Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon

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 imagined back home. She sets her sights on climbing El Capitan, one of the m...

Details Valley Girls

TitleValley Girls
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Valley Girls

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    1.5 StarsDNF @ 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 character, Rilla, who was forced to leave her home in West Virginia after some relationship problems and live with her park ranger sister in Yosemite valley. Like I said abov...
  • Atlas
    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 the sense that the rock climbing aspects were detailed and immersive and the scenery sounded breathtaking and filled me with wanderlust. It failed in that the main character...
  • Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
    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 I picked up on a whim, knowing not much about but loving the girl power vibe of the cover and unorthodox name. I loved her ability to write resilient, strong female cha...
  • charlotte
    Galley provided by publisherActual rating 3.5On 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 Girls tells the story of Rilla Skidmore, who's sent by her mother to live with her half-sister Thea in Yosemite, after a big fight with her boyfriend. There, she falls in with ...
  • Lindsay
    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 enact revenge by turning into a different person than the one that everyone knows her to be. She forgets her vow upon descending into the park and befriends a fellow s...
  • Caro Herrera
    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 first half of the book and 3 stars to the second half. Thus, my 2-star rating.The main problem with this book, in my opinion, is that it's overwritten. What I mean by ...
  • Rhoda
    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 and Thea is determined to see her achieve it.It seems she is the only person in Yosemite who doesn't climb or hike. So when she makes friends with a group of climbe...
  • Laura
    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher.
  • Leo
    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.RTC
  • Ellie (crackthespine)
    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 good overall story, if I hadn't disliked the main character so intensely.Rilla is genuinely a terrible person, she has few likeable qualities and it just felt like, t...
  • Katy Upperman
    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 wanderlust. I can't recall the last book I read that had me so desperately wanting to travel. Sarah Nicole Lemon paints Yosemite in the most breathtaking light, and she made...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    VALLEY GIRLS is the newest release from Sarah Nicole Lemon, who is also the author of DONE DIRT CHEAP. VALLEY GIRLS follows Rilla Skidmore, who is sent to live in Yosemite National Park with her half-sister after being busted while partying. Thea, her half-sister, vows to fix Rilla’s rebellious behavior. Rilla quickly finds a new passion, rock climbing, in Yosemite and sets out of climb El Capitan. Her journey to the summit is accompanied by he...
  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    *3.5 RatingReview Posted on Reading Lark 6/1/18: have read a string of contemporaries with main characters that are dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. Valley Girls falls into that category, but ended on a more hopeful note which made it slightly easier to digest.Rilla, the main character, has been put on a bus by her parents in West Virginia to live with her older sister who is working as a park ranger...
  • Mandi Schneck
    The amount of wilderness-related books I've read over the last few months is astounding, but they've all been fantastic! Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to meet her at NoVa TEEN Book Festival, and she was so sweet in person! This story follows Priscilla "Rilla" Skidmore, a rebel teen sent off to live in Yosimite National Park with her park ranger sister Thea to try to straighten her life out. Once there, ...
  • Kara
    There were some clarity issues with the writing and this ARC had obviously not gone through copy editing yet because there were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, but despite all that, I really enjoyed this one. I raved about Dirt Done Cheap last year, and this book was just as great, but completely different.I've been reading some reviews, and it seems that a lot of readers are having problems with Rilla's character. Rilla cries too muc...
  • Melanie
    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 different from mine. Yet the thoughts she suffers from are my thoughts. She is forced to go live with her sister after an incident with her boyfriend. She is all attitude...
  • Teresa
    ****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 to let go, she isn't ready to be forgotten by all of them, especially because of the incident that caused her to be sent away. When she arrives at Yosemite, Rilla is blown...
  • Kokie
    This is a great coming of age story that skips over many of the cliches and cringe-worthy scenes many teen novels feel necessary. Instead we see Rilla struggling, both internally and externally, to find her place in the world. She makes bad choices, justifies her decisions, and lives with the consequences. There is a strain of true-teen experiences in this novel I haven't found many other books.Aside from the coming of age strand, Rilla is learni...
  • Kelsey Rodkey
    Valley Girls was weirdly refreshing. Normally, this book wouldn't have done it for me—the main character doesn't really have any goals, she kind of hides her past from the reader, and she fucks up a lot. But the characters and unique setting won me over.Rilla was an interesting main character. She was far from perfect, she had her own damage to deal with, and she had an unusual family dynamic.The other characters were complex and whole, realist...
  • Kimberly
    I wanted to give this book four stars, but there were too many loose ends that were never tied. The writing though was phenomenal and the character development top notch. I wish the ending had included more about Thea and whether or not Rilla got her GED because I felt unfulfilled when I turned the last page. Also the plot summary makes this book look completely different the party isn’t really a big deal... also I’m not sure if it’s becaus...
  • bibliosaurus rex
    It was really good; not too focused on the romance but enough to keep you interested. This book grew my wanderlust even more. However, the large number (for a published novel) of punctuation & spelling errors made it a bit annoying. Overall I liked it; the characters felt real to me.
  • Gretchen
    Loved this book! One of the only five star ratings I have given out in awhile. The entire story felt so very real, it felt like I was living it, including the technical climbing aspects. My only complaint is that the ending felt a little abrupt and tidy.
  • B
    Eh- I liked it,but I also didn't like it. Rilla was annoying- you think she is going to redeem herself, and yet again acting like a little kid. I liked the other climber and her sister Thea. Also needed more backstory.
  • Kendall • thegeekyyogi
    Review to follow.
  • Julia Marie
    Solid follow up after Done Dirt Cheap.