Friday, February 14, 2014

Badass Books: Dangerous Girls

I started—and finished—Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on my flight to Vegas last week. First, let me say that this book went beyond my expectations. It was a very, very good read. Second: who has read it? I need to decompress with someone, please. The end? If you’ve read this and have thoughts, please DM me on Twitter.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.

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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined...

Why I Read It: This book showed up a lot during the 2013 YA superlatives, so I decided to add it to my list. The cover above? Does not do it justice. It makes it seem like a girls-gone-wild-spring-break-gone-wrong book. It’s so much more than that.

ZOMG Yes I only have this title here because it’s in all my reviews. But after finishing Dangerous Girls and having all these feelings and being confused, it doesn’t feel appropriate.

What made this book good?

Everything. All of the characters—the intricacies of the relationships, the suggestions of motive, the depths they’d go to get what they want. The mystery. Like I said—still need to talk about the end. To process it. The way the book was written: Anna’s narrative, the evidence, the transcripts, the phone calls.

kthxbai If you like murder mysteries, check this book out.

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