Lara Cardella (born November 13, 1969 in Licata, Italy) is an Italian writer. She is best known for her best seller novel Good girls don't wear trousers. Her first book Good girls don't wear trousers (in Italian: Volevo i pantaloni), written when she was nineteen, caused a scandal in the small Sicilian community where she lived because it fiercely criticized what she perceived as the backwardness and chauvinism of contemporary sicilian society. The controversy surrounding the book, as well as the young age of its author, contributed to make it a huge bestseller in Italy and the novel was translated in many languages and published across the rest of Europe, in Brazil and Korea. A film based on the novel, titled Volevo i pantaloni, came out in 1990.