Valley Girls

Valley Girls

When 17-year-old Rilla is busted for partying 24 hours into arriving in Yosemite National Park to live with her park ranger sister, it?s 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 can?t help but be seduced by experiences she couldn?t have imagine When 17-year-old Rilla is busted for partying 24 hours into arriving in Yosemite National Park to live with her p...

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Title:Valley Girls
Author:Sarah Nicole Lemon
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Genres:Contemporary
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Valley Girls Reviews

  • Laura
    Apr 24, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

  • Kelly
    Apr 05, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    May 31, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

  • Rhoda
    May 06, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

  • Katy Upperman
    Nov 24, 2017

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

  • Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
    Apr 13, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

  • Lindsay
    Jan 17, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

  • Camille
    Aug 05, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

    This... was not a bad book, but after the way Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut (Done Dirt Cheap) knocked my socks off and into another galaxy, I was prepared for MORE. Valley Girls barely even felt like it was written by the same person. The writing didn't feel as magical; some of it read li...

  • Melanie
    Feb 13, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

    This... was not a bad book, but after the way Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut (Done Dirt Cheap) knocked my socks off and into another galaxy, I was prepared for MORE. Valley Girls barely even felt like it was written by the same person. The writing didn't feel as magical; some of it read li...

    What a great read! I LOVED being able to experience Yosemite through this book, and it's clear that the author has a very strong knowledge of both Yosemite National Park and rock climbing. Lemon was able to nicely incorporate technical rock climbing terms in such a way that isn't dumbe...

    Solid and enjoyable story. Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I find the writing behind the character Rilla brilliant. Many young women must learn to find themselves and often struggle in the process, no one is perfect and Rilla?s faults are beautiful because they are a part of her, sh...

    I have been procrastinating on writing this review because I wasn't sure how to put all I felt while reading this book into words. I completely related to the main character Rilla which was shocking to me being she is only 17/18 during this story and comes from a background very differ...

  • Cait
    Jul 24, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

  • charlotte
    Apr 03, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

  • Mandi Schneck
    May 08, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

  • Emily
    Aug 23, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

    This... was not a bad book, but after the way Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut (Done Dirt Cheap) knocked my socks off and into another galaxy, I was prepared for MORE. Valley Girls barely even felt like it was written by the same person. The writing didn't feel as magical; some of it read li...

    What a great read! I LOVED being able to experience Yosemite through this book, and it's clear that the author has a very strong knowledge of both Yosemite National Park and rock climbing. Lemon was able to nicely incorporate technical rock climbing terms in such a way that isn't dumbe...

    Solid and enjoyable story. Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I find the writing behind the character Rilla brilliant. Many young women must learn to find themselves and often struggle in the process, no one is perfect and Rilla?s faults are beautiful because they are a part of her, sh...

  • Megan  (YABookers)
    May 04, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

  • American Mensa
    Aug 13, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

  • Aoife
    Jun 23, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

  • Caro Herrera
    Apr 24, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

  • Kara
    May 01, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

  • Mady
    Jul 20, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Apr 12, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

  • Atlas
    Jan 17, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

  • Tova
    Apr 12, 2017

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

  • Leo
    Jun 04, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

  • Steve
    Jun 30, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

  • Ellie (crackthespine)
    Jan 19, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

  • Emmy B
    Jun 20, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

    This... was not a bad book, but after the way Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut (Done Dirt Cheap) knocked my socks off and into another galaxy, I was prepared for MORE. Valley Girls barely even felt like it was written by the same person. The writing didn't feel as magical; some of it read li...

    What a great read! I LOVED being able to experience Yosemite through this book, and it's clear that the author has a very strong knowledge of both Yosemite National Park and rock climbing. Lemon was able to nicely incorporate technical rock climbing terms in such a way that isn't dumbe...

  • Teresa
    Mar 24, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...

    *3.5 Rating 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 i...

    This book isn?t for everyone. Pricilla is super messy and kind of awful and doesn?t really start to change until the end. I sometimes feel that when I?m reviewing books I shouldn?t let my super personal emotions impact my rating too much. I?ll talk about my personal emotions ...

    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 foll...

    Valley Girls, a realistic fiction novel by Sarah Lemon, went above and beyond my expectations. The main character, Rilla Skidmore, is a teen from Virginia who moves to Yosemite trying to become a better version of herself. After a relationship that ended badly as well as a history with...

    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 a...

    This... was not a bad book, but after the way Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut (Done Dirt Cheap) knocked my socks off and into another galaxy, I was prepared for MORE. Valley Girls barely even felt like it was written by the same person. The writing didn't feel as magical; some of it read li...

    What a great read! I LOVED being able to experience Yosemite through this book, and it's clear that the author has a very strong knowledge of both Yosemite National Park and rock climbing. Lemon was able to nicely incorporate technical rock climbing terms in such a way that isn't dumbe...

    Solid and enjoyable story. Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I find the writing behind the character Rilla brilliant. Many young women must learn to find themselves and often struggle in the process, no one is perfect and Rilla?s faults are beautiful because they are a part of her, sh...

    I have been procrastinating on writing this review because I wasn't sure how to put all I felt while reading this book into words. I completely related to the main character Rilla which was shocking to me being she is only 17/18 during this story and comes from a background very differ...

    ****4.5 Stars**** Thanks to NetGalley and Abrams for the ARC! When Rilla is shipped off to spend the summer with her older sister in Yosemite National Park she is livid. All her friends and her boyfriend will get to spend the summer together in West Virginia and Rilla isn't ready t...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 25, 2017

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

  • Alison
    Jul 26, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 31, 2018

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 49% I?m doing it. I?m DNFing my first book of 2018. Honestly, Valley Girls wasn?t egregious or offensive or really even that bad, but I was so utterly bored and indifferent I couldn?t continue. My biggest problem was likely my complete annoyance at main ch...

    They looked like they had always been and would always be in Yosemite * * 2 / 5 I really, really wanted to love Valley Girls - it promised rock climbing adventures featuring a stubborn, ill-advised teen set against the stunning background of Yosemite. Valley Girls delivered in...

    up for request on Netgalley! I don't know man, I just really love Yosemite ...

    I received this book from Abrams&Chronicle in exchange for an honest review. When Rilla travels to Yosemite National park to live with her sister, she's determined to better - especially when she's busted for partying less than 24 hours after her arrival. Rilla soon falls into a...

    The character development and pacing were weak -- I never got to know Rilla or any of the other characters, and since Rilla's experiences in West Virginia were why she was in Yosemite with her half sister, I needed more -- but the setting in Yosemite and the climbing were excellent. Th...

    Okay, I'm terrified of rock climbing, but I did spend 5 summers living in Yosemite and it's pretty much my second home for the majority for almost half of my life. ...

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*Many thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review!* I loved loved loved Sarah Nicole Lemon's debut Done Dirt Cheap, which ...

    Disclaimer I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley. DNF @ 30% I'm really not feeling this one at all which is a huge shame because I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap. I, for one, really disliked the main character Rilla. I'm usually all for unlikeable female charac...

    Galley provided by publisher Actual rating 3.5 On the basis of Done Dirt Cheap, I kind of expected more of this book. That's not to say it wasn't good, or that my current fantasy/historical kick isn't behind why I didn't enjoy it as much, but it definitely contributed. Valley ...

    Rilla is shipped from West Virginia to Yosemite National Park to live with her half-sister Thea because she is the problem maker and partier back in her hometown. Before arriving at the Park, Thea vows to change her awful habits of partying and smoking drugs, claiming that she will ena...

    I was initially very excited about this book. However, I quickly became tired of the writing style and also the main character. I was tempted to discontinue reading, but the book actually picked up around the halfway point so I'm glad I finished it. I would maybe give 1 star to the fir...

    So this is one of my new favorite books. It was just so well written and important. I originally picked it up because it takes place in Yosemite which is about two hours from where I live. In fact, my hometown, Merced, is mentioned and gone to by the main character twice. I have never ...

    This review was originally posted on StrupagFollowing an incident at home in Rainelle, West Virginia, 17 year old Rilla is sent to stay with her elder sister, Thea, a Ranger in Yosemite, California. She has schoolwork to catch up on over the summer if she wants to graduate high school ...

    3.5. The Yosemite setting was done so well - it all felt extremely real. I had some issues with the relationships - the "Walker is only in this for fun" wasn't really telegraphed well, & the Petra & Adeena stuff at the end sort of came out of nowhere? Anyway, this was a pret...

    Not really a what I expected but a easy fun read anyway. Even though the story takes place in Yosemite it?s really about a hormonally challenged teenage girl who ends up in Yosemite. A better read for a teenager ...

    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher. ...

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC ...

    As someone that used to do climbing (admittedly, though, indoors and in the UK climbing spots, nowhere near as amazing as Yosemite), I really loved the premise and idea of this book. It seems more like a tribute to the National Park than anything, though, which would have made for a go...

    1. Incredibly relatable MC. It's been a long time since I've identified so completely with a protagonist. Rilla's self-doubt and longing to be liked feel so raw and genuine; she made me remember, uncomfortably, what it was like to be a teenager. Also, her arc is A+. 2. All the wanderl...

    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...