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Mostly Good Girls

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,604 ratings  ·  256 reviews
The higher you aim, the farther you fall….

It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that thin
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers with a sense of humor
Recommended to Flannery by: Myself, after reading Past Perfect
I once got in a fight with a friend about Roseanne. Like an actual anger, didn’t talk to each other for an hour afterwards fight. We were having a discussion about what shows are funny and what shows are funny. Obviously, Roseanne is just kind of funny, but she was (and still is) adamant that that show is hilarious. Now, this friend is one of my favorite people ever. She is the same person that once found rollerblades in our garage and had our friend Dan pull her up the main drag in her pajamas ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who read two books a year
Recommended to hayden by: Terry DeBarger (although I wouldn't exactly say it was a "recommendation")
Lauren Oliver called this book "brilliant" and "poignant." At this point, I'm seriously doubting her sanity. It's actually really funny how bad this book is.

The problem with this book isn't that it's stupid -- the problem is that it's stupid. The girls sit there during class and make lists of who is a virgin and who's not and how far they've gone. The first chapter (if you can even call what the book is written in "chapters") is a pointles five-page rant about a dumb teacher who went through col
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it

[Book: Mostly Good Girls] was a bit of a charmer, really. When I took it out of the package (thanks Nomes!) it pretty much winked at me and flirted it's way to the top of my to-be-read pile.

And on the whole, it was worth it. It's an amusing, irreverent story told in snappy vignettes and anecdotes, which gradually become more cohesive and structured as the narrative progresses.

Violet's voice is endearing, and I definitely found it was her (sometimes unintentional) humour and clear characterisat
Morgan F
It's Violet's junior year at the Westfield School, a competitive all-girl prep school. Violet has a few goals to accomplish. She wants straight A's, producing the best lit mag the school has ever seen, and for the perfect Scott Walsh to fall in love with her. This would be daunting on one's own, but Violet has her best friend Katie to back her up. However, something is different about Katie. She isn't content being the perfect Westfield girl, where everything is just so easy for her, and this is ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS was screaming out on my looking-for-the-YA-awesome radar after reading some ever-so-fabulous reviews late last year. The preppy cover* initially made me wonder if it would be too mean-girl, rich-girl, gossip-girl-esque for my tastes but the book was refreshingly charming. the girls in this book are smart and relate-able and, like the title says, ‘mostly good girls’ (like me and my friends were ;)

The narrative is told in vignette-style anecdotes about Violet's life. Lei
Sarah Laurence
It was wonderful to read a contemporary YA in which the central relationship/plot was the shifting friendship of two 16-year-old girls. This impressive debut felt realistic, honest, funny and well observed although small in scope and slow in pace. I preferred Sales's more recent novels which tackled bigger issues with quirkier characters. I'd recommend this book to tweens and young teens. Contains underage drinking, drug use and reference to sex, but the protagonist usually makes responsible cho ...more
Steph Su
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: bea10
Humor and heart shine equally bright in Leila Sales’ brilliant debut novel, MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS. Female readers of all ages will laugh and cry as they relate to Violet’s difficulties and chuckle over her mishaps.

It is a sad indication of our times that we are able to relate so well to Violet’s situation. Westfield School is extremely competitive, and Leila Sales beautifully captures the utter ridiculousness of upper-middle-class prep school culture: the democracy that results in no decision being
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS is meant to make you laugh, and it succeeded with me—a lot. I could relate to Violet. We had a lot of the same High School Moments (we even had the same PSAT scores. Freaky?). This is an absolutely perfect book to combat any heroines with cardboard personalities. Completely loved it!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
As much as I enjoy reading quality YA as an "adult", I sometimes wish I had read more of this kind of book when I was actually in high school (or at least closer to the protagonist's age).

That said, I still had lots of fun reading this book now, and back when I was in high school I was busy reading a lot of Tolkien, so ultimately I have no regrets.
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
It’s hard for me to talk about this book. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t what I expected after reading the synopsis. I was expecting a straightforward story (and it was in many respects) but the simple plot of a great friendship that was strong and supportive and changing and fun all wrapped up in one ended up being slightly more complex.

Mostly Good Girls is about two best friends, Violet and Katie, who are in their junior year at a private, all-girls high school in a town outside of Boston. It is a
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
So this was a book I kind of avoided reading. I had heard good things about Leila Sales, and her second book Past Perfect has been lauded. But I guess I was nervous, mostly because the book seemed to fall under the category of "chick lit" and because I had seen similar stories like this before.

The book isn't necessarily groundbreaking, but it's a fun, sweet read with a strong voice.

The plot is nothing groundbreaking: a story about two girls, Katie and Violet, who are in Westfield Academy toget
Andrea King
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I wanted to really like this one, you know? It’s gotten pretty good reviews, so I figured it would be a sure thing. But I just couldn’t love it. I liked it okay, but I definitely wouldn’t call it a must-read.

Right off the bat, why do the chapter have names? That seems like such a childish thing. Especially with names like:

Katie’s boyfriend (is probably not a serial killer)


Getting comfortable with our … never mind, I can’t say it [the it in question is sex. gasp!]


Katie’s family only talks t
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Leila Sales is hilarious! She has given the voice inside my head a voice on the pages. She's also inspired the voice inside my head to be more clever. Not that I talk to myself or anything because that would be totally weird. Okay, maybe just a little.

Violet attends a pricey prep school where the expectations are to play by certain rules. Dress just so, be just so, and always, ALWAYS strive for success by doing your best. Katie is Violet's best friend. Katie is tired of playing the game. Katie w
Sometimes reading YA I am struck by a thought, I wonder if I was the most boring high school student EVER. my biggest drama was when I accidentally barely bumped the car in front of me with my awesome parking abilities, left no damage but went and confesses my sins to my principal who was about to retire and was a bit unnerved having a crying girl in his office over a non-accident keggers, no girl fist fights, so selling drugs...or my soul and no vampire sparkly boyfriends. Basical ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
There is no doubt that this book is packed with sarcastic humor and scathing observances of prep-school life. The vignette-style was one of the best parts, because a reader could jump around and read nearly any sketch, crack-up, and not miss an important detail to the plot. It wasn't until the end that the sketches began to connect into chapters and tell the story, so the first three-quarters of the book were snippets of Violet’s life full of humor and poking fun.

My problem with this book was it
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year, Mostly Good Girls was original, addicting, and laugh out loud funny. The characters were well developed and extremely relatable and I finished this over the course of a couple of days. I just couldn’t put it down!

The main character, Violet, was awesome. She was sweet, funny, determined, and a character I loved from the start. Violet was just a normal girl experiencing and loving life as she went along. Reading about Violet’s different experie
Tonya Preece
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish there were a way to give this 10 stars!
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forever-love
Ms Sales has made her way onto my auto buy list and this is her debut novel. I declare I will read anything this woman writes and will hold my hands up to a little cyber stalking. I've read her articles, I've read nearly all of her blog entires and I have read every single post on her Leila Texts blog. Okay, okay, maybe a LOT of cyber stalking but YOU GUYS this woman is so frackin funny it's not even real.

So when I first saw this book the first thing that entered my head was, why do I not own a
My Review:
MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS takes an irreverant look at one girl's journey through an all-girls private high school. Violet has a very distinct voice that shines throughout the whole book, and had me smiling, laughing out loud, and covering my face with amusement. Luckily, I read it mostly in the privacy of my own room. However, there would have probably been some heavy duty recommending going on, if I had been reading this in public.

Leila Sales provides a deep look into Violet's life, but she d
Sara Grochowski
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You could say MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS is about high school and its stresses. Or prep school. Or friendship. Or first loves. But I like to say that Leila Sales' debut novel is about growing up... the growing up that each and every one of does in high school, only more entaining and witty than our own lives.

Violet is definitely her own person, but most girls will relate to her in one way or another. She's competitive, stressed about school, often feels second best, can't help but compare herself to her
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won Mostly Good Girls from Erica at The Book Cellar, and since she had rated it 5 stars and said it's one of her favorites I was very excited to read it. And even if Mostly Good Girls didn't make it all the way up to 5 stars for me, it was still an incredibly funny, cute and easy read, and I really enjoyed it.

This book is very character driven. Violet is such a great lead; just a normal teenage girl with normal teenage problems, but with a fun attitude that makes her an interesting narrator. S
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it

After I read all the reviews on this talking about how hilarious it is I knew I had to read it! The hilariousness did not disappoint! I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. I really just all around loved this book and I would have read 100 more pages of it.

I loved the way that this book was written. The chapters were super short and there was no pointless scenes. Everything in the book either shined light on the conflict or developed the characters
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I first picked it up. I will admit first and foremost that I, Erin, am a total cover-judger. I love this cover. Its very fashionista, which I am totally not, but secretly wish I could be so that's what initially, drew me in.
From the very first chapter I was caught off guard by how funny this book is. Katie and Violet are hilarious together and the conversations that they have are beyond comedic. Together they find themselves getting into more trou
Lisa M.
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA, Chick-lit lovers, good for tweens too
Recommended to Lisa M. by: Received ARC at Book Expo America
(This review is for an ARC)

Sixteen-year-old Violet Tunis is doing her best to juggle the academic, social and extracurricular stresses of her junior year at an elite prep school. Between snagging the attention of the boy she's been in love with for years and fighting to save the disintegrating friendship with her best friend, Violet's got her hands full.

Mostly Good Girls is a strong debut novel from Leila Sales. Violet and her best friend Katie are self-aware and funny, able to laugh at themsel
Lenore Appelhans
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Instead of a regular review, a fan letter:

Dear Leila,

Thanks for writing a book that all of us mostly good girls can relate to. Not everyone is an outcast or a mean girl or a wallflower who falls in love with a vampire/werewolf/fairy/demon. Most of us are more like Violet – someone who makes mistakes sometimes but means well.

I loved the vignette style of the story, and how all these funny scenes at a girl’s prep school and Violet’s wry observations were woven together to form a larger tale of the
Rukhsar (rukhimonster)
To be honest, the whole time I was reading this I was like "I can't wait for this to be over". I only finished it because I'm one of those people that must finish a book once she has started it. Nonetheless, finishing the book did cause my rating of it to increase. At first I was going to give it a 1, but the end had a few interesting points, it talked about success, sexuality, and essentially hope, something i think the current generation needs to discuss more. I obviously think these themes co ...more
Sarah Sullivan
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Ok, first of all, let me say that Mostly Good Girls is done a TREMENDOUS disservice by its cover and title. Seriously. This is the most egregious cover art injustice I've seen since Sarah Dessen. The cover/title make it seem like a Gossip Girl knockoff, even though that couldn't be further from the truth. So maybe you don't want to read this book on a train, or while you're waiting for your blind date to show up but YOU DO WANT TO READ IT. Trust me. I basically want to be best friends with Viole ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-by-friends
My best friend wrote this book, so I got to read an advanced copy. It's wonderful, funny, touching, insightful, and I'm one of the main characters--so you should all rush to pick it up when it comes out! ...more
Eh, I expected this to be better. Don't get me wrong, it was funny, but at times also borderline offensive, and both Violet and Katie annoyed me.

Mini-review here.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. All YA should be as smart and clever as Mostly Good Girls. ...more
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Leila Sales was born in 1984 and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology in 2006. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children's book publishing. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write.

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