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The Good Girls

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  121 reviews
The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl.

Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above.

After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian.

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ebook, 368 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by HarperTeen
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daph pink ♡
2.25 stars

My level of interest in writing a review for this book is at the same level as that of police in solving the case in this book. Zero

(Extra .25 stars for the cover.)

Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
At this point, I would read anything this woman writes.

Why do mysteries keep disappointing me...? Don't get me wrong, the 2 stars are for the cover.
If you want to experience some cliché elements, you can read this book. There's nothing wrong about the writing, the problem lies in the whole plot. It talks about things that we have read over and over and over again.

No disrespect to the author, but this was disappointing...

Didn't work for me, but might work for you.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This is a solid 4.5 stars rounded up. More of a slow-burn, character driven suspense read than a breakneck, page-turning thriller, but I enjoyed the "mood" of the book a lot and enjoyed returning to the pages and sitting with the characters. In particular, I loved the small town Colorado feel; the town was vivid for me, as were the typical "types."

Where I think for some readers they might not be as sure-footed with this one is that it's in third person and it's multi-POV, with some chapters a bi
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The thing is, girls can tell. There’s a little voice in our heads that says get out, get out, but men spend years telling us to ignore it. To tell ourselves we’re wrong.

A lot of the discussions really stuck out to me in The Good Girls and I think it’s a great addition into the teen thriller genre. It’s unique in that it is far more character driven and has a much slower pace than what many of us are used to. However, the little twists that are sprinkled throughout will still keep you guessin
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Review: 3.5 Stars

I requested an ARC of The Good Girls because I really enjoyed The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett. The Good Girls is completely different from The Winter Duke and not what I normally read, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like it. I picked it up because I needed a change of pace from my typical reads and I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Good Girls was a fast paced YA thri
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
THE GOOD GIRLS is an interesting story with complex characters and beautiful word building. Sounds like a 4-5 star review, right? Not so much.

Reading THE GOOD GIRLS, despite all its positive attributes, felt like a chore. I kept picking up, then putting down the book. Claire Eliza Bartlett’s words are clever and engaging, the pacing however was dreadful.

While some of characters THE GOOD GIRLS were tropes, they also had a complexity and depth that made me want to root for them. I bet I’d enjoy a
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda expected one of the biggest plot twists towards the middle, but the other ones were a complete shock until the information was given to us in pieces.
I loved the way it was written. There were article entries, diary entries, interviews, police reports, and a regular novel format. I'm a sucker for mixed media books.
Anyways, love this book.
Trigger Warnings: rape, sexual abuse, pedophila, eating disorders, suicide, abuse, underage drinking, and underage drug use.
Marisa (literatelady)
I started this one hoping for a page-turning thriller that would really draw me in which this is not. It's definitely more a slow build, which isn't bad, just made it a little boring overall. I also felt that the characters, especially the "bad guy" were very flat, surface level, and stereotypical. Unfortunately not my fave. ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel!

THE GOOD GIRLS has a solid message and theme, taking rape culture and misogyny and putting both at the forefront, and exploring them through different characters who have different perspectives and backgrounds. I really enjoyed how Bartlett showed how girls who are perceived differently by their peers (be they seen as promiscuous, prudish, innocent, or outsiders) have different experiences with misogyny, but it is still damaging
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

The Good Girls was quite a trip! From the start, I was so invested in what happened to Emma, and what the girls we read about had to do with it. It's clear from the start that this will not be a cut and dry murder investigation. And a big part of the reason why is because the police have seemingly doled out roles for the girls to play before they even begin to gather evidence. It's so cl
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4.5/5 stars.
"Girls can be one thing or the other. We are good, or we are bad. We are smart, or we are stupid. We are the Madonna, or we are the whore."

This book was a wild mystery ride and I loved it! It kept me guessing and trying to piece together clues all the way to the end. It also tackles the ways in which girls are treated by others, CW sexual assault, and it shows female characters reclaiming control ov
Aug 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review forthcoming.
Alyssa Thomas
DNF at 12%

This just isn't catching my attention, I skipped throughout and skimmed the ending and I don't think this is going to be anything extraordinary so I don't want to waste my time on it. Was hoping for something similar to Sadie by Courtney Summers.

No rating because I didn't read enough to rate it fairly.
elise (the petite punk)
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

The Good Girls has a compelling premise. Emma Baines ends up dead a few years after the supposed suicide of Lizzy Sayer. Unlike Lizzy, however, Emma was a good girl--well-behaved and qualified to win a prestigious scholarship. Ruled as a murder, there's three main suspects behind the death of Emma: Claude, a troublemaker known for sleeping around; Avery, a cheerleader with strict parents; and Gwen, a com
Pine Reads Review
“The silenced. So many of us are. You don’t see it, because we talk, but we make sure to talk only about the things that make you comfortable. The things that won’t make you uncomfortable. We wouldn’t want that.”

When Jefferson-Lorne High School senior, Emma Baines, goes missing, rumors begin to circulate about her disappearance—and her possible death. Although, it wouldn’t be the first time that a top student at Jefferson turned up dead. When the police interview the student-body, they begin to
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, edelweiss
This book was okay for me. It had some interesting working parts and had a cool way of narrating, but there were also some things I didn’t enjoy.

First, the mystery was pretty good. This book does a great job of making each character, big or small, seem suspicious. I was constantly trying to figure out what each person was hiding and what their endgame was. Murder-mysteries with so many questionable people are the best!

I also really loved seeing how everything fit together. There was the crime of
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020arc, 2020e
I thought this sounded interesting, a good mystery story to try to figure out. Sadly, it wasn't. It took me a long time to tell anyone apart (partly my fault I know, I have trouble with people sometimes, but I do think that especially Avery and Gwen were very similar - I finished the book a couple of hours ago and I'm already having trouble remembering which was which.) The plot is convoluted and didn't make much sense to me even at the end. I've genuinely sat here for a minute trying to remembe ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have tried so hard to read this book. It sounded so good and the cover it is just the best I have seen in a long while. I love a good story set in a high school situation and not the lovey dovey kind and this one sounded like my cup of tea but I think this tea bag has steeped too long. I get all the characters confused I'm up in the air of who is dead? it just does not keep my attention and I have no compassion for anyone in this book.. ...more
Maabena Nti
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is like gives me HEATHERS VIBES and THE CRAFT VIBES.I want very ya mystery to take a good luck at this books and take notes.The narration was amazing and it had a great way of making every one seem suspicious.I loved it.I’m so obsessed with this book I want it to become a tv series.
I loved the sensitive topics of grooming and sexually assault
I give this book a Spectacular 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cameron [Beacon Book Box]
So Claire is writing another book and no one told me about it?? AHHH
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
4 1/2 stars


Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my earc.
Teenage Reads
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: advance-copy, 2020
Emma Baines, the daughter of the police chief, was known to be a good girl. She never partied, always came home after her extracurriculars, and was a top student in all of her AP classes. Only she was not alone at the top, as hot on her heels was Gwen. Both of them were in the running for the Devino Scholarship, which would pay for university, and a one-way ticket out of Jefferson-Lorne forever. When Emma went missing one night, with a video showing someone pushing her in Anna’s Run, a bend
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020-releases, 2020
Actual rating: 4.5 stars!

Review on blog!
The Library Ladies
(originally reviewed at )

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel!

I am not too proud to admit that while I was an outcast and a weirdo in high school, I was not without my own faults when it came to judging other people, especially girls. It takes a lot of time and effort to try and unlearn the malignant lessons that society teaches you when it comes to how girls are supposed to be and act, and even as a woman in her mid thirties I’m STILL learning.
Nia Dragin
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop

A powerful novel, Bartlett will astound readers with The Good Girls, a story about assault and girls coming together to take their abuser down.

Riveting Story
The Good Girls follows the death and disappearance of Emma Baine’s. The power behind this story comes from the narrative and structure. The story breaks apart with police interviews before moving into the storytelling. This is where the reader gets to know the little town and the girls.

It puts the story i
Sarah Leigh
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of The Good Girls is fairly straightforward - after the murder of a well-liked cheerleader, and all-around good girl Emma Baines, the police must figure out who did it. They have three suspects to choose from; the party girl, the head cheerleader, and the academic ice queen. But while it's easy to put people into boxes and apply narrowly defined labels (especially to young women), people are more complicated than that. When the truth eventually comes out, it's not going to be as simp ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
CN: sexual abuse/rape, violence/murder, diets and unhealthy body image, eating disorders, biphobic tropes

I wanted to like this so much. "The Good Girls" promises to tackle a very serious topic that has been showing up a lot in YA lately: Rape Culture and how sexual abuse victims are often ignored or called liars. But I was expecting an emotional read that packs a lot of punches and this book, despite the sensitive topics addressed, seemed tepid and unoriginal. I've seen all of this done before a
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thank Edelweiss+ and the publisher for providing me a digital ARC of this novel.

Well, I have a lot to unpack about this book. This novel had some very nice and positive sides, and some negative ones.
The first thing I noticed when I started it is that it's quite stereotypical. The main characters fit into easily seem like a trope, and I guess that one of the points of the novel is that people can't really fit into archetypes. Sadly, I feel like this "giving good girls secret dark sides" and suc
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