It was no longer enough just to taste the rain, I wanted to feel the water over my whole body- Mia (Jessie Ann Foley)
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.
I was aware what I was getting myself into, when I started reading You Know I’m No Good By Jessie Ann Foley, I was expecting emotional baggage, awful people around the main character, a lot of self reflection but nobody told me a sad book can make you feel this happy and relaxed at the end. (not like literally happy but more like relived happy.)
Before I get into more details I just want to say, I loved the book’s structure. And the small chapters felt so rewarding, it was so much fun to read, run through chapters and see the different texts. It kinda reflected Mia’s emotions and character for me.
Mia is talented and possibly a genius but we never get to find her true academic potential because, she gives up on all of that. way before page one. To Mia it doesn’t feel like any of that will make much of a difference in her life people have already made an impression of her in their mind. So she decides to build on that reputation by behaving reckless. Despite the heavy content the book is very light and and even cute in certain scenes.
I was running through pages as Mia gets to the boarding school and we meet other girls there. Not only does Mia’s character feel refreshing and gives a fresh perspective on mental health but we also get to see the other girls, what their issues are and how differently everyone deals with them.
There are definitely some scenes very felt very raw and even violating, but they weren’t about sexual Assault. While there are mentions of assault, Suicidal Ideation, Drug and Alcohol Use, Self-Harm, there aren’t any vivid descriptions of it. The plot centers mental health but Mia’s story is more than that. I got to see Mia grow up and mature and take control of her life after feeling at the mercy of other’s perception.
Mia reminded me of my experiences of high school and how easy it is to loose yourself in others perception of you. True belief and self worth comes from within and Mia reminded me that.
I will still consider this a feel good book, if you are ok with reading books with those trigger warnings. The reason is, I was feeling drained and in a reading slump and wasn’t sure if I will be able to find the book. Or read another book with any trigger warnings but I literally finished You Know I’m No Good in one day.
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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