Ali Land’s Good Me Bad Me seemed to pop up everywhere I turned, so I was excited to win a copy from the publisher. I couldn’t wait to see if it was going to be as good as everyone said, but it didn’t live up to the hype, in my opinion.
Milly turns her serial killer mother into the police and earns a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. Milly wonders how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother.
It took me a while to get used to the author’s writing style. I found the narrative to be awkward throughout the book. Quotation marks were not used in places I thought they should be. For example, they weren’t used for conversations that Milly thinks back on, which made these conversations hard to read and follow. However, quotation marks were used during present day conversations. Not sure why they couldn’t be used everywhere? Anyway, I’m getting side tracked here. There were also a lot of short sentences. A. lot. Of. This. Type. of. Thing, which I found annoying and distracting.
Despite these annoyances, creepiness lives throughout. Is Milly good? Or is she bad? Those are the questions that plagued me as I read and kept me turning the pages. But in the end I was left wanting, left dangling without any clear answers. I like an author to spell it out, not allude to. I love a good mystery, but I like to have a clear-cut answer when I close the book. I think I know what happened, but I’m not sure.
The things I didn’t like about this book may be just what you love the most, so please don’t let this review stop you from reading. It just wasn’t everything I hoped for. If you’ve read Good Me Bad Me, what did you think?
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Good Me Bad Me
Author: Ali Land
Release Date: September 5, 2017