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Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Review + Giveaway: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 368
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: The higher you aim, the farther you fall…. It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie. When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge, epic failure?

My Review: We have all been teenagers at one point in our lives. Some are experiencing these years as we speak, while others have moved on to adulthood. Once in a while, a novel will surface that will not only relate to teenagers but, adults as well. In my case, Mostly Good Girls, re-hashed past memories of my high school days. Even though it took place in an all girl boarding school setting, I connected with the ever changing friendships and sappy boy crushes. However, at first I had a rough time getting into the continuous narrated stories. Midway, I got used to the jumpy format and lost myself in the witty, light-hearted sense of humor Leila presented for her characters.

Violet, the main character, was a charming and sensible young lady. Her personality traits stuck out to me the most. The unconditional love towards her friends glorified what a lovely individual she was. Being a sucker for a romantic connection, I unfortunately didn't feel it in this book. But, thinking outside the box, Leila created a world focused on friendships instead of a tensive relationship found in most books. The element of Katie and Violet's ups and downs reminded me of what friendships are truly like. It's not all peachy, we all have issues, so I was glad that these two didn't shy away from normalcy. The ending wrapped up well and left me pleasantly happy with the whole outcome. Mostly Good Girls, brought a refreshing aspect that will leave a mark on the YA community. Tired of physically and emotionally frustrated characters and need something real? Pick this up!

My Rating:

Want to win Mostly Good Girls? Thankfully to Simon & Schuster, I will be giving away not one, but five copies!


::Contest Details::

-Five people will win copies of Mostly Good Girls.
-This contest is for U.S. residents only.
-Deadline will be on November 26, 2010.

(Please enter through form and not comments, thanks!)

Author's Info:
Leila Sales grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children’s book publishing. Leila spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write. Mostly Good Girls is her first novel.

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Ella Press said...

I heard this was a funny and light read, and everyone seems to like it! I'll have to read it soon.

Mandy said...

I seen this cover around the blogosphere, but never really stopped by to read anything on it. But I looove author interviews, even if I've never heard of the author, so I had to check it out.

This sounds like a pretty good YA book. I'll have to check it out :)

Thanks for the giveaway and the interview. Great review!

Jessy said...

I've heard many good things about this book. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I was totally turned off by the cover but have been hearing such good things about it.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I can't remember if I entered or not, so if you see a second entry from me just delete it. Thanks for the contest!

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