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how to be a good girl mingles diaries, poems, drafts, fragments, literary/cultural criticism, & love letters to unfurl hybrid interrogations of femininity, fucking, & surviving trauma. as the text journeys from the ice age to climate crisis & devours figures & texts as expansive as levinas, plath, the ronettes, after-school-specials, fairy tales, & the romantics (among oth how to be a good girl mingles diaries, poems, drafts, fragments, literary/cultural criticism, & love letters to unfurl hybrid interrogations of femininity, fucking, & surviving trauma. as the text journeys from the ice age to climate crisis & devours figures & texts as expansive as levinas, plath, the ronettes, after-school-specials, fairy tales, & the romantics (among others). how to be a good girl dismantles contemporary formulations of womanhood to ask: how far will one woman go in her longing to be fathomed as good, & what pound of flesh must be paid to live through this.


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how to be a good girl mingles diaries, poems, drafts, fragments, literary/cultural criticism, & love letters to unfurl hybrid interrogations of femininity, fucking, & surviving trauma. as the text journeys from the ice age to climate crisis & devours figures & texts as expansive as levinas, plath, the ronettes, after-school-specials, fairy tales, & the romantics (among oth how to be a good girl mingles diaries, poems, drafts, fragments, literary/cultural criticism, & love letters to unfurl hybrid interrogations of femininity, fucking, & surviving trauma. as the text journeys from the ice age to climate crisis & devours figures & texts as expansive as levinas, plath, the ronettes, after-school-specials, fairy tales, & the romantics (among others). how to be a good girl dismantles contemporary formulations of womanhood to ask: how far will one woman go in her longing to be fathomed as good, & what pound of flesh must be paid to live through this.

30 review for how to be a good girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arabelle Sicardi

    This is soooooooooo goooooooooooood

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amorak Huey

    My last book of 2020. It’s a good one to go out on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    i am gonna have to read this again bc i liked it a lot! feels like a good companion to vuong's on earth we're briefly gorgeous in the sense that it makes me feel a bunch of stuff that maybe i will interrogate at some later point i am gonna have to read this again bc i liked it a lot! feels like a good companion to vuong's on earth we're briefly gorgeous in the sense that it makes me feel a bunch of stuff that maybe i will interrogate at some later point

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veda Sloan

    I don't know what constitutes "good" poetry vs bad, but I do know that this collection spoke to me in ways no other poetry book has. I read it twice, back to back, because it was so good. It felt familiar, at times intense, beautiful, inspiring. I've literally been gushing about this book to anyone who'll listen. I don't know what constitutes "good" poetry vs bad, but I do know that this collection spoke to me in ways no other poetry book has. I read it twice, back to back, because it was so good. It felt familiar, at times intense, beautiful, inspiring. I've literally been gushing about this book to anyone who'll listen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meg Frances

    Jaime's verse is both an education (this book contains so many authors & works I made note of to explore) and an invitation into her life/world. At times, how to be a good girl made me feel like a bad girl, someone who has just stumbled upon her roommate's or lover's journal/diary and has quickly decided to have a peak, carelessly thumbing through an assumed sacred space. But actually that's inaccurate as this book requires time to fully ingest. That this was all written and assembled during a g Jaime's verse is both an education (this book contains so many authors & works I made note of to explore) and an invitation into her life/world. At times, how to be a good girl made me feel like a bad girl, someone who has just stumbled upon her roommate's or lover's journal/diary and has quickly decided to have a peak, carelessly thumbing through an assumed sacred space. But actually that's inaccurate as this book requires time to fully ingest. That this was all written and assembled during a global pandemic and while the author was under or unemployed is awe inspiring. A gentle nudge for other writers to just finish the damn book already. It is recommended you clear out a place for this book by your bedside for early morning mind wanderings or leave it your purse/tote bag for solo park or beach trips.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    how to be a good girl is sticky, emotional, honest, and horny...really hittin all the big ones!! Hood's first text plays with format using an almost stream of consciousness model injected with care and attention of a passionate writer's painstaking adjustments. The result is somehow perfectly edited and completely raw. I could absolutely read this text ten times (and I will) and come out with ten different experiences. Hood's voice is honest, vulnerable, and biting while grappling with everythin how to be a good girl is sticky, emotional, honest, and horny...really hittin all the big ones!! Hood's first text plays with format using an almost stream of consciousness model injected with care and attention of a passionate writer's painstaking adjustments. The result is somehow perfectly edited and completely raw. I could absolutely read this text ten times (and I will) and come out with ten different experiences. Hood's voice is honest, vulnerable, and biting while grappling with everything from love, to rejection, trauma, change, and even bits of pandemic life, just barely allowing the amber to set on these preserved moments she graciously shares with us. Jamie is kind and funny and so smart, and you should buy her first book immediately.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Basia

    Jamie Hood opens how to be a good girl as spring opens a bud, "readying its loveliness," but not without acknowledging the often cruel landscaping such loveliness may undergo. "shall the poem delete its own production" is a question to which this book says no, and even absolutely not! Instead the poems live in a gnarly, knotty garden of girlness. The poems are naturally natural occurrences, speaking in numerous dialects of desire and fluent in each one. Jamie Hood opens how to be a good girl as spring opens a bud, "readying its loveliness," but not without acknowledging the often cruel landscaping such loveliness may undergo. "shall the poem delete its own production" is a question to which this book says no, and even absolutely not! Instead the poems live in a gnarly, knotty garden of girlness. The poems are naturally natural occurrences, speaking in numerous dialects of desire and fluent in each one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    haven't even read this yet but i want to so bad... jamie's essay "Against Discourse: The Chaser Myth & the Un/Making of a Modern Woman" has lived rent free in my head an entire half a year now and i just want to know it alllll haven't even read this yet but i want to so bad... jamie's essay "Against Discourse: The Chaser Myth & the Un/Making of a Modern Woman" has lived rent free in my head an entire half a year now and i just want to know it alllll

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krysten

    I did not understand a lot of what was said. The stream-of-consciousness and the formatting had me mystified, but I believe in Jamie Hood's work and did not try to remember what words like "teleological" mean; I just went with it. This book is delightful and distressing, and its existence fills me with hope and awe. I did not understand a lot of what was said. The stream-of-consciousness and the formatting had me mystified, but I believe in Jamie Hood's work and did not try to remember what words like "teleological" mean; I just went with it. This book is delightful and distressing, and its existence fills me with hope and awe.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    I loved it. This book was beautiful, gutting, and ultimately so gorgeously hopeful. I tried to really make it last & enjoy all of it (it’s great to read in a lux lil bubble bath) but I couldn’t stop picking it up. I can’t wait to read it many more times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Manuela Lopez Restrepo

    what a decadent and painstakingly crafted piece of work; I think I will have to read a few more times before I can fully appreciate each choice Jamie made in her lyricism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Pisaturo

    Jamie Hood is one to watch. Can't wait to read everything she writes ever. #veryhotmom Jamie Hood is one to watch. Can't wait to read everything she writes ever. #veryhotmom

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grace Camille

    Different than anything I have ever read. Hood’s prose is unorthodox, complex and layered. It was violent, raw, heartbreaking, vulnerable and horny. Excited to see what else she comes out with.

  14. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    it’s a beautiful book :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate Bunting

    I loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Grondahl

    Everything I can think to say is cliché and these words deserve so much more than clichés but holy shit these words these words these. words.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana Schneider

    stunning !!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Bischoff

    What a beautiful, raw, honest piece of work. Jamie’s poetry and journal are painful, sexy, and perfect for reading during the pandemic they were written during.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julian Day

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emilia Olsen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bea

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cordova

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brigid

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