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The Good Girl

by Fiona Neill

Books of the Month - <b>September</b> Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Good Girl

April 2015 Book of the Month.

The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind those involved and those affected, told partly by the 17-year old girl of the film and partly in the third person by those who surround her. It is pretty raw stuff with the teenage characters behaving as teenagers do amongst their peers, which may be shocking to some readers. A number of the adults don’t behave a lot better either! There are many plots and sidelines within the book but the main theme, or moral if you like, is that nothing is secret in today’s world. If you commit something to your mobile or your computer it can be there for any interested party to find. This is an extraordinary book which teenagers will identify with and parents should read to better understand their hormonal children.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Girl Synopsis

Bestselling author Fiona Neill is back with The Good Girl - a dark, compelling and controversial novel of one family's darkest secrets. When Ailsa Field uproots her family to Norfolk, she's determined a change of scene will fix all their problems. Then the Fairports move in next door. Lively, free-spirited and open, Ailsa is terrified their influence will damage her own fragile family's new start. But for teenagers Romy and Jay, none of that matters. There's no mistaking the intense attraction that draws them together, yet all too soon their relationship is tested by Jay's dark secret. Ever the diligent student, Romy decides to help Jay, but in doing so sets into motion a chain of events beyond her control. And what started as an innocent plan quickly becomes the catalyst that threatens to destroy the Field family forever...From the number one bestselling author Fiona Neill, The Good Girl is a provocative and unflinching novel of a family falling apart. Praise for Fiona Neill: Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before. (Vogue). Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy. (The Times). Fiona Neill is the internationally bestselling author of three other novels, and a journalist. Who has written for many publications including The Times, the Telegraph Magazine and Intelligent Life. She has written a screenplay of her first novel for the BFI and lives in London with her family.

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The Good Girl Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Margaret Madden - 'Do we know what our teenagers are doing?  How well do we think we know them? Are their lives as simple as we think?  A mother finds out the hard way, via an explicit video posted online...'
  • Josie Barton - 'At times quite poignant and other times quite shocking, The Good Girl commands your attention from the beginning and shows both the vulnerability and the overwhelming strength of family life.'
  • Cat Hogwood - 'I enjoyed this book and felt the aspects it touches on are important ones for adult and teenagers.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'A compelling cautionary tale of how easy it is to make mistakes and how impossible it can be to escape them.'
  • Maggie Patterson - 'Full of well developed characters and interesting plot twists...Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'I initially found the narrative over detailed and found myself flicking through the information about neuroscience...I enjoyed the way the book was told through the different perspectives of characters...'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I highly recommend this book...I am so thrilled with Fiona Neill's writing that I now must read every book that Fiona has had published.'
  • Caroline Mathews - 'I preferred the chapters written from Romy's point of view, and felt that the author got inside the head of a teenager very realistically and believably.'
  • Megan Abbott - 'An enlightening and compelling novel...I would definitely recommend this to other teenagers so they can see the consequences as well.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'This is a well-written novel which tackles serious issues in an engaging way. Ultimately it's a good read that makes you think...'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This book is more than a classic family with a few problems trying to patch themselves it and I bet it will make your family seem more normal!'
  • Alison Greenacre - 'A very interesting look at the modern family life. I really enjoyed this book.  Frightening in parts, lots of interesting facts about the brain, but most of all study in modern family life.'
  • Rachel Hall - 'For a novel which in the early stages offered so much promise and had the potential to make a real statement, I felt this book ultimately fell short of the mark.'

The Good Girl Press Reviews

Praise for Fiona Neill:


‘Neill’s characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before’ Vogue


‘Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy . . . Superb entertainment’ The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780241952566
Publication date: 16/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718181277
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780718181277
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: Fiona Neill
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,

About Fiona Neill

Fiona Neill is a novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in The Times, was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. She lives with her family in North London.

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