Sunday, February 8, 2009

Review: Good Girls by Laura Ruby, and.....

Bah. Four hours of traipsing about West Philly in a pair of wannabe Converses has rendered my feet useless. Good thing my yearbook meeting tonight was cancelled and I can just stay in and *ahem* write my short story due tomorrow in bed! Oh, and wander the YA blog world, of course. I love it here. :)

Good Girls by Laura Ruby

Tags: YA, sex, rumors, humiliation

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. This book has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf and in my heart.

Similar Authors
Laura Wiess (Such a Pretty Girl)
Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl)
Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)

Rating: 5/5


So you remember how in my post about my contest I said there was a way you can earn 3 extra entries? (See the original post here if you're a little fuzzy on the details.) It's simple. All you have to do is comment on this post with a book that you rated or would rate 5/5, 100%, or otherwise the best rating that you can possibly give. That's all, and you'll automatically gain 3 more entries in my February book release contest giveaway! (Okay, I'll admit. It's also a way I can get more good-book recommendations, hehe. I'm nothing if not utilitarian.)


  1. hahaha, im going the easy way out xD


  2. I'd have to say White Oleander for non-YA books. As for as YA books go, the "Uglies" series. eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. I give 5/5 to: Non YA - "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves"; YA - Tamora Pierce's "Trickster's Queen" -

    (I'm refraining from mentioning Robin McKinley since I assume you know all of hers already."

  4. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale! :)
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  5. Neither are YA books but the two best books I have ever read and given a 5/5 to are Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Both are fabulous.

  6. I'll go with Th1rteen R3esons Why by Jay Asher!

  7. I enjoyed this book as well. I loved Audrey's boldness as she takes back her identity and reputation for her own.

    Have you read Play Me? It's set in the same place. Not a direct sequel, but you'll hear people mention characters from Good Girls.

  8. I would rate 5/5 for Impossible (my review)

    An old-time favorite - L.M. Montgomery's Anne series :)

    cecilia // cecpham(at)

  9. i would definitely say gaiman's "the graveyard book" for previous year, also one, two, three of my all time favorites are wynne jones' "dark lord of derkholm", any mckillip really, and sharon shinn's "summer's at castle auburn"

  10. Honestly, I was just on Laura Ruby's website two days ago looking at her books thinking how cool they looked. And up pops your review confirming my suspicions :)

    I would rate The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett well over 100% if that were an option!

  11. I would give The Book Thif by Markus Zusak 110% if possible!

  12. How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mylynowski, and Lauren Myracle

    and I second that 5/5 for 13 Reasons Why!


  13. I loved Brooke Taylor's Undone! Awesome book!

  14. I would definitely give 5/5 (and will when I review it) to Little Brother by Cory Doctorow!

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  15. I would definitely give Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews 5/5. I am anguishly waiting for the next installment of the series.


  16. Ooh, I'm glad you gave this a good review--I have it on my shelf now :)

    and I would definitely give Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling 5/5 or as many out of anything I could!


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