*ARC provided by the publishers through Turn The Page Tours in exchange for an honest review*
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Suicidal Ideation, Drug and Alcohol Use, Self-Harm
Publication Date: October 13th 2020
Mia is officially a Troubled Teen—she gets bad grades, drinks too much, and has probably gone too far with too many guys. But she doesn’t realize how out of control her parents think she is until they send her away to Red Oak Academy, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Minnesota.
While there, Mia starts confronting her painful past, and questions the purpose of Red Oak. After all, if the Red Oak girls were boys, they never would have been treated the way that they are. Amidst the revelations that cause her to question the way that society treats young women, circumstances outside of her control force Mia to discover what happens when she makes herself vulnerable enough to be truly seen by the rest of the world.
About the Author:
Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel, The Carnival at Bray, was a Printz Honor Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title, and a William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, Neighborhood Girls, was an ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title. Sorry for Your Loss, her third novel, was an Illinois Reads selection. You Know I’m No Good is her fourth novel. Jessie lives with her husband and three daughters in Chicago, where she was born and raised. To learn more about Jessie, visit her online at www.jessieannfoley.com.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I went into this with little to no expectations. I liked the cover and I’m always down for a book set at a boarding school so that’s why I originally requested this but as it turns out I was very pleasantly surprised by this!
You Know I’m No Good was a beautifully written story following Mia Dempsey who, after a violent altercation with her step mother, is sent to Red Oak Academy, a boarding school for troubled teen girls.
I’d say this is a pretty character driven story as we see Mia face things she’s kept buried for a long time (please double check the trigger warnings posted above) and we see her form strong bonds with a small group of girls (whose backgrounds also may be triggering).
For me, the characters were my favourite aspect of this book. I connected with them straight away, their backstories brought me to tears a fair few times, and I especially loved seeing them become closer and support each other. Also bonus points for this book including teenagers that actually sound like teenagers!!
The writing throughout this novel was beautiful. It was so easy to read and yet still so impactful. It had a sort of addictive quality to it. It was one of those books that made getting up for school the next morning hard because I kept saying “one more chapter” over and over again the night before.
My only real criticism of this book is that one or two plot points towards the end of the book felt as though they came out of nowhere. They were entertaining but I wasn’t expecting it and it through me for a loop.
Overall I definitely recommend this book but please be aware of possible triggers beforehand!
For me, every time I try to say I’m sorry or I love you, the words dissolve on my tongue like tabs of emotional acid.
If a tree falls in the forest and nobody Boomerangs it and adds it to their story, did it really even happen?
There are certain kinds of men, girls out age give them nasty thoughts just by being alive.
You see, even though we’ve gotten better about it, our society has never quite known how to deal with a women who refuses to toe the line.
It’s just another reason, as if I needed one, not to believe in God. Because if God were real, why would they cut down so many kind and decent people in the prime of their lives, so many brilliant artists, and then decide to spare a piece of shit like me?
If I ever become that earnest about anything, take me out into the woods and leave me to the fucking wolves.
How do you know if you’re pretty? Is it you who gets to decide?