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The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl. Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above. After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. Everyone has a lab The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl. Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above. After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. Everyone has a label, whether they like it or not--and Emma was always known as a good girl. But appearances are never what they seem. And the truth behind what really happened to Emma may just be lying in plain sight. As long-buried secrets come to light, the clock is ticking to find Emma's killer--before another good girl goes down.


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The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl. Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above. After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. Everyone has a lab The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl. Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above. After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. Everyone has a label, whether they like it or not--and Emma was always known as a good girl. But appearances are never what they seem. And the truth behind what really happened to Emma may just be lying in plain sight. As long-buried secrets come to light, the clock is ticking to find Emma's killer--before another good girl goes down.

30 review for The Good Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    2.25 stars My level of interest in writing a review for this book is at the same level as that of police in solving the case in this book. Zero (Extra .25 stars for the cover.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

    At this point, I would read anything this woman writes. ANYTHING.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ink&Paper

    Why do mysteries keep disappointing me...? Don't get me wrong, the 2 stars are for the cover. If you want to experience some cliché elements, you can read this book. There's nothing wrong about the writing, the problem lies in the whole plot. It talks about things that we have read over and over and over again. No disrespect to the author, but this was disappointing... Didn't work for me, but might work for you. Why do mysteries keep disappointing me...? Don't get me wrong, the 2 stars are for the cover. If you want to experience some cliché elements, you can read this book. There's nothing wrong about the writing, the problem lies in the whole plot. It talks about things that we have read over and over and over again. No disrespect to the author, but this was disappointing... Didn't work for me, but might work for you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    This is a solid 4.5 stars rounded up. More of a slow-burn, character driven suspense read than a breakneck, page-turning thriller, but I enjoyed the "mood" of the book a lot and enjoyed returning to the pages and sitting with the characters. In particular, I loved the small town Colorado feel; the town was vivid for me, as were the typical "types." Where I think for some readers they might not be as sure-footed with this one is that it's in third person and it's multi-POV, with some chapters a bi This is a solid 4.5 stars rounded up. More of a slow-burn, character driven suspense read than a breakneck, page-turning thriller, but I enjoyed the "mood" of the book a lot and enjoyed returning to the pages and sitting with the characters. In particular, I loved the small town Colorado feel; the town was vivid for me, as were the typical "types." Where I think for some readers they might not be as sure-footed with this one is that it's in third person and it's multi-POV, with some chapters a bit more omniscient. There are also many chapters that are half police interview/half narrative. I enjoy close third person, and it's part of what contributed to the tone I ended up liking about it--it had a grander feel than a typical 1st person might have. But the trade-off is definitely that more almost languid mood and there's a little bit of distance to the story. This wasn't a "whodunnit" read for me, but more of a whydunnit... even with the things I was able to piece together relatively quickly, I enjoyed the journey and what the book had to say. It's all about high school girl stereotypes, the assumptions we make, etc. So really it's all about the characters: Claude the "slutty" bad girl, Avery the peppy cheerleader, Gwen the intense academic, and Emma the "good girl." Emma is murdered at Anna's Run, a treacherous stretch of river and Claude, Avery, and Gwen are suspects--they all had a reason to want Emma gone. We get Emma as a character through her diary entries from the year+ leading up to her death. She was obsessed with solving the murder of another girl who also died at Anna's Run--Lizzy, Gwen's older sister. You move through Emma's diary, seeing how deep she got and who might have actually killed her... while the present day narrative covers a 48 hour stretch as the police hyper-focus on Claude, Avery, and Gwen. There was just one aspect of the ending structure that I'm not 100% sold on, though it's a quibble (and one I won't elaborate on for spoilery reasons). There were also a few moments where the book's message as a bit heavy-handed, and I could see some readers chafing against it. Ultimately a solid multi-POV moody suspense read that I think will appeal to many Actual Teens. The girls are well drawn and in many cases play against type (or when they play to type, they do so with depth). There's also solid LGBTQIA rep I know many readers will be drawn to/appreciate. One main character is bisexual and another is a lesbian. One is out, the other is not, and there are no forced outing scenes or scenes of bigotry/violence against queer characters. No gays are buried, either!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ;3

    3.75 i am once again asking gr to give me HALF STAR OPTIONS

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacey-Lea

    The thing is, girls can tell. There’s a little voice in our heads that says get out, get out, but men spend years telling us to ignore it. To tell ourselves we’re wrong. A lot of the discussions really stuck out to me in The Good Girls and I think it’s a great addition into the teen thriller genre. It’s unique in that it is far more character driven and has a much slower pace than what many of us are used to. However, the little twists that are sprinkled throughout will still keep you guessin The thing is, girls can tell. There’s a little voice in our heads that says get out, get out, but men spend years telling us to ignore it. To tell ourselves we’re wrong. A lot of the discussions really stuck out to me in The Good Girls and I think it’s a great addition into the teen thriller genre. It’s unique in that it is far more character driven and has a much slower pace than what many of us are used to. However, the little twists that are sprinkled throughout will still keep you guessing. Bartlett’s writing is quite seamless and flows really beautifully as we cross between the third person point of view chapters, police interviews and diary entries. There’s definitely a moody vibe in here that lends well to the book’s overall content. As mentioned, there are multiple points of view in The Good Girls, but no one gets lost. We follow four main girls: Emma, the good (and dead) girl, Claude, the resident ‘bad girl’ who owns her sexuality but is belittled for it, Avery, the picture perfect cheerleader and Gwen, the focused and dedicated student. When Emma is missing and presumed dead at the beginning of our story all of the girls are under suspicion. Each girl was wonderfully fleshed out and I really felt I understood them all. We get to experience their lives and it helps us understand the underlying motives behind each person. I will say, that while I was able to guess a lot of what was happening that didn’t take away from the story at all because it still left the question of why it was happening, and that was the deeper question of the book. This could definitely have fallen to the classic ‘children/teens handling something that they should have gone to an adult for’ but in the context, I believe it can makes sense. This is a small town and something like the situation these girls are in is already difficult enough to see justice for (deliberately trying to be vague here). Really appreciated the queer rep in here! We have a main character who is bi and discusses the idea of performative actions and the deep feeling of being misunderstood, especially when in a relationship with someone of the opposite gender (because guess what they’re still bi!). There’s also a non-out lesbian lead as well and while I don’t come from a small town I think the handling of this and how much it means to come out on your own terms is dealt with really well. *ARC provided by Edelweiss for an honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    THE GOOD GIRLS is an interesting story with complex characters and beautiful word building. Sounds like a 4-5 star review, right? Not so much. Reading THE GOOD GIRLS, despite all its positive attributes, felt like a chore. I kept picking up, then putting down the book. Claire Eliza Bartlett’s words are clever and engaging, the pacing however was dreadful. While some of characters THE GOOD GIRLS were tropes, they also had a complexity and depth that made me want to root for them. I bet I’d enjoy a THE GOOD GIRLS is an interesting story with complex characters and beautiful word building. Sounds like a 4-5 star review, right? Not so much. Reading THE GOOD GIRLS, despite all its positive attributes, felt like a chore. I kept picking up, then putting down the book. Claire Eliza Bartlett’s words are clever and engaging, the pacing however was dreadful. While some of characters THE GOOD GIRLS were tropes, they also had a complexity and depth that made me want to root for them. I bet I’d enjoy a movie or miniseries version better, with good acting and pacing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 Stars I requested an ARC of The Good Girls because I really enjoyed The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett. The Good Girls is completely different from The Winter Duke and not what I normally read, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like it. I picked it up because I needed a change of pace from my typical reads and I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Good Girls was a fast paced YA thri You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 Stars I requested an ARC of The Good Girls because I really enjoyed The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett. The Good Girls is completely different from The Winter Duke and not what I normally read, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like it. I picked it up because I needed a change of pace from my typical reads and I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Good Girls was a fast paced YA thriller that wound up tackling some really important issues. While I feel like the mystery aspect of this novel was poorly done I still really loved this book, and not for the reasons that I expected to. The Good Girls dove into some heavy topics and the struggles that teenage girls face. It focused on three girls who each struggled with some pretty big issues. Avery struggled with perfectionism and parents who placed some really unhealthy expectations upon her. Claude struggled with being labeled a slut because she was sexually active. Gwen struggled with competing for a scholarship for her only chance to get into college while also grieving her sister's death. This book really highlighted the struggles that young girls face and I thought that all three of these girls' struggles were so real and easy to relate to and empathize with. The thing I found so interesting about this novel is that it explored how parents can affect their teens. There were several different parenting styles explored and it was easy to see how these parents had affected their children's actions. Personally I found Avery's relationship with her parents the most interesting. It was extremely unhealthy and it made me so angry. On the other hand, I felt that Claude's relationship with her mother was a little too far on the other side of the spectrum. While Avery's parents were extremely controlling and expected her to be perfect, Claude's mom was a little too hands off. I feel like parents are hardly ever present in YA and while not all of the relationships were healthy I think it added important context to the lives of teenagers. I would like to see more parents in the YA genre and this book delivered flawed families that felt real. One thing I totally didn't expect was that this novel was told in different formats. I'm actually really intimidated by different formats for some reason, so I don't know if I would have picked it up if I knew, but I actually loved that aspect of the novel. It included diary entries, blog posts, police interviews, text messages and more. All of that was alongside the stories following the three girls. The formatting of this novel really brought it to life and made it interesting. I felt like including those aspects added to the whole story and now I am much more willing to give books told in different formats a chance. I did feel like this book fell apart a bit at the end. I felt like the reveal had no build up to it and fell a bit flat and the twist just had me confused. There were a few holes and motivations that didn't make sense to me. As a mystery I think that this book falls a bit flat, but that's not to say that I wasn't on the edge of my seat at times or invested in the story. Plot wise I think this book struggled at times, but character wise it was a lot deeper than I expected.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I received this in my December 2020 Rainbow Crate Book Box as part of my rep agreement with RBC. All opinions are my own. This was so freaking fun!! I'm definitely here for this kind of thriller. When Emma Baines is suspected of being murdered, three girls are at the top of the list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. But the truth is much more convoluted than these supposedly simple labels. Can the killer be found out before another I received this in my December 2020 Rainbow Crate Book Box as part of my rep agreement with RBC. All opinions are my own. This was so freaking fun!! I'm definitely here for this kind of thriller. When Emma Baines is suspected of being murdered, three girls are at the top of the list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. But the truth is much more convoluted than these supposedly simple labels. Can the killer be found out before another girl is found dead? The Good Girls was such a fast read for me. I loved every single minute of it and trying to put all the pieces together of what happened to Emma and of what happened to Gwen's sister a year ago. I loved that the overwhelming message of this was that girls are never just one label. They're fierce creatures capable of anything despite what society thinks. At first, I honestly had no idea who did it. But towards 50% and past I had several ideas and hopes. I was right with some of them and it made me really happy. For the parts I didn't guess, it wasn't hard to see how it had happened. The very last 15% moved super fast and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. I kind of wish we had more answers as to where all the girls went at the end, it was something I was really curious about. Bring on more queer thrillers, I want them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 3 STARS 2020; HarperTeen/HarperCollins I enjoyed The Good Girls, but I think this book struggled between being a a great suspense mystery and being a social commentary on the culture of teens, rape, sex, pressure, etc. The characters are cliched, but it is meant to be that way to show that beneath the label, there is a lot more to people. I read in reviews that many found the pacing was slow. I listened to it on audio and in one shot, so maybe that's why I avoided that issue. Had I put it RATING: 3 STARS 2020; HarperTeen/HarperCollins I enjoyed The Good Girls, but I think this book struggled between being a a great suspense mystery and being a social commentary on the culture of teens, rape, sex, pressure, etc. The characters are cliched, but it is meant to be that way to show that beneath the label, there is a lot more to people. I read in reviews that many found the pacing was slow. I listened to it on audio and in one shot, so maybe that's why I avoided that issue. Had I put it down, I am not sure I can say I would be clamouring to pick it up. The mystery aspect the novel was okay. There are enough clues to figure out what is going on if you pay half attention, so there is no twist, at least for me. Having grown up in the 90s, as a teen, I did find it interesting how things are different, yet so much the same for young adults. I would read another novel by Bartlett, and if it's a mystery, I think I will read it as a realistic teen fiction. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

    Wow. I kinda expected one of the biggest plot twists towards the middle, but the other ones were a complete shock until the information was given to us in pieces. I loved the way it was written. There were article entries, diary entries, interviews, police reports, and a regular novel format. I'm a sucker for mixed media books. Anyways, love this book. Trigger Warnings: rape, sexual abuse, pedophila, eating disorders, suicide, abuse, underage drinking, and underage drug use. Wow. I kinda expected one of the biggest plot twists towards the middle, but the other ones were a complete shock until the information was given to us in pieces. I loved the way it was written. There were article entries, diary entries, interviews, police reports, and a regular novel format. I'm a sucker for mixed media books. Anyways, love this book. Trigger Warnings: rape, sexual abuse, pedophila, eating disorders, suicide, abuse, underage drinking, and underage drug use.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marisa (literatelady)

    I started this one hoping for a page-turning thriller that would really draw me in which this is not. It's definitely more a slow build, which isn't bad, just made it a little boring overall. I also felt that the characters, especially the "bad guy" were very flat, surface level, and stereotypical. Unfortunately not my fave. I started this one hoping for a page-turning thriller that would really draw me in which this is not. It's definitely more a slow build, which isn't bad, just made it a little boring overall. I also felt that the characters, especially the "bad guy" were very flat, surface level, and stereotypical. Unfortunately not my fave.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel! THE GOOD GIRLS has a solid message and theme, taking rape culture and misogyny and putting both at the forefront, and exploring them through different characters who have different perspectives and backgrounds. I really enjoyed how Bartlett showed how girls who are perceived differently by their peers (be they seen as promiscuous, prudish, innocent, or outsiders) have different experiences with misogyny, but it is still damaging Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel! THE GOOD GIRLS has a solid message and theme, taking rape culture and misogyny and putting both at the forefront, and exploring them through different characters who have different perspectives and backgrounds. I really enjoyed how Bartlett showed how girls who are perceived differently by their peers (be they seen as promiscuous, prudish, innocent, or outsiders) have different experiences with misogyny, but it is still damaging nonetheless. We get the perspectives of Claude (the party girl who has a reputation), Avery (the cheer captain who hides her sadness), and Gwen (the overachiever with few friends), and see how they handle the potential murder of classmate Emma (an all around good girl). The mystery is what happened to Emma, but there are bigger things at play, and when we focused on those themes and messages, it worked pretty well. All that said, none of the characters really went beyond the boundaries you'd expect of their tropes. There were a couple of surprises and twists, but none of them really blew me away. I think that if you go in more interested in a character study or an examination of how rape culture can be detrimental to many different people in different ways, this will be a pretty okay read. If you are going in for a fast paced mystery, you may be disappointed. Overall THE GOOD GIRLS has a lot of things going on, and some of those things work better than others.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    This is a YA mystery/thriller surrounding the deaths (one declared suicide, the other murder) of two different high school girls in a small town in Colorado. The story surrounds three different high school girls-- the "slutty" partier, the cheer captain, and the academic achiever-- who are questioned by police after "good girl" Emma Baines goes missing (and is presumed to be murdered because of a video circulating of a person pushing a small blonde off a bridge). I thoroughly enjoyed this book a This is a YA mystery/thriller surrounding the deaths (one declared suicide, the other murder) of two different high school girls in a small town in Colorado. The story surrounds three different high school girls-- the "slutty" partier, the cheer captain, and the academic achiever-- who are questioned by police after "good girl" Emma Baines goes missing (and is presumed to be murdered because of a video circulating of a person pushing a small blonde off a bridge). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was hard for me to put it down: I read it in a day, which I don't do often especially for 200+ page books. It was that good to me! I loved the different points of view and the both pace at which and the way everything unraveled throughout the novel. There were enough twists to keep it interesting. Its predictability at times was just enough; the right level to make me feel less anxious than I normally would be reading a mystery/thriller. I appreciated that, as this is not a genre I read often and I hate feeling anxious while reading! My biggest issues, and the reasons I couldn't give it a 5-star rating, are these: Emma's diary entries and the girls' stories were much more detailed than they realistically would be at a police questioning, but I understand this was for storytelling purposes. The police were also just conveniently really stupid, to the point where I found it unbelievable, but then again it certainly wouldn't be the first or last time that cops were lazy and incompetent. There were also a few plot holes, and some plot points that were almost too convenient in my opinion, but I was able to overlook this because I enjoyed the characters and writing style so much. Most importantly, it lacked diversity in representation: there should have been characters of colour. I can honestly only think of one character in the book who was described as having brown skin; there's no reason why there couldn't have been characters of colour in this book. This is also minor in the grand scheme of my critiques, but it's something I always like to point out: I really wished that the word lesbian had been used at least once for Gwen instead of always "gay": that's my larger critique about lesbian characters in media. But I want to reiterate to that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A lot of the content was super heavy and dark, so please read the content warnings below before picking up the book. If it's safe for you, I do think this is an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. But if you can't read it, or you have to put the book down, or can't finish it, that's absolutely okay. CW: rape, sexual assault, rape culture, pedophilia, drugs, alcohol, addiction, guns, murder, death, mentions of suicide, eating disorders, body image issues, dismissing and demonizing of SA survivors, cops threatening violence, cheating, classism, imbalance of power dynamics, biphobia, homophobia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ladzinski

    Read an ARC from NetGalley Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape culture, predatory teacher, murder, suicide, substance abuse, guns This twisty read follows the investigation for four girls. Three of them perhaps have something to do with the fourth’s murder. Secrets come out, and to protect each other and their truths, they have to stand up to a police department which doesn’t believe them and a school administration actively working against them. Complex, evenly paced with a compelling, complex c Read an ARC from NetGalley Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape culture, predatory teacher, murder, suicide, substance abuse, guns This twisty read follows the investigation for four girls. Three of them perhaps have something to do with the fourth’s murder. Secrets come out, and to protect each other and their truths, they have to stand up to a police department which doesn’t believe them and a school administration actively working against them. Complex, evenly paced with a compelling, complex characters who are neither “good” nor “bad,” The Good Girls is a layered read that delivers a satisfying mystery and catharsis. I am hooked on Bartlett’s use of female-led ensemble casts. The girls in this book have such deep inner lives that are intricately woven among themselves and within the context of the mystery. Each one has her own motivations and flaws, which kept me guessing as to the true circumstances behind Emma’s death. This work also features deft use of interviews and newspaper clipping. The way those feed into contextualizing the murder and seeing Lorne from beyond the scope of the investigation provides so much immersion. It also helps introduce the subplot which led to the murder effectively. The reader gets a glimpse into the established attitudes towards students accusing their former teachers of misconduct, which helps set the stakes for what kind of uphill battle Claude, Gwen, and Avery are up against. Each of our three girls are queer, and the rep felt true to me. What I did very much appreciate is that the girls’ queerness isn’t part of the forces working against them. The exploration is very interior and does not play a role in the final reveals. What I also appreciated were the nuances around how students may be experiencing the final semesters of college. Much care is taken into depicting what each girl would want from her future, based on her wants but also on the expectations placed. They all also have such different families that seeing those dynamics tug on the tension throughout added extra layers from start to finish. Rich, complex, and ultimately heavy, it’s a story about three girls trying to do right by their classmate and each other. Perfect for fans of Sadie by Courtney Summers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight The Good Girls was quite a trip! From the start, I was so invested in what happened to Emma, and what the girls we read about had to do with it. It's clear from the start that this will not be a cut and dry murder investigation. And a big part of the reason why is because the police have seemingly doled out roles for the girls to play before they even begin to gather evidence. It's so cl You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight The Good Girls was quite a trip! From the start, I was so invested in what happened to Emma, and what the girls we read about had to do with it. It's clear from the start that this will not be a cut and dry murder investigation. And a big part of the reason why is because the police have seemingly doled out roles for the girls to play before they even begin to gather evidence. It's so clear from the start that they'd love to pin any and all crimes on the "town bad girl" Claude. But as we the reader know, both from the start and as the book evolves, no person is all good or all bad.  And while the mystery of what happened to Emma (and other young women before her) is at the forefront of the book, it tackles a host of other issues as well. From the controlling nature of some of the parents, to inappropriate behavior from teachers and staff, to the young women in the book being shoved into roles for the convenience of society, it's definitely more than a simple whodunit.  The characters are all fairly well-developed (especially for a mystery), and while I'd probably have liked to have been a bit more connected, I did enjoy them regardless. I also enjoyed their interactions with everyone else, especially each other.  Bottom Line: I found myself completely drawn into the story from the start, wanting to know all the answers, and I found the mystery satisfying throughout. 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I love a fully cast Audio Book!! That was definitely the highlight of my listening experience. I enjoyed the Characters, but there were so many MC’s that It was hard to know who was talking. On multiple occasions, I got confused and had to go back and relisten. I had an inkling that I knew what was going on and I was completely wrong. I do love a Mystery that actually stays a mystery!! The Men in this book...... I wanted to kill them all! This is exactly what I think a stereotype of Men in middl I love a fully cast Audio Book!! That was definitely the highlight of my listening experience. I enjoyed the Characters, but there were so many MC’s that It was hard to know who was talking. On multiple occasions, I got confused and had to go back and relisten. I had an inkling that I knew what was going on and I was completely wrong. I do love a Mystery that actually stays a mystery!! The Men in this book...... I wanted to kill them all! This is exactly what I think a stereotype of Men in middle America would be like. They don’t trust women or believe that what they say has any validity. My biggest complaint, other than the fact that the Sheriff’s Department was an absolute joke (Which... accurate!), was that I don’t believe that a Teacher could have gotten away with molesting THAT MANY Students with NOTHING being done. Overall, I enjoyed the Sapphic Love Story. It made the book bearable. 3.5⭐️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars. "Girls can be one thing or the other. We are good, or we are bad. We are smart, or we are stupid. We are the Madonna, or we are the whore." This book was a wild mystery ride and I loved it! It kept me guessing and trying to piece together clues all the way to the end. It also tackles the ways in which girls are treated by others, CW sexual assault, and it shows female characters reclaiming control ov Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars. "Girls can be one thing or the other. We are good, or we are bad. We are smart, or we are stupid. We are the Madonna, or we are the whore." This book was a wild mystery ride and I loved it! It kept me guessing and trying to piece together clues all the way to the end. It also tackles the ways in which girls are treated by others, CW sexual assault, and it shows female characters reclaiming control over the narratives of their lives. I have been enjoying the mysteries with the mixed media style. This one uses police interviews, text conversations, blog posts, and diary entries as well as presenting a clear narrative to follow. The characters in this one were really well written. I really liked Claude's character. She was strong and she knew who she was and she wasn't afraid of it. She also had insecurities that she struggled with through the book. Avery and Gwen were also really interesting characters with their strengths and weaknesses. Each girl has her own motivations for possibly murdering Emma, and watching their stories unravel and become more and more linked kept me guessing constantly. The mystery aspect was twofold because it wasn't just us trying to figure out what happened to Emma, but Emma's diary entries showed that she was looking into the death of her friend Lizzy from a few years before. It left me trying to guess how their stories would end up linked, and I wasn't disappointed. The mystery was really well handled. I was back-and-forth on my ideas about what had happened and who had done it, but I did end up being right in the end. I thought the writing style was easy to follow and it flowed really well. The switches between the characters felt natural. The author did a good job of setting up the emotions hanging over a scene, and there were several times where I got chills. CWs: in addition to the topic of sexual assault this book also deals with teen drug use and suicide.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    4 stars. “You call me many things: A slut. A nerd. A liar. You have the power to call me everything and nothing. You told the world all the things I did wrong, and all the things I didn’t do right enough. You told my story . . . but it wasn’t really mine. It was the story we all shared—the liars, the bad girls, the good. The nerds and the cheerleaders. The tragic, heartbreaking, conveniently dead girls. The silenced.” I’m not going to review this one, I’m just trying to add the books I’ve read the 4 stars. “You call me many things: A slut. A nerd. A liar. You have the power to call me everything and nothing. You told the world all the things I did wrong, and all the things I didn’t do right enough. You told my story . . . but it wasn’t really mine. It was the story we all shared—the liars, the bad girls, the good. The nerds and the cheerleaders. The tragic, heartbreaking, conveniently dead girls. The silenced.” I’m not going to review this one, I’m just trying to add the books I’ve read the last few days for my Goodreads reading challenge (one day I won’t lie about writing reviews again in 2021, but that’s not today, apparently).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nev

    I like what this book was going for from a thematic standpoint. A queer, feminist YA thriller for the #MeToo era is definitely something I’m here for. HOWEVER, I was not a fan of the execution of the story at all. I thought the more interesting plot took place before the book started. We just get to see glimpses of it in police interviews or diary entries rather than actually getting to read those scenes playing out. This book should’ve been so thrilling, but it was a chore to get through. A lot I like what this book was going for from a thematic standpoint. A queer, feminist YA thriller for the #MeToo era is definitely something I’m here for. HOWEVER, I was not a fan of the execution of the story at all. I thought the more interesting plot took place before the book started. We just get to see glimpses of it in police interviews or diary entries rather than actually getting to read those scenes playing out. This book should’ve been so thrilling, but it was a chore to get through. A lot of the dialogue felt really clunky and at times the characters felt more like caricatures. I really wanted to love this book since it has so many things I typically love… oh well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Review forthcoming.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    Wow. Such a beautifully written book. You don't usually think of murder mysteries as beautiful written, but this book has some chops. Wow. Such a beautifully written book. You don't usually think of murder mysteries as beautiful written, but this book has some chops.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Thomas

    DNF at 12% This just isn't catching my attention, I skipped throughout and skimmed the ending and I don't think this is going to be anything extraordinary so I don't want to waste my time on it. Was hoping for something similar to Sadie by Courtney Summers. No rating because I didn't read enough to rate it fairly. DNF at 12% This just isn't catching my attention, I skipped throughout and skimmed the ending and I don't think this is going to be anything extraordinary so I don't want to waste my time on it. Was hoping for something similar to Sadie by Courtney Summers. No rating because I didn't read enough to rate it fairly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    CN: sexual abuse/rape, violence/murder, diets and unhealthy body image, eating disorders, biphobic tropes I wanted to like this so much. "The Good Girls" promises to tackle a very serious topic that has been showing up a lot in YA lately: Rape Culture and how sexual abuse victims are often ignored or called liars. But I was expecting an emotional read that packs a lot of punches and this book, despite the sensitive topics addressed, seemed tepid and unoriginal. I've seen all of this done before a CN: sexual abuse/rape, violence/murder, diets and unhealthy body image, eating disorders, biphobic tropes I wanted to like this so much. "The Good Girls" promises to tackle a very serious topic that has been showing up a lot in YA lately: Rape Culture and how sexual abuse victims are often ignored or called liars. But I was expecting an emotional read that packs a lot of punches and this book, despite the sensitive topics addressed, seemed tepid and unoriginal. I've seen all of this done before and done better. The characters were flat which was a shame because this book's message is that girls are more than the labels applied to them by men/society. Yet all these characters - the school slut, the good girl, the popular cheerleader - never actually break out of these assigned roles at all. So the book says "Hey, women and girls are more complex than the roles you want them to play" but the characters actually aren't which is a real pity. The mystery at the heart of the novel - The murder of straight A student Emma Baines - wasn't too interesting to me either. I've read a lot of mysteries - YA and adult - and I just felt "The Good Girls" had nothing new to say. Add to that how many plot twists and decisions made by the characters actually didn't make much sense. (view spoiler)[ Like how the police saw two girls who obviously almost got murdered towards the end and thought: "Yupp, these people must be the killers, makes total sense, let's arrest them instead of getting them to hospital!" Or how one of the villains literally wasn't given a motive other than "Someone asked me to do it, so..." (hide spoiler)] I was going to give this book three stars for being what it is: A mediocre mystery thriller that was somewhat fun to read but nothing more. But the author just had to use the "bisexuals are cheaters" trope in a book published in 2020 so nah. There's this character who likes her nice boyfriend but she also likes this cute girl so she has to secretly date both, you see. That's so harmful. "The Good Girls" isn't a bad book but it's just not a very good book either. Compared to other books about rape culture, female rage and revenge like "Sadie" or "Foul Is Fair" (which I both found compelling, harrowing and emotionally complex), this one just doesn't hold up, mostly due to the meandering plot, uninspired mystery and flat characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book was okay for me. It had some interesting working parts and had a cool way of narrating, but there were also some things I didn’t enjoy. First, the mystery was pretty good. This book does a great job of making each character, big or small, seem suspicious. I was constantly trying to figure out what each person was hiding and what their endgame was. Murder-mysteries with so many questionable people are the best! I also really loved seeing how everything fit together. There was the crime of This book was okay for me. It had some interesting working parts and had a cool way of narrating, but there were also some things I didn’t enjoy. First, the mystery was pretty good. This book does a great job of making each character, big or small, seem suspicious. I was constantly trying to figure out what each person was hiding and what their endgame was. Murder-mysteries with so many questionable people are the best! I also really loved seeing how everything fit together. There was the crime of the past that was being related to the murder of the present. I loved seeing why each thing was mentioned and how each situation was relevant. This also went well with how the book was narrated. It went between 3rd person POVs of the main characters, but also seemed to have an unknown narrator telling a bit about other things happening. One thing that really affected my rating and enjoyment of this book was the beginning. It took me a little while to get into this book and to really get excited about the plot. I felt like there were interesting pieces, but they didn’t come together and translate into an interesting book as whole until about halfway through. I wish I could have been pulled in sooner. Overall, there were many things that did and did not work for me in this book. The ending was wonderful and I wish that energy could have been felt throughout the entire book. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  26. 5 out of 5

    elise (the petite punk)

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars The Good Girls has a compelling premise. Emma Baines ends up dead a few years after the supposed suicide of Lizzy Sayer. Unlike Lizzy, however, Emma was a good girl--well-behaved and qualified to win a prestigious scholarship. Ruled as a murder, there's three main suspects behind the death of Emma: Claude, a troublemaker known for sleeping around; Avery, a cheerleader with strict parents; and Gwen, a com Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars The Good Girls has a compelling premise. Emma Baines ends up dead a few years after the supposed suicide of Lizzy Sayer. Unlike Lizzy, however, Emma was a good girl--well-behaved and qualified to win a prestigious scholarship. Ruled as a murder, there's three main suspects behind the death of Emma: Claude, a troublemaker known for sleeping around; Avery, a cheerleader with strict parents; and Gwen, a competitive student who was also aiming for the same scholarship as Emma. Although all three girls claim they weren't behind the death of Emma, it's clear they know something that others don't. This was a difficult book for me to rate because some parts worked so well and some parts didn't. The pacing at the beginning was strange. It was both boring and slow, and it took me an unreasonable amount of time to push past the first chunk of the book. However, towards the middle, things really picked up and had me hooked until the very end. I think part of the reason this book was so difficult to get into was the POV style. There are alternating third-person point of views--Emma, Claude, Avery, and Gwen--along with diary entries and police records that were mostly told in first person. While I do understand that the intention of this narration style was most likely to convey the different sides of this story and keep the readers on their toes about which characters are actually suspicious, it was a bit much at the beginning. There were way too many facets of the story for me to keep track of so I didn't feel like I had a good understanding of who was who until maybe the middle of the story. However, despite the confusion, I ended up really loving all of the main characters. As I mentioned before, it wasn't easy to tell the characters apart at first, but once the book delved deeper into the individual stories and personalities of these girls, I appreciated how such different characters could somehow still be linked together. The themes of feminism and victim blaming were well done. Often times, I think the endings of thrillers are most at risk for being the weakest part of the story but I actually thought the ending was the strongest part of The Good Girls. I wish the beginning/part of the middle wasn't so slow and confusing because I'm sure this will put some people off from finishing the book, which is a shame since the ending is so powerful. Overall, I have some mixed thoughts but I do think it got better as the book progressed. Trigger warnings; murder, mentioned suicide, eating disorders / body image, drug use and selling, underage drinking, pedophilia, rape, grooming, sexual assault, slut shaming, victim blaming

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “The silenced. So many of us are. You don’t see it, because we talk, but we make sure to talk only about the things that make you comfortable. The things that won’t make you uncomfortable. We wouldn’t want that.” When Jefferson-Lorne High School senior, Emma Baines, goes missing, rumors begin to circulate about her disappearance—and her possible death. Although, it wouldn’t be the first time that a top student at Jefferson turned up dead. When the police interview the student-body, they begin to “The silenced. So many of us are. You don’t see it, because we talk, but we make sure to talk only about the things that make you comfortable. The things that won’t make you uncomfortable. We wouldn’t want that.” When Jefferson-Lorne High School senior, Emma Baines, goes missing, rumors begin to circulate about her disappearance—and her possible death. Although, it wouldn’t be the first time that a top student at Jefferson turned up dead. When the police interview the student-body, they begin to suspect three of Emma’s classmates: Avery Cross, the cheerleader who spent the majority of her time with Emma; Gwen Sayer, another star student who was competing with Emma for a full-ride scholarship; and Claude Vanderly, the troublemaker with a police record. Will they be able to find the culprit before another student ends up dead? As a captivating new YA thriller, The Good Girls kept me guessing the entire time. With every page turn came a new mystery, a new secret that revealed just enough to keep me wanting more. As I read further, I began to admire the courage and strength that Emma, Avery, Gwen and Claude shared. Once I started to put the pieces together, I realized that their decision for hiding the truth wasn’t easy, but it was necessary—which led to a twisted revelation that would shock the entire town. After all, people aren’t always who you think they are. The Good Girls is also a reminder of the current MeToo movement that has inspired so many, like these strong characters, to break their silence. This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys mystery thrillers with empowered female leads. Content warnings: Murder, rape, sexual assault, drug abuse and underage drinking (Pine Reads Review would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sending us an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change upon final publication.) Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pinereadsreview and check out our website at www.pinereadsreview.com for reviews, interviews, blogs, podcast episodes, and more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Putri Amalia Handayani

    That’s the thing about being dead. You no longer get to say what happens next. It's not every day I stayed until 2 am to finish a book. This book wouldn't let me go once I started. Usually, I turn to spoiler just to have a good night's sleep and continue reading it the next day. But for some reason, I couldn't, not for this book, I need to see everything myself. The book left me feeling hollow in the middle of the night. I want to hug the characters and tell them that they did great a That’s the thing about being dead. You no longer get to say what happens next. It's not every day I stayed until 2 am to finish a book. This book wouldn't let me go once I started. Usually, I turn to spoiler just to have a good night's sleep and continue reading it the next day. But for some reason, I couldn't, not for this book, I need to see everything myself. The book left me feeling hollow in the middle of the night. I want to hug the characters and tell them that they did great and what happened to them is not their fault. They don't deserve to be treated like that. I could give this book a 5 star, but some scenes are left vague; I personally need a clear explanation to make a conclusion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    I thought this sounded interesting, a good mystery story to try to figure out. Sadly, it wasn't. It took me a long time to tell anyone apart (partly my fault I know, I have trouble with people sometimes, but I do think that especially Avery and Gwen were very similar - I finished the book a couple of hours ago and I'm already having trouble remembering which was which.) The plot is convoluted and didn't make much sense to me even at the end. I've genuinely sat here for a minute trying to remembe I thought this sounded interesting, a good mystery story to try to figure out. Sadly, it wasn't. It took me a long time to tell anyone apart (partly my fault I know, I have trouble with people sometimes, but I do think that especially Avery and Gwen were very similar - I finished the book a couple of hours ago and I'm already having trouble remembering which was which.) The plot is convoluted and didn't make much sense to me even at the end. I've genuinely sat here for a minute trying to remember what the ending even was. Some of the topics raised - abuse by a powerful figure, slut shaming, a character forced to don a persona just to be unharassed - deserve to be dealt with and I'm glad they were. This story wasn't for me, though. I hope other people enjoy it. I won't be reading it again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greer

    I have tried so hard to read this book. It sounded so good and the cover it is just the best I have seen in a long while. I love a good story set in a high school situation and not the lovey dovey kind and this one sounded like my cup of tea but I think this tea bag has steeped too long. I get all the characters confused I'm up in the air of who is dead? it just does not keep my attention and I have no compassion for anyone in this book.. I have tried so hard to read this book. It sounded so good and the cover it is just the best I have seen in a long while. I love a good story set in a high school situation and not the lovey dovey kind and this one sounded like my cup of tea but I think this tea bag has steeped too long. I get all the characters confused I'm up in the air of who is dead? it just does not keep my attention and I have no compassion for anyone in this book..

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