What are you currently reading?
The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers and Two Stories by Henry James
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
What did you just finish reading?
The True American by Anand Giridharadas
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Good Girl by Sarah Tomlinson
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Fan Girl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Roots by Alex Haley
I geek out about a lot of things, but music has never been one of them. Don’t get me wrong–I like music, and I have really eclectic tastes in music. But mostly I listen to it in the shower, in the car, or when I’m working on something. I almost never listen to it when I’m reading–which is most of the time–or when I’m on the clock–which is the rest.
However, I know some serious music geeks who Good Girl reminded me of. This book has 80s & 90s punk references out the wazoo. Most I didn’t know at all, but The Cure is listed in there, Zepplin…and a whole bunch of garage and grunge and I should stop talking because obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about! Let’s just say if you like true stories about the teenage music scene, you’re going to love this (*nudge* Nicole *nudge*).
Sarah Tomlinson is mostly a ghost writer, with a few journalistic credits. Good Girl is her memoirs of the rocky road she had to take to get to where she is. Her Goth party girl 15 year old college admissions, a tragic school shooting, all kinds of messy daddy issues, and boy after boy after needy fucked up boy.
This is by far one of the darkest and drama packed memoir I’ve ever read. It’s like if Sylvia Plath grew up in the 80s, that’s how much self pity there is in this novel. There is definitely a journey to take, and you can feel Sarah growing stronger, even though she does take some pretty heavy falls.
Good Girl comes out on April 21. This book won’t be for everyone, certainly, but some people are really going to connect with it.
NetGalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review.