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Mostly Good Girls Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Violet is a hilarious and witty character. There were plenty of moments during the course of the book where I literally burst out laughing at what she said or thought. She's brilliant and lovable and she's so...sixteen. Which is perfect because I can easily remember myself three years ago when I was sixteen and think, yeah, wow, I felt exactly like that. And Katie - I can easily see where she was coming from too, because my best friend went down the same path Katie did.
Leila Sales did a brilliant job at creating her characters and the world they existed in. I went to a small private school when I was in middle school, and I can see the similarities between my school and Westfield. Her writing style was effortless to get into. Her writing is amusing and real, much like her characters.
For the first half of the book, I kind of felt like not a lot was happening. There were a lot of hilarious moments and events, but the main story arc didn't really occur until about halfway through. The beginning was mostly backstory, I guess? It was all build up to the main story arc. But that was okay because the first half of the book was really, truly funny. It was more of fly-on-the-wall view of Violet's world and all the things that happen to her and how she feels about it. The second half that starts to get more serious and delve into the more deeper issues of being a teen. There was still the hilarity of the first half of the book, but it began to focus more on how people grow up and grow apart.Read more ›
Mostly Good Girls begins just as Violet has started her junior year at Westfield, her ritzy, private, all-girls school, and because Violet wants junior year to be the best one yet, she has a list of goals to go right along with it. Some of her goals include passing her driving test, making Scott Walsh fall in love with her (Which will be hard since she has zero experience with boys), and doing many more awesome project with Katie, her best and equally funny friend. Though, as the year progress, it seems that Junior year may not be as amazing as previously thought, as Scott Walsh has landed a girlfriend who's not Violet, Katie is drifting away from Violet, and worst of all, Violet may just loose everything she loves at Westfield when a scandal comes out of the woodwork....so what will this private school girl do? Will she save the day, or fail to rise to the task? Only time will tell in this witty debut about friendship and the items it's composed of!
Violet was a fabulous protagonist, one that I had nothing but love and adoration for because of many different reasons. One was the fact that Violet could be a role model without even doing anything truly spectacular; instead it was just her regular personality traits that made her that way.Read more ›
Mostly Good Girls was definitely your classic story. I really love private school books - they have such a different feel from the public school vibe. Everything there seems exciting and new to me, and I'm always dying to hear more. The story was a lot of fun. I loved hearing about Violet and Katie's adventures and how they get through their days.
The characters were very believable. Different characters I was connecting to students I see in my high school every day. I really liked Violet - she was hilarious. All her snarky comments were really funny.
Another really cool thing about this book was the chapter lengths. Some chapters were only a few pages, and I really liked the varying lengths the chapter could have. While it chops the book up into smaller pieces, I think it really gives it a sense of flow and keeps my attention. The titles themselves are very funny, and will make you guess to figure out what will happen in the chapter.
This is an amazing debut from a talented author. I am anxious to see what Leila Sales will come up with next, and if it's anything like Mostly Good Girls, it will be brilliant.
This book is a bona-fide page-turner.
If I think back over books I've described as "page-turners" they usually have a plot of outrageous drama: murders, explosions, hauntings and the like. Of course, a story is only addictive when engaging characters confront pressing dilemmas, but most writers who knock together a page-turner like to make use of the murders and explosions. Literary Fiction (and Literary Young-Adult, which is how I'd describe Mostly Good Girls) is often funny, charming, and revealing, but not typically "addictive."
Mostly Good Girls is.
From the first page where we get Violet Tunis' list of goals for her Junior year (a list more ambitious than anything most of us have contemplated in high school) to the high stakes of friendship, family, and career that come into play down the line, this book is funny, charming, and revealing... and also absolutely refuses to be put down.
For starters, the two main characters, best friends, are infectiously human. Violet, the "I" of the story, is a hard-working girl from an academic family attending a prestigious all-girls prep school. She's far from unfazed... in fact she's almost perpetually "fazed" by her surroundings, which makes her humor, energy, and candor all the more mesmerizing.
Her friend Katie is dynamically different. She from old-money, her intelligence and success come seemingly without effort, and her spontaneity is both more explicit and risky than Violet's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seriously pains me to give Mostly Good Girls 2.75 stars. I love Leila Sales and I don't think this is a bad book, it's not even that I disliked it, I just never clicked with it. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Maggie
I love to read and this book was awesome. It pretty much covers every teen problem just with this one girl- Violet. A very great book. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by D. YourMama
I absolutely adored Past Perfect so I'm not sure why I waited so long to pick up my copy of Mostly Good Girls. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Angela
I wanted to love this book and, while I liked it, I didn't think it lived up to all the online hype I'd heard. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
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. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Flannery
Violet has high expectations for her junior year at the exclusive all-girls school she attends in Boston. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Cynthia Hudson
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. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile
I thought this was a cute read. It was one of the those books that I enjoy reading after I have read something that really irritated me or made me think. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Rachel McWilliams
Book: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
Genre: Young Adult
Short Synopsis: Violet and Katie are best friends at Westfield... Read more