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The second novel about a preacher's daughter in small-town Texas and her journey toward loving herself and her body. Monique is a preacher's daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can't have sex. After two years of trying and failing, her boyfr The second novel about a preacher's daughter in small-town Texas and her journey toward loving herself and her body. Monique is a preacher's daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can't have sex. After two years of trying and failing, her boyfriend breaks up with her. To win him back, Monique teams up with straight-laced church girl Sasha--who is surprisingly knowledgeable about Monique's condition--as well as Reggie, the misunderstood bad boy who always makes a ruckus at church, and together they embark upon a top-secret search for the cure. While on their quest, Monique discovers the value of a true friend and the wonders of a love that accepts her for who she is. Despite everyone's opinions about her virtue, she learns to live for herself.


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The second novel about a preacher's daughter in small-town Texas and her journey toward loving herself and her body. Monique is a preacher's daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can't have sex. After two years of trying and failing, her boyfr The second novel about a preacher's daughter in small-town Texas and her journey toward loving herself and her body. Monique is a preacher's daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can't have sex. After two years of trying and failing, her boyfriend breaks up with her. To win him back, Monique teams up with straight-laced church girl Sasha--who is surprisingly knowledgeable about Monique's condition--as well as Reggie, the misunderstood bad boy who always makes a ruckus at church, and together they embark upon a top-secret search for the cure. While on their quest, Monique discovers the value of a true friend and the wonders of a love that accepts her for who she is. Despite everyone's opinions about her virtue, she learns to live for herself.

30 review for Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    3.5* Author again surprised me with the topic picked to build the story around and how tightly knitted it was around the characters. It was a good read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    Joya Goffney never disappoints. I'm sure of it now. I first fell in love with her writing in Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry which became my favourite book, and now I fell in love all over again. There is not a single thing wrong with this, except the fact that Dom exists and I hate his guts. You can definitely save me a spot in the Dom punching line. I love how Monique grows during the story. She goes from defining herself as Dom's girlfriend, to knowing her worth without him, and she makes lifelong f Joya Goffney never disappoints. I'm sure of it now. I first fell in love with her writing in Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry which became my favourite book, and now I fell in love all over again. There is not a single thing wrong with this, except the fact that Dom exists and I hate his guts. You can definitely save me a spot in the Dom punching line. I love how Monique grows during the story. She goes from defining herself as Dom's girlfriend, to knowing her worth without him, and she makes lifelong friends while tackling vaginismus. I knew about vaginismus before, but I had no idea vaginal dilators were a thing, so I learned something new. There's also the relationship with "parental units" which I think was handled nicely. At the start you're like "oh no, they're those types of parents" but as the book goes on you see that they're also not who they seem. AND THE ROMANCE? A+ AGAIN! Did I doubt it? Absolutely not. Obviously relating to Reggie, not the egghead. And and, there's LGBT rep, not just once but twice. And it's prominent characters too. Most important of all, the inclusion feels natural. Literally everything about Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl feels natural and I'm so happy about it. You know what to do after this, go buy the book now and read it ASAP.

  3. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Black Love 4.5 stars I enjoyed Goffney's debut but her sophomore novel is even better. I'm embarrassed to say that — even as a person who considers herself to be knowledgeable on sex education — I knew little about vaginismus or vaginal dilators before reading this book. I wish I had been able to read CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED GOOD GIRL as a teenager, and I'll certainly be gifting it to the teens in my life. The dynamics with Monique's strict parents fe 2021 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Black Love 4.5 stars I enjoyed Goffney's debut but her sophomore novel is even better. I'm embarrassed to say that — even as a person who considers herself to be knowledgeable on sex education — I knew little about vaginismus or vaginal dilators before reading this book. I wish I had been able to read CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED GOOD GIRL as a teenager, and I'll certainly be gifting it to the teens in my life. The dynamics with Monique's strict parents felt messy but real. I need to read more books centered on religion — it’s honestly so weird that most fiction is agnostic considering how central faith is to millions of people. Or maybe I'm just reading the wrong books! While I’m not Black/Christian/Texan, I still could sympathize (and cringe) with Monique sometimes. Navigating parents with moralistic/slut-shaming views while also loving them… oof. If I had to describe this book, it would be "religious trauma with teenage joy." Perhaps some parents don't deserve to forgiven, but the reality for many folks is encouraging family to shed toxic views and accepting their limitations. It's just... complicated. Not that there's anything wrong with estrangement or cutting off a community, but I appreciated the nuance and hopeful loose ends. I also liked how Monique and her sister responded differently to feeling trapped. Maybe it's not the choice I would've taken, but it felt true to Monique's character arc and that particular family. I just have a lot of thorny feelings, and I'm grateful to the author for not flinching away from difficult topics and tackling them head-on. Life doesn't have clear-cut answers, so there's no reason that fiction should be neat and tidy. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chidimma Desiree

    ALL HAIL THE NEW FLUFFY YA ROMANCE SUPREME, JOYA GOFNEY! I’m in awe, I love this book that much. This book was literally everything. From the first chapter I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The way she writes her characters to be likable but flawed is so incredible. Her characters feel so real because they’re not perfect and I don’t want them to be because teenagers aren’t supposed to have everything 100% figured out. The main character, Monique was so relatable like that’s my sister. I could r ALL HAIL THE NEW FLUFFY YA ROMANCE SUPREME, JOYA GOFNEY! I’m in awe, I love this book that much. This book was literally everything. From the first chapter I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The way she writes her characters to be likable but flawed is so incredible. Her characters feel so real because they’re not perfect and I don’t want them to be because teenagers aren’t supposed to have everything 100% figured out. The main character, Monique was so relatable like that’s my sister. I could relate to being raised by traditional parents and having their views on sex being passed on to you without you even realizing it. My favorite thing about YA contemporaries is witnessing characters grow and come into their own. Joya Gofney depicted that perfectly with Monique. Monique and Reggie were just so cute I couldn’t handle it. From their very first interaction they had me hooked. Reggie being so gentle with Monique and bringing out the side of her she never knew existed, chef’s kiss. The friendships and sisterhood shown in this book was so needed and I loved how by the end of this it wasn’t just focused on the romance but about curating an entire community. The conversations dealing with religion, sex, and virginity were all so thoughtfully done. As an alleged good girl myself I approve this message.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joya Goffney

    This story is so funny and so personal, and I'm so proud of what it has become. I hope more than anything that any girl who has or is experiencing vaginismus feels seen and heard and valued. As Sasha says, "You are more than what your body can do." This story is so funny and so personal, and I'm so proud of what it has become. I hope more than anything that any girl who has or is experiencing vaginismus feels seen and heard and valued. As Sasha says, "You are more than what your body can do."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    5☆ Top Read for 2022!!! Unputdownable Must Read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl i was completely hooked! It was everything I love about YA Reads. There was strong Friendships, important topics covered, it was fun, humorous, a good dash of Romance, Mischief and a lil bit of Mayhem along the way! I'm not really going to go into much detail regarding the plot line as I don't want to risk ruining what this story is all about as it shines a light on female health and t 5☆ Top Read for 2022!!! Unputdownable Must Read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl i was completely hooked! It was everything I love about YA Reads. There was strong Friendships, important topics covered, it was fun, humorous, a good dash of Romance, Mischief and a lil bit of Mayhem along the way! I'm not really going to go into much detail regarding the plot line as I don't want to risk ruining what this story is all about as it shines a light on female health and the anxieties young girls go through when thinking about having sex for the first time. But what I will say is that I learnt a bit about a medical condition I had never heard of before called Vaginismus, and in my eyes that means we need to be educating younger people more on sexual health and conditions. This story was memorable and Unputdownable I loved the characters they were very relatable, ( not Dom of course as anyone that makes someone feel not good enough for not being able to have sex in my eyes is a scumbag! ) I loved watching Monique grow in confidence and self worth. I loved the trios unlikely Friendship and how they supported each other, but I really liked Reggie's Character he stole my heart!!... Monique's too 😏 The Romance was lovely to watch blossom, sometimes the person who you least expect, to be the most supportive, turns out to be the rock you never knew you needed! There is mention of religion as it is a part of the storyline but it is well written and very relevant, especially as the main character Monique is the preacher’s daughter so thinking of having sex is a no no especially before marriage! I could go on and on and on as this book is so, so good!... I highly recommend you just go pick up a copy for yourself! It was a very quick read and the chapters were nice and short. Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a Heart-warming, Uplifting, Poignant, Fun and Enlightening Read which I couldn't put down! This book is definitely on my Top Reads for 2022!! Thank you to Rachel Random Resources and Hot Key Books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. You can Find this Review and all my Other Reviews on My Blog :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2022/0...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Wow. What a very good/solid book. I laughed a few times and also had so much sympathy for the main character Monique, otherwise known as Mo. I think this is the first book I have read in a while that really resonated with my upbringing. I was raised in the Black Baptist church as is the fictional character. And boy I had some flashbacks to conversations I had with my parents about sex. I definitely recal Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Wow. What a very good/solid book. I laughed a few times and also had so much sympathy for the main character Monique, otherwise known as Mo. I think this is the first book I have read in a while that really resonated with my upbringing. I was raised in the Black Baptist church as is the fictional character. And boy I had some flashbacks to conversations I had with my parents about sex. I definitely recall the looks from my mom and grandmother gave me and my brothers for not paying attention in church. And I also recall willing with my entire body for our pastor to wrap stuff up after his 10th time dancing up and down the steps as he went about his sermon. Black churches are definitely a culture. I don't go to church anymore, because I honestly saw the way I was brought up as more harmful than good. Mo's character hits a lot of the high and low points about being in the church, an also as being a "goody-goody" another label I got called throughout school because I didn't do things other girls did. I think any young adult readers are going to love Mo, the secondary characters like Sasha and Reggie, as well as the ultimate message, know your body and it's okay to say no if you don't want to have sex. I do want to say upfront this is told in the first person point of view, I know some readers hate that style, but it never bothers me. Just wanted to mention it. "Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl" follows 17 year old Monique. Monique and her family live in Texas. Her father is the pastor of their church, and her mother has Black church lady down pat. Monique wants to do what she can to make her parents proud of her, but she's worried because her boyfriend of two years, Dom, wants to have sex. They have tried 29 times (yes this gets repeated) and had to stop because Monique was in so much pain and didn't want to continue. After the last time though, Dom gets fed up and breaks up with Monique. Monique is determined to win him back and through the help of two people she never thought of as friends (Reggie and Sasha) she goes about trying to "cure" her issue.  There's so many layers to Monique, you find out right away why she is so devastated by Dom breaking up with her. He's been all she's had since her older sister left home. And Monique thinks if she can just have sex with him, everything will get better. But her listening to Sasha and Reggie as well as reading things, leads her down a path to discover her own body and to listen to her own wants and needs. I honestly was ready to hate both of Monique's parents, I feel some kind of way about parents telling their kids sex is dirty and wrong and it somehow means you are less than what you are if you have sex before marriage.  But the story delves deeper into both of her parents, and you gain another perspective. Still a messed up one, but one nonetheless. I loved another reader calling this book a showcase of religious trauma, and honestly with so much of the legislation getting passed on a daily basis in this country, I can see how that reader would feel this way. Telling teens if they have sex before marriage and or if they are gay, or trans, etc. that means they are somehow wrong/dirty/less than is so messed up and very frustrating when you see the fallout from being brought up and talked about in this manner. Can you imagine being a 12 year old and hearing from the pulpit every Sunday how if you have sex before marriage it means you have less value in the eyes of God? Can you imagine being told if you are gay that means you are going to hell?  I loved the writing an thought that Goffney really captures the Black Baptist church in all it's glory, warts and all. And she manages to still make certain thing funny. I laughed long and hard at the Target scene. The dialogue concerning Insecure and who should Issa pick had me cackling. FYI, I am still not happy about her choice.  The flow was excellent from beginning to end and thought the arc of Monique, her parents, her friends, were well done. I liked the place everyone got to in the end and I loved what Monique chose in the end. 

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Leighton

    Confessions of An Alleged Good Girl is an utterly incredible, coming of age YA that brilliantly explores body and sex positivity, the toxic views on sex and sex education and through Monique and her experiences, raise awareness of of vaginismus. This is a beautifully crafted and compelling story that I know will be invaluable to many readers who might—like Monique—might not have access to sexual health services or information. Monique, a Preacher’s daughter and girlfriend to the town’s golden bo Confessions of An Alleged Good Girl is an utterly incredible, coming of age YA that brilliantly explores body and sex positivity, the toxic views on sex and sex education and through Monique and her experiences, raise awareness of of vaginismus. This is a beautifully crafted and compelling story that I know will be invaluable to many readers who might—like Monique—might not have access to sexual health services or information. Monique, a Preacher’s daughter and girlfriend to the town’s golden boy seems to have the perfect life. But, with her parents thoughts on sex before marriage ever present and her boyfriends pressure to get intimate, Monique is torn. Tired of waiting her boyfriend breaks up with her, spurring Monique into discovering her inability to have sex is caused by a medical condition. To win him back Monique plans to resolve the “issue” with help from the only people she can turn to—frenemy (and fellow church girl) Sasha and the town’s resident bad boy Reggie. But I’m doing so, she must face some home truths: maybe she shouldn’t be fixing her body to please a boy, maybe Sasha was the friend she’s need all along and maybe Reggie isn’t so bad after all. I found it utterly riveting and thoroughly entertaining and though Joya Goffney’s own experiences with vaginismus allow her to expertly and sensitively delve into such sensitive subject matter with gusto, she still manages to keep the plot lighthearted whilst bringing awareness to a condition that isn’t widely known about. Monique’s depth and dimension as a character was superb and her conflicting emotions (fear, guilt, shame, anxiety) surrounding her body and sex will definitely resonate with readers currently facing similar experiences or situations, and hopefully encourage them to seek help or a safe space to talk about it. I honestly loved both Sasha and Reggie-who were two of Monique’s biggest supporters throughout and I’m soo glad she had them both, cheering her up and being there to confide in when she needed it the most. One of the characters I didn’t particularly like in the beginning does get a redemption arc that I enjoyed (don’t worry it’s not who you think) and I really appreciated that they owned up to their mistakes in the end and sought to actively help. The love triangle aspect was interesting but I have to say, the contrast between Monique’s ex-boyfriend Dom and Reggie was a really interesting one and proves that people’s perceptions of others aren’t always accurate. This is also the case for Sasha as well, who despite Monique’s initial judgement is actually pretty amazing. Overall, this is a heartfelt, inspiring and thoroughly insatiable story of self love, body positivity and reclaiming your sexual identity that YA romance lovers simply must read! Also, thanks to Hot Key books and Netgalley for the e-arc.

  9. 5 out of 5

    kate

    “You are more than what your body can do.” Joya Goffney is truly one of the most exciting voices in YA contemporary right now. I adored her debut, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry and Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is just as strong. This book is honest, funny, adorable, empowering and brilliantly explores not only vaginismus but toxic relationships, toxic parenting, purity culture around sex, the unjust power men hold over women's bodies and sexuality as a whole. This fabulously written book was “You are more than what your body can do.” Joya Goffney is truly one of the most exciting voices in YA contemporary right now. I adored her debut, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry and Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is just as strong. This book is honest, funny, adorable, empowering and brilliantly explores not only vaginismus but toxic relationships, toxic parenting, purity culture around sex, the unjust power men hold over women's bodies and sexuality as a whole. This fabulously written book was impossible to put down, so much so I found myself consuming the whole thing in one day. Highly recommend. TW: toxic relationship, sex shaming, sexism,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Oyinda

    4/4.5 I love this so much. I found it so heartwarming and relatable. Purity culture is a disease and my heart breaks for younger me and so many other girls wrapped and tangled in its web. I loved the writing, the plot, the relationships, and the characters so so much. Joya Goffney really snapped with this one and it's a book that should be in the hands of every teenage girl. 4/4.5 I love this so much. I found it so heartwarming and relatable. Purity culture is a disease and my heart breaks for younger me and so many other girls wrapped and tangled in its web. I loved the writing, the plot, the relationships, and the characters so so much. Joya Goffney really snapped with this one and it's a book that should be in the hands of every teenage girl.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    Ahhh yay! A New Joya Goffney book? With this stunning cover? Sign me up!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    If you read YA contemporary romance and aren't reading Joya Goffney, seriously get behind her books ASAP because she is writing some of the best stories for teens today. This book explores vaginismus, good sex education, religion, and teenage love, and it's balanced beautifully. I loved the family dynamics so much. If you read YA contemporary romance and aren't reading Joya Goffney, seriously get behind her books ASAP because she is writing some of the best stories for teens today. This book explores vaginismus, good sex education, religion, and teenage love, and it's balanced beautifully. I loved the family dynamics so much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    milliereadsalot

    Thank you to Netgalley and Hot Key Books for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! Okay, I thought I loved Joya Goffney's first novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, a lot, but this?? This knocked it out of the park. So funny, and such a great portrayal of what being a teenager is like. I loved how positive this book was as a whole. It has an amazing message, and really great representation of vaginismus, which absolutely needs to be talked about more. I learned so much abo Thank you to Netgalley and Hot Key Books for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! Okay, I thought I loved Joya Goffney's first novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, a lot, but this?? This knocked it out of the park. So funny, and such a great portrayal of what being a teenager is like. I loved how positive this book was as a whole. It has an amazing message, and really great representation of vaginismus, which absolutely needs to be talked about more. I learned so much about this condition from this book, and from reading the Author's Note, it seems like the author had it herself, so you know that the experience is true to life. There's a really excellent portrayal of finding friendship with the most unlikely of people, and the relationship that blossoms is just so sweet and healthy and adorable, I love them with all my heart. I think that this book absolutely needs to be read by every teenager when the time comes for them to be in their first relationship and deciding what they want to do with their body - it really shows what choices are healthy, and how women's bodies are not objects for men to enjoy, and that men are not entitled to a woman's body, no matter who they are, whether they are dad, boyfriend, whoever. I really loved this book, and I would highly recommend it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Sex positive Growing up in church Confidences and friendships This is one of the best examples of a sex-positive story I've ever read and this is hugely important in contemporary YA. Goffney crafting an impactful story that was also threaded with lightness so that it didn't feel heavy. I blasted through this book in a day and I loved it. Monique found herself under significant pressure to have sex, while also wanting to, but not being able to. There's a physical condition afoot that was re Headlines: Sex positive Growing up in church Confidences and friendships This is one of the best examples of a sex-positive story I've ever read and this is hugely important in contemporary YA. Goffney crafting an impactful story that was also threaded with lightness so that it didn't feel heavy. I blasted through this book in a day and I loved it. Monique found herself under significant pressure to have sex, while also wanting to, but not being able to. There's a physical condition afoot that was really good to see amongst these pages and while there were characters that were shady (hello Dom, I did not like you) there were a bunch of great characters in Reggie, Sasha and Aunt Dee. There was a whole layer of complication to this story about being brought up in a straight-laced church household where the parents were hugely unrealistic about life, sex education and natural adolescent development. I couldn't decide if I really hated these parents but I guess it just diluted to dislike. Reggie, the man of young men, I loved this guy on the page. His understanding, his humour, his respect were everything. I loved how these two brought great character growth in one another. Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl was a YA read of the year for me and I highly recommend. Thank you to Hot Key Books for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    5 stars I loved Goffney's debut. so I was thrilled to read this second novel, and for me, this one is even better than its predecessor! Monique is a high school student who is simultaneously managing these issues: her preacher father, her rigid mother, her runaway sister (see aforementioned parents), her creep of a boyfriend, and her apparently rebellious body. The "alleged" part of the title is critical. Monique appears perfect from the outside, and her parents are determined to keep her perfec 5 stars I loved Goffney's debut. so I was thrilled to read this second novel, and for me, this one is even better than its predecessor! Monique is a high school student who is simultaneously managing these issues: her preacher father, her rigid mother, her runaway sister (see aforementioned parents), her creep of a boyfriend, and her apparently rebellious body. The "alleged" part of the title is critical. Monique appears perfect from the outside, and her parents are determined to keep her perfect in every way. What's unfortunate is that Monique kind of is perfect; she just doesn't know it. Goffney accomplishes so much here. Monique is a really brave character who struggles emotionally and physically with the extreme constraints of her upbringing. She tries so hard to do what is right according to parents, but she is also a normal kid and a relatively self-aware individual; she works toward doing what is right for her, and this is not a journey to be missed. Monique finds herself caught between two dudes who could not be more different. Their internal and external identities are completely opposite, and it is gratifying to watch not only Monique but others around her come to terms with who these folks actually are and can be. Additionally, Monique experiences some struggles in her romantic relationship that in some ways will be relatable to most readers. This relatability translates into the enhancement of character relationships, too. These characters do not experience magical changes, but they express the capacity for growth and hope over time. Not every person is lucky enough to have folks around them who can do this, but seeing characters who possess a variety of identities and starting points demonstrate different levels of growth is certainly a hopeful - and overall realistic - perspective. The sibling relationships, friendships, and parent/child relationships are all highlights here, too. Most of all, I love that this novel absolutely has the setup to be a regular ol' YA romance, but any of these relationships - while interesting - are just another part of Monique's growth. They aren't the central focus. So, yes. A lot happens here. Goffney's first novel received a lot of well-deserved buzz, but I expect folks who enjoyed that one - or who like a good YA novel in general - will be even more pleased with this second effort. This writer is absolutely one to watch, and I am already eagerly anticipating what comes next! *Special thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Super good book that's going to be super hard to sell to other people! I thought this book handled really tough topics revolving around purity culture and religious trauma really well. I don't think I've ever read anything having to do about vaginismus (I knew it existed) so it's good that this book manages to highlight the condition. I did think some of the humor was a bit juvenile coming from Reggie and the ending really dragged (not every single conflict needs more than 2 pages to be tied up) Super good book that's going to be super hard to sell to other people! I thought this book handled really tough topics revolving around purity culture and religious trauma really well. I don't think I've ever read anything having to do about vaginismus (I knew it existed) so it's good that this book manages to highlight the condition. I did think some of the humor was a bit juvenile coming from Reggie and the ending really dragged (not every single conflict needs more than 2 pages to be tied up) but other than that I thought this was a very good book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really enjoyed this book about Monique, a young Black Preacher's daughter in small town Texas who is suffering from vaginismus, a condition that makes sex painful. After trying repeatedly and failing to have penetrative sex with her boyfriend he ends up dumping her, leaving Monique reeling and feeling betrayed by her body. Trying to find a 'cure' Monique goes to a sexual health clinic where she meets Sasha, a classmate who together with Reggie (a Church friend) work to get Monique some devices I really enjoyed this book about Monique, a young Black Preacher's daughter in small town Texas who is suffering from vaginismus, a condition that makes sex painful. After trying repeatedly and failing to have penetrative sex with her boyfriend he ends up dumping her, leaving Monique reeling and feeling betrayed by her body. Trying to find a 'cure' Monique goes to a sexual health clinic where she meets Sasha, a classmate who together with Reggie (a Church friend) work to get Monique some devices designed to help with her condition. Along the way these new friends help show Monique her own worth and realize just how toxic her relationship with her ex was. The focus on sex positivity in this book was so great. I felt terrible with how Monique is made to feel ashamed about her body and the double standard she has to live up to not just from society but from her father in particular. Told with humor and heart, this story is sure to find a welcome audience among teen girls of every color or anyone suffering from vaginismus. Great on audio narrated by Angel Pean. ⚠️CW: slut-shaming, homophobia, toxic relationships with a parent and boyfriend

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This YA book was a home run. I wish I had this book growing up because I would have learned sex isn’t something to be shameful of. This author does an excellent job writing a story that almost every female can relate to. Thank you to HarperTeen for the opportunity to read a digital copy via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    nunu

    4.5 * The conversations that this book had about religion, family expectations, and the influence they can have on your perception and understanding of sex and relationships are SO REAL and SO IMPORTANT! Monique's feelings and fears are so valid and speaking as someone who grew up in a similarly conservative household, were very relatable. I know young adult books tend to shy away from any conversations about sex but I'm hoping that this book sets an example that sometimes these discussions are 4.5 * The conversations that this book had about religion, family expectations, and the influence they can have on your perception and understanding of sex and relationships are SO REAL and SO IMPORTANT! Monique's feelings and fears are so valid and speaking as someone who grew up in a similarly conservative household, were very relatable. I know young adult books tend to shy away from any conversations about sex but I'm hoping that this book sets an example that sometimes these discussions are important, especially if they help validate fears and de-stigmatize views that a lot of young people may have. I'm forever in love with the emphasis Joya puts on how important it is for young black people to find a support system in their community. Being friends with people who have your shared lived experiences is so important for young diaspora and you can see how Monique flourished once she had that. Her relationship with Reggie was so fun and I loved how much they uplifted, supported, and respected each other. My only complaint is that I felt that the reunion between the sisters and the entire family conflict being resolved felt a little rushed; if the ending was slowed down and expanded upon I think it would have felt more complete. At my (slightly) big age, this book was still so important to me and I'm so happy it exists for other young people to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eiman

    Cute read! V interesting convos around purity culture and religious trauma. The ending felt a little rushed but otherwise an enjoyable read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michaela William

    Wow wow wow! This book was phenomenal. Monique was very relatable and her character arc was superb. Her conflicting emotions surrounding her body and sex were done in a thoughtful and realistic manner. None of the side characters felt contrived. The conversations around religion, sex, and virginity will definitely resonate with readers who are facing these struggles and could help open up a dialogue on the relationship between sex, religion, and how it affects women & girls. The friendships and Wow wow wow! This book was phenomenal. Monique was very relatable and her character arc was superb. Her conflicting emotions surrounding her body and sex were done in a thoughtful and realistic manner. None of the side characters felt contrived. The conversations around religion, sex, and virginity will definitely resonate with readers who are facing these struggles and could help open up a dialogue on the relationship between sex, religion, and how it affects women & girls. The friendships and sisterhood shown in this book was so needed and I loved how by the end of this it wasn’t just focused on the romance but about the importance of female relationships and community.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connor O'Sullivan-Day

    Pacing felt slightly random at times and I wish it was maybe a bit more fleshed out - however, it was such an enjoyable and heartwarming read. I love all of the women in this book and I want spinoffs about Sasha, Jackie, Myracle, and Dee. Even the mum!! all of them!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Full RTC! 💕

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an advance copy from HarperTeen via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own This book is an emotional delight and you absolutely need to have your eyes out for this book come May! Full review closer to release. Full review: Goodness, this book is an emotional delight! I love so much that a book for teens that discusses vaginismus and sexuality and pressures for sex exists fills my heart. Reading Monique’s story is a I received an advance copy from HarperTeen via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own This book is an emotional delight and you absolutely need to have your eyes out for this book come May! Full review closer to release. Full review: Goodness, this book is an emotional delight! I love so much that a book for teens that discusses vaginismus and sexuality and pressures for sex exists fills my heart. Reading Monique’s story is an entire emotional roller coaster and I loved see her growth and the relationships she develops with Sasha and Reggie. Seeing her find her own strength and breaking from the toxic relationship she’d been in for the last two years. I really don’t know how to talk about this book except to say my heart is so full, and I hope many folks find this book and too fall in love with Mo’s journey and growth.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hardy

    Ahh, I liked this. A great bunch of characters that you can sympathise with and one or two giggle/cringe moments too. Brilliant ensemble cast. Tackles a tricky subject matter well and shines a much needed light to it. Good balance of youth v experience and fun v serious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Krissy Augustine-Cox

    This book… where do I start… I love it, I couldn’t put it down, and I wish I had it as a teen. This first grabbed me because of the title. It’s very in the vein of many books I loved as a teen girl. Series like ‘Mates, Dates…’ and ‘Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging’. This kind of title indicates to me a book from a teen perspective, that’s honest, and is funny whilst also dealing with the big issues that many of us go through. The second bit that caught my attention was the religious aspec This book… where do I start… I love it, I couldn’t put it down, and I wish I had it as a teen. This first grabbed me because of the title. It’s very in the vein of many books I loved as a teen girl. Series like ‘Mates, Dates…’ and ‘Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging’. This kind of title indicates to me a book from a teen perspective, that’s honest, and is funny whilst also dealing with the big issues that many of us go through. The second bit that caught my attention was the religious aspect. Having attended an all-girls Catholic school we weren’t taught much until we were 17/18 about sex and anything related to it. Just the bare basics science class stuff. Anything actually useful was taught by proactive parents or through friends and their siblings. I sh*t you not we had an assembly with a presentation by an anti-abortion group with no other groups with a different perspective for balance – the problem is by this point half the year had already had sex and there was at least one, if not two, rumoured abortions. Anyway back to Monique. The girl with all the pressure because her dad is the pastor and she’s dating the number one boy that everyone wants. There is an expectation and pressure to be perfect, and here enters religious guilt and perfectionism that is placed on teens as they are constantly told if they don’t follow a certain path their life will be doomed. We are also introduced to the church setting and a fellow classmate called Sasha who seems to be the perfect daughter… big emphasis on seems. Then we have Reggie, the bad boy, constantly getting in trouble and with no respect for authority figures. Nothing is as it seems… SPOILER Dom is a bit of a misogynistic prick, Sasha is the best friend you didn’t know you needed, and Reggie is completely misunderstood and has his own stuff going on. Oh and Monique… all that guilt has led to her developing a medical condition (which is way more common than we think), being shamed for it by the only person she ever trusted, and petrified of opening up to her parents because she found out there was something wrong because she tried to have sex. Finally, Monique parents, like all parents have lived a life before their kids came along and they made all the mistakes we made and more, yet they try to pretend they were never hormonal teens themselves. There are a lot of revelations and lots of growth for everyone in this book. This book should be read by all teens, by all their parents, by everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a book so much. Despite not having the condition mentioned (Vaginismus) I developed symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and Endometriosis in my teens. It was a scary and confusing time and yet I had little idea anything was wrong because we’re barely taught what is ‘normal’ at school never mind what to do if you don’t fall within ‘normal’ and that actually all these conditions can be treated. I was incredibly lucky to have an open and proactive mum, but because of medical care that let her down when she was younger a lot of the stuff I went through was thought of as ‘running in the family’ and so there wasn’t anything to worry about. Joya Goffney has created the most relatable, heartwarming, and just *squee* (that’s me being really excited) book ever and I sped through it and then I cried… and I cried more when I found out this was based on her own experience and how lost she felt and I remember my own feelings at the same age and the relief that a diagnosis can give you of not feeling like you’re broken (not completely anyway). If you’ve gotten this far, thank you because I am terrible at writing reviews when I love a book … but just read this. Read it, have tissues and comfort food ready. Pass it on to someone in your life who it might help. Shout about it from the rooftops. Oh and if you’re in certain states in the USA where this book will likely be banned then buy copies and get them out there because nothing good comes from not talking about our bodies and what happens to them. Verdict: Buy it, read it, review it, pass it on!

  28. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a fantastic YA romance book with a enemies to lovers kind of vibe. I devoured this book in one sitting, or several cups of tea, biscuits, you get the point only the need for food n drink dragged me from this story. This book is written fabulously, the characters are fully developed and so relatable, although as an adult I’m not the intended audience this resonated with me so much, I loved the focus on female empowerment, the emphasis on body-positivity, sel Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a fantastic YA romance book with a enemies to lovers kind of vibe. I devoured this book in one sitting, or several cups of tea, biscuits, you get the point only the need for food n drink dragged me from this story. This book is written fabulously, the characters are fully developed and so relatable, although as an adult I’m not the intended audience this resonated with me so much, I loved the focus on female empowerment, the emphasis on body-positivity, self growth and sex, in a world where female health is so often overlooked it’s so good to see it highlighted, as well as Mo’s journey to get rid of the shame , stigma and worthlessness she (and women) feels. Mo is such a fantastic character, so well rounded, as are all the other characters I just really loved Mo. Another focus I really enjoyed were the friendships, I loved watching Mo prioritise and enjoy her new friends Sasha and Reggie, who challenged and support her, but also help her change her preconceived notions of people and I just loved watching her grow and learn. This is such an emotional read, but also humourous too, it’s not all seriousness and growth there’s lots of fun too, but overall this is a wonderful story about learning to love and accept yourself. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bijuri

    4.5/5 stars. Holy fucking shit. This was FANTASTIC. I'm in awe? I didn't love the author's previous novel EXCUSE ME WHILE I UGLY CRY and was wavering between 3 or 4 stars, but CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED GOOD GIRL blew me away. Wow. (view spoiler)[Also, I can't believe everyone just forgot about the task given to Monique, Sasha, and Reggie when they left the house. Monique's parents gave them cash to pick up some food from the store, but she and Sasha and Reggie began going from store to store looki 4.5/5 stars. Holy fucking shit. This was FANTASTIC. I'm in awe? I didn't love the author's previous novel EXCUSE ME WHILE I UGLY CRY and was wavering between 3 or 4 stars, but CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED GOOD GIRL blew me away. Wow. (view spoiler)[Also, I can't believe everyone just forgot about the task given to Monique, Sasha, and Reggie when they left the house. Monique's parents gave them cash to pick up some food from the store, but she and Sasha and Reggie began going from store to store looking for dilators, and none of them came home with the food? And her parents never mentioned it? I feel like that entire point was forgotten because there's no way Monique's parents wouldn't have been upset about that. It would have revealed that Monique, Sasha, and Reggie were doing something else the entire time they were out. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    This is a really great book, and it's going to be such an awesome resource for the kids who read it. I love that the author references specific content that exists out in the real world (Zane's books, Issa Ray's TV projects, etc) that a kid in Monique's situation can find and use. There's so much information in this book, but it isn't preachy or boring; it's a compelling story with interesting characters. I will say that I'm getting to a saturation point with kids/YA content that ends with adults This is a really great book, and it's going to be such an awesome resource for the kids who read it. I love that the author references specific content that exists out in the real world (Zane's books, Issa Ray's TV projects, etc) that a kid in Monique's situation can find and use. There's so much information in this book, but it isn't preachy or boring; it's a compelling story with interesting characters. I will say that I'm getting to a saturation point with kids/YA content that ends with adults saying precisely the right thing or having a 180-degree shift toward empathetic or "modern" caregiving styles. It's great wish fulfillment, and I think it's important to model that kind of conversation for audiences, but I wonder what it says to kids who will never receive that kind of care.

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