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ARC Review: Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: May 3rd 2022

Monique lives a perfect life – a preacher’s daughter and the girlfriend of the town’s golden boy. But it’s not that simple. She’s torn between her parents who want the pure virginal daughter, and her boyfriend, Dom, who wants to explore the more intimate side of their relationship.

Tired of waiting, her boyfriend breaks up with her, spurring Monique to discover she has a medical condition that makes her far from perfect and she concocts a plan to fix her body and win him back.

With the help of her frenemy, Sasha, the overly zealous church girl Monique’s mum pushes her to hang out with, and Reggie, the town’s not-so-good boy, Monique must go on trips to unknown and uncomfortable places to find the treatment that will help her. But in doing so, she must face some home truths: maybe she shouldn’t be fixing her body to please a boy, maybe Sasha is the friend she needed all along and maybe Reggie isn’t so bad at all.


My thoughts and feelings …

Shout-out to the person who called in sick to work a couple of weeks ago. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have been put on door duty, cold and bored, and started reading Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl and that’s just sad because this book was so good!!

This book follows Monique who physically can’t have sex. After trying twenty-nine times, her boyfriend breaks up with her. Heartbroken, Monique sets out to “fix” herself and finds that she has a medical condition and concocts a plan with perfect church girl Sasha and bad-boy Reggie to overcome this condition and get back with Dom.

I feel like if you enjoy Netflix’s Sex Education you should definitely check out this book! It speaks about sex in such and unabashed way, no judgement just facts, and proves to be super educational. Not only does it touch on the condition of “vaginismus” it also delves into purity culture and the expectations that are put on teenage girls.

I am not a religious person in the slightest but reading Young Adult books that focus on religion really intrigues me. I really felt Monique’s fear and frustration, I myself felt frustrated for her especially when it came to her ex-boyfriend and her parents.

What kept me reading initially was the writing. Some books just have that addictive writing style that draws you in and that was the case here. What then kept me reading was the characters. I loved the friendships in this book and Monique’s realisation that not everybody is who they seem when you get to know them, whether that be someone you’ve only known in passing, or someone you’ve been dating for two years.

The romance in this made me very happy. It wasn’t the main focus and I like that. It was a sweet side-dish that played out perfectly along side the main plot. It was all over for me when Reggie started calling Monique “sunflower” though. I melted.

Overall I loved this book a lot and plan to go back and read Joya Goffney’s debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, as soon as I can and I look forward to reading all her future novels too.

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