Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigal Haas (Abby McDonald)
Genre: YA, mystery/ thriller
Rating: 🍜🍜🍜🍜.5 /5 (Chow mein)
Blurb: “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 could ever imagine…”
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To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this book.
The book eerily mirrored the Amanda Knox trial. For those of you who don’t know — Amanda Knox was studying abroad in Italy, when her roommate was brutally killed and Knox was the main suspect. In Dangerous Girls, Anna and Elise are bestest of friends, despite only knowing each other for a year. They develop this almost possessive and obsessive friendships, which at some times seems that their relationship goes beyond friendship (if you know what I mean) **SPOILER. The chapters in the book alternate between events that occur in the past, during the vacation, after the murder, and the trial, all told in Anna’s voice. The story keeps you on your toes, a classic tale of “whodunnit”, with an almost sadistic twist at the end. The tight relationship between Anna and Elise is illuminated in most of the book, with Anna being the “middle- class outsider” and Elise being the “privileged insider” of their rich private school, who leaves her group to befriend Anna. Anna’s character transforms from an introvert, into an avid partier, with her partner in crime (and instigator) the ever-so-perfect Elise. In addition, you see the struggle Elise has had with being the “perfect” student and daughter -which leads her to promiscuity. With her newfound self, Anna develops relationship with the “golden boy-future president-” guy of their quaint private school- Tate. We see the relationship between Tate, Anna and Elise blossom into teen love, lust, jealousy and angst.**SPOILER He soon becomes another prime suspect in Elise’s murder. Eventually Haas provides the contrast of the classes, how the rich and privileged are dealt with in regards to the legal system **SPOILER , versus, the low/ middle class treatment. Anna is held in Aruba, and tried under the countries legal system. A judge is to decide her fate, along with a persistent and shady prosecution lawyer, hellbent to convict Anna, Anna’s chance for freedom looks slim to none. In this compelling story, about love, friendship, betrayal and murder -the ending is one not to be expected. **SPOILER.
Dangerous Girls keep readers on their toes, rooting for the wrong people, and condemning the innocent. Dangerous Girls is a compelling mystery that had me so sure who hadn’t done it, I failed to see who had. I liked the initial friendship between Anna and Elise. They had the type of movie- cliche friendship that almost everyone could want -a shoulder to cry on, someone to do anything with, or even someone to just talk to. Elise, was very complex, and at times, I couldn’t take her seriously. In my opinion she was a little to wild for me. Her excessive dgaf attitude, her stupidity when it came to promiscuity, this girl literally thought she was invincible **SPOILER and I personally didn’t like her. I admired some of her traits, but her over personality just screamed ‘bitch’. I didn’t like Tate, and I really didn’t see Anna’s complete infatuation with him. They “loved” each other, but I didn’t really see what was loving about either of them. Anna was just a lovesick puppy, dumbly in love with the all-around popular guy who’s, “actually sweet inside” (barf). And Tate was just another horny teen with no personality. All of sudden when he explains to Anna the pressures of being “the golden boy” she automatically believes he’s changed. I don’t buy that, everyone has problems, doesn’t mean it overrides the douchey things he’s done to other girls. I was so frustrated with the trial -the lack of evidence, the slandering **SPOILER, and the betrayal Anna faced. How could people turn their back on they “so-called friend” so fast? They were all jumping to conclusion which furthered everyone’s suspicion of Anna. And lastly, Anna herself during the trial. I didn’t know whether to feel bad for her, and think she was the most stupidest person ever. **SPOILER.
Overall the book was craaaaazy, it kept me on my toes, so sure of who’d done it, but so conflicted as well. I highly recommend this book if you’re into plot twist mysteries. 4.5/5 noodles, the characters could have used their brains, and there were some unlikable characters, but without those aspects there wouldn’t have been a great story.
Ramen: Seriously awesome, a must read
Chow mein: It was great, def add to reading list
Udon: It was satisfying, nice little way to pass the time
Lo mein: It was ok, better books out there
Soggy noodles: Not that good, do not recommend