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Good Girls Gone Bad

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  213 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
"A fact every actuary learns: Regardless of how many 'What, if" scenarios you design or assumptions you make, reality is always an ambush."

Janey Fabre is an actuary, a profession in which she's required to study mortality tables. She's also harboring a number of secrets -- about herself, her long-lost mother, and the way she stalks her ex-boyfriend Tobias through the stree
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by William Morrow & Company
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Oct 15, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it
I gave this book a three because the writing was tight and descriptive. I liked the main character, Janey, and thought the actuarial references were hilarious (OK, I worked for an actuarial firm in high school), but the climactic event in the book is so far-fetched that it ruined the book for me. If you can get past that, the book is a good read.
Oct 08, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
By a fluke I picked this book up at my library, and I am so glad that I did! A story of 7 women put together for group therapy and what happens when their neurosis all collide. Having run group therapy before, I can say that the author captures how personalities clash and therapists can lose control of the situation. But, the lengths these women go is hilarious! Who hasn't thought of revenge on someone who has done us wrong! I love the progression of the 7 women's relationship in the book, and t ...more
Sep 11, 2008 Carrie added it
Jan 04, 2013 Lacey rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I have such conflicting emotions about this book. It was very well written and I definitely wanted to finish it just to see how the story ended, but I have real issues with the characters. None of them were likeable. We start out with Janey who is an accuary and her boyfriend Tobias. Janey seems like one of those socially akward people. Tobias ends up betraying her and humiliating her in front of all of his friends. Having suicial thoughts Janey joins a therapy group. Here we meet 6 other women ...more
Louise R
Feb 01, 2015 Louise R rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Good Girls Gone Bad. This particular story has surprising twists and bends. Excellent read. Characters are so real and very intriquing. I am eager to read her next book.
Oct 06, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Janey joins a therapy group after her boyfriend Tobias embarrasses her in front of his friends. Janey, a 30-something loner, was often riddled with thoughts of suicide. She grieved for the mother she lost when she was young and was hurting over her relationship with her estranged father. In therapy she befriends a motley group of six other women. They aren't the most likable bunch of women, but they bind together and help one another. When they help Janey get revenge on Tobias, things go terribl ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Kendra rated it liked it
There were moments when I really liked this book, but overall, it was just a bit too "wacky." Or something. At the center of the story is Janey Fabre, who is carrying around a lot of pain from her childhood and feels invisible to men. She joins a therapy group, and the "girls" of the group concoct a bunch of schemes to assert themselves and get revenge against those who have hurt them. For me, the highlight of the book was Ivy, whose southern drawl is written out every time she speaks. ("Ah swea ...more
Tracy Shapley
Aug 25, 2011 Tracy Shapley rated it did not like it
Someone recommended this to me and I have this problem where pretty much if anyone tells me to read anything I will. This book was awful. There was no complexity to the characters at all. They were these women in their mid-30's and really bitter about being single. They went to group therapy every week and bitched about the same shit and then ended up trying to get 'revenge' on this one dude. When I say it was bad - I mean that they formed a group and called themselves The Pussy Posse!! That's h ...more
Amanda Callas
Apr 01, 2012 Amanda Callas rated it liked it
Fave lines

That love isn't love- its a vacuum that sucks up the last fragments of self, leaving us desperate, and depleted and alone.

Am I headed for portrayal in a Lifetime movie?

Watching her was the first time I associated laughter with a cry for help.

Not telling is the same thing as lying.

Sometimes silence isn't quiet. It's the loudest, most lonely sound in the world.

Pain, as we all know, is relative.

I recall the day with such precision, memory alone threatens to kill me.

I love books about nutty people. In this one most of the characters are, as they meet in a support group. This was a fast, easy but well written read. I would say its a higher level of chick lit. Although I would not probably be friends with any of these women in real life, I was rooting for their self improvement. I would have liked to see a little more depth from some of the secondary characters. 4.5 stars.
Mar 06, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I like Jillian Medoff's other novels, but this one fell short.
The story is told by Janey Fabre, an unreliable narrator. When she discovers her boyfriend has a fiancé, she starts group therapy with six other dysfunctional and unlikable women. Although I didn't like Janey, I did root for her.
If not for the last quarter of the novel, I'd have given this one star.
Read her other novels, they are worthwhile.
Alicia B.
Feb 19, 2008 Alicia B. rated it really liked it
A fun, comical read - a page turner - a cast of characters you can soon identify with in one way or another. Long after I read this, I remember what happened, especially toward the end, where the books turns from comical to downright crazical. I'd recommend this to somebody looking for an easy read - perhaps Chick-Lit with a wicked sense of rebellion.
Mar 11, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
This book was great! Totally funny and unpredictable...the main character really grows and comes to accept herself and her past with some pretty crazy shit along the way. Maggie Estep reviewed this book and I can see why!
Feb 26, 2008 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
chick-lit with a dark side....alot of fun with the characters and their commraderie with each other as they face their individual demons and crisis...a few laugh out loud moments. Overall, a fun & easy read.
Jul 23, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love neurotic women who plot to kill ex-boyfriends? The characters quite literally resemble a car wreck - you know you shouldn't stare at them, but you just can't help it.
Jul 15, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Just couldn't get into this one. Several chapters in and I did not care about a single character, nor did I particularly care about the sorta-mystery she kept alluding to.
Dec 27, 2012 Ber rated it liked it

The Good: good portray of how very different women can become friends.

The Bad: Some of the secondary characters where flat/ one dimensional.
Easy read. Read it at the beach. Similiar in concept to Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down" - just more chicky and not as well written
Dec 11, 2008 Diane rated it it was amazing
A well-written, cant'-put-down book! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll absolutely love this book!

Mar 13, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down. . . I was expecting less, and was pleasantly surprised. A great beach read.
I did not enjoy this book at all. Perhaps if I was in my mid-thrities to early forties.....
Mar 07, 2012 G rated it did not like it
Disappointing. 2/3rd of the book is interesting and then becomes tiring.
Sep 06, 2014 Dawn rated it did not like it
This book was not a favorite of mine.
Nov 02, 2008 Chantress rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: no body
Recommended to Chantress by: no body
the moive is good too so is the book
Oct 16, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
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Jillian Medoff is the acclaimed author of I Couldn't Love You More, Hunger Point and Good Girls Gone Bad, all of which received surprisingly great reviews (surprising to her).

I Couldn't Love You More was a national bestseller. Hunger Point, also a huge seller, was adapted into an original Lifetime movie starring Barbara Hershey and Christina Hendricks. Unsold copies of Good Girls Gone Bad, by con
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