Wed, May 18, 2011
By Leila Sales
October 5, 2010
Simon Pulse, 368 pages
The higher you aim, the farther you fall….
It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.
When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge, epic failure?
— Amazon.com description
High school isn’t about vampires or crime fighting or even just about boys. It’s about friendships and falling out and siblings and parental strife and angst and laughter and dancing and making mistakes and AP tests and finding yourself. If you just read young adult books, you’d probably forget that.
This book gets that and brought me back to a sense of what young adulthood is really about. It represents the stories and lessons and memories of my high school experience…well, minus the boarding school bit and plus a lot more comedy.
I loved Not That Kind of Girl
by Siobhan Vivian for the same reason I love Mostly Good Girls —
because it represented a worldview similar to mine in high school. It just seemed real.
Leila Sales translates the high school experience perfectly to the page. Leila, I love you. Where have you been all my life? You clearly would have been my Katie.
You might also like: Leila’s hilarious blog!
This is the concept:
When you send a text message on the Verizon network, you can address your text by choosing a name out of your contact list, or you can address it by typing in a phone number. You can also type in a name. And if you type in L-E-I-L-A, then– bizarrely– your text will come to me. This is a blog about the texts I have received. All of them are from strangers, intended for other Leilas, but obviously they missed their marks.