TITLE: You Know I’m No Good
AUTHOR: Jessie Ann Foley
PUBLISHER: Quill Tree Books (HarperCollins)
RELEASE DATE: October 13th, 2020
GENRE(S): YA FICTION–Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Sexual Assault, Suicidal Ideation, Drug and Alcohol Use, Self-Harm
From Printz Honor winner and William C. Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes the story of one girl’s battle to define herself as something other than her reputation.
Mia is officially a Troubled Teen—she gets bad grades, drinks too much, and has probably gone too far with too many guys. But she doesn’t realize how out of control her parents think she is until they send her away to Red Oak Academy, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Minnesota.
While there, Mia starts confronting her painful past, and questions the purpose of Red Oak. After all, if the Red Oak girls were boys, they never would have been treated the way that they are. Amidst the revelations that cause her to question the way that society treats young women, circumstances outside of her control force Mia to discover what happens when she makes herself vulnerable enough to be truly seen by the rest of the world.
Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel, The Carnival at Bray, was a Printz Honor Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, a YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title, and a William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, Neighborhood Girls, was an ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title. Sorry for Your Loss, her third novel, was an Illinois Reads selection. You Know I’m No Good is her fourth novel. Jessie lives with her husband and three daughters in Chicago, where she was born and raised. To learn more about Jessie, visit her online at www.jessieannfoley.com.
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Mia is known as a “troubled teen,” the last straw is when she punches her stepmother. She has also done many things such as cutting class to smoke weed. Due to her behavior, she’s being sent to “Red Oak Academy: A Therapeutic Girls’ Boarding School for Troubled Teens.” Mia describes how “there is no orientation, the way you might have at a normal high school. That’s because there is no regular start date to the school year. Every girl arrives at a different time, at whatever point in the year her troubledness becomes too troubling for those around her to deal with anymore.”
Through this story, the author doesn’t shy away from tough topics such as sexual assault, OCD, self harm, etc. I like how even through her “trouble” Mia is honest about her experiences and she feels very real to me, I miss reading characters like her. I liked that we also got to know the rest of the troubled teens there with Mia, to see how they all have sad stories to tell. I like how Mia’s honesty more than anything especially towards the end when she says, “But I know that I look good. I look healthy. I look like I’ve been through some shit. I look like somebody with a future before me that is emptied of everything but possibility. I close my eyes. I brush my fingers down the silhouette of myself. Before I get into the scalding hot shower to luxuriate in its pounding water pressure and Alanna’s rose- scented shampoo, I wrap my arms around myself, just to see what it would feel like to hold the body that is me.” My favorite thing about this book is how the book kept my attention, I was engaged especially with how real and authentic this story is.