by Lauren Saft
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Poppy (June 9, 2015)
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Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica arethose girls: They're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them-and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band-without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved-literally, figuratively, physically...she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good?
In a debut novel that is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl and how often even the closest of friends walk the thin line between love and hate.
This book has a gigantic flaw that I can't ignore. One that transforms me into an ogre (I'm usually nice, I swear). I believe women should treat other women with respect. If you agree with that statement then this book is not for you. I'm not sure if I was supposed to learn something from the way the characters interacted with one another. I guess I missed the message (if it even has one).
Like I said before, I'm not a fan of the way women treat other women in this novel. They are mean and critical instead of supportive. The relationship between the girls was unhealthy and just plain awful. I can ignore the fact that the plot was all over the place or that the pacing was painfully slow but I cannot get behind a couple of girls being horrible to one another. I think I finished the novel because I was under the illusion that the characters were going to have some sort of breakthrough. I thought that they would grow up or realize that they were horrible people but I was wrong. I'm not entirely sure why someone would be part of such a toxic environment but I would see the appeal in such a story if character development was front and center. All of the main characters are unlikable and selfish...and they stay the same throughout. I'm just mad at myself for sticking with it even when I knew that I was wasting my time.
Just in case you still want to read it, you might want to know that it contains sex and has quite a bit of profanity.