GOOD by S. Walden
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.
Elizabeth - 4 Crowns
omg... this book just omg. when i first stared it i thought.. YA.. then i kept reading and it hooked me.
Then i got really pissed at Mark Connelly... i mean he is a freaking teacher... he knows better.. he should never have gone near Cadence. my mommy bear instincts made me really not like this story, at the beginning.
then... i kept reading.. and i just couldn't stop. i read it all the way through, and it had me feel a plethora of emotions, and the most surprising, i was cheering for them. i wanted true love to win out. And it did, for a while. then they hit some walls. Of course they hit some walls, the age difference, the wrongness of the whole situation.
but then, when all hope was gone... true love won out, and then..... all hope was gone!
4 Crowns because is ends in a cliffy... hate cliffs... but it really is 4.5...
Kelly - 4 Crowns
BOOK REVIEW: GOOD – (Too Good, #1) – S. Walden
ARC provided by the author for: www.perusingprincesses.com
I love sinking into a ‘first love / first sexual experience, coming of age’ romance, especially when its executed with a bout of realism and honesty. S. Walden has taken the taboo subject of ‘teacher vs. student love affair’ and flourished it with a sympathetic kindness. I didn’t find any part of this story derogatory and distasteful, therefore making it an easy, refreshing, new adult read.
Nevertheless, there is some angst thrown in – come on, she did write ‘Going Under’ after all! From the opening chapters of Cadence’s time in juvenile hall to her first day back at High School, some scenes played havoc with my emotions. Bullying is a real sore spot for me, it demoralises a person’s spirit, breaks them down, renders them powerless and alone. Although Cadence is strong of mind, it still has devastating emotional affects that successfully had me reaching for those tissues!
This is where S. Walden excels in her characterisation. Immediately, I felt compelled to care for Cadence because it’s evident that she’s not a rotten egg at all, she is in-fact the embodiment of ‘GOOD’, a kind and caring young woman with strong Christian values. The injustice of other’s actions was insufferable as she still continued to pay the consequences of one fatal mistake in junior year. With nowhere to run, shunned and ridiculed by those who she once called friend, life as she knew it was over.
Enter the male protagonist… Mr Mark Connelly. Can I just say, *Dreamy*, okay, besides that, hes the new guy in school and incredibly beautiful, trendy and smart, with an affinity for instrumental hip-hop. Cadence is compelled to get to know this man. In-fact he’s so kind to the saddest girl in school that he becomes her light in the darkness, her angel in time of need. There is just one problem… he is also her calculus teacher.
Oh yeah… here we go… you just know it’s going to be good. Especially when Cadence flunks calculas and needs ‘extra’ tuition. Although, her freedom has been stripped by her parents, she finds a get out of jail free card in the form of new best friend…
Enter: Avery, the ‘good’ to be ‘bad’ girl who gives Cadence the perfect alibi. But like anything… deceitfulness, regardless of loving intentions have a way of biting you in the backside, you just don’t know when it’s going to happen!
I had to keep reminding myself of Cadence’s age as grated on my nerves a little, she could be immature and erratic in her thought processes and yet her naivety was endearing. She had no brain to mouth filter that had me laughing out loud at times, and this book probably has one of the most interesting ‘first time’ sexual encounters/conversations I have ever played witness too, it was interesting to say the least!
I am awarding ‘Good’ with a well deserved 4-stars because it kept me entertained, right until the very end.