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/ Key title A Forever for the 21st Century. / Poignant, gripping and controversial teenage fiction with the word of mouth potential of Judy Blume's Forever. / Guaranteed to get teenage girls gossiping in school yards, on-line and in shopping centres across the UK! / Pre-launch teaser campaign to seed word of month via blogs message boards, viral e-mails, photo messaging and sneak peek samples / High visibility retail promotions to showcase arresting, aspirational jacket / Proof mailing with author letter to all buyers, booksellers, press and key influencers / Extracts and features in teen girl magazines such as Sugar, Cosmo Girl and Bliss / National press coverage and reviews - everyone will be debating this controversial and sensitive subject! / Competition: Judy Blume - Forever, Anne Brashares - Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Jacqueline Wilson
Originally from the East Coast, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her husband, two stepdaughters and two cats. As well as being the author of LILY'S GHOSTS, a novel for readers of all ages, her short fiction for adults has appeared in numerous literary magazines, a collection of which is to be published by Warner Books.
Senior honors student Audrey has a "friends-with-benefits arrangement" with popular Luke DeSalvio. But when someone uses a camera phone at a party to sneak a picture of her performing oral sex on him-and emails the picture around to classmates (and her father, at his store)-Audrey suddenly has quite a different reputation. Not only does she have to deal with ogling and harassment from other students, but her relationship with her father becomes strained, and Luke starts ignoring her. Readers enticed by the scandalous premise will instantly sympathize with Audrey. Ruby (The Wall and the Wing), through Audrey's first-person narrative, offers plenty of frank, sisterly insight about teen sexuality, without seeming to drive home any message. The teen gives an honest description of her first gynecological exam and her first sexual experience, and she and other characters struggle with the power dynamics involved with sex ("Nobody cares what you did. Actually, it just makes you more popular," Audrey tells Luke, when they finally talk). The plot sometimes strains credibility (readers may wonder if anyone would really be so cruel as to email the incriminating photo to Audrey's father, for example, or how believable it is that Luke was really interested in pursuing a relationship with her), but the author leaves readers with plenty to ponder. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Laura Ruby's Good Girls admirably captures the self-inflicted traumas of the teen years... witty, frank about sex, at pains not to indulge in stereotypes, Good Girls will undoubtedly appeal to UK readers." FT Magazine "You're bound to get goosebumps reading [this]... This book is a must-read and comes complete with a fabulous twist right at the end.* * * * *" Bliss "This book truly lives up to its tagline as 'A Forever for the 21st century' [and] heralds a new return to girl power." Write Away "From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked in a way I haven't been for some time... This book had me laughing and, towards the end, crying a little. It is beautifully written. Schools could do a lot worse than stocking this title in their libraries. Good Girls isn't good... it's great." The Book Bag
Gr 9 Up-Audrey wants to spend her senior year staying at fourth in her class and hanging with her friends, so she breaks it off with the flirty and mysterious Luke DeSalvio by giving him a goodbye gift he won't forget. But at school next week, Audrey gets snickers, jeers, and dirty jokes, and Luke won't even look at her. As it turns out, someone took a photo of her intimate moment with him, and now she must spend all her energy repairing her reputation. She reacts to her newfound infamy by pouring herself into her schoolwork and analyzing her relationship with Luke via flashback chapters. Her friend Ash is horrified when Audrey tells her she's not a virgin, and Audrey resigns herself to hanging out with the school sluts. Slowly, she manages to pull herself up to second in her class, and a run-in with Luke reveals that his feelings about her were not what she assumed. Audrey reclaims her self-esteem with her new girlfriends as they all dress up as born-again virgins for the prom, and a late-night confession reveals the true culprit behind the photograph. The story ends predictably with Audrey and Luke reunited. Teens will enjoy Ruby's frank message that having sex does not necessarily make one a slut. However, the tone occasionally gets preachy, as Audrey receives advice from her parents, preacher, and gynecologist. Still, the book will appeal to teens who've matured beyond Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series (Little, Brown).-Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.