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Said there were terms in there that he didn't even know. So -- recommended by a wrestler. View all 3 comments.

Dec 11, Teri rated it really liked it Shelves: This young adult novel is about a teenage girl named Mel. In this novel, Mel is the only female wrestler in her school and on her team. Throughout this book, she deals with relationships with her teammates, her brother, who is also a wrestler, her best friend, Jade, and much more. I received this book as Goodreads First Read book.

At first, I wasn't sure how I would like this book because it included things about wrestling. I don't know much about this sport and some of the lingo was hard to und This young adult novel is about a teenage girl named Mel. I don't know much about this sport and some of the lingo was hard to understand, such as certain moves that a wrestler would do. However, despite this difficulty, I was able to understand this book through a teenager's eyes. I enjoyed how the author who happens to be a man was able to use the right words and actions on how a girl teenager is supposed to act. I love the relationship between Mel and her best friend Jade.

Especially when one day they are mad at each other and the next day they are not- typical tribulations best friends go through. I also enjoyed Mel's relationship with her older brother, Cole. I love the way they fight, and how Cole is always picking on his little sister. This book was well-rounded in the relationships that were represented in it.

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Overall, I would recommend this book my friends. It was an easy read, and if you like young adult novels, this would be a great book to pick up. Sep 16, Cherie rated it it was amazing. Melinda Radford just wants to wrestle for her high school team, but getting onto the team seems the beginning of her troubles. Then, a comment to a reporter put her at odds with the entire team. She has to find a way to bring her life into control whi Alfred C.

She has to find a way to bring her life into control while continue doing what she loves. The characters and conflict seemed realistic. The novel is fast-paced, and I wanted to keep reading until the very last word. Dec 08, Giselle rated it it was ok Shelves: She seemed very feminine at times and masculine at ot I received this book in one of Goodreads' giveaways back in December but had a hard time starting it or even getting through.

Oct 19, Laryssa Wirstiuk rated it it was amazing. Though I'm not usually a reader of YA, I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the life of young wrestler Melinda Radford. I literally know nothing about wrestling, but I found myself swept away and intrigued by the descriptions of matches and the use of all the jargon. For the most part, I found the portrayal of this young narrator believable, and I was super impressed that a man wrote this character. The only thing I didn't find believable was Melinda's choice of clothing - super high-end cloth Though I'm not usually a reader of YA, I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the life of young wrestler Melinda Radford.

The only thing I didn't find believable was Melinda's choice of clothing - super high-end clothing that a middle-aged women would probably wear. The book also made me feel like no one could pay me any amount of money to be a teenager again. I felt like a few of the characters in the book, most notably Melinda's family, were especially hard on her, and I felt so sorry for her. I actually wish this has been explored in even more depth because if I were 15 with those strict rules, I surely would not have been as good of a girl as Melinda is. Also, I was really interested in Melinda's feelings about sex and wish these could have been explored more fully, but I guess the YA classification limits that.

I'd definitely recommend or gift this book to any teenage girl who feels like who she is or what she likes goes against the norm. Oct 22, Lori Twichell rated it really liked it. I went to my fair share of wrestling tournaments when I was growing up, but it was never the sport that I really embraced. So Martino had a challenge in capturing my attention with this one. Thankfully the voice of the main character was enough to draw me in. From the beginning, Melinda makes it plain that she knows how odd her love of wrestling is and that she understands the problems people have with it.

However, we also learn why and how she loves it so much. That makes it easier to get behind. I enjoyed learning more about the sport and about how an athlete lives and breathes their sport. I was never athletic in school, so this was good insight for me. Though I got lost through some of the wrestling jargon, the main points of the story were clear. It was interesting to follow Melinda on this journey as she discovers more about who she is and who she wants to be. It would be nice to continue and see where she ends up later in life! Review copy provided by the author.

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I like that this book really shows what its like to be a girl playing a male sport, but it doesn't really delve into the characters too much. All we really learn about Melinda is that she wears expensive clothes and likes wrestling. It doesn't really let on how her teammates feel about her being a girl. I didn't like her family too much with the exception of her dad. He brother is an ass and her mom comes off as controlling.

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She claims to have a great relationship with her grandma but I didn't re I like that this book really shows what its like to be a girl playing a male sport, but it doesn't really delve into the characters too much. She claims to have a great relationship with her grandma but I didn't really see proof of it.

Then she gets a boyfriend who is never really seen or heard from and then her mom puts an end to that over the normal mom reasons. Its a good book if you want to see some of what its like to be a female wrestler in high school but there's really no depth. I received this book from goodreads first reads. Aug 22, Paula Stock rated it liked it Shelves: The story itself is good,and deals with attitudes about sports, and girls' involvement in boys' sports such as wrestling. What I didn't care for was the attitude abut teenage sex and drinking. I would like to recommend the book to my eighth grade readers, but would have difficulty because Melinda is a sophomore and can't even drive, yet spends a lot of time describing in detail just how far she and her boyfriend go while sitting in her driveway in his car!

She and her friend also have a "two mon The story itself is good,and deals with attitudes about sports, and girls' involvement in boys' sports such as wrestling. She and her friend also have a "two month rule," apparently about sex, which she anticipates breaking. I hate to go on about this, but to me it overshadowed the more important part of the story, which should be about standing up for oneself and doing what you love. Jun 23, Karina Paul rated it liked it. This book was okay. I didn't enjoyed it much, and picked it up in the library just because it was about wrestling.

From time to time I was wondering, how this girl can be who she is. I dealt with it because we are all different. Me and the main character have so much in common, because I, myself was the only girl on the wrestling team. However, that was not because I wanted t be around guys, seeking for attention what others thought, but because I wanted to try something new in my life, and lear This book was okay.

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However, that was not because I wanted t be around guys, seeking for attention what others thought, but because I wanted to try something new in my life, and learn from stronger, and more experienced opponents, males. I don'regret reading it, but would not recommend it as much. Feb 12, Linda rated it really liked it. I liked this book a lot.

The author obviously has a lot of inside info on high school wrestling. Some of that description didn't translate, but that doesn't matter. There's definitely room for this story to be told from another character's viewpoint. That would be cool! Dec 10, Jenny rated it really liked it.

I really liked the girl heroine like story. She seemed so real with all the boy and friend problems. I love the fact that she is a girl wrestler. I found it hard to put down a lot of the time. I will definitely be reading it again!!! Jun 10, Israa rated it it was amazing.


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Dec 08, Wenjie marked it as to-read. Mmm a girl interested in wrestling ins't very common of YA books, so I'm very excited to see what this book will make of it! Feb 16, Howard Berman rated it liked it. A teenage feminist hero is the hero of this book; hardly depth psychology but you delve into the heroines shoes, that is sneakers, or athletic shoes.

Feb 03, Mickey Beerens rated it liked it. Sep 23, Kathy rated it liked it. Not only a great book about wrestling but really explores the subtle ways in which girls face discrimination in athletics. Good YA read that encourages girls to pursue their aspirations. Oct 13, Katelyn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is an amazing tale of a girl trying to find her place in an all-guys sport.

It is a really motivating story and a great read.

Lara Simpson rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Christi rated it really liked it Nov 23, Amy Marie rated it it was ok Aug 27, Holly rated it it was ok Sep 25, Erin rated it it was amazing Sep 23, CLM rated it liked it Nov 05, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Alfred C. See All Goodreads Deals….

Trivia About Perfected by Girls. At home, Mel's parents forbid her from seeing her new boyfriend, her grandmother insists she start preparing for her future by taking a dready office internship, and her infuriating older brother, who's the varsity team captain, flirts with her best friend, Jade. Just when it seems things can't get any more complicated, an off-handed comments puts Mel at odds with her teammates, her brother, and, worst of all, her coach.


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But through a strange twist of tragedy and fate, Mel is given an unexpected opportunity to accomplish something no girls in her school's history has ever done - something that just may redeem herslef in the eyes of her detractors. But is she strong enough to handle the pressure? Martino has written two highly-acclaimed sports novels, Over The end Line and the Jr.

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