By: Abigail Haas (Abby McDonald)
Publication: July 16th, 2013 by Simon Pulse
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (can I give it 100 stars? This book sure deserves it!)Synopsis: 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…
“Wouldn’t we all look guilty if someone searched hard enough?”
Dangerous Girls blew my mind. It’s crafted so perfectly, so sneakily, so twisted and, well, it was dangerous–so dangerous in the fact that it messes with your mind and your emotions. It completely soared past all other YA thrillers and mysteries I’ve read; this book is in it’s own category.
Basically, if this book could describe itself with one GIF, here’s what it would use:
With Dangerous Girls, you have it all: sex, drugs, lies, betrayals, murders. It’s like watching a soap opera, but at the same time, I was constantly pulling my hair out and thinking to myself, “Who did it?” Truth is, I was wrong every time. The twist is big; it is mind boggling and crazy and so many other things, I can’t even describe it. I recommend that you go into this book without knowing too much, because one of the best part of reading Dangerous Girls is formulating your own guesses and ideas about who the murderer is. And, by the way, I haven’t read one review on Goodreads where someone says that they knew who the murderer was from the beginning, so I’d like to say that there’s a 99.9% chance that you won’t guess correctly (the first time, at least) who killed Elise.
“Any one of us could be made to look like a monster, with selective readings of our history.”
Anna and her friends weren’t exactly what I would call lovable characters. They’re just a bunch of kids that are trying to get wasted in Aruba and ended up being among a murderer. I liked how Abigail Haas touched upon all of the group’s relationships and alternated between chapters of past and present. It really gave me a sense of where the characters stood and gave me a clear look at the past and how it was shaping what was going on in the present.
Abigail Haas is the master at giving her readers vivid emotions and feelings: some of the things in this book made me horrified, others tugged at my heartstrings. I love books that can trigger so many emotions and ideas, and Dangerous Girls was one of those books.
Read this book. Just do it. It’s a masterpiece, a thrilling debut, and one of my all time favorites. And by the way, all I want for Christmas is Dangerous Boys, because I need more of Abigail Haas’s writing in my life.
Now, stop reading this review and start reading Dangerous Girls!
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