Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney.
Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl follows the protagonist, Monique, and her journey of self discovery. Monique has always led a ‘perfect’ life as the preacher’s daughter and girlfriend of the town’s golden boy. But when her boyfriend, Dom, breaks up with Monique due to their failure to have sex, she discovers she has a medical condition. With the help of new friends Sasha and Reggie she comes up with a plan to cure herself and win Dom back – only to realise along the way that maybe she shouldn’t be fixing her body for a boy…
After reading Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry last year, I was desperate for more of Goffney’s work – so when I saw that this was releasing in May I automatically added it to my list! I’m going to be completely honest with you, I went into this book with really high expectations, and I’m really pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. I loved every moment of this amazing contemporary, and it was definitely worth the wait – I can’t wait to see what Goffney does next!
In all honesty, the aspect which stood out to me the most in this book was the positivity surrounding sex, which made it completely different to any other books I’ve read. I really admired Goffney for tackling the taboo surrounding it, which is so important in YA. I loved that she shed light on something I wasn’t very knowledgeable about – vaginismus – drawing from her own experiences and talking about it in a really positive way, which was really great to see.
What was also really great to see was the amazing character development. I loved Monique’s journey throughout the book, and reading her increase in confidence whilst accepting her body. I thought it was really inspirational to see her overcome her doubts and fears (particularly those surrounding sex) and her journey towards loving herself. It was so amazing to see!
I also really loved how big a role friendship played in this. Monique, Reggie and Sasha weren’t the most likely of friends, but I really loved the way they came together and the bond they shared. Monique and Sasha’s friendship in particular really stood out to me – especially considering the way Monique had judged her before getting to know her. It made for a really important lesson in that you shouldn’t judge people based on appearances!
Of course, with these friends came some really great adventures. A personal favourite of mine would have to be the party, which was so much fun to read. I really enjoyed reading the different dances and the fun they were all having. Another favourite would have to be the scene in the sex shop – I don’t want to give too much away, but it was absolutely hilarious!
Family also played a really big role in this. Monique struggled a lot with what her parents wanted her do (wait until marriage to have sex) and what she wanted, which made for some really tense moments. I really enjoyed the bond Monique shared with her aunt and admired how strong her mum was!
I also really loved the romance! Reggie was so much better for Monique and they were so cute together. I was shipping them from the very first pages and I was so glad when it finally happened! Their relationship was so much healthier than her relationship with Dom and it was great to see him accept Monique for who she was.
Overall, I would recommend Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl to any fan of contemporaries, as this was such a cute one and explored so many important topics too. I’d also recommend it for any teenagers who are struggling with discussions around sex, as this does a really great job of removing the taboo from it and has some very frank discussions about it.
Have you read Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!