11 May 2022


 One of several bloggers who over 10 days will be participating in this Blog Tour {the full schedule for which can be found at the bottom of the post}. Today {the 10th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...

Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

Genre ... YA/Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date ... 3rd May 2022

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count ... 380

⚠️Potential Trigger Warnings ... Sexual Content, Sexual health conditions, Emotional Manipulation, Sex Shaming,

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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… ... Synopsis

It never fails. ... First Sentence, Chapter 1

We've got spots like this all over town, spots where we can kiss without anyone {mom} calling us inappropriate, "trying to be grown", or demons of lust. But Dom's kisses liquefy me. I am a demon of lust. I am ranging hormones cloaked in a church dress. ... Memorable Moment, Page 10

Not an author I've read but, having friends with children of a certain age, an author whose name I know well such is the popularity of her previous/debate novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Knowing that several of these friends had daughters eagerly awaiting this, the author's second novel, reading it, I had the feeling that, with potential TW {Trigger Warnings}/CW {Content Warnings} of Sexual Content, Sexual health conditions, Emotional Manipulation, Sex Shaming, I'd be having some conversations as to its suitability ... and I wasn't wrong.

An enjoyable, entertaining, educational, empowering read; its theme of sexual relationships both healthy and, well, not so healthy, something all young adults should be aware of, its exploration of vaginismus {a condition in which the vaginal muscles contract involuntarily, preventing penetration} expertly and sensitively done {it came as no surprise to learn of the author's personal experience of the condition}, its exploration of so called 'purity culture', something I personally was only vaguely aware of.

A tale of personal journeys, of sexual awakenings, family issues, boyfriend problems, unlikely friendships; I thought Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl perfect coming of age fodder all wrapped up in a compelling read with some oh so deliciously wonderful laugh out loud moments: 'I am ranging hormones cloaked in a church dress' {pg 16} still has me chuckling. 

And, oh my goodness, what a cast. Even more than a good plot I love interesting, well written characters and whether Mo, Dom, Sasha or Mo's mother; especially Mo's, a thoroughly disagreeable character if ever there was one and yet she made for FANTASTIC reading, these were nothing if not, interesting, well written characters.

About Joya Goffney ... 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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  1. Clearly a book I would have to read myself before making any comment about. I'm a firm believer in parents talking and being open with their pre-teens about subjects like this. We always did/were. Sadly, though, I know many young people have to figure things out on their own, often with tragic results.

  2. Felicity,
    To start with, I agree with what Kelly
    said about parents talking and being
    open with their pre-teens about such
    Then this definitely sounds like a
    compelling book with interesting
    characters. And thank you for your
    excellent review.

  3. This sounds really good! I love books that focus on different heavier topics, especially ones you don't see addressed as often.

    Lauren @

  4. Sounds like a book that covers topics some parents and teens tend to shy away from. It's good to have books like this available to help open that conversation.

  5. Sounds like a great book! I love that the characters are interesting and you are still chuckling about some of the lines after you finished the book. Thanks for the introduction to this book and author. :)

  6. I too, totally agree with Kelly's thoughts about this book. Being of a similar age, but unlike her, never having had children, this would probably make for quite awkward reading for me. However I am convinced that in this day and age, where youngsters and teens are so much more open and aware about their emotions, bodies and body image, they deserve and in fact demand, to be informed and know the truth.

    It is also good that Joya has developed some strong characters to deal with the issues, as they probably relate well with their intended reading audience and use language that they understand.

    I read down to your author bio and my first reaction on seeing Joya's image was.. Is this a teenager writing YA fiction? and I just had to check her out first. Imagine my surprise to discover that she is almost 30, she looks amazing!

    Great objective and well considered review! :)

  7. This sounds wonderful. I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list!

    Karen @For What It's Worth


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