Monday, September 23, 2013

[Review] Good - S. Walden

Released: August 26th, 2013

Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she's lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It's a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him – a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can't help it. He's the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn't expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that's when her life goes from bad to good.

"Cadence, you cannot be so naïve as to think that love is never gonna hurt or that relationships are always good all the time."
YES YES YES!!! FINALLY! I have found it!!! I have succeeded in finding another excellent student-teacher romance which doesn't suck. OHMYGOD!!!

Good is a somewhat forbidden romantic story that will pull – no, drag – you into it and let you drown in it. But you'll be enjoying the suffering every step of the way. Not only is the romance absolutely swoon-worthy but the addition of witty remarks and the fantastic characters just makes it all the better.

When I first saw this, I honestly might or might not have laughed at the title because Good, really? Good is the best thing someone can come up with? I'm sorry if that sounds rude but that's just such an odd book title.

Well then, I think S. Walden can slap me in the face because I LOVED IT! I loved loved LOVED the book so much! The romance was passionate and exciting, especially at the risk of getting caught ;) The characters were freaking AWESOME! I adored Cadence and how she could handle all the bullies and the insults and just make the best of things. And then there's Mark *deep, deep sigh* He was just such a sweetheart.

Let's start off with Cadence. She had five rules when she started school:
1. Do not cry under any circumstances
2. Do not physically attack anyone (even if they totally deserve it)
3. Smile and act like nothing bothers you
4. Try to exude Christian virtues like patience, love, and forgiveness
5. When all else fails, use sarcasm as your defense mechanism
Now, I just fell in love with her here because that was it! She was just wow. I mean, after being sent to juvie for a while, she knew that she had to be strong and tough, act as if everything is okay, yet her sense of humor is still intact. Rule number 5 appeals especially to me.

But since this is Cadence's first relationship, she also has trust issues, especially with the way she was brought up (very Christian).

AND THEN THERE'S SWEETIE MARK CONNELLY. He was just so adorable throughout the whole book. He was sweet, even though he had those douchey moments he totally regretted.
"I must confess that when you look sad, it compels me to act. I'm not sure it would be ethical to change a grade over tears, but if anyone could do it, you would be the one."
Oh, and he brought her Mexican food, without her asking and saying that that it was from her father, who in fact hates Mexican food.
I smiled at him. "You really are a nice guy."
His face lit up. "Yeah?"

Then their romance can be cute:
"You don't mind feeding me again?" I asked.
"Cadence, I don't mind doing anything for you."
Super smoking!
"No, Cadence, my name is Mark Connelly. And I'm about to give you the most explosive orgasm of your life."
And then he cradled me on his lap, fed me, stroked my hair, and told me all of his plans. And every single one included me.
PLUS! I also liked Avery because she's cool and she says cool things
"Life is unfair, okay? You've gotta deal with it. Girls can't get away with the kind of shit guys can."
The feminist in me is screaming with joy because this is so fucking true most of the time.
Avery: "Let them play outside with no fence, and they'll stay near you. Put up a fence, and they're smashed up agains tit, trying to get you out."
Cadence: "Hmm. Maybe it's just human nature to be defiant. We don't wanna be hemmed in by rules. We want to make our own decisions."
A few other quotes I like:
"It doesn't make me a bad person because I have sex outside of marriage?" – Cadence
AND THAT WAS ONE OF THEM! Sex outside of marriage doesn't make you a bad person okay. People judge and just call you out on it but then

Shit, man, look at all those people who get away with rape and shit, but when someone has sex outside of marriage, BAM! Labeled as a slut. It's such a stupid, stereotypical thing.

There's also Fanny, a uber-cool woman!
"But once you declare your love for that other person, and vice versa, the real work begins. because butterflies don't last forever. […] And that's when love shifts from a feeling to a choice."
Well, if I go on any longer, that would just spoil the whole thing. SO GET THE BOOK AND ENJOY IT! Ms. Walden, as I promised, it was a fun review ;)

Minor Faults: can't think of anything right now



About The Author:

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

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