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Good Girls

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,661 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Some people would say this is the story of a photograph. How it was taken and what happened to me after the whole world saw it. And it is. But it's also the story of a lot of other things.

So look at the picture all you want.

I am so much more than what you see.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published September 1st 2006)
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Lissa
May 22, 2012 Lissa added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kira, Paige, Cait, people against slut-shaming
Shelves: 2012
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I 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
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Claudia
Feb 22, 2009 Claudia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my mature girls...maybe even the guys
Recommended to Claudia by: Tesia warned me!
Shelves: ya-books, wishlist
an interview in the back of this book suggests this book be required reading for all teenagers, their parents, and teachers. That will make lots of readers squirm. Ruby is a unflinchingly honest about teen sexuality as any YA author I've read. She examines the double standard we all know exists between girlsand boys getting caught in compromising situations. She puts it all out there and makes her characters -- and us -- wrestle with it.

Audrey and Luke 'hook up' at parties all fall, until someon
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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 issu ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Audrey Porter is a good girl. The kind that works hard to keep up her grades, spends weekends working in her dad's store, manning the cash register, and basically just being a good daughter and a good friend. Things change, though, when she falls for Luke DeSalvio, a guy known around Willow Park High School as a player.

Audrey's best friends, Ash and Joelle, had warned her from the beginning not to lose her heart to Luke. But unlike her dedication to schoolwork
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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
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Deana
This extremely topical story addresses issues of sex, bullying, invasion of privacy, and the Internet. Ruby deals frankly with Audrey’s burgeoning sexuality and her approach is refreshing in a world full of gratuitous sex. The story begins with a photograph of the Audrey with her boyfriend that’s taken in secret, subsequently sent all over school, hosted on the Internet and even sent via e-mail to her father. This book is not really about the sex act but much more about the fall out and the way ...more
Nian
May 03, 2008 Nian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like topics about sex and first loves
Shelves: 2008
When a photograph of Audrey in a disturbing position gets sent around the school, the gossip mill starts churning. In one night, her good-girl, always-gets-top-grades, does-the-right-thing, image is ruined. Now, she’s in Slut City with Pam and Cindy, the other school-proclaimed sluts. Her life goes downhill from that: her parents are conflicted and disappointed; her teachers are turning into judgmental freaks, and her classmates are either hooting or whispering behind her back.

Ah, stereotypes j
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Amy
Good Girls Is a story about Audrey who after breaking up with her "hookup" in a very interesting way, is faced with the age old question of why a girl who has sex is considered a slut and a boy is a stud. Laura Ruby tackles this question with a main character who is so easy to like and relate to. Early on you can tell Audrey really has a crush on Luke and when the photo gets passed around I felt so bad for her. I admit was worried it was going to change her for the worse but was so happy to see ...more
Jason Kurtz
I visited with Laura Ruby for about 20 minutes at the NCTE conference in New York (2007). I appreciate her writing style and candor when it comes to teen sexuality. I have recommended this book to many students and they agree that Ruby has the teen life nailed down. In the book, Audrey has her picture taken with a cell phone, during a certain sexual act. The picture goes around to everyone and she is labelled. My students say this is a common occurance and they are surprised it is taking YA lite ...more
Kyle
May also be found at Living Is Reading

This is a really difficult book to review. I mean, I liked a lot of aspects about it, and there is no denying that the book has a very relevant and important theme, and I'm in no way denying that. My issue with this book is solely my opinion, and none of my friends who have read this book have had this issue (at least not to the extent that I have), so it could be just my own interpretation.

In fact, I just kind of want to get it out of the way, since I ha
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Sara
Another totally awesome, totally random find at the library! This book covers the fall-out after a compromising photo of Audrey, a high school senior, is sent by text and email to practically everyone in her school; it's not so much about the photo itself and what it represents but about the way it affects her life and how she finds strength and friendships that she never knew existed. I would compare this to Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, as both focus on the aftermath of an embarrassing event, b ...more
Joanne
Audrey is a good girl; she’s smart, she gets brilliant grades, she’s a good daughter and a great friend. But then someone takes a photo of her with Luke DeSalvio, the hottest guy at school, doing something the complete opposite of good, and it gets sent to everyone at school. Who took the photo? Why is she the only one who’s getting grief? And what will happen when her Mum and Dad find out?

This book is just so awesome! It takes a look at what could happen when something private becomes public an
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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 re
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Jami
This had the potential to be a complete crapfest but I bought it anyway and I really, really had a good time with it. The dialogue was spot on, the relationship (or rather the description of since it was mostly flashbacks) was paced very well. I loved the relationship with the parents. The reaction of everyone in school was portrayed pretty realistically, even the teachers.

It had genuine laugh out loud moments which are actually hard for me to find in YA. The sexual content was fairly graphic bu
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Stephanie A.
This deliberately incorrect title contains absolutely disgusting descriptions of hookups, and that's just a small part of its problems. Basically: unlikable girl makes stupid decisions, is completely unsympathetic as a result. For instance, here is a list of things that I feel like it is incredibly obvious are bad decisions:

1. Performing oral sex on a guy who isn't even your boyfriend (and who therefore has no obligation toward you or implied sense of trust)
2. Performing oral sex at a party wit
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Sara
I heard this book was wonderful, but I thought it was pretty ordinary. The book certainly made you wonder what you would do if everyone in the school (even teachers… and even your parents) saw a picture of you going down on some guy. I did like that it went through exactly what it was like going to the gynecologist for the first time… and it did a good job describing how nervous you are the first time you have sex. Otherwise I just feel like I didn't get too much out of it. Why did they go to th ...more
Giselle
This book is about a girl named Audrey who is a "good girl", she never gets into any trouble and gets good grades until one night, something changes her reputation. A picture of her doing something considered not good gets showed around the school and now Audrey faces a turning point in her life. Will she be able to survive without her reputation or not?

I think the meaning of this story is that you should always follow what you want to be and not live up to other people's expectations. If you wa
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Sharon
I have to admit, I was really excited to read this book after hearing Laura Ruby speak at ALA, and I was not disappointed in the least. What Ruby sets out to do---show how one teen can make a mistake one time and have it blown all out of proportion by spreading rumors---was accomplished *perfectly*. I also appreciated how Ruby explored not only the more conventional idea that women who exhibit sexually forward behavior are more chastised than men, but the more exciting (while still) conventional ...more
Heather
Well here's the deal with this book...lots of smutty detail which wasn't so pleasant. However, I found it to be pretty honest and to straightforward in regard to the pressures that teenagers feel. There was a lot of honest discussion between the teens about sex and the drama that results from having sex at a young age. I probably won't recommend this book around. I think that, while it addresses the negative aspects of teenage sex, it also glamorizes it at the same time. This is something that m ...more
Aliyah
I did not enjoy "Good Girls" as much as I enjoyed "Play Me", mainly because the premise was quite cliché. But what made it worse was that Audrey wasn't really a "good girl" - maybe I missed the point of the story, but she was extremely average and whatever theme this book was trying to convey, it failed.

If this book had been turned into a movie, it would have been more successful because there would be a better chance of invoking emotions in the viewer, but neither the characters nor the story
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Mehsi
This book was just horrible, boring and lame. :\

And I hate the fact a girl is a slut when she has sex, while a guy is a player/god. Seriously people?

The main character was ok, but that was everything.

Not my kind of book, and I am glad I am done with it.
Jeannette
Another YA novel. Trashy and perfect for being laid up in bed with the flu. So glad I'm not in high school any more...things just seem way tougher.
Goldie Marie
Aug 02, 2007 Goldie Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls
I just totally enjoyed it, that's the plain truth. It was completely humiliating while so truthful and gratifying.
Chatel
Mar 30, 2007 Chatel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you admit to reading teen lit like moi...
I learned that I can still learn a thing or two from reading YA literature...
Stephanie
Good Girls was not what I expected. Most YA books are about a good girl who's somewhat socially inept and who has only one friend. The said good girl secretly hooks up with the popular player in school and they fall in love... This is not that kind of story.

In this book the good girl has friends. She goes to parties. She drinks. She had a boyfriend before. When she began hooking up with Luke the gorgeous, popular boy in school at every party for the next two months. It's not a secret. Everyone
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Shanna
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Kaalomai
this was a pleasant surprise. i guess the cover and description and possibly recent past reading history lead me to believe this would be another mediocre YA effort but it was much more. its realistic, the characters are interesting and follow a believable progression and the writing is actually good. ruby is witty and has several gorgeous turns of phrase. so refreshing. its been awhile since ive read a story this well written, YA or not.
the subject matter is also very relevant to today and whi
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Bree T
Audrey is a good girl. A good student, she’s the daughter of loving parents, she has a couple of very close friends, she does well in school. She skipped an early grade in primary school and is a bit wrongly considered a ‘genius’. She’s not, but she’s very studious and completes all her homework well within the set limits – and always has. Although she attends parties and occasionally has a drink or two, she’s by no means a party animal. She’s had a boyfriend or two in her past but on the whole, ...more
She Known As Jess BlogSpot
Review posted on my blog: http://sheknownasjess.blogspot.com/

I read this a few years back now and I still occasionally go back to it, flip through the pages, re-introducing myself to the storyline. This story shows us exactly how much damage a picture can cause, not just to the people involved but their families as well. Being caught up in that sort of social situation would be havoc on anyone’s nerves especially when someone invades you’re privacy by taking a picture of you caught in an intimat
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MaryAnn Harlan
The thing is sometimes we do things, we may regret, that may embarrass us, that may have been right at the time, or wrong but we didn’t know until so much later. But usually if people find out it is rumor (bad enough) - it is not broadcast to the school. Or maybe it is. And no matter if it is or isn’t we don’t really have the words to explain. And explain how we feel about someone can become trite, or cliche, and be not-quite-true.

Of course there is the inevitable conversation regarding sluts an
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Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Sycamore Review and Nimrod. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowi ...more
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