When 17-year-old Rilla is busted for partying 24 hours into arriving in Yosemite National Park to live with her park ranger sister, its a come-to-Jesus moment.Determined to make up for her screw-up and create a stable new home for herself, Rilla charms her way into a tight-knit group of climbers. But Rilla cant help but be seduced by experiences she couldnt have imagined back home. She sets her sights on climbing El Capitan, one of the most challenging routes in Yosemite, and her summer becomes one harrowing and ecstatic experience after another: first climb, first fall two thousand feet in the air, first love. But becoming the person Rilla feels she was meant to be jeopardizes the reasons why she came to Yosemitea bright new future and a second chance at sisterhood. When her family and her future are at odds, what will Rilla choose?...
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Valley Girls Reviews
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
VALLEY GIRLS is the newest release from Sarah Nicole Lemon, who is also the author of DONE DIRT CHEAP. VALLEY GIRLS follows Rilla Skidmore, who is sent to live in Yosemite National Park with her half-sister after being busted while partying. Thea, her half-sister, vows to fix Rilla’s rebellious behavior. Rilla quickly finds a new passion, rock climbing, in Yosemite and sets out of climb El Capitan. Her journey to the summit is accompanied by her first love and struggle to rebuild her broken fami ...more
Loved this book! One of the only five star ratings I have given out in awhile. The entire story felt so very real, it felt like I was living it, including the technical climbing aspects. My only complaint is that the ending felt a little abrupt and tidy.
This is a great coming of age story that skips over many of the cliches and cringe-worthy scenes many teen novels feel necessary. Instead we see Rilla struggling, both internally and externally, to find her place in the world. She makes bad choices, justifies her decisions, and lives with the consequences. There is a strain of true-teen experiences in this novel I haven't found many other books.
Aside from the coming of age strand, Rilla is learning to climb in one of the greatest climbing parks ...more
Solid follow up after Done Dirt Cheap.
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/1/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...
I have read a string of contemporaries with main characters that are dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. Valley Girls falls into that category, but ended on a more hopeful note which made it slightly easier to digest.
Rilla, the main character, has been put on a bus by her parents in West Virginia to live with her older sister who is working as a park ranger in Yosemite. Rilla isn't thrilled about this deve ...more
The amount of wilderness-related books I've read over the last few months is astounding, but they've all been fantastic! Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to meet her at NoVa TEEN Book Festival, and she was so sweet in person!
This story follows Priscilla "Rilla" Skidmore, a rebel teen sent off to live in Yosimite National Park with her park ranger sister Thea to try to straighten her life out. Once there, she bonds with a group of climbers who help her as ...more
There were some clarity issues with the writing and this ARC had obviously not gone through copy editing yet because there were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, but despite all that, I really enjoyed this one. I raved about Dirt Done Cheap last year, and this book was just as great, but completely different.
I've been reading some reviews, and it seems that a lot of readers are having problems with Rilla's character. Rilla cries too much. She's irresponsible and makes bad decisions. Sh ...more