Good Girls and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Good Girls has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Good Girls Paperback – January 29, 2008


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$8.99
$4.92 $0.01

The Decaying Empire
"The Decaying Empire"
Check out the latest novel in the Vanishing Girl series. Learn more | More in Teen and Young Adult
$8.99 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Good Girls + Feed
Price for both: $17.88

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–Audrey wants to spend her senior year staying at fourth in her class and hanging with her friends, so she breaks it off with the flirty and mysterious Luke DeSalvio by giving him a goodbye gift he won't forget. But at school next week, Audrey gets snickers, jeers, and dirty jokes, and Luke won't even look at her. As it turns out, someone took a photo of her intimate moment with him, and now she must spend all her energy repairing her reputation. She reacts to her newfound infamy by pouring herself into her schoolwork and analyzing her relationship with Luke via flashback chapters. Her friend Ash is horrified when Audrey tells her she's not a virgin, and Audrey resigns herself to hanging out with the school sluts. Slowly, she manages to pull herself up to second in her class, and a run-in with Luke reveals that his feelings about her were not what she assumed. Audrey reclaims her self-esteem with her new girlfriends as they all dress up as born-again virgins for the prom, and a late-night confession reveals the true culprit behind the photograph. The story ends predictably with Audrey and Luke reunited. Teens will enjoy Ruby's frank message that having sex does not necessarily make one a slut. However, the tone occasionally gets preachy, as Audrey receives advice from her parents, preacher, and gynecologist. Still, the book will appeal to teens who've matured beyond Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series (Little, Brown).–Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“Harrowing, honest, poignant, and wickedly funny, Laura Ruby’s so-good novel comes out swinging.” (Libba Bray, author of A Great and Terrible Beauty)

“A page turner that tells a powerful truth about girls and about our culture.” (Chris Crutcher)

“Frank, fearless, and very funny, Laura Ruby explodes stereotypes.” (E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and Fly on the Wall)

“Clear-eyed and perfectly pitched, this is an incredibly brave story, and Laura Ruby is a writer to watch.” (Lisa Tucker, author of The Song Reader)

“Good Girls sizzles with passion, insight, humor, and wisdom. A stunning read.” (Rosemary Graham, author of Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater-Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken)

“A brave, funny, and realistic love story about high school seniors and the assumptions they all make about each other.” (Carol Weston, author of For Girls Only and Girltalk)
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl"
Discover the new series from Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel. Learn more | More in Teen and Young Adult

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060882255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060882259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include the Edgar-nominated tween mystery LILY'S GHOSTS (now updated for 2011), the children's fantasy THE WALL AND THE WING (3/06) and a sequel, THE CHAOS KING (5/07) all published by Harpercollins. She writes for older teens as well, and her debut young adult novel, GOOD GIRLS (9/06), also from Harpercollins, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an ALA Quick Pick for 2007. She followed this with the teen novels PLAY ME (2008) and BAD APPLE (2009).

Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices and The Florida Review. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowing look at the costs and rewards of remaking a family," by the Miami Herald, the book was also featured in Redbook, Working Mother, and USA Today, among others.

Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two cats that serve as creative advisors.

Customer Reviews

As a teen novel, this is a great book for young girls to read.
Karusichan
There are girls like Audrey, Ash, Joelle, Pam, and Cindy in every high school--just as there are boys like Luke and the insufferable Chilly.
TeensReadToo
This book could give teens a realistic understanding of the dangers of casual sex without lecturing them or passing judgment on them.
Gomerel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Audrey Porter is a good girl. The kind that works hard to keep up her grades, spends weekends working in her dad's store, manning the cash register, and basically just being a good daughter and a good friend. Things change, though, when she falls for Luke DeSalvio, a guy known around Willow Park High School as a player.

Audrey's best friends, Ash and Joelle, had warned her from the beginning not to lose her heart to Luke. But unlike her dedication to schoolwork and good grades, there's something about being with Luke that turns her brain to mush and her normal level-headedness to idiotic levels. After Audrey hears that Luke has been with another girl (as if all of his constant flirting wasn't bad enough), she decides to call off their friends-with-benefits, not-really-boyfriend-and-girlfriend relationship. Unfortunately, she decides to do this after one last hurrah with Luke, one last make-out session at a party that puts her in a very compromising situation. A situation that someone captures on their cell phone camera and proceeds to distribute among the student body.

She could have ignored the millions of instant messages on her computer calling her a [...] and a ho, she even could have ignored the leers and jeers of the guys in the halls at Willow Park. What she can't ignore, though, is the fact that someone has sent the picture to her father's work email address. Or that Mr. Swieback, the principal, found copies on the library computers. Or that even Ms. Godwin, the drama teacher, seems to think Audrey is some type of sex maniac.

Humiliation complete, Audrey must come to terms with her new social status, which has nothing to do with being a good girl.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karusichan on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"If I didn't study as hard as I could for a test, I could fail. And if I failed one test, I could fail two. If I failed two, I could fail them all, then I wouldn't go to college, I couldn't study architecture or design or anything else, and my life would be ruined. Because of the one test I didn't study for, the one chapter I didn't read. That's all it takes. One mistake, and everything you've worked for is gone. It happens all the time. It happened to my parents. I came along and blasted everything to pieces. Instead of a graduate degree for my mom and a law degree for my dad, they did the right thing and had a wedding. And they didn't even get the baby brother to complete the family portrait."

Audrey is what is known as a good girl. She studies way too hard, she obeys her parents, she is seeing a perfect guy, and she is not a nuisance to anyone else. One night at a party she decides that she and her "boyfriend" Luke are over, but not before she gives him a parting gift in the form of oral sex...something that good girls do not do. Things seem ok, she has told him she doesn't want to see him again, and returns to school bright and bubbly the following Monday, until she realizes the awful truth... everyone knows about what she did thanks to a certain compromising photo circulating through school clearly showing her and unknown man doing what she did.

Audrey doesn't know how to react. She immediately suspects her spiteful ex, Chilly, of taking the photo of her and Luke, a fact he does not condone or deny. Her friends Ash and Joelle are devastated for her but are unable to do anything about the slander and the gossip flying. Suddenly, even the slutty girls are making fun of "prissy, know-it-all" Audrey, and there is nothing she can do about it.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gomerel on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Audrey comes alive as a smart, funny, courageous person. After "the photograph," it is easy to imagine her reacting in all sorts of self-destructive ways. But almost without support, she mostly keeps it together and moves on with her life.

The book is very explicit. It is explicit about first intercourse being painful for Audrey. It is explicit about Audrey having to show Luke how to wash her blood out of the sheets instead of cuddling after they have intercourse. It is explicit about Audrey loosing the support and respect of nearly everyone, including her parents, after the photo incident. It is explicit about Audrey's first pelvic exam being painful and terribly embarrassing. Yes, it is a very explicit book.

Teens who have reached the point of being interested in the opposite sex should read this book. Especially "good" teens, even teens who are sure they will wait until they are married to have sex. Audrey didn't intend to do that, but she was a very good girl until her hormones overwhelmed her and she gave casual oral sex a a party.

In today's world, most teens will have at least oral sex by the time they finish high school. Many will give or receive oral sex in middle school. It is foolish to think they won't. This book could give teens a realistic understanding of the dangers of casual sex without lecturing them or passing judgment on them.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
How can one mistake earn honors student Audrey a reputation as a slut? In GOOD GIRLS, characters explore why some girls are so-called "good" and some are "bad" in the eyes of their peers, teachers and even their families.

Audrey has been hooking up with super hot Luke at parties throughout the fall. While he jokes with and teases her, she sees him talking to other girls as well. Nevertheless, they do have a great time making out in closets, rooms and outdoors. At school, though, Audrey ignores him because he's such a big flirt. She isn't ready to be another brokenhearted girl pining after him.

The hookup relationship is soon not enough for her. She resolves to break it off with him, but before doing so, she decides to have one more makeout session and to do something she's never done with him before. They get so carried away that they don't hear the door open or see the flash of the cell phone camera.

By Monday the picture is sent all over school --- and even to Audrey's parents! While faces cannot be seen, Audrey's beautiful blonde hair is spread out over Luke's legs, and there's no doubt who she is. Luke gets teased but is seen as a stud, while people whisper and point at Audrey. Audrey's father will not talk to her, while her mother wants to take her to a doctor.

School faculty members express their shock to Audrey and refer to the picture. Audrey becomes so upset that she hits a boy who will not stop talking to her about it. She finds that even local teens who work in shops make inappropriate comments to her about the infamous picture.

Her best friends, Ash and Joelle, are supportive at first. They ask what really happened with Luke during the fall, and learn all about the makeout sessions and how far Audrey actually went with him.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?