June 27, 2015

Wicked Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Published: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Acquired: Borrowed Paperback

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...

Where do I even start with writing this review? Jeez. For the first time in my absurdly weird life, I am at a loss for words.

All 400 pages of the book is alternating between their before the vacation, during their vacation, that fateful night, Anna's trial, the "now", the waiting, and the after. It's all told in Anna's perspective. There are things in the book that you wouldn't normally see in a book but it all helped in understanding the story. You'll know when you read the book.

You see, Anna Chevalier wasn't overly rich like her friends. She was from a public school. They got rich and she transferred to a prep school where she met Elise Warren. Their friendship is quite typical. High school girls without having a care in the world, sneaking out behind their parent's back, going to college parties, drinking, ditching school, and doing all sorts of crazy stuff really. Elise is more than just Anna's friend. She's her rock, I would say. Elise is everything to Anna and Anna is everything to Elise.

Anna met Tate Dempsey. Tate is everything you want to bring home to Mom. Elise warned Anna about Tate and Anna didn't take it to heart. Anna had everything she could hope for. Then tragedy struck her family. What's admirable about Anna and Elise's friendship is that no matter what happens, Elise is always there for Anna. Just what friends are supposed to be.

Come Spring Break. A week of no rules and no parents. It was perfect until Elise was murdered. This had my heart pumping. Evidences are presented to the court and Anna is accused of murder. I absolutely loved the courtroom drama. I can see it in my head like I'm watching How To Get Away With Murder or Suits. It's dramatic and it left me out of breath really.

So, who killed Elise? You just have to read the book to find out. Personally, I knew who killed her halfway through the book but I was in denial. I need more of this story though. Abigail Haas you blew my mind.

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

1 comment:

  1. I want to read this book so bad. I'm thinking of getting this on my next trip to the bookstore because I've heard lots of great things about it. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, Anette! Awesome review! :)