Sixteen-year-old Violet is under a lot of stress. Between trying to pass her classes at a prestigious prep school, preparing for the SAT's and editing the school's literary magazine, Vi has a lot on her plate. She also wants to snag cute and funny Scott Walsh who attends the boys' school across the street. But when Violet's friendship with Katie starts disintergrating, she must find a way to make everything work out.
I loved Mostly Good Girls and really enjoyed reading it. It seems like a pretty standard novel: schoolwork, boys, friends, the usual fare in YA. But what made Mostly Good Girls stand out from other novels was that it was absolutely hilarious. And I don't mean just a small chuckle here and there; I was literally laughing out loud in public reading this. Violet was such a great character. She had a really relatable voice and was extremely sarcastic, which I love. Here are a few of my favorite quotes, to give you an idea of what is in the novel.
Pg. 63-4 "Turns out Raymond is not a great driver. I wouldn't even describe him as a good driver. Every time there was a red light, he slammed on the brakes just before reaching it, so we came skidding to a halt, slamming me against my seatbelt. I couldn't think of a tactful way to explain to him, 'Look, the light turns yellow before it turns red, so if you see a yellow light, you might want to consider slowing the hell down.'"
Pg. 100-1 "A lot of Harper Woodbane guys come to Westfield dances, so it's also a great opportunity for Scott Walsh-watching expeditions. I don't see nearly enough of him, because I can never think of a credible reason why I should be in his vicinity. ('Heyyy, Scott! Fancy running into you here...on the tennis courts...at Harper Woodbane...a school that I do not attend.')"
Pg. 169 "However, it is true that Noah is a champion television watcher. He has an uncanny sense for how long commercial breaks are, so he can effortlessly switch between a favorite program and a second-favorite program without ever missing a frame. Of course he has a DVR too, but he hardly needs it - he devotes maybe six hours a day to television watching, so it's not like he ever 'misses' a show because 'he's doing something else.'"
I know those examples are a little long but I think they demonstrate how witty Violet is (or at least I hope). The whole book is filled with these little statements, making the book an extremely fun and enjoyable read. Mostly Good Girls may not be the deepest book out there, but it gets points for being relatable and entertaining at the same time. By the time you're done, you practially wish Violet was your best friend, because she gets into all these crazy situations and still manages to make a witty remark or two. I really hope Leila Sales continues writing about Violet because I would definitely read those books.
9 out of 10.
Release Date: October 5, 2010
FTC: I reviewed this book for Flamingnet.
2010/ Simon Pulse/ 368 pages