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SEMI-FINALIST – 14

Thursday, 24 March 2011  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Name: Margay Leah Justice
Title: The Goode Girl
Genre: Contemporary YA
I always knew my name would get me into trouble one day. I just didn’t think it’d take this long. Maybe I have a slow fuse or a short attention span or something, but, anyway, it finally happened – I snapped. And my name got me in trouble.
Seriously, with a name like Irene Goode, the probability ranked pretty high, if you know what I mean. Well, I guess Irene’s not too bad – unless you’re like a certain someone who shall remain nameless (Bridget Taylor), who once told me, “We had a cow named Irene once. We ate it for dinner.”
But she’s one twisted sister. I mean seriously twisted. Even in grade school. Who’d name something and then eat it? Or even say they did? That’s a demented thing for anyone to say, but really disturbing coming from a seven-year old.

Yeah, so tell me something like that and you make an issue out of the first name. But most of the time, it’s not so bad. Not great. (Like Maxie or Roxie, my idols!) But not bad. Oh, no. The problem is the last name.
Goode.
Do you know how hard it is to live up to a name like that?
I do.
And seriously, how many times can you walk into a room to the sounds of someone saying, “Everyone behave now, the Goode girl’s here,” without losing it just a little?

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