Published by Simon Pulse
Published on July 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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...
How many times do I have to mention that I’ve been on an epic reading slump? You guys must have tagged me as The Girl with The Reading Slump! A lot of bookish people have thrown books at me. If it happened in real life, I would be black and blue! But after reading Zoe’s review, and with Faye, Amir, and Jeann discussing it on Hangouts, I was compelled to try it out.
Dangerous Girls started with a murder mystery. Anna and her friends flew to Aruba hoping to have a fabulous spring break. Everything was running smoothly, partying and drinking everywhere, soaking up under the sun, until Elise, a straight-A high school student was found dead, stabbed 13 times, and her best friend, Anna, was the prime suspect. Now, if that doesn’t make you curious, I don’t know what else will.
Have you ever watched Locked Up Abroad on National Geographic? It is one of my fears to be locked up in another country because of a crime that I didn’t do (or did do). Anna was awaiting trial in Aruba. Imagine being a courtroom facing a murder trial, and the only person who can set you free is the judge? Each country has their own justice system, so if you are going to a foreign country, make sure that you read about their laws to avoid jail time, and do not kill anyone, because I believe that every country in the world would try to catch you and put you behind bars.
The story unfolds through Anna’s perspective. We get to know her friends, and how she and Elise became really close. She used to be the new student. She was bullied by the queen bee, who was friends with Elise. One day, Elise approached her, and they’ve been friends ever since. They cut class, they partied, they drank, and took drugs. I’d have to say that their friendship was quite intense, to the point of scary. Anna also talked about being in love with her boyfriend, Tate, and how he and Elise didn’t really get along. But both girls loved each other. Miles and miles.
To be honest, I am finding it hard to write coherent thoughts to add to this review. I’ve had suspicions on who the real killer is, but every time my hunch solidifies, the author had to throw me off! Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has something on them. But there were breadcrumbs that I had to follow! At 50%, I knew I had to eat those breadcrumbs.
The pacing of the book was well-done. It felt urgent, but it didn’t feel too hurried. I found myself reading page after page after page, and was super ecstatic to find myself finishing a book! I’d have to say that the story was a total mindfuck, it was like Inception! But it was so good!
The way the book was written was brilliant. There were flashbacks, the heart-stopping trial, the present, and little stories in between. It also showed how the media could play a role in a murder trial. It can turn things messier. But it helped paint the picture of who the suspect could be. My only issue was the characters in the book. For some reason, I disliked everyone. Even Anna and Elise. Even though you can feel their closeness from Anna’s perspective, I just couldn’t help but think that they are toxic together. Tate also felt like a loser, even though he was supposed to be straight-edged, wanting to be the future president, he was also manipulative.
The mindfucking ending. When I got to that one liner near the end. I practically squealed in delight! (WTFuckery is this?!) My suspicions were correct!
It is one of those perfect YA mystery thrillers that just had to be read! It was intense, riveting, well-crafted, and powerful. I urge you to pick this up. You won’t regret it! #
P.S. I purchased a paperback copy of the book that I will be giving away soon! Stay tuned!
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