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You Know I'm No Good

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  128 reviews
From Printz Honor winner and William C. Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes the story of one girl’s battle to define herself as something other than her reputation.

Mia is officially a Troubled Teen—she gets bad grades, drinks too much, and has probably gone too far with too many guys. But she doesn’t realize how out of control her parents think she is until they s
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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daph pink ♡
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Because if God were real, why would they cut down so many kind and decent people in the prime of their lives, so many brilliant artists,
and then decide to spare a piece of shit like me?"

I was so fucking angry when this book ended not because it was bad or something like that but it made me feel so many emotions I didn’t think I had in me. Like this book explored something which was deep buried inside me for years because all I knew was I am a “TROUBLED TEEN” and I know what it feels like w
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The seed for You Know I’m No Good was planted all the way back in 2007, when, for three days in a row, one of my freshman students didn't show up to class. On the fourth day, I contacted our counseling office, where I learned that Penny* had been taken from her bed in the middle of the night and sent to a school for “troubled teens” in the remote Arizona desert.

Penny had grown up in a wealthy family on Chicago’s affluent North Shore, and I knew that her parents had high expectations for her suc
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya
This is one more YA novel that takes on the subject of what it is to be a "bad" girl. I've read a couple of similarly themed ones (Furious Thing or Tess of the Road), and I've liked them all. This must be my jam.

When Mia gives her stepmom a black eye, her parents send her to a boarding school for "troubled girls" like her, as the very last effort to set her straight. It's not a scary type of a boot camp, but a place of healing and self-discovery. Here Mia meets other "bad" girls and is encourage
my favorite genre is women experiencing their emotions and seeking out and taking comfort in other women

So I guess she’s a hypocrite—the quality I hate most in people. But the weird thing is, I don’t care. I just feel this surge of love for her.

there was a lot of heart and it captured my attention and teenage angst really well

Have I ever beheld my own body?

thank you to the publisher and netgalley for providing my review copy
Paula M
I finished You Know I'm No Good in one day, however, that whole day consists of a couple of breaks because come chapters was such a punch, I had to put the book down and process. This book will definitely be close to my heart and I probably won't stop recommending it to readers who needs this books, which, in my own opinion, is everyone.

It all started when Mia punched her stepmother. Yes, you read that right. She punched her stepmother. But thats just one of the many things that she have done to
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
**3.5 stars**
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but I didn’t imagine it would be as heavy-hitting as it was. I read this in a day, but I had to take multiple breaks because of how hard it could be to read. Please be aware that this book portrays many sensitive issues, including rape, sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, murder, and death. This was by no means a light read.

Full review to come.
Just wow.

I don’t know of any other author more adept at creating fully-dimensional characters who breathe right off of the page and into your life. And not just the main characters, but the secondary ones. Not just the teens, but the adults. There is no two-dimensionality here; there are no shortcuts. We are drawn right into Mia’s dysfunctional family life with her father and her stepmother, and we are pulled along when her family, at wits’ end, arranges to have her transported to Red Oak Academ
Jaye Berry
The fact that I read the majority of this on company time just makes this more powerful for me.

You Know I'm No Good is about a troubled teen named Mia. After getting in a fight and punching her stepmother, Mia's parents send her away to a therapeutic boarding school. While there, Mia starts confronting her painful past while befriending the other girls there.

This book was good enough, and it went by really fast. But it felt like some things it wanted to hit on it just completely missed. This boo
Booktastically Amazing
Um... I think I need time. Yeah, um *huge sob* I need time. And like, tissues. Also, words. I need to find the words.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Mia used to play soccer and was considered "gifted". She was a good girl, who followed the rules. That was her past. Now, she was the oppositional daughter, who spent her time cutting school, doing drugs, drinking, and having sex. After assaulting her step-mother, Mia was sent to a therapeutic school for girls, where she finally confronted her painful past and began to imagine a future for herself.

From what I have told you, I bet you thought Mia was very unlikable, but that was
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Mia is now at Red Oak, a school for troubled girls and she knows punching her stepmom was definitely going to be the last straw and why she was picked up by "transit" to take her there where she was strip searched and stripped of her belongings and where she meets a cast of girls who are Red Oak girls (from the handbook an extensive list of things that would bring a girl to Red Oak).

And Mia is now in counseling and using the friendship of the other girls to figure her way out of this label (and
Erin Quinn
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO good. I know you’ve read about troubled girls before. You’ve probably read about boarding schools before - ones troubled teens are sent to as a very last resort. This is all that, to be sure. But it’s more, too. It’s a caring therapist who asks the hard questions. It’s a friend who is brave in lots of ways but also completely terrified. It’s a girl who doesn’t trust herself enough to let herself be defined by her own terms, not by those who use and abuse her. This is a hopeful r ...more
Haley Calvin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry and touched some really good subjects without shoving it in your face.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was at times so heartbreaking to read, and at other times so uplifting. It explores what it means to be a “bad girl.” It explores why girls who break from the norm are labelled a “bad girl” with no extra thought to it. It explores all of the many different ways a girl can be labelled “bad,” while boys get a pass. I like how Mia starts the book thinking she was just born bad, and how she slowly realized that there was more to her. I just felt so many emotions while reading this book.

The main
Parvathy Sajeev
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You Know I'm No Good is a thought-provoking Young Adult novel that questions the idea of what is deemed normal by society and how it is deeply ingrained in our minds so much so that all those who don't fall under the category are considered misfits and "trouble-makers".

𝙏𝙒: 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙚, 𝙨𝙚𝙭𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙪𝙡𝙩, 𝙖𝙣𝙭𝙞𝙚𝙩𝙮, 𝙙𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙝𝙤𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙧𝙪𝙜 𝙪𝙨𝙚, 𝙥𝙮𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙖, 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙖, 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛-𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢, 𝙨𝙪𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙙𝙮𝙨𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙖.

Mia Dempsey can be categorized as a troubled teen by all means; has a dr
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Wow! I’d preordered this based on a list of found last year, some internet roundup of YA books to keep an eye out for. I haven’t seen it anywhere else since and didn’t know much about it when I picked up— and I was very promptly blown away. It has serious Juliet the Maniac vibes which is very much a book writers should read and I feel the same about Foley’s book here.

CW: rape, sexual assault, suicidal ideation, mental illness, self-harm, drug abuse

“Lying here now, under my thin, itchy blanket,
elise (the petite punk)
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

Mia is what you would call a Troubled Teen. She drinks, does drugs, has sex, doesn't care about school, and most recently, she punched her stepmother. With her family--if you could even call them that--no longer able to deal with Mia's behavior, Mia is forcibly transported to Red Oak Academy, a therapeutic girls' boarding school that will hopefully change her ways. Although Mia is resistant to the school's seemingly controlling nature, from confiscated items, to strip searches, to 9pm b
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2021
tw// rape, self harm, suicide, anxiety
i so conflicted abt this book i liked and it is a solid read but i feel like some topics could've been more explored and the characters could've been more explored, the relationship between mia and the other girls and some conclusion for all of them. it is not a light read, actually has pretty sensitive topics. i find this book really similar to a little life and if it was longer and we had more time with the characters and each arc i could've loved even
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020-release, 2020
i nearly cried multiple times in this book so there ya go
trigger warnings: sexual assault, mentions of child abuse, self-harm, mentions of suicide, alcoholism, drug use, mention of murder.
Lisa Welch
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Foley's last novel Sorry For Your Loss, and I jumped at the chance to get an advance copy of her newest. Foley does not disappoint. I loved so much about this book - the character arc of Mia, the relationships among the girls, the relationship of Mia and her therapist, a sneak peek into life at a therapeutic boarding school, and the messages that the author delivers. ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
At times both uplifting and crushing, this is an interesting portrait of Mia, whose self-identity has been reduced to how others view her: a Troubled Teen (TM). When she's finally forced to confront the truth of her past, she finally begins to realize that her past decisions don't necessarily define who she is.

I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about this one - partly because I kept wondering, who is this book for? Other 'troubled' young women? Parents of teens? Regular young adults, curious
Oct 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
At this point I'm just worried I'll never get the read even half of what is on my tbr ...more
Morgan Wilson
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I’m more than you ever gave me credit for.”
“I guess every one of us troubled girls has her own landscape, her own growing conditions. Some of us came up in the rainy season and had our best flavors washed away by our careless caretakers; others shriveled , unprotected, under relentless heat. Still others were fussed over too much, resulting in over cultivation. And then there were the ones who were ignored completely, left to grow small and bitter and wild. It’s so easy for the world to stomp o
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Carnival at Bray and when I saw Jessie Ann Foley had a new book out I was like "Yay" and then I realized that actually she's had 3 books come out?? Time flies and also maybe they weren't all very well-publicized? AnyWAY I read all 3 of her latest books this week and I liked them all but I liked this one the best. I think her books are a little hard to sell because they're mostly like, realistic coming of age stories with a strong voice and a dose of grief to them. This one--about a ~ ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
As the helpless romantic I am, I was waiting for the time when the mc finally found someone instead of criticizing everyone around her. I thought she wasn't that great at narrating and she didn't really have a personality other than her 'bad girl' persona. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this book to people who read Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, etc. This was an easy read for me; took maybe two days at most. In all it had a nice plot. Not very great with the character building. I ...more
Bridget Quinlan
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read! While technically a YA novel, I think the story transcends any specific age group. The book is so relevant, timely and important. Foley weaves a beautiful story of trauma, friendship and healing. Mia and her friends at Red Oak are all so relatable, making the narrative so much more memorable and emotional. I love all of Foley's books, but this one resonated with me the most and may be her best work yet! ...more
Sophie Gabrielle
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! Wish it was a bit longer, though.
Nice. I've read my fair share of therapeutic boarding school books (I don't know, guys, I just like books about boarding schools), and they tend to lean towards either 'toxic environment of abusive toxicity' or 'miracle therapists are miraculous'. This falls (yay) somewhere in the middle: for the most part the school aims to be a genuinely nurturing environment, and the girls who attend are neither hell-demons nor innocent lambs brought to the slaughter. Rather, they're girls who have problems, ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
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