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The Good Girl

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Ever since her brother Mark's accidental death, 15-year-old Lindsey has become the good girl, good daughter, good friend, good student. She places everyone's needs before her own. Secretly, though, she's frustrated by her family's silence about Mark; she wishes she had the nerve to tell off one of her so-called best friends, a queen bee who wants the new boy at school for ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Katarina Janjuseic
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
"The Good Girl" is a realistic fiction novel by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann. It tells of a straight- A student who cannot act the way she wants to because of her family and her position as sophomore ambassador at school. Lindsey 's parents divorced after the death of their son, Mark, and Lindsey is forced to live with her father who does not take care of them and who is away a big part of the time at meetings, and her temperamental sister. Her mother, meanwhile, lives with her new husband and stepson ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-2012
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The fast-moving plot doesn't allow for extensive character development, which I would have liked to have seen more of, but its pace should appeal to reluctant readers. Although teens will find the subject matter interesting, there are almost too many issues to deal with in a book of this length. Occasionally, the conversations among the teens seem forced, but readers will likely overlook it for a plot that contains plenty of angst and a touch of romance. The book is
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was not terribly impressed with The Good Girl. The titular Girl’s family is in chaos. Her older brother died when he accepted a ride home from a drunk friend. Parents divorced in the aftermath. Dad is a shrink who can’t notice that his surviving daughters are broken; Mom moved across the country to live with a new guy and mother his kid. Youngest sister acts out. So the Good Girl holds everything together. This is her role.

But she isn’t held together, not at all. So she starts stealing. $20 fr
This was a pretty quick read. Lindsey has always been the straight-A, good girl. She is an ambassador at school (there is only one per grade), and she hangs out with the popular Claire, so she feels well-liked. But after her brother Mark is tragically killed in a car crash, her family starts falling apart. Lindsey feels like she has to be the strong one, but after a while she has a hard time keeping up with her good girl reputation. To cope, she starts taking things, starting with money from her ...more
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindsey seems like your goody two shoes: she gets good grades, shes student ambassador for the entire 8th grade, she also is nice and respectful to her entire family. Seems pretty goody two shoey ish right? Not for long. Lindsey attends a private school in New Jersey called BCD which is for all the rich kids (it has boys at the school too not just girls.) Lindsey is trying to get over her brother Mark`s death and by getting over it she decides to steal-a LOT! She takes anything she can find in a ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 étoiles

Un petit livre qui se lit rapidement et vite. On y retrouve Lindsey, une jeune fille à l'apparence parfaite. Elle est la meilleure élève de sa volée, elle est populaire, jolie ... Mais sous toute cette couche de perfection, se cache une jeune fille torturée par la mort de son frère, petit à petit, l'équilibre précaire qu'elle avait trouvé va se fracturer. Cette perfection va se mettre à la peser. Petit à petit, elle se met à voler des objets.
Je n'avais jamais vu un roman sur la cleptoma
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book, The Good Girl, it reminded me of the book Stickey Fingers by Nikki Burnham. The whole teenager stealing scenario is what brings these two books to have anything in common. A teenager stealing things uncontrolably because of heartache from the situation at home.
I liked this book because it left me interested the whole time. You would never know what she was going to steal next, something important? something that could get her in a lot of trouble? or would it just be s
Grace K.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked it!! I liked how the author made the characters and I felt really bad for Lindsey. The author did an amazing job with Lindsey and Kyle's relationship. It was a nice,short read and there were only a few parts i thought needed improvement thus,not thinking it was an amazing read but a read where i really liked it.
I imagined Kyle as Ross Lynch even though it says in the book that Kyle had curly brown hair. I just imagine characters however i want to regardless of the book's descripti
Brenda Kahn
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found this one deep in the tbr pile and picked it up b/c I needed a quick read and hoped this would be one to offer my girl reluctant readers. The premise looked promising. Unfortunately, the story did not deliver. Instead, cardboard characters, almost laughable assumptions, repetitive litany of complaints, disconnected and random scenes, and a climax that was so totally unbelievable, I am trying not to feel that my intelligence was insulted.
As an adult who appreciates ya fiction, I have to say this book is pretty poorly written, dumbed down and youth deserve something a little better. I was intrigued by the idea of a teen that steals to find control in her life but I don't think it was well handled.

Loose girl wasn't my favorite book, but The Good Girl isn't any better.
Jake Weaver
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This girl wasn't good at all. It just goes to show how one little crime can turn into a big deal. She stole 20 dollars from her dad and that's when it all started. Then she started stealing other stuff. Every time she stole something she fears of getting caught. It's almost like she wanted to be caught. Then, finally she gets caught. I'm not gonna ruin the ending but it was pretty good.
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Erin Spence
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Elle Schenk
Après la mort du frère de Lindsey, elle continue d'être le meilleur élève de sa classe, même si leur mère déménage pour vivre avec un autre homme en Californie. Mais au fil du temps, la belle Lindsey commence a voler et bientôt elle ne peut pas s'empêcher.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre se lit très vite, mais il était malheureusement trop jeunesse pour moi. Le personnage principal est trop naïf et les événements sont assez prévisibles. Toutefois une lecture fluide que je peux conseiller à de jeunes adolescentes.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Subtracting the bad language, which I really could have done without, the book was well written and very real. I could understand Lindsey's struggles and desires and her fear. The story was inspirational and I was very drawn in, hoping as she was that she would be caught.
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A girl goes from good to bad, gets noticed, turns around.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
by my neighbor, another ya about a girl dealing with the break up of her family by stealing. I cried at the part I was supposed to.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i love how one day shes a good girl then she starts turning into in a klepto i just love the consept of this book
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
It was ok...I felt like it brushed the surface of a number of issues and would have liked to see some more exploration but maybe this book is to start the conversation
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clarence :P
Apr 11, 2011 marked it as never-finished
I never actually finished this book. The beginnign was too slow for me and the style was just not my type...
Anais Maria
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
It deserved more psychological background and description of Lindsey emotion
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read it in one day. I think that it relates to a lot of kids today about how they feel and handle situations.
Oct 22, 2008 added it
this is another book that im about to start reading and i cant wait to find out the mistakes she makes.
Ella Perkins
I already wrote a paper book report.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is the sequl to Loose Girl. It was a good read.
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA-Teen Girls
It was less interesting than it seemed...
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Kerry Cohen is the author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity; Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and The Meaning of Normal; Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity; as well as three young adult novels – Easy; The Good Girl; and It’s Not You, It’s Me. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times' "Modern Love" series, The Wash ...more