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Good, but we were a little disappointed
on November 21, 2006
We couldn't wait to read this book because we loved the title. Our reading group loves books with drama and suspense. Instead, what we found were four girls who were members of a church group called Good Girlz. There was only one girl in the group that volunteered to be a member. The other three were sent there mandatorily. The story mainly focuses on two of the girls--Camille, a black girl, and Angel, a Mexican.
Camille's drama was that her boyfriend, Keith, was a liar and a cheat. But when her friends tried to tell her that he was no good, she didn't want to believe it because she thought she really loved him. This was a good storyline and we wished the whole book was based on this story because the drama in Camille's life was good and interesting.
Angel's drama was that she had a baby by a boy who denied it (typical). Her mother was disappointed. Angel didn't want to give her baby up for adoption, so she thought she would run away. This story was okay. It wasn't as exciting as Camille's story.
Jasmine was a tomboy and she was angry at the world for whatever reason. She didn't have any drama in her story other than the fact that she kept it real by bullying everybody in the group.
Alexis was just a prissy spoiled brat with an alcoholic mother. She had everything she wanted. She turned her nose down at anyone who wasn't on her level, but she didn't have much drama going on.
The best part of the story was when the Good Girlz went to a redneck town in Texas to try to find Angel and they ran into some good old boys. It had gotten suspenseful at times but it only remained suspenseful for about a page or two. We wanted to hear more about this part of the book but it ended as quickly as it began. The part about LaShay (Keith's other girlfriend) and Camille fighting at the jailhouse was dramatic. But why didn't Camille's mother say anything about the black eye that LaShay gave her? LaShay was so ghetto but she kept it real in the hood.
Sometimes it was hard to tell which girl was speaking because their voices sounded alike. We really couldn't tell if the story had a premise. We think it was supposed to be that Mother knows best. But in this case--NOT! We know we're supposed to honor thy mother and father, but what if your mother is an alcoholic like Alexis's mother; Or ghost like Jasmine's Mom; Or selfish like Angel's Mom was? Camille was the only one with the mother who seemed to know what was best and she had gotten the raw end of the deal by having a heart attack. Maybe the premise also could have been on making new friends and being true to them.
We were glad the book stayed focused on the teens and not on the adults. We would recommend it to other teens.