Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Format/Length: Paperback/388 pages
Publisher/Date Published: July 16th 2013/Simon Pulse
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Mystery-Thriller-A BOOK THAT’S GOING TO SCREW WITH YOUR MIND.
Description: It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love. As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine..
5/5 stars —
YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW I’M SUPPOSED TO WRITE A COHERENT REVIEW OF THIS, BUT . . .
This book . . . I don’t even know where to begin with it. In short, this was the book I was expecting We Were Liars to be — twisty, mind-blowing, and just all round awesome. And don’t get me wrong I liked We Were Liars, but that book has nothing on Dangerous Girls. I’m not going to talk about plot too much — because how on earth am I supposed to convey my feelings to you all without giving away the ending? It’s shocking and twisting and it’ll make you think twice.
Couple the Plot of Awesomeness with really good writing, intriguing characters, and a non-linear plot, and dang, this was just amazing. I have to admit that I was not expecting this book to live up to my expectations; I was expecting a good read, so it should be, given the amount of five-star reviews I’ve seen floating around on the interwebs, but I was not expecting me to love it so so so very much. It’s the sort of book that once you’ve read, you lie awake at night just thinking about it.
A lot of people probably won’t like the way it’s been written. The novel is split into the past, the present, and the trial. Personally? I LOVED the trial scenes. They were thrilling — on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrilling, oh-my-god-what-is-going-to-happen-next thrilling. This is not a book you can only read a little bit at the time. Is that even possible? I swallowed this book whole in a few hours (not literally guys, don’t worry), and even then, all I wanted was more of Haas’s writing.
I’ll be reading Dangerous Boys for sure, though I don’t know how it’s going to live up to Dangerous Girls!
My advice to you: If you like a good mystery/thriller with unpredictable characters, then READ THIS BOOK. I feel like it’s not only a mystery/thriller that a teen would like, but someone older, too. So what are you waiting for? Read this book!