Mostly Good Girls

Mostly Good Girls

by Leila Sales
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Mostly Good Girls 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Violet Tunis has a plan for her junior year at the prestigious Westfield School. This year isn't just going to be different, it's going to be perfect. This year she is going ace her PSATs, get straight A-minuses (or better) in all of her classes, and improve the school's literary magazine to the point where it doesn't completely embarrass her. She's going to pass her driving test, get famous, and do many awesome projects with her best friend Katie. She will also make Scott Walsh fall in love with her. Unfortunately for Violet, things don't go according to plan. At all. Instead of having a perfect junior year, Violet has the exact same problems she always has struggling to keep up with Westfield's high academic standards (and competition) and failing miserably at sounding like a sane person when talking to boys. On top of that, the literary magazine is a disaster and her editorial board is possibly filled with illiterates. Her driving teacher is mentally unstable. And her best friend Katie might be losing her mind. Everything always comes so easily to Katie. She makes being pretty and smart and successful look effortless. So why is she suddenly making all of the wrong decisions? And if even Katie is falling apart, what hope does Violet have? More importantly, if Violet doesn't have Katie by her side, does any of it matter? All Violet knows for sure is it's going to take a lot more than her Junior Year To-Do List to get things under control in Mostly Good Girls (2011) by Leila Sales. Mostly Good Girls has a lot going for it. Violet is a quirky narrator with a voice that is almost as distinct as her sense of humor. Interestingly, this book is also the first one I have ever read where the teenagers talk exactly like I did as a teenager.* Violet and Katie and their friend Hilary are all well-developed and come alive on the page. They are all so real, so unique, and so exactly like I was a teenager. It was refreshing to be able to see my own experiences reflected in this crazy, hysterical book. My love for Violet, Sales' beautiful writing, and the book's wonderful setting is almost enough to make me love this book unconditionally. But I also wanted more from it. The beginning of the novel is, simply put, genius--filled with witty snapshot-like chapters about Violet's life at Westfield. Snapshots that, I might add, could have been from my own high school. The actual plot, the plot you'll see on the book jacket, doesn't come up until about halfway in. At that point, for me, the story lost some of its verve.** While the book remains authentic and charming I probably would have been just as happy with more snapshots about Westfield and less about Katie's crisis. That might be me.*** The ending offers some semblance of closure although a lot about Violet's life does remain up in the air. Mostly Good Girls is an exceptional debut from a masterful author. Leila Sales is definitely going places and Mostly Good Girls is definitely a must read for anyone looking for an antidote to the vanilla, artificial high school experiences so often seen in books and movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is alright. I don't feel like it goes anywhere, theres no plot. I'm more than halfway through and nothing has happened yet. It's not a page turner, I don't find myself wanting to read more. It's boring.
Allison9516 More than 1 year ago
It's funny, it's not one that keeps you breathless, but still good. I love Violet and Katie's friendship, I wish I had a friendship like theirs.
Cassidy_Weaver More than 1 year ago
First of all, I read this book because of the review on the cover from Lauren Oliver. I am a big fan of her book "Before I Fall", so I figured that if she liked it maybe I would too. I didn't stay up at night thinking about this book, and it didn't leave me breathless for more. But, I must say, the relationship between best friends Katie and Violet was very genuine. Their banter kept me smiling throughout the book, and I actually had to put down the book a few times to just laugh. Ms. Sales really captured what it's like to have a best friend, that implicit understanding of one another. I think any teenager would enjoy "Mostly Good Girls".
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It left me wanting to know what happens next! She should write a sequel. Please write a sequel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like it. No point to it just about boys and future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is on my top 10 list. The characters are real and some parts are predictable but otheres are not. This story could totaly be real, and thats what helps ,ake it such a great book. Read it and you wont regret it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read but not very interesting. It did not leave me burning to read on and devour the book. I feel like I know whats coing next with every page I turn. Not exactly a breathtaking book.
Kay_Kay_Sue More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious & witty. It is easy to realate to and is just a wonderful story!!! I love it!
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ali_catt More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but I felt that there wasn't anything really special about it.
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fashionaddictTeen More than 1 year ago
this tops my list of favorite books, it was a fun and easy read. Gawd the characters are so real they remind you of yourself.
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La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
We have all been teenagers at one point in our lives. Some are experiencing these years as we speak, while others have moved on to adulthood. Once in a while, a novel will surface that will not only relate to teenagers but, adults as well. In my case, Mostly Good Girls, re-hashed past memories of my high school days. Even though it took place in an all girl boarding school setting, I connected with the ever changing friendships and sappy boy crushes. However, at first I had a rough time getting into the continuous narrated stories. Midway, I got used to the jumpy format and lost myself in the witty, light-hearted sense of humor Leila presented for her characters. Violet, the main character, was a charming and sensible young lady. Her personality traits stuck out to me the most. The unconditional love towards her friends glorified what a lovely individual she was. Being a sucker for a romantic connection, I unfortunately didn't feel it in this book. But, thinking outside the box, Leila created a world focused on friendships instead of a tensive relationship found in most books. The element of Katie and Violet's ups and downs reminded me of what friendships are truly like. It's not all peachy, we all have issues, so I was glad that these two didn't shy away from normalcy. The ending wrapped up well and left me pleasantly happy with the whole outcome. Mostly Good Girls, brought a refreshing aspect that will leave a mark on the YA community. Tired of physically and emotionally frustrated characters and need something real? Pick this up!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Mostly Good Girls is a really funny read about Violet and her best friend Katie who both go to a exclusive all girls private school in Boston. The school is very competitive and the interactions are very honest and frank. Violet comes across as a very likeable young woman, someone that anyone would love to have as a best friend. The novel is littered all over with humor and snark and situations that I wished I had going through school. The best part is the fact that Violet and Katie might have grown apart for a while, they still end up staying friends and I think that is the best thing you can take away from this book. Well, that and a really funny look at prep school girls.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Leila Sales is absolutely hilarious. Violet's travails through prep school are refreshingly witty and unabashedly honest. Violet is the type of person that you can't help but want to befriend. She's kind, funny, and smart. She knows who she is and what she wants and she's also completely loyal to her best friend Katie. Violet and Katie go through a lot in their junior year. From Harry Potter tours to getting drunk for the first time, these two are the picture of best friends. Their ups and downs are the backbone of the book, not their romantic adventures or the insane pressure from school. The two girls carry the story together, living, learning, and growing up. Violet is well-developed and impossible not to like. Katie is almost the complete opposite of Violet, but they make quite the pair. Violet and Katie don't interact too much with the male species, so when they do, it is more than amusing. That, and Violet's obsession with Scott Walsh, the hottest boy at their brother school. Violet and Katie's banter had me cracking up laughing and wishing I had been so witty in high school. Mostly Good Girls. is a wild romp of snarky humor, mocking satire, and the fortitude of friendship. Leila Sales is an author to watch and I look forward to her future novels. Opening line(s): Poor Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson is my precalc teacher, and he is also the only male at the Westfield School. ~ pg. 3 Favorite lines(there are so many to choose from - Here are two passages): Half of me was like, I will say two words to these boys, and then I will obviously trip over a backpack and knock myself unconscious and be the laughingstock of the entire Westfield School. But then the other half of me countered, Sometimes, you must take the bull by the horns! If there are boys in need of a school tour, then by God you must get your act together and go and give them that tour. You must make it happen. ~ pg. 212-213 And this one: If I were Julia, I would have been like, "So sorry, family, the death of Grandpop is really sad - but I'm sure he would have wanted me to stay in Boston this holiday season, with Scott Walsh." And the ghost of my grandfather would have appeared just to confirm, "Yes, my dear granddaughter. Stay with Scott Walsh. For he is God's gift to womankind." ~ pg. 245
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