Title: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Genre: YA, mystery/ thriller
Rating: .5/5 (Udon)
Blurb: “They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.
But June doesn’t believe it.
June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else—before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.
But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this—things would never be the same again.
And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.”
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I really, really, REAAAAALLLY wanted to like this book, but it just wasn’t what I expected.
I initially picked it up after reading Dangerous Girls, because it had the same feel to it. GBF dies, other GBF trying to found out who did it, all the while there is some big twist at the end. **SPOILER. So to begin, June and Delia have been BFFLs since grade school. June, obviously the shy one and Delia the spunky one. Both girls come from messed up families -June’s mom is alcoholic and no mention of a dad, and Delia’s stepfather is an ass to her mother -so they have that to bond over. As they grow up, June acquires a boyfriend, Ryan, whom Delia is jealous of. She doesn’t think he’s good enough for “her Junie” and so her and June develop a rocky relationship. After one incident, **SPOILER, June and Delia drift apart for about a year or so, until it is announced that Delia commit suicide. So obviously June is in shock, even though they aren’t close anymore, and she tries to talk to her boyfriend, Ryan, about it, but he kind of just brushes her off. June then feels guilty because she ignored Delia’s phone call a day before she committed suicide, which is understandable. She attends a memorial for Delia, hosted by Delia’s friends -which is also understandable. But then she meets Delia’s boyfriend, Jeremiah, who suggests to June that Delia was murdered. To be honest, I don’t know why Jeremiah was ever introduced, he was kind of just there -I thought his role would be more prominent, but instead he was kind of a nuisance. June begins to investigate, goes to Delia’s drug dealer, tries to talk to her best friend Ashling, breaks into Delia’s house, all this sleuthing and she finally comes to a conclusion. **SPOILER. Which is evidently wrong, she begins accusing people left and right and finally a twist occurs in the story. **SPOILER.
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After the twist, it’s like a whole new story. A whole new plot, new characters, the old characters are tossed to the side, there’s a new goal, and to be honest I did not like it. June bugged me a lot, she was so naive, so in love with the idea of Delia it was borderline obsessive. And I never understood why, like I get it, you feel bad your ex-GBF died and she didn’t really talk to her and stuff –but like why the obsessiveness. Why not move on with your life, like I don’t know how to explain it without spoiling it. Ryan was nonexistent in this entire book, like why did she even have to include him? I feel bad about how he was treated in the book. But in my opinion the most irrelevant character in this book was Jeremiah. Like he was literally in only three or four chapters, and he just provided more problems for June. **SPOILER. I didn’t particularly like Delia either, she was a shitty best friend. Like yeah, she listened to June’s familial problems and that’s always a good thing, but then she was like… idk obsessed? Obsessed with June, and obsessed with having attention. I felt like she pushed June too much, and June went along with it cause Delia was her only friend, and felt like she’d lose her if she didn’t. IDK, their relationship seemed toxic and borderline obsessive love-type thing. I also didn’t like the second half of the book (i’m calling it the second half cause it’s literally like the book is split into two stories), it wasn’t confusing, but it felt off. All of sudden June became this weird clingy thing, I didn’t like it. She got even MORE naive and dumb, and in the end it just leads her to the worst.
Speaking of the end, it was ambiguous AF. Like did she do it? Did she not? Absolutely none of the questions raised in the book was answered in the end. The writing was alright, it kept alternating from first to third person and I personally did not like that. Over all this book was okay. The beginning I enjoyed because I thought it was a mystery thriller- type story -even though June was irritating. But once the second half of the book rolled around I was over it. Didn’t understand why, there were more questions raised and at the end of the freaking book nothing was answered! AND another thing, there were 4 suicide notes total, and they didn’t even serve that much of a purpose in the book. They weren’t even introduced until the middle of the freaking book. Overall -disappointed, but I finished it because I wanted to know why everything happened and I was sort of just let down. 2.5/5 noodles, for the story and premise and the direction it was going, but the rest went downhill with the second half of the book. It was just too much, too eh.
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