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Good Christian Bitches

2.9 of 5 stars 2.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,468 ratings  ·  303 reviews
For Heaven's sake...Never let God get in the way of a good story. Good Christian Bitches is the lighthearted tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up.

In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2009 by Brown Books Publishing Group (first published October 31st 2008)
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Shanna
There are so many things wrong with this book!!! Grammar for one thing - the main character, Amanda, insists the word 'children' be used rather than 'kids' but in the very next breath she says things like "I've gotta hand it to you..." The overuse of the word 'got' is, in my opinion, astonishing considering the many creative ways one might choose to articulate an idea. The author tries to portray Amanda as well educated, wholesome and the all together sweet girl-next-door type and who was brough...more
Erin
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Naturally the premise of this book has the potential to tick off two particular groups of individuals: Christians and the general population of Dallas, TX. I can understand the sentiment but I don't have much sympathy.

Perhaps it is because I've come in contact with one or two individuals who hide behind the cross while promoting their own selfishness, but I see nothing wrong with exploiting this idea for the sake of entertai...more
Victoria
1.25 stars. That's right. A quarter of a star. And even there, I feel like I'm being generous. Maybe it's really me who's the GCB.

I decided to read this for 2 reasons: 1) the new ABC show and 2) I was mildly intrigued by the premise because, as we all learn by about, ohhhh, 1st grade, there are hypocrites everywhere. Now, obviously, we don't know the exact word for these people who act two-faced (unless your 6 year old has very advanced language skills which could be a possibility) but we do kno...more
Amber Freeland
I just finished reading GCB and found it hilarious and all-too familiar. Since I'm born and raised in Dallas, I knew exactly what neighborhood she was referring to and every single landmark mentioned directly or through a pseudonym. This "town" really is as she described it and I have even found myself on the both sides of the "prayer request" at various points in my life which is why I have a difficult time being a part of any bible study now. While most of us don't have the disposable income a...more
Erin


Wow, this book is poorly written. Unbelievably awful writing. That being said, just one chapter into the book and I have a whole new take on my new southern city... I've never understood the overtly churchiness of this area coupled with the most materialistic and gossipy women I have ever met. Thankfully, this book lays it all out so clearly ... No need to worry about insignificant earthly transgressions if you are Saved. Eureka! And, it's not gossip if the purpose of airing out a friend's dirt...more
Melissa Higgins
This was a terrible book, with some of the worst writing I have ever read. I bought it because I was looking for another good chick lit book, but this was so fluffy and inane that it's insulting. Amanda Vaughn is forced to return home to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up after leaving her chronically unfaithful husband. The news of Amanda's arrival back home does not sit well with some of the other single ladies in the neighborhood, and they set out to destroy Amanda on the soci...more
Hallie
So, living in Dallas made this book interesting of course. But the writing itself was subpar, and many of the situations seemed somewhat implausible. It's always funny to hear someone say aloud (or put down on paper) what most people think but don't dare say. On the other side Christian hypocrisy is evident everywhere. It's certainly not unique to Dallas. Again, Gatlin just called it out (thanks!). I would recommend it only to someone who wants a giggle about the "HP" bubble. Apparently there's...more
Elvia
This story I picked up because I had started watching the series on ABC and then it was cancelled so I wanted to have some closure. The story is not as similar to the television series as you would think. Yes, Amanda Vaughn comes back home to Dallas after her husband cheats all over on her. She is awarded presents from a mysterious stranger but the television series only vaguely resembles the book. Amanda is made Chair of the Longhorn Ball and the story then follows Amanda as she is shunned by t...more
Carla
"...for Heaven's sake, don't let Jesus get in the way of a good agenda."

I wonder how much of this book came from personal experience? I am sure some of you know the hypocrites, the group that during Bible Study Prayer Group find more time to gossip (through the prayer requests) than actually learn something. This is a great tongue in cheek book that brings the "prayer room" into light.

Amanda Vaughn has returned to her hometown, divorce papers in hand, and two children in tow. Her presence is not...more
Patti
I am so embarrassed that I actually read this book, but let's just say a free kindle download, a delayed flight, and a terminal that didn't contain a bookstore were involved.

I had been told over and over again that I HAAAAADDD to read GCB, and after watching the show last spring, I thought it would be a funny, light summer read. Also, since I used to live in the Park Cities (I was a renter...gasp!), worked at a Venture Capital firm, and interacted with some of the real people that these charact...more
Pam
I wanted to read this book before the sitcom on ABC airs.It was a quick read.However,I don't see how they will make a season or two out of this meager 288 page book.That coupled with the fact that this book has a "catchy title" Bible Belters will NOT like!.But,the contents EXPOSE the women of Dallas in the "Hillside Park"area as money hungry,gossiping Bible in one hand,Vodka/Diet Pill in the other or a Dagger,praying at Wednesday's Bible Study for the downfall of another human being for what the...more
Georgiana Huizenga
This was a quick and easy read that will soon be forgotten. I will be interested in how it compares to the new TV show it inspired. Not particularly well written, but it passed the time. There were some pretty funny parts in the book, and I did enjoy it for the most part.
OK. I saw the first episode of the TV show. Really not much like the book at all. For one thing, in the show, Amanda had been a "mean girl" in high school and that's why the others are out to get her. Also, the other women in th...more
Ashley
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this...

I think that it might have a lot to do with how I grew upin a church environment very much like this one and I loved, loved, loved these quotes

“You can be a good Christian,” Amanda said slowly, thinking it through. “Or you can be a bitch. But you can’t be a good Christian bitch.”

“I love the expression and I’m sure I’ve known a few, but why don’t you give me your definition of a good Christian bitch.”
“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” Amanda said, “as a matter...more
Joy
Jun 02, 2012 Joy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
while I recognize this book did not get glowing reviews, and I am only 13 pages in I can not help but sadly closely identify with the discomfort that comes from "good Christian women-or men" asking for and sharing sordid details all in the name of "prayer". Currently being the one black-balled from my life-long Christian friends and having the same people that profess to love everyone and pass no judgement weighing in on the very state of my soul and my life without knowing many details (as I wi...more
Erin
Well, I received this book as a gift from a friend of the authors. In all honesty the fact that it was about Dallas social climbing and by a true Texas girl, I was interested...at first. The beginning is dead on with the accuracy of inside protocol (it made me laugh out loud at times that it was all actually in print). However, towards the middle of the book it appeared to be on a deadline or Gatlin was just ready to get it over with. The second half of the book lacked the movement and "truth" t...more
Kcoloney
I'm not a fan of the "Christian fiction" genre (except for Francine Rivers) but when I realized that the TV show GCBs was based on a book, and that various conservative groups had railed against the TV show, I decided to read it out of curiosity. The dedications were impressive to me: to anyone who has ever had their faith in God challenged by the maneuverings of hypocrites... and ... to Christians everywhere who take the responsibility of declaring themselves ambassadors for Christ seriously en...more
Abbe
It definitely says bad things about me that I just gave 3 stars to a smart person book and 4 to this one. But, what can I say, I like to be entertained. I can laugh at myself and my culture. Women are horrible to each other and Christian Women can be the worst. Wolves in sheep's clothing will get you every time. This book doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know and won't change your life. But, it is an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours when you should be getting ready for a ne...more
Liv Moreno
I grew up in this area of Dallas, and I could not stop laughing. At one point, I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down and walk away just to catch my breath.

The characters are spot on caricatures of the types of people who live in that area of Dallas. The writing is wonderful, the dialogue witty, and I'm sure you'll have a hard time putting the book down once you pick it up.

If you're thinking about reading this book because you saw the show GCB, be warned that the show is, naturally, n...more
Maggie61
I have watched a couple of the shows from the GCB series, it is totally different in pretty much every way from the circumstances of Amanda's return, to the ages of the children to the main female characters etc.and pretty much all of the happenings in both. And no Boobylicious?
The show is definitely more entertaining, likely because of the vast differences.
I still enjoyed the book a lot. Although I must admit I really wanted Amanda to kick the crap out of the 'ladies" instead of the taking the...more
Megan
Presumably, like many who picked up "Good Christian Bitches" by Kim Gatlin, I was first drawn to the book because of the short-lived ABC TV show- which I must note was, in my opinion, hiliarious. I happened to check over a few reviews on Goodreads before I read the book so I was more prepared than some readers, I expect, for discrepencies between the TV show and the book.
I must say though that instead of being disappointed because of the differences I was quite intriqued. I found Gatlin's novel...more
Tanya
This book is terrible. It is poorly written and the story line is - meh. I can't believe they are bringing it to televsion- to portray Dallas yet again as such a tacky place. I realize some of these types of people exist here- but it is not the majority.

I really can't believe I read this book. I knew two pages in that it would be terrible but for some reason decided I must read it anyway. I blame my book club- :)
Carlye
I can see why this book got turned into a TV series (that got cancelled too soon *sob*). The premise was interesting and the show's creators were able to see the camp value of it. In fact, I loved the show so much that I had to read the book it was based on.

Needless to say, I'm disappointed. This book is an example of how not to write a novel. A near-flawless Mary Sue of a main character, way too much backstory infodumped right up front, POV headhopping galore, overly narrative "As you know, Bo...more
Christine Ho
another fast, mindless read that was made more enjoyable by trying to figure out who's who. probably not worth reading if you do not live in dallas. poor editing in the book, though. if you are an english major, your brain will explode with the numerous errors.
Robin
This book is so horribly written I have to force myself to read. Cannot understand how it got published when my second novel, a similar, but of higher literary quality(IMO) book, has not!

Do not waste your time on it.
Elizabeth
This book was totally trash. I can't believe I lowered myself to read this but it was a fast, easy read. Helps remind me why I want to leave Dallas.
Princess Jones
I checked it out because I was a fan of the smart, sexy show that was based on the book and canceled fairly quickly. But this book is so bland that it was hard to figure out where they found inspiration for such a good show. Amanda (the main character) is perfect: she's the most beautiful woman in Texas, rich as hell, and spiritually pure. And everyone is just so mean to her. They just can't stand her coming home that they have to lie, cheat, and steal to prevent her from taking all the men. The...more
wanda
Read it only because I live in Dallas, the setting for the book. Not even a good beach book. Real time waster.
Ashley Herr
For once in my life I liked the show better than the book. I'm sad it got cancelled!
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