Title: Goodbye, Good Girl
Author: Renee Blossom
Publication date: 03 October 2017
Publisher: Pikko's House
When eighteen year old Kandace Santellan is ditched in St. Louis by her boyfriend on a cross country trip to reach her estranged father, she finds herself trapped––she can’t go home and she doesn’t have enough money to reach Los Angeles. She then meets April, an ambitious exotic dancer with attitude, who has a one thousand dollar wager––that Kandace can make the money she desperately needs dancing at the gentleman’s club The Palace in just one night. Rumored as an adult playground of fast money and faster pills, it’s a place where fantasy is king and problems are forgotten. Anything can happen.
But can Kandace strip her clothes for money, even if it is her only way to repair her broken family?
Feeling like time is running out, and out of options, she gets curious…thinking that after one wild night dancing, she would be on her way to LA. And her friends and family would never need to know. Could she make it work? Or will the club’s fantasy lifestyle take the good girl from Pittsburgh, and make her into someone she’s never met?
She could see why men liked coming here – you felt rich and famous by walking on its velvety carpet, as though by entering through its dark glass doors, you became whoever you wanted to be.
I have to admit that I was not a fan of this book. It had a lot of potential, but almost none of it came through. I was expecting a book with a lot of depth, about a girl who has to make life changing decisions in a couple of days or even hours. Going from a good girl, who lives with her mom and has a normal job, to a girl lost somewhere with no other choice than to become a stripper to make money to get back home (I’m not a good story teller, but you get the picture). Well… It wasn’t like that at all.
Let’s start at the beginning. From the start it felt like the writer just wanted to write about stripping and pole dancing and didn’t really care about the rest of the story, it just felt very rushed. There are some inconsistencies, especially with timing, that are hard to ignore. For example; She gives a dance lesson of 1 hour and 15 minutes (give or take 10 minutes), she drives home and has 2 different conversations on her porch, finds her mom unconscious in her bed, calls an ambulance. Then she has to wait 1 hour and 30 minutes in the hospital and then goes to see her mother. She drops her sister of at her aunt’s place and goes to meet some friend of hers where she sleeps 3 hours and waits some time while he works on his computer. After her nap it supposedly is 2pm. And I have to believe she did all that stuff in 6 hours? I’m not going to nag about every little thing that bothered me, but all those small things combined gave me the feeling that she just wanted to have the beginning over with so she could start with the story she actually wanted to write.
The characters were also really annoying. Kandace herself was dull and fatuous. She asks her boyfriend to drive her to LA (to clarify things, she lives in PENSYLVANIA, and they are both 18 years old!). He says yes without many questions and they decide to leave at once, in the middle of the night. Obviously (not) Kandace’s mother completely agrees. When Kyle (the boyfriend) gets a call from his mom in the morning to ask where he is, he needs to return home because his mother is angry (completely normal behaviour if you ask me).
I don’t live in the US, but if I would leave in the middle of the night for Portugal (that’s about the same distance they had to cover) without telling anyone, my entire family would kill me! But the worst part is that everyone (other than Kyle and his mother) seems to think that it’s Kyle who is completely insane and that he is just a bad boyfriend.
Than the most unbelievable part in this whole book happens. She just sits on a bench for 10 minutes and this random girl (April) sees her and asks her out of the blue if she wants to be a stripper. Kandace has like 5 questions at most before she agrees to do it. It’s utterly crazy!
The book got less bad after that. I still didn’t like the characters, because they staid exactly the same. But the writing got better. There was a little more detailing and explaining done in the middle part. I truly believe that if this book was had been just about stripping, it would have been better.
The drugs part bothered me A LOT. It wasn’t the fact that she did ecstasy that bothered me (I’m not that boring). She just never ever ever ever questions it! She just starts taking pills regularly out of nowhere because someone she just met offered them to her.
This book felt like it just didn’t know which genre it wanted to be. The weird mystery about her father that is brought in to make the story more exited is just not good at all. It just feels fake and used as an excuses to get the girl to the strip club.
I have to admit, I skipped some pages at the end (it got worse again)s. All the dialogues just were about the same thing over and over and over again. And I just expected more about the ending. Here I was truly bothered by the mystery part. Because nothing gets revealed. All the questions that made it a mystery just stay unanswered. Nothing change, nothing happens. It just ends exactly the way it started.
To end with a positive note. Not everything was bad, that’s almost impossible. The story was easy to follow, it didn’t get complicated. There scenery was also good. I knew where I was and how everything was supposed to look at all time during this story. If you want to read an easy book about stripping, there is a chance you will enjoy this!