Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Review: Such a Good Girl

Title: Such a Good Girl
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Source: eARC
Format:  Publisher

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)She's never had a secret she couldn't keep. (Not ever.)Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)She's nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn't have any problem admitting that.)Riley doesn't usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)
She thinks a game is about to start…But Riley always has a plan…And she always wins (goodreads).

You won't want to put this one down!
Plot: I am quite aware that the above synopsis tells you absolutely nothing (which is awesome), so I'll give you a bit of additional information. Like it's stated, Riley was the perfect student. She was accepted to three Ivy League universities, she got straight As and everyone admired her. She began to question her "good girl" image when her French instructor, Mr. Belrose, started taking an interest in her. While in an illicit affair with her teacher, Riley's perfect life started to crumble around her. 

I really loved this novel, and it's short enough that I could have probably finished this one in a day if I neglected my adulting responsibilities. The tone was very Pretty Little Liars and Riley was a narrator that you just couldn't trust at times. I questioned everything that happened and tried to view the actions from a different lens. If you're a fan of Pretty Little Liars, I'm sure this will be right up your alley!

Characters: Riley was extremely likable; she treated everyone fairly and she just wanted her family to care about her life happenings. As readers, we got to know Riley a bit deeper through the "lists" that Morgan wrote throughout the book to explore some specific events from Riley's past. Rileys' voice was very authentic as a teenager as were the people around her. 

Worldbuilding: Hartsville, USA was your standard town. I never questioned where this book took place and it didn't seem like necessary information; most of the action either took place at Riley's home, Belrose's home, or at school. I was happy to see that a large amount of the scenes took place at their high school, a setting that is seemingly more and more absent in Young Adult novels. 

Such a Good Girl was also surprisingly diverse. There weren't any obvious descriptions of characters, but through names and describing hair, Morgan was able to indicate the various backgrounds present in this world. 

Short N Sweet: Such a Good Girl was both shocking and enthralling. This is a book to devour on a hot summer day. 



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