Audrey Porter is a "good girl" a good student, a great daughter, an amazing friend. She's also the last person anyone expects to be hanging out with Luke DeSalvio, the hottest guy at Audrey's school. But Luke is a liar, a player, a dream, and Audrey knows it. She dumps him at her friend's Halloween party with no intention of looking back. But everyone else is looking looking at a mysterious and humiliating photograph that has popped up on cell phones and computers. But who took it? And why? And how will she ever live it down?
Some people would say this is the story of a photograph. How it was taken, and what happened to me after the whole world saw it.
And it is.
But it's also the story of a lot of other things. A boy so beautiful he's like a punch to the throat. Best friends the outrageous old ones and the out-of-the-blue new. It's about fishnets and eyebrow rings and a chick named Hamlet. Kick lines at lumber yards and conga lines at prom. Crying in cars and gazing at stars. Mistakes, misunderstandings and misconceptions. Good girls, bad boys, and everyone in between.
This is a story about love. Love for your family. Love for your friends. Love for yourself.
So, look at the picture all you want.
I am so much more than what you see.
Author's Note: Because of some frank scenes, this book was intended for high school age students and older. If you're wondering if this book is right for you, ask your mom what she thinks. No, really.
HarperTeen (January 29, 2008), paperback 304 pages, Ages 14 and up, ISBN: #978-0060882259
- An autumn 2006 Book Sense Pick
- A 2007 ALA Quick Pick
- A Reading Rants Top Ten Books for 2006
- One of the New York Public Library's Books for the Teenage
"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
"Fasten your seatbelts! Good Girls never lets up. Harrowing, honest, poignant, and wickedly funny, Laura Ruby's so-good novel comes out swinging, challenging the stereotypes of what it means to be "good" while exploring what it means to be true."
Libba Bray, New York Times Bestselling author of A Great and Terrible Beauty
"The honest tone and lack of moralizing are refreshing in this thought-provoking and realistic look at teenage sexuality."
Amanda MacGregor, Kliatt
"...will leave readers with much to ponder."
"...the real drama of the book lies in its delineation of events when Audrey's moment of sexual experience is caughtby whom?on digital camera and the photograph subsequently passed around. The reactions of Audrey, her friends and her parents to these developments provide Ruby with the opportunity to make readers question many assumptions about loyalty, friendship, reputation and the always tantalising line dividing young love and young lust. Free, in the main, from didacticism and moralising, and often very funny, this is a novel for the very mature teenager."
The Irish Times
"...this novel takes on the controversial subject of teen sexuality, armed with strong dialogue, likeable characters, and detailed descriptions of Audrey's sexual activities as well as their consequences...libraries with older young adults will want this book for its popularity and its frank, realistic portrayal of teen life."
"Pervaded by melancholy, witty, frank about sex, at pains not to indulge in stereotyping, Good Girls will undoubtedly appeal to UK readers made savvy about the otherworld of American school life..."
Financial Times (London)
"Yes, Good Girls is a novel about a photograph. But more importantly, it's a story about what happens afterward, and how it changes one girl's life unexpectedly for the better. This book poses real-life questions that most teens are still trying to figure out. All in all, Good Girls is a true and honest tale about high school and what you don't see in the movies."
"Sharply drawn characters, on target dialog, and some unexpected twists and turns ensures that this book is not a "Movie of the Week" take on issues like sex and privacy invasion."
Teri Lesesne, Goddess of YA Literature
"This is a book girls will read over and over, dog-earing pages. Frank, fearless, and very funny, Laura Ruby explodes stereotypes."
E. Lockhart, Author of The Boyfriend List
"You're going to want to read this one...Laura Ruby does a masterful job. This is a page turner that tells a powerful truth about girls and about our culture."
Chris Crutcher, Author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
"Who decides who's a good girl and who isn't? Audrey will soon find out as she journeys from good girl, sad girl, angry girl, to finally, REAL GIRL. Laura Ruby's wonderfully nuanced book thoughtfully deconstructs the teenage mythology of good girls, bad boys, "sluts" and "players", providing readers with a clear understanding of the difference between following your heart and falling prey to your hormones."
Jennifer Hubert, Reading Rants
"Good Girls is a raw and powerful book that burrows its way into your head and heart from the first riveting chapter. Though the subject matter may spark controversy among teens and parents, Audrey's struggle for dignity, self-respect, and love is every girl's struggle. 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