Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Jean Chen Ho

Second Advisor

Melora Wolff


Set in the year 1980, "Good Girls Don't" is a bracing coming-of-age story about Cathy, a young woman in Los Angeles who dreams of escaping the city yet feels intimately bound to it. Los Angeles as a terrifyingly beautiful place, in this specific time, figures prominently in this novella; even as Cathy enjoys smoking pot with her best friend Heather, rolls her eyes at her boss at Jack In the Box, and moons over sexy surfer boys, the threat of a serial murderer targeting young women hangs over her mind. On a date one night with Jim, an older boy she's long admired, Cathy is faced with an unexpected interruption that will shake her to her core, changing everything she thought she knew about herself, ideas of right and wrong, and her friendship with Heather


Thank you to Professor Jean Ho, Professor Melora Wolff, and my parents for making this project possible!