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Good Girls by Laura Ruby
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Oct 06, 2007

really liked it
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This extremely topical story addresses issues of sex, bullying, invasion of privacy, and the Internet. Ruby deals frankly with Audrey’s burgeoning sexuality and her approach is refreshing in a world full of gratuitous sex. The story begins with a photograph of the Audrey with her boyfriend that’s taken in secret, subsequently sent all over school, hosted on the Internet and even sent via e-mail to her father. This book is not really about the sex act but much more about the fall out and the way that it affects her relationships with others. As Audrey struggles to come to terms with who she wants to be, to rebuild her relationship with her father and to figure out who her real friends are and to answer the central question of the book- what does it mean to be a good girl? I really enjoyed the fact that her parents aren't uncaring monsters or bucolic sububran stereotypes. The relationship between Audrey and her Mother and Father is treated with care and respect as they struggle to come to terms with Audrey as a sexual being. What parent couldn't use a little help dealing with that particular transition from child to woman?
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