Today I am joining the blog tour for Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney. Many thanks to Joya for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
Monique lives a perfect life as a preacher’s daughter, and girlfriend of the town’s golden boy. But its not that simple. She’s torn between her parents, who want her to remain their pure, virginal daughter, and her boyfriend, Dom, who wants to explore the more intimate side of their relationship.
Tired of waiting, Dom breaks up with Monique, spurring her to discover she has a medical condition that make her far from perfect. With the help of Sasha, an overly zealous church girl, and Reggie, the town’s bad boy, she concocts a plan to win Dom back. But along the way, 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 after all…
Everyone says that you should never judge a book by its cover, but when this pink and yellow wonder leapt off the web page at me, I just knew I needed to be a part of the tour. I mean, look at it – it is just too eye-catching to resist. Even better, the story nestled within the pages more than lived up to expectations. I would even go as far as to say that Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl has been one of my favourite reads so far in 2022.
Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a fantastic tale of unconditional love, empowerment, and learning to be comfortable in your own skin. It is the book I wish I could have read when I was Monique’s age and discovering who I was. The characters are vibrant, if flawed, and we see more than one of them grow as a person over the course of the book – and I don’t just mean the teenagers. Of all the characters, I defy anyone to resist the utterly charming Reggie. For me, it was love at first sight, and that love only grew as the story progressed.
Aside from all this brilliance, Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl also serves to raise awareness of a medical condition that could certainly do with more light being shone on it. I love that this is being highlighted to teenage girls in a way that gets the information to them at the same time as making it incredibly relatable. The sparkling dynamic between Reggie and Sasha prevents the subject from becoming too heavy or clinical, and adds some much needed humour to the situation.
By pure coincidence, the day that Rachel sent out the invites for this blog tour, I had also purchased Joya’s other book, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. After reading Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl I can’t wait to read it, and I just know I will love it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joya Goffney grew up in New Waverly, a small town in East Texas. In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items like ‘hug a random boy’ and ‘eat a cricket,’ which inspired her debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. With a passion for Black social psychology, she moved out of the countryside to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where she still resides.
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