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
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, 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...
  • andrea caro
    Sarah Nicole Lemon is my favorite author. She has been my favorite author ever since I read Done Dirt Cheap. That hasn't changed after completing Valley Girls. I would literally read and five star her grocery lists.This book is about climbing. It's not going to be for everyone and, admittedly, from a different writer, I doubt this book would have been for me. There's a lot of verbiage associated with climbing that's still a mystery to me, but hey...
  • 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...
  • Aoife
    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 climber crowd, and they begin to teach her the joys and hardships of climbing in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This was an enjoyable read with some great ...
  • 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 publisherRep: wlw side character, non-white side charactersActual 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 f...
  • 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 ...
  • Alison
    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 read a book that even got close to my town. I recognized everywhere talked about and had pretty much been to all of the places too and it was so awesome. I don’t ...
  • 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...
  • Cait
    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 pretty fun read (if very long!)
  • Steve
    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
  • Laura
    Yosemite Valley, not LA Valley... and there was nothing there to make me care about what happened. ARC provided by publisher.
  • 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...
  • Samantha Newnham
    *ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.Can someone please tell me what happened in this book because ya girl could not tell you.It was 400 pages about Rilla being sent to live in a national park with sister after an incident that we never end up finding out about?!Rilla - annoying, can't make up her mind teenager.Thea - Rilla's gay sister who I wish this book was about.RIlla's love interest - cannot even remember his name so *insert s...
  • 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...
  • Mady
    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 all I want in my review, but I try to keep star ratings fairly objective. But with this one, I just connected so strongly to the book. I don’t know if it’s beca...
  • 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, ...
  • American Mensa
    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 drugs, Rilla finds solace and personal development in the last place she thought she would—in rock climbing. The characters in Valley Girls are not the cliché, ...
  • 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...
  • Camille
    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 like a first draft (a decent first draft, but compared to the beauty that was DDC it read like a first draft). Our protagonist Rilla was so inconsistent that at the e...
  • Emmy B
    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 dumbed down for people who do have climbing knowledge, yet basic enough and well explained for people who know little to nothing about climbing. I definitely recommend t...
  • Emily
    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, she owns them as she grows within the story. More importantly, she takes responsibility for her actions. She suffers through a lot of ordeals many of us go through an...
  • 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...