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Good Girls (2006)

Good Girls (2006)
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0060882239 (ISBN13: 9780060882235)
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Good Girls (2006)
Good Girls (2006)

About book: Also appears on Lissa WritesI really liked this book.There are a few parallels with Forever, and in fact this book even references Forever, but unlike Forever I wasn't reminded of the awkwardness and quite frankly horrible memories of my ex-boyfriend, but instead I was actually reminded of my fiancée.So, win for this book already.When someone takes a photo of Audrey, the school's resident 'good girl' - otherwise known as a spock, swot, or general nerd - in a compromising position with a boy at a party and spreads it around her school, Audrey has to deal with the fallout of a tarnished reputation, a broken relationship with the boy in question, the friendships of other 'good' and 'bad' girls, and her parents.And the biggest question is, who took the photo and destroyed her reputation? Was is a friend of the boy? Was it Audrey's ex-boyfriend, the guy who couldn't handle being dumped? Was it another girl jealous that Audrey was casually 'hooking up' with the hottest guy in the school?It doesn't shy away from uncomfortable issues. The scene with the doctor had me cringing. The reactions of almost everyone in the novel is completely horrible - most of the boys decide Audrey's easy and will want to have sex with them, the teachers who found out disapprove and think they're 'warning' her the behaviour wasn't 'appropriate' for a girl of her intellect, and the girls of the school turn into complete bitches. This is slut shaming from the point of view of the slut. And we all know that slut shaming in YA books is wrong and quite often misjudged.Which is why I think a few specific people will like this book, because Audrey's still a good girl. She still goes to church (and to all honesty, normally I'm against using religion in YA novels but in this instance it works), she still studies hard, and she still works on her relationship with her parents. She also has hobbies - notably the school plays where she's in charge of the stage design.But of course nothing is ever black and white. This novels explores the shades of grey of sluts and slut shaming and good girls. And I use the term slut ironically. Why do girls get called sluts and boys get called players? Why is a girl having sex a slut and a boy having sex a god? Why is a bad boy really a good boy, and a good boy is a pansy or a mama's boy?Audrey's a realistic portrayal of a teenager, even if she's a little too perfect. I knew a girl like her at my high school who changed schools when something like this happened over the summer holidays. And the teenage voice in this book is spot on.I think it'd be an accessible read for adults who enjoy reading YA books as well as a great book for the YA crowd. My version of the book had a parental advisory warning on it for mature content, so if a mother is thinking of giving this to her daughter, maybe she should read it first. I'd be more than happy to give this to a fourteen year old.

So, I finished this book yesterday evening and I'm still unable to express what I think about it...I found this book by accident and after I read the summary I knew immediately that I have to read this book!"Good Girls" is about Audrey. She has oral sex at a party with her "on/off boyfriend" Luke and someone takes secretly a picture of them. This "blowjob" picture is sent from one phone to another untill everyone in school saw it and it even reaches the principal and Audrey's parents.I liked the idea because I was once in the same situation... Phones, Facebook, Mails, thats a current topic and even though every one uses it, many people don't know how to use it right. Social media and technology gets often misused. In this case, it wasn't even the victims fault. Audrey and Luke went to a room without cameras to be alone and have some privancy. The person who took this picture with his phone, planed to catch those two at their "private moment". But instead of being disgusted by the one who took this picture, everyone talks bad about Audrey. She's the bitch, not the offender. That's how teenagers are. And thats the main subject in this story. What happens when your image is about to be ruined?How important is it to have friends who stand behind you when something like that happens? Because it comes to some disputes with Audreys friends because of this situation. And another important subject: What happens when parents have to realize their little girl isn't that little any more? And of course the reader wants to know how are things going to be between Audrey and Luke now. Because actually Audrey wanted to dump him...But(and this is maybe important to know)this book is not about cyberbullying. It's more about mobbing and stupid jokes in school, the fights within the involved ones and about Audrey's feels and thoughts about the situation. I really liked how she dealed with the situation, btw. She enters the drama class at school and finds a new hobby and work in it, for example. I totally enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. I'm not THAT happy with the end, to be honest. It's a quite open end but I didn't like how Luke behaved in the last chapters but well,...ok, let's just leave it like that.I loved the book and I'm sure I won't forget it so quickly.(School)Grade: 1
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Fred
I guess it's kind of a theme in YA books that a super smart, high achieving girl who has an intense need for control might sometimes fall for a guy who is either out of her league, or moves in a different social circle (he's a player, The Duff, he's a jock, Not That Kind of Girl, he's too old and taking advantage of her, Story of a Girl also the Duff, or a stoner, At the Party). They have a "relationship" that mostly consists of secret hook-ups, in order to assuage her anxiety about various issues revolving around parents, school, or self-esteem. The reason this works for her is because when they are kissing (or whatev) she is so caught up that she escapes her overthinking, overanalyzing mind for a while, and just feels the moment. Far be it from me to question whether this works in real life (or happens), because there must be something elemental and powerful about this idea in order for it to be so prevalent and popular.So, obvs, this book is in that genre, and it's a good one. The MC is more mixed up than troubled, and seems to just find it unbelievable that the boy could actually like her beyond wanting to hook up, so she breaks off the limited, secretive relationship they do have, without explanation, without thinking about him or his feelings (or that boys even have such things!). So when that sexy times photo someone surreptiously snapped of the two of them makes the rounds at school, it's maybe even more humiliating, more overwhelming than might otherwise be the case, although, it's hard to imagine how it could be moreso, honestly. I found Audrey likeable, believable, and possessed of a quirky, fresh and appealing voice and point of view. The whole issue with her Dad, and how the picture impacts their relationship was maybe the most affecting part of the book for me (cause I'm a Dad maybe?), and the resolution of that element is one of the more touching parts (again, maybe just me). This was the part that was the most like Story of Girl, another great book, btw, if you haven't read it. How Audrey deals with the aftermath of the overexposure, and becomes a more open, forgiving, understanding and less crazy person, makes for a good story, with good supporting characters and, for a change, fairly believable parents.
Steph Su
GOOD GIRLS is a gem of a good read. Super-smart Audrey does something completely out of character for her before school starts: she hooks up with Luke, the well-liked, athletic playboy. Party after party, they hook up, yet hardly ever speak in school. Audrey feels more for Luke than she’s felt for any other boy, but as she watches Luke talk to other girls, she can’t help but draw back from a possible romance between the two of them.Then someone takes a picture of Audrey hooking up with Luke, and the picture is passed around to everyone. Even Audrey’s teachers and parents see it. Audrey goes from having a fairly decent reputation to being labeled as a slut. The consequences of the photo are far-reaching: Luke isn’t talking to her and her parents don’t know how to act around her.However, some of what happens in the picture’s aftermath surprises Audrey. She befriends several girls she had always considered as slutty before, and she learns that she does have the ability to be strong while people snicker behind her back.GOOD GIRLS is snidely hilarious and a surprisingly feel-good read. It’s raw and explicit; I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone not in high school yet. However, Audrey is a great, strong protagonist with a wonderful voice. Not everyone has been in Audrey’s particular situation, but I’m sure that everyone knows how it feels to be hurt, and then to rise above it.
Kandee
When I first was sent this book, I had doubts that it'd be clique and very predictable, but it turned out great. Its not what i expected it to be.When good girl, star achiever Audrey Porter is caught in a "promiscuous" position, her life turns upside down. It's not just the fact she was caught, its the fact someone took a picture of her and sent it around. She's now gone from good-girl-who-does-everything-right to a ho living in "Slut City" with two other characters, Pam and Cindy. Pam is the real 'slut' of the story, and yet so it Cindy, but she's a virgin. I found that funny. The author writes in an amazing style, that i enjoyed and makes not only the characters fight, but us, as readers fight along with them.Her parents are scared and disappointed in her, the teachers are judging her and everyone else is just talking behind her back. The boy in the picture, Luke, gets the praise and is called a player. Before school started, Luke and Audrey were hooking up at parties and Audrey thought of it as a friends-with-benefits situation, while Luke saw it as something more and never said anything. The ending was fantastic and shocking at the same time. At one point in the book i'm thinking one thing, then the next the ending changes my thinking. One thing that upset me is that I wanted to see the production of the plays, Hamlet, where the main character is a delusional chick and Ophelia, where it's about a man named O, then they went on to Grease. I loved the growth in the characters, like when Aubrey dyed her hair and then her friends and her went on to Prom strongly.Frankly, I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who would want to read it. I'll be on the lookout for Laura Ruby's next book soon.
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