Monday, 2 May 2011

Review: Mostly Good Girls - Leila Sales

Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales.

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?

OK so while it's not the best book I've ever read it's certainly not the worst. The main problem I had with this book is it's narrator she was whiny, naive and pretty much a total snob. Maybe I am being a little harsh but this is how she came off to me. And seriously how many times did she have to say that she was useless and her best friend was perfect, it just became so annoying and repetitive. In the end Violet claims to have learnt a lesson about being judgemental and a poor friend but I just wasn't feeling this. It would come as no surprise to me if a few weeks later she just reverted to the same judgemental, school work obsessed, clueless girl she was before, I'm doubtful that any real change has taken place. It is so hard to like a book when I find the narrator so unlikeable. Perhaps others would be able to relate to Violet better than I could, maybe it is a lack of empathy on my part.

Alright enough of the bad stuff I really did enjoy the writing style it was very easy to read and there were some funny moments in the book that actually made me laugh. I really liked Violet's best friend Katie, honestly I didn't feel like she did was doing anything that crazy it just felt to me that she was changing things up and Violet couldn't really handle it.

Just because I didn't love Mostly Good Girls it won't put me off wanting to read Leila Sales's next book. I enjoyed the writing just not the main character and I'm willing to give her next book a try.

That's all for now.


  1. A lot of my liking a book depends on the characters but I definitely would not pass off an author because of a bad character. Awesome review!

  2. Love the summary of this book. It sounds like a fun and quick read with no heavy drama. But I've had enough of whiny and naive characters that like to downgrade themselves. Great honest review. Thanks for sharing! :)