, but based on the synopsis my expectations were a bit different. I know this book hits a lot of triggers for people, so please keep that in mind.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    Girl, Unframed is partly a YA thriller, you spend the whole book knowing that something terrible has happened and are waiting to figure out the specifics. There’s a dark, ominous feeling that permeates the whole story. However, much more of the book is about a teenage girl growing up and having to deal with the uncomfortable attention that she’s now getting from adult men. Another large focus of the story is her strained relationship with her mom, who places her relationships with men and career Girl, Unframed is partly a YA thriller, you spend the whole book knowing that something terrible has happened and are waiting to figure out the specifics. There’s a dark, ominous feeling that permeates the whole story. However, much more of the book is about a teenage girl growing up and having to deal with the uncomfortable attention that she’s now getting from adult men. Another large focus of the story is her strained relationship with her mom, who places her relationships with men and career over her own daughter. I think this book really shines when it comes to explaining the fear that comes along with being a young woman and feeling unsafe in the world because of how older men interact with you. The thriller elements of the story are definitely there, and it made for a compelling read to get the little hints throughout of what was to come at the end. But I think if someone read this only wanting the thriller they might be disappointed with how much of the book is really not focused on that. My only real complaint is that sometimes I thought that the dialogue for the main character made her sound much younger than the 15/16 year old she is throughout the story. Maybe that was on purpose, to show she’s still just a kid and to contrast that with how the creepy older guys treat her. However sometimes it just seemed like she spoke like a 12 year old. It wasn’t everything she said, just occasionally I’d feel like it was way too young. But overall I think this is a great book. It just didn’t quite hit me the same way that Deb Caletti’s A Heart in a Body in the World did, which is a god tier book for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Oden

    “Of course, being looked at and being seen are two entirely different things. And when you are looked at but not seen, you are an object. An owned thing. A napkin. A magazine. A knife.” This book follows Sydney in the summer she turns 16. She flies from Seattle to California to live with her movie star mother. From the beginning of the book you know a crime will be committed but you don't know what that crime is or who committed it. This book is being marketed as a YA thriller but I think it's re “Of course, being looked at and being seen are two entirely different things. And when you are looked at but not seen, you are an object. An owned thing. A napkin. A magazine. A knife.” This book follows Sydney in the summer she turns 16. She flies from Seattle to California to live with her movie star mother. From the beginning of the book you know a crime will be committed but you don't know what that crime is or who committed it. This book is being marketed as a YA thriller but I think it's really a hard hitting coming-of-age story. This is a book about all the way women's bodies become objects. It's hard and at times uncomfortable to read but it's powerful. The story itself is a fairly quiet story. Most of the chapters are just quick glimpses into an ordinary day in Sydney's life. What makes this book special is the writing. Deb Caletti does so many things that are structurally interesting. For example, she uses parallelism often to show Sydney's conflicting thoughts: "sexy was something you wanted to be. Sexy was something you should never be." Lines like these I thought were brilliant. They show how confusing it is to be a teenage girl. One theme this book really explores is sexuality. On one hand, as a beautiful young girl Sydney wants to be desired. She wants to touch and be touched by her boyfriend Nicco. But the same things that make her attractive to Nicco, leering men are noticing and Sydney struggles with her discomfort at suddenly being "seen." I think this is a feeling all women can relate to, no matter how old we get. We want to be beautiful but not ogled. This book reminded me of both Sadie and The Female of the Species. If you were a fan of either of those books, I think you'll really enjoy the commentary in this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terina Atkins

    Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti- This one is a tough, in-your-face read. You wouldn't think you would have much in common with a girl whose mom is a celebrity, but you'd be wrong. Young women, no matter who they are, face non-stop commentary on who they are, who they should be, who people think they are, and, most disturbingly, what people believe they have a right to say/do in regards to a girls' body. Sydney is no different. As she finds herself maturing, she finds the tightrope between good gir Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti- This one is a tough, in-your-face read. You wouldn't think you would have much in common with a girl whose mom is a celebrity, but you'd be wrong. Young women, no matter who they are, face non-stop commentary on who they are, who they should be, who people think they are, and, most disturbingly, what people believe they have a right to say/do in regards to a girls' body. Sydney is no different. As she finds herself maturing, she finds the tightrope between good girl, natural desires, and how others perceive her womanly figure a more and more dangerous course to walk. She would be content to stay at her private school dorm by herself for the summer, but her movie-star mom insists she come stay with her and meet her newest boyfriend. She doesn't have a good feeling about the new addition, but can't say, "No" to her mom. She immediately feels something is off about this new boyfriend, or is it just the usual allowance of creepiness guys seem to think is their right? This novel makes one stop and think about what we have come to accept as normal behavior such as encouraging our children to hug adult men/women they may not even know, catcalling as a type of compliment, and people feeling it's OK to comment on a woman's body or what she is wearing. On top of all that (isn't that enough?) Sydney is noticing something very odd about her mom's rich new boyfriend with late-night comings and goings. And she is pretty sure the house is being watched...and not just by the pervert next door. Publish Date: June 23rd, 2020 #GirlUnframed #DebCaletti #Netgalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    4.5 stars for full review please visit www.myheartisbooked.com/review/girl-u... *Trigger warnings for domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and violence. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Girl, Unframed is set to release on June 23, 2020. This was my first introduction to Deb Caletti’s work and I have to say I am a fan.  This thrilling coming-of-age book is the story all teen girls need to read.  Sydney might be the daughter of a movie star, spending the summer in 4.5 stars for full review please visit www.myheartisbooked.com/review/girl-u... *Trigger warnings for domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and violence. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Girl, Unframed is set to release on June 23, 2020. This was my first introduction to Deb Caletti’s work and I have to say I am a fan.  This thrilling coming-of-age book is the story all teen girls need to read.  Sydney might be the daughter of a movie star, spending the summer in a multi-million dollar beach house, but she is remarkably relatable.  I think many young women can remember that summer when men suddenly noticed you, and not necessarily in a good way.  Caletti took every girl’s dream life and removed the rose colored glasses.  What we are left with is a deeply disturbing tale of modern femininity, societal expectations, and abuse. My biggest issue with this book was that it ended.  I am so engaged in Sydney’s story and I just want to know what happens next.  I wasn’t dissatisfied with the ending, but I could have read on for many more chapters (or maybe a sequel?). This exciting YA novel will leave you white-knuckled and sleep deprived in the best way. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for providing an e-ARC of Girl, Unframed. 

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I did not like this book. That does not mean I didn't love what it was trying to do. Girl, Unframed wants to be a story about how men see and always have seen women of all ages. It wants to examine the double standard both women and men place upon women and girls. Sometimes it achieves both. The problem is, this commentary is marketed as part of one of the most boring mysteries of all time. Girl, Unframed follows our protagonist as she recounts the events leading up to a mysterious crime but the c I did not like this book. That does not mean I didn't love what it was trying to do. Girl, Unframed wants to be a story about how men see and always have seen women of all ages. It wants to examine the double standard both women and men place upon women and girls. Sometimes it achieves both. The problem is, this commentary is marketed as part of one of the most boring mysteries of all time. Girl, Unframed follows our protagonist as she recounts the events leading up to a mysterious crime but the crime isn't revealed until the last 10% of the book. Some books can do this beautifully, but Girl, Unframed spends more time on our character relations and their every day life than building up suspense. The reveal of the crime isn't a 'aha! so that's what all those clues were leading up to!" because the clues and build up aren't there. It's more 'well, I guess that's the crime. Cool.' Were Girl, Unframed not sold as a mystery/thriller would I have liked it more? Possibly. Our narrative voice in this story was something I also had trouble buying into but there wasn't anything inherently wrong about it. Maybe read this if you want a look at how society treats women, but Girl, Unframed is pretty heavy handed with its commentary and I honestly think even this books best scenes can be found better communicated in other more interesting books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Kenyon

    Sydney is growing up and that means her body is changing too. She has started noticing that boys and men both are giving her attention and she starts to wonder where the line between flattery and obsession is. Sydney is supposed to spend the summer with her mother, but since her mom is the famous Lila Shore, Sydney knows that she will not be on the top of her mother’s plans. Will Sydney be able to decipher when attention is good and when it is bad? Will Sydney be able to keep herself safe when s Sydney is growing up and that means her body is changing too. She has started noticing that boys and men both are giving her attention and she starts to wonder where the line between flattery and obsession is. Sydney is supposed to spend the summer with her mother, but since her mom is the famous Lila Shore, Sydney knows that she will not be on the top of her mother’s plans. Will Sydney be able to decipher when attention is good and when it is bad? Will Sydney be able to keep herself safe when so many young ladies before her could not? Girl, Unframed is a standalone realistic fiction story that covers many truths about growing up in today’s society. The actions that take place in this book may have been extremes from the entertainment industry, but that does not mean they only happen there. Caletti gives hints about what may or may not be coming with titles of what seems to be evidence of proof … of what; you must read further into the book to find out. Although this book is listed as a thriller, it is the story BEFORE the action with the mystery being dangled in front of the reader during the majority of the book. A good book, but requires a little bit of perseverance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    In this coming-of-age story about a girl who's summer spent with her celebrity mother turns deadly, Sydney Reilly has to cope with the confusion, rage, and fear teen girls are confronted with when being objectified by a patriarchal society. When Sydney arrives in San Francisco, it's clear her mother's new beau, Jake, is involved in some dangerous criminal dealings. Unfortunately, her mother, who's previous star status is waning, seems oblivious to the threat looming over them. Sydney can feel Ja In this coming-of-age story about a girl who's summer spent with her celebrity mother turns deadly, Sydney Reilly has to cope with the confusion, rage, and fear teen girls are confronted with when being objectified by a patriarchal society. When Sydney arrives in San Francisco, it's clear her mother's new beau, Jake, is involved in some dangerous criminal dealings. Unfortunately, her mother, who's previous star status is waning, seems oblivious to the threat looming over them. Sydney can feel Jake watching her wherever she goes, and he isn't the only one. At sixteen, Sydney is very aware of the attention she's suddenly getting from the men around her. Her previous feelings of safety and anonymity are vanishing. Sydney thinks she's finally found a safe space with a sweet local boy name Nicco, but as their relationship begins to heat up, so does the ever-present danger Sydney's felt looming closer and closer all summer. Sydney's greatest fears are realized when something life-shattering happens on the stairs that lead to the beach from her mother's house. Something that will change Sydney's life forever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy Westover

    Another brilliant, timely novel from notable author Deb Caletti. Although intended for a teen audience, women of all ages will be able to relate to the experience of main character Sydney, as she navigates the conflicting messages and feelings about sexuality experienced by many young women, including adolescent girls. While this aspect of the novel is reminiscent of Caletti’s 2019 Printz Honor Award winner A Heart in a Body in the World, this novel takes the reader on a whole different journey. Another brilliant, timely novel from notable author Deb Caletti. Although intended for a teen audience, women of all ages will be able to relate to the experience of main character Sydney, as she navigates the conflicting messages and feelings about sexuality experienced by many young women, including adolescent girls. While this aspect of the novel is reminiscent of Caletti’s 2019 Printz Honor Award winner A Heart in a Body in the World, this novel takes the reader on a whole different journey. Sydney’s emotional and sometimes troubling experience as a young woman makes for a worthy read alone, but used in conjunction with the suspense surrounding an unknown tragedy involving Sydney, Girl, Unframed becomes a must read for summer! I nervously read my way through the novel in anticipation of the tragic event promised to the reader through each chapter’s presentation of evidence from a criminal trial, and I was not disappointed! Definitely one of my favorite books of 2020! Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review the e-galley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW-aB... Sydney Reily is being forced to spend the summer with her actress mother, Lila Shore. Sydney loves her mother but hates the fakeness around her mother and she doesn't want to spend her summer in a large rental on the beach in San Francisco. Sydney knows that this is the summer that "IT" will finally happen, she on the cusp of her life-changing, and this summer everything will be different. Sydney's summer is complicated by For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW-aB... Sydney Reily is being forced to spend the summer with her actress mother, Lila Shore. Sydney loves her mother but hates the fakeness around her mother and she doesn't want to spend her summer in a large rental on the beach in San Francisco. Sydney knows that this is the summer that "IT" will finally happen, she on the cusp of her life-changing, and this summer everything will be different. Sydney's summer is complicated by her mother's new boyfriend, Jake, who may be hiding a dark criminal side and Nicco, a cute boy that makes Sydney feel things that she has never had before. Sydney's summer will take a dark turn that will forever. I wanted to love this book but I never got there. I really liked the idea of this book and Caletti's message about how society treats girls as they turn into women. Caletti really illustrated how women's bodies are treated liked community property and how they are expected to just accept being objectified. I also enjoyed the way Caletti chose to tell the story which felt very reminiscent of classic film noir. However, I never really connected with Sydney. I read the whole book and I don't feel like I know her or did I ever really care what happens to her. Plus, I never really felt "hooked" nor did I ever really feel compelled to keep reading. The book is very stylish but, unfortunately, it felt like it was style over substance. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire Aucoin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Got this book in a giveaway, so thanks to the publishers first. Sydney Reilly spends the summer that she turns 16 with her actress mother in San Francisco. Narrating, Sydney makes it clear the danger of her situation of living with her mom and mom’s abusive boyfriend who is involved in shady business practices. She also begins to notice how men watch and objectify her. She’s telling her story retrospectively so she makes comments about red flags she missed about her situation. It feels heavy han Got this book in a giveaway, so thanks to the publishers first. Sydney Reilly spends the summer that she turns 16 with her actress mother in San Francisco. Narrating, Sydney makes it clear the danger of her situation of living with her mom and mom’s abusive boyfriend who is involved in shady business practices. She also begins to notice how men watch and objectify her. She’s telling her story retrospectively so she makes comments about red flags she missed about her situation. It feels heavy handed and too obvious but considering the context of a 16 yo who is really experiencing sexual harassment for the first time and is angry about how these instances of interactions have contributed to her trauma from an event that occurs at the end of the book. The book does a good job building suspense as it culminates into the event. You feel as unsafe as Sydney. Some parts feel obvious when speaking about the blatant sexism that still exists in our society but maybe it’s needed since people don’t believe that it still happens. Overall, I liked it and I devoured the book because I just had to know what happens.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Caletti's follow up to A Heart In a Body in the World has a lot in common with that book, both looking at what it is to be female in this world where there's a push and pull between being innocent and sexy, in your own mind and in the minds of males around you. Sydney is set to spend the summer with her famous actress mother in a cliffside house in San Francisco, away from her friends and everything familiar. Upon her arrival she finds that mom, Lila, is living with a brutish, heavily muscled ma Caletti's follow up to A Heart In a Body in the World has a lot in common with that book, both looking at what it is to be female in this world where there's a push and pull between being innocent and sexy, in your own mind and in the minds of males around you. Sydney is set to spend the summer with her famous actress mother in a cliffside house in San Francisco, away from her friends and everything familiar. Upon her arrival she finds that mom, Lila, is living with a brutish, heavily muscled man whose business dealings are less than legitimate. From the start, Caletti ratchets up the tension and keeps it up, starting each chapter with court exhibit labels for crime scene photos, depositions and statements, keeping the reader intensely aware that something terrible is coming, but we don't know what or to whom. Beneath all of this is the discomfort and threat that women feel on a daily basis under the male gaze. It's unsettling and terrifying at times, and in female readers will feel all too familiar. Thrilling, gut-wrenching and necessary. Review from e-galley.

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