Monday, January 27, 2014

{Review} Dangerous Girls By: Abigail Haas

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Recommended for Fans Of: E. Lockhart, Jennifer Lynne Barnes, Sarah McCarry

Synopsis: Spring break in Aruba. A group of gorgeous and popular friends. Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. What could go wrong? When one of the girls is found brutally murdered, the whole world turns to point fingers at just one person: the dead girl's best friend, Anna. Locked in prison and put on trial, Anna must fight for her freedom and do everything in her power to find out who truly killed her best friend. But when all of the world is watching, will Anna sink or swim?

Review: Ugh. Ugh, ugh ugh. This book. There are so many words to describe it. Most of them are good, and some of them are bad (which I will refrain using because they are curse words). This was one twisted book. The ending was just... ugh. It was equal parts electrifying and terrifying. But mainly I was just like,


Ending: Before reading Dangerous Girls, I trolled through Goodreads reading the reviews, and 95% of the people said that the ending was just, cray-cray. And it was, don't get me wrong. The ending made me scream and curl up into a ball of mind-blownness. But it was also kind of... predictable? For many people, it wasn't, and I think that if you stay off of Goodreads and don't read all the reviews, then you won't know what is coming. But I just read so many darn reviews that I was like.. okay? Then I kind of know what is going to happen now. But the ending still shocked me either way. I was just... it was a psycho ending and I don't know whether to worship Abigail Haas or fear her. I think both, yeah?

Characters: The characters were FUCKED UP. The whole lot of them. Trashy, lying, cheating, raving characters. But that's like, 75% of high schoolers. Specific characters, such as the dead girl Elise, and her best friend Anna were really interesting.... Actually, they were both wackos. They were best friends, but their relationship was a perverse closeness that just made me shudder with disgust. There were many hidden dynamics underneath these characters, such as a deep and trembling sadness that must have taken hold in both of these girls and lingered there their entire lives. Jealously and betrayal certainly played a part in establishing each of their roles in this book. After reading Dangerous Girls, I just sat there and thought about the true amount of terrible, twisted and wicked people in the world and it scared me.

Storyline/Plot: Man, I finished this 400 page book in 3 hours because it was that good. Right off the bat, the story swings into action and the action does not die down until the very last sentence, so I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Although I don't necessarily want to label Dangerous Girls as entertaining, it was like watching something horrible happen, and knowing you should look away, but you can't. A twisted kind of entertainment. Like the entire book.

Writing: The reason I gave Dangerous Girls 4 out of 5 stars is because the timeline being written in this story was a little weird. For me it was hard to distinguish just how far back an even occurred in Anna's memories. Since the book features settings and scenes that took place off of Aruba also, it made it a little confusing to read.

Conclusion: Well go ahead, read Dangerous Girls. If you want a book hangover, and you like to throw your books against a wall, then by all means. Go ahead. I won't judge you. Dangerous Girls is just too good not to be read.


  1. You know, normally I really love your reviews. But I have to say that the bad language is something I don't enjoy seeing.

    1. As always, I appreciate your opinion and input! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this review. Dangerous Girls was such an astonishing novel that I tried to veer off of the professional side of reviews, and just express my opinions as other bloggers do. In the future, I will definitely this in mind!

  2. I just read this one myself. Your two GIFS up there, perfect for what I looked like pretty much the whole way through. I went in blind with this one. No reviews, nothing. That's rare for me, but I was away from a computer, so I didn't have the chance. And i am so glad that it worked out that way. I had no clue. NONE! I usually guess endings such as this, but not this time. Abigail Haas is a flippin genius! I want to say so much more, but I can't because there isn't much to say that isn't a spoiler. This BOOK! I would love to sit down and discuss with someone, just to get it all off of my chest. Again, THIS BOOK!

    1. Right, right?? My thoughts exactly! I saw it coming and I was even still in shock! I've read some of Abby's other works (mainly YA contemporaries) and I loved loved loved it!


    2. I haven't read anything else by her, but after this one I think I really need to! I am still reeling over this dang book!

  3. I have read some reviews of this books and a lot of people said the the ending was mind-blowing:-O

  4. I absolutely loved this book! The characters were insane and sometimes it was so hard to feel bad for them. Anna and Elise's friendship was so twisted and strange. I agree that the ending was a little predictable but even though I saw it coming I didn't want it to be true. The ending makes you want to go back and read it again with that information in mind. Great review :)

  5. Seriously a book with murder would be appealing if not for the stereotypical pattern of the best friend. But as a teenage protagonist, let's see what can happen

  6. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Totally love creeping on Goodreads and then finding clues while reading, but you're right it does take away the shock value of the bad guy reveal.

    Lovely review:)