Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers

Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers (Italian: Volevo i pantaloni) is an autobiographical novel by Lara Cardella. It was published by Mondadori in 1989, when the author was only 19.

Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers
AuthorLara Cardella
Original titleVolevo i pantaloni
PublisherMondadori, Arcade Publishing
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint
Pages118 pages

The novel, which tells the plight of a teenager forced into the mental and cultural restrictions of Sicily in the 1980s, achieved unexpected success. It became a social phenomenon and was translated into several languages.[1][2]

In 1990, the book was adapted into a film with the same name directed by Maurizio Ponzi.[3][4] In 1995, Cardella wrote a sequel to the book, entitled Volevo i pantaloni 2.[5]

On the twentieth anniversary of the first publication in 2009, Mondadori published a new edition of the book which included a previously unpublished interview with the author.


  1. ^ Fulvio Bianchi (1990-01-05). "Volevano il pallone". La Repubblica. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  2. ^ Laura Lilli (1989-10-15). "Anche in Corea vogliono i pantaloni". La Repubblica. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ Chiti, Roberto; Lancia, Enrico; Poppi, Roberto (January 1991). Dizionario del cinema italiano: I Film. 6. Gremese Editore. ISBN 8884401372.
  4. ^ Mereghetti, Paolo (1 January 2010). Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore. ISBN 8860736269.
  5. ^ Parazzoli, Ferruccio (1997). Questa è mia madre: venti scrittori italiani raccontano la loro madre. Paoline. ISBN 8831514024.