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- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Revolve (October 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073RX4L78
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This was a sort of coming of age story, where the main character is on a journey to find her dad but ends up finding out things about herself as she goes. The story was intriguing and full of adventure. I was completely absorbed by Kandace and her story and could not put this book down.
Kandace is 18 years old and the oldest of her parents three daughters. Since her dad left two years ago, on some job related trip that never ends, her mother has become weak and prescription drug dependent leaving Kandace in charge of running her household and raising her sisters all while trying to go to college and get a job, herself. It's a lot of responsibility on one girl and you really start to feel sympathy for her plight, which makes her subsequent decisions a little puzzling. An intimidating stranger shows up at their front door looking for Kandace's dad which begins her cross country journey to find her dad and bring him home. During her trip she meets April and decides to spend a night exotic dancing, because of the money she can make from it. Exotic dancing leads her to using drugs and on stage lesbian experiences, which even though she started off being a "good girl" doesn't seem off character as the story is about her personal growth and personality changes. Throughout the book she keeps her strength and strong familial sense, often calling her family and friends to assure them that she's ok.
The one part of the book I did not like was when she finally tracks down her dad. She finds him living in California and he gives her some weak excuses about why he never comes home and makes it clear that he has no plans to ever return home. Kandace accepts those weak excuses and spends time with him as if the trip to find him had been a social one and not the life saving mission that she had made it out to be. It was so anticlimactic that if the journey had not been so adventurous and fun, I would have thought of it as a waste. He is the literal description of dead beat dad; taking off on his family, not sending them enough money to survive on, not have any reliable way of communicating with them regularly. And for the most part he seems totally unconcerned by it all. Another puzzling aspect was the decision that Kandace made to stay in St. Louis (her original stip club city) to go to college because of her decision to continue dancing because of the amount of money she makes doing it. How she can leave her struggling mother and younger sisters for money blows my mind, and she herself makes the comparison of herself to her dad by making that choice to leave her family. On the flip side, it was nice that she felt able to make a completely self serving decision for once. While I don't believe her mom is strong enough to raise her children without Kandace's help, it's definitely about time that Kandace got to take back her own life and live it how she chooses to.
The novel had a good flow from one event to the next and the author did a great job at building like-able characters that make the readers care about their fate. As with all novels, there were parts that were a bit slow, and I said previously, I was not at all impressed by her interactions with her father, but overall I enjoyed the book. I am looking forward to rereading it to see if there are any hidden moments that I didn't catch the first time through.
Kandace is really missing her father and she does not understand why he can’t be there for her and the family during their time of need. Sure, he sends home money when he can, but it is never enough. His job is clouded in secrecy and she does not even know where he is living. Things take a turn for the worst when a strange man packing a weapon shows up at her front door demanding information on her father’s whereabouts. Fearing for her family and for her father, she packs up her sisters and sends them to stay with her aunt Vivian, her mother’s sister, while she takes a road trip with her boyfriend trying to get to California to find her father. Kandace feels she is the only one who can help him.
Too bad her boyfriend gets called back home and Candace refuses to leave after their ten hour journey from Pittsburgh. In St Louis, not sure what the next move should be, Kandace winds up being targeted by April, a local pole dance stripper. Life suddenly takes a turn for Kandace and not in a good way or is it? Will Kandace make it out before it is too late? Or will she find herself and accept who she has become?
Kandace is only eighteen years old, and even though she lives in Pittsburgh, she is still very much a small town girl. Even though she has to act grown, she is still a young teenager trying to find her place in this world. You can see how much family is important to her and while she tries her best, she hasn’t really had time for herself to be a teenager or to learn about life in general. In some ways you can see just how naive she is especially once she meets April. For the first time, Kandace has freedom. Freedom from the responsibilities of taking care of a family and caring for her younger siblings. I think a lot of teens go through this especially if their home life is not perfect or they come from a one parent household where they don’t necessarily have the supervision or the help in making right or wrong choices.
I really felt bad at first for Kandace and felt that in a way she was targeted for her innocence and her vulnerability. Left alone in a city with no one to turn to, the glamour of making money, more money than ever thought possible held an appeal to Kandace. She IS a good girl. Is she doing bad things? I guess its left up to your interpretation. Stripping has such a huge stigma attached to it and in this day and age it is still frowned upon and girls are looked down at when their job is deemed by most of society as legalized prostitution. One thing that I was not comfortable with was Kandace’s easy acceptance on taking ecstasy especially after she wanted her mother battle through an addiction. Does it happen in strip clubs? I am sure more so than anyone would like to admit. But, it can also happen at any job.
Renee Blossom, author GOODBYE, GOOD GIRL, did a fantastic job of showing the other side of stripping and consequences with family members who do not necessarily agree with the job choice of a loved one. She really metamorphosizes Kandace from a good girl, a young, vulnerable teen, to someone else entirely – more of an adult, able to finally accept herself and make it out on her own. There are a lot of life lessons throughout this novel and I commend the author for shining a light on stripping and not making it overly one sided. She shows both sides of the coin, such as, the money aspect and the longevity of this type of career choice. I, for one, would never tell someone would they should or should not do with their life as long as they are making an honest living and are safe. I really recommend picking up a copy of this story, leave the judgement at the door, and journey along with Kandace as she finds her way in the world.
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