“Girl Overboard” by Justina Chen Headley

Posted January 29th, 2011 by Elena

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“Girl Overboard” is one of the most powerful, provocative novels I have ever laid my eyes on. The cover is slightly misleading (featuring a girl holding a snowboard): As I picked it up, I imagined it to be one of the charactaristic, pop-fiction novels with hardly any substance. But how wrong could I be? Headley’s words create an image beyond that of black-and-white; beyond ink-and-paper. She reaches through the pages of her book and uses the character of Syrah to grasp the reader’s heart. The depth of a billionaire’s daughter and her twisted life struck me and warmed me. From Syrah’s leg injury, to her dreams of professional snowboarding, to going out on a limb to help a little girl with cancer, Syrah has to cope with a haunting past, but also faces a beautiful future. Perhaps she, as a rich girl, has a bit more opportunity than the rest of us; but the fact that she wants out says enough.


I'm a 13-year-old girl. I'm passionate about writing and the arts. I'm a dedicated, hard-working actress and musician, but I would love to be able to publish a novel one day. I play several instruments: Flute, piano, bass guitar, guitar, and I would like to maybe try the clarinet out for size. I practice on average about 2 to 5 hours a day on my flute--I am a die-hard musician. I'm a singer and songwriter and I would love to major at Juilliard (Musical theatre). I actually ruined my eyesight with my love of reading. I read everything from Jane Austen and Shakespeare to Harry Potter.

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