Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

Mostly Good Girls 
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: October 5, 2010
Hardcover, 368 pages
Young Adult

My Review:
Why I read this:  The title drew me in.  Why are they Mostly Good Girls, plus I loved the cover.

How is the novel driven:  Character, this is all about Violet and her best friend Katie and their friendship and navigating the difficult waters of high school.

My thoughts: I say it often I know, but I loved this book.  I could completely relate to this book.  I saw it well from Violet's point-of-view.  She wants, like Katie to be different and to be noticed and not the ordinary good girl, but in truth she doesn't want to change.  Katie however starts to change and therefore their friendship starts to change.

How many girls in high school have been through this - it's such a tumultuous time and add to it friend problems and it just magnifies everything.  What girl isn't trying to find herself and respect herself just like Violet?  What girl isn't experimenting with things that aren't acceptable to their parents?   How many just want some attention?  I think this book addresses all of this is a wonderful entertaining way.  I found myself laughing a lot through the book.  Vi and Katie are very interesting together and as they try out ways to become not-so-good girls, it's amusing.  I  love the humor and the sarcasm through the book - it sounds very much like the way teenagers truly are.

Wonderfully written, highly entertaining and meaningful.  Ms. Sales pulls off a wonderful book with Mostly Good Girls and I look forward to more of her books.

My Rating: 4.75/5.0

About the Book:
The higher you aim, the farther you fall….

It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.

When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge epic failure?

About the Author:
Leila Sales grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children’s book publishing. Leila spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write. Mostly Good Girls is her first novel.

Her Website

FTC Information: I received this book through Traveling ARC Tours for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Oooh, this looks really good!

Jan von Harz said...

High school was such a tumultuous time for me, now I can truly relate to books that realistically deal with the issues I faced and never had anyone to talk to about it. This book sounds like a winner and I loved your review. Thanks

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