Mostly Good Girls

RedReviewStarGr 9—11—Katie and Violet have been inseparable since seventh grade. The competition among the juniors at their all-girls private school is fierce, even between these friends. Violet doesn't understand Katie's recent decisions to keep her PSAT scores a secret, quit crew, get intoxicated, and date a guy who appears to be a loser. Violet is jealous that Katie can effortlessly do everything, making her question why she is seemingly throwing it all away. In an effort to rekindle their strained friendship, the girls publish an unauthorized parody of their school in the literary magazine that Violet edits. She takes the punishment that is doled out, but Katie does not comply with what is asked of her. With this turn of events, Violet finally learns what has been motivating Katie. Witty and unpretentious, Violet is a likable narrator. Some of her funniest reactions are in response to the dating advice Katie shares from a magazine she's read. Each of the classmates has a discernible personality. The girls discuss crushes, fashion, and gossip, but Sales delves into more serious issues like the pressure to be perfect and how it can manifest itself. Suggest this one to readers who enjoy the writing style of Ally Carter. A strong debut that is not be missed.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
Violet's best friend Katie, a model student, is tired of being perfect. Certain that there is more to life than money and grades, Katie begins to distance herself from the girls' elite prep school world--and from Violet. Readers will sympathize with both Violet's desire to keep life the same and Katie's need to change and grow. Violet's wry narration enlivens the plot.

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