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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
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"...kids should take heart in Audrey's courage and comfort in the notion that life goes on, even after a horrific humiliation." -- Kirkus Reviews

"...will leave readers with much to ponder." -- Publishers Weekly

"Good Girls is Judy Blume's Forever for savvy and sophisticated 21st century readers..." -- Michael Cart , author and former YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) president

"Ruby's eye-opening novel about gossip and going too far asks: What does it mean to be a slut and a good girl? A fantastic read..." -- Romantic Times

"This is a wowza of a great read--impossible to put down. It is sad and funny, bitter and life-affirming." -- Terry Miller Shannon, YA Books Central

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Stated 1st Edition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060882239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060882235
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,538,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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"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.
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This had the potential to be a complete crapfest but I bought it anyway and I really, really had a good time with it. The dialogue was spot on, the relationship (or rather the description of since it was mostly flashbacks) was paced very well. I loved the relationship with the parents. The reaction of everyone in school was portrayed pretty realistically, even the teachers.

It had genuine laugh out loud moments which are actually hard for me to find in YA. The sexual content was fairly graphic but portrayed similarly to Forever by Judy Blume, which gets a mention, and I thought they worked absolutely perfectly here. Overall, I really loved this book.

Audrey was really sympathetic and likable. The author kept Luke enough of a mystery until the end that you were never sure what was going on with him. It was a really thoughtful look at how society views boys and girls in different ways for exactly the same behavior.

I read an interview where the author said this was out of her norm and if so, she should dabble in this type of YA fiction more often.
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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.
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