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.