Publication Date: June 13, 2023
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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up
Now in paperback! Joya Goffney, author of the acclaimed Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, delivers a powerful second novel about a preacher’s daughter in small-town Texas and her journey toward loving herself and her body; filled with heart, humor, family drama, and a dynamic love triangle. For fans of Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles and Calling My Name by Liara Tamani.
I embrace that I’m not all good either. As far as I can help it, church girls won’t be me. Not anymore.Monique is a preacher’s daughter who detests the impossible rules of her religion. Everyone expects her to wait until marriage, so she has no one to turn to when she discovers that she physically can’t have sex.After two years of trying and failing, her boyfriend breaks up with her. To win him back, Monique teams up with straitlaced church girl Sasha—who is surprisingly knowledgeable about Monique’s condition—as well as Reggie, the misunderstood bad boy who always makes a ruckus at church. Together they embark upon a top secret search for the cure.While on their quest, Monique discovers the value of a true friend and the wonders of a love that accepts her for who she is. Despite everyone’s opinions about her virtue, she learns to live for herself, inspiring us all to reclaim our bodies and unapologetically love ourselves.
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