Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl


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5.81 X 8.59 X 1.25 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author

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.


"Powerfully sex-positive, boundary pushing, and charmingly funny, Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is a story that touches topics all too often shoved under the rug, especially for Black girls." -- Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure and Off the Record

"Deeply empowering. Sweet yet candid. Ms. Goffney's fearless story about the path to self acceptance and the unexpected people who help on the journey is the perfect antidote to purity culture. A necessary tale that reads like a secret that everyone should hear about." -- Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, authors of Unpregnant and Save Steve

"Thanks to Goffney's superb storytelling and dazzling prose, this candid exploration of a sensitive subject is also a heartfelt, funny, and irresistible read. Smart, sex-positive--and positively terrific." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Goffney's (Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry) sincere novel underscores conversations around sexual autonomy, purity culture, and internalized shame with earnestness and humor...Safe spaces composed predominantly of Black women, discussions regarding sexual health education's importance, and tender, healthy depictions of romance that exhibit respect for personal boundaries populate this sex-positive read, a compassionate novel that encourages teens to prioritize the control, safety, and comfort of their own bodies." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Goffney infuses her narrative with humor and Black culture and beautifully expands on Monique's relationships with her family. Her journey toward recognizing her own value is hard-won, and her awareness of her own worth, when it comes, feels like a true victory. An empowering read for teens." -- Booklist

"A triumph in not just dynamite contemporary fiction but also in critiquing purity culture and the harm it can do." -- Buzzfeed