The Good Girls
by Teresa Mummert
My life was meticulously planned and I refused to deviate from that path. While my peers were partying, I prepared for the future. Then a tragic event destroyed everything and I learned that while I was looking ahead, I forgot to live in the moment.
Starting over seemed impossible until I met Cara McCarthy, who lived every day like it was her last. She opened my eyes to a world of chaos and disorder. I loved every minute of it. She was also dating Tristan Adams, one of the most gorgeous men I’d ever seen.
The three of us became inseparable. Our parents were oblivious and soon lines became blurred, feelings began to grow, and someone’s heart was going to get broken. I hoped it wasn’t mine.
The synopsis kind of makes it seem as if this book is going to be about a f/f/m love triangle where they are in some sort of polyamorous relationship and that’s not really what happens. If that’s what you are expecting then you’ll be disappointed just like I was. Within 20 pages, I considered DNFing it because of the writing but I plowed on hoping it would get better.
I think i would have enjoyed it enough to give it 3 stars (or at least 2.5) if the writing had just been better. Everything just felt a bit off and the entire plot, especially the ending, was a bit rushed and tied up all too neatly.
An overall gist of the novel: Ellie’s mother died recently and she was sent to live with her estranged father, David, his girlfriend, Dawn, and a sort of ward, Cara. Cara is hiding the truth about how she wound up living with David and Dawn from both her boyfriend, Tristian, and Ellie. Despite this, Ellie and Cara instantly become best friends and very quickly develop into something more.
There are a lot of hot button issues in this book: homophobia, cheating, underage drinking, drug use, sex with minors (I’m hesitant to call it statutory rape because I’m not sure of the statutory rape/age of consent laws in Georgia where the story takes place) and sexual assault.
That’s a lot going on in a relatively short book and nothing was ever really delved into deeply enough. I have absolutely no problem with underage drinking or drug use (it was pot) in YA/NA and I don’t think that these are issues that really need to be examined but the others? especially the homophobia and the sexual assault? They are kind of just brushed off and again, rushed through. There wasn’t really a satisfying conclusion to these issues and while I know that that might make it more realistic that’s not what I want in a book. I wanted justice and what I got was indifference.
The overall romance was sweet-ish even though it involved cheating (again that isn’t a deal breaker for me) but I wanted more. Insta-love is a plague in YA/NA and this suffered more than most. Within hours they are already best friends/almost more. I wanted more character development between Cara and Ellie both individually and together. Although a bit more developed than all the other characters, they were still relatively one dimensional and everything I learned about them was told to me. I wanted to see them fall in love but we are kind of just told it happens.
All in all I just wanted more out of this story. I wanted it to be better. I stuck with it and contented to hope that it would get better and lure me in but it just fell flat. There are so few F/F romances out there and it seems as if there are even less that are worth my time.