Book Review: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces (Lynn Weingarten)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Pages: 294

Release Date: January 11th 2018

Summary (From Goodreads):

No one is good enough for Xavier. Not according to Sasha, his best friend. There’s nothing Sasha wouldn’t do to protect Xavier from getting hurt, especially by his cheating ex Ivy, who’s suddenly slithered back into the picture. Worried that Xavier is ready to forgive and forget, Sasha decides to do a little catfishing. She poses as a hot guy online, to prove cheaters never change.

But Sasha’s plan goes wrong fast, and soon the lies lead down a path from which there’s no return . . .

Review:

This is my first book read in 2018 (although I did start a bit in 2017) and I really raced through it. Something about it kept me turning the pages even when I knew I should be going to bed.

Sasha is secretly in love with her best friend, Xazier, and when his heart-breaker ex-girlfriend Ivy comes back on the scene, she realises how far she’ll go to protect him.

This book is in two parts, a before and an after. The before gives the background of Sasha and Xavier’s relationship, and Xavier and Ivy’s relationship. It keeps hinting at something bad that’s going to come, and although I guessed a little about what that might be, I had no idea how events would play out in the ‘after’ section.

I loved Sasha and Xavier’s relationship. I’ve been there myself, with a best friend who’s so perfect with you that it turns into something more (spoiler alert, I married him 🙂 ) They felt so close to becoming a couple, and I could really feel Sasha’s longing for that, until Ivy walked back into their lives and spoiled things.

Ivy felt like a more realistic portrayal of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Sure, she’s cute and quirky and makes you see things differently – but she’s also unpredictable, hurtful and vanishes without a word sometimes. I didn’t really like her, although I wouldn’t wish what happened to her on anyone either!

I won’t say too much on the ‘after’ part for fear of spoilers, but safe to say things did not go the way I expected. Lynn Weingarten is the queen of unexpected twists and I really enjoyed the rollercoaster she took me on this time. If you’re looking to kick off the New Year with a fast-paced mystery then this is for you!

Book Review: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls (Lynn Weingarten)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Pages: 352

Release Date: July 2nd 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

When June met Delia, she was a lifeline. Their intense friendship gave her a sense of belonging, of security, that she’d never had before. She felt braver, smarter, funnier, more attractive when Delia was around. But then something went wrong, and Delia and June haven’t spoken for a year when an announcement is made at their school that Delia is dead.

June barely has time to mourn before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her that Delia didn’t kill herself but was in fact murdered, and June is fast swept into a tangle of lies and deceit – and a conspiracy she can barely conceive of, never mind believe.

Review:

I’ve seen this book described as Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why, and as I have read neither of those, it meant nothing to me, but I’ve heard other people say the comparison basically leads to some massive spoilers and ruins the plot twist. So now I think I know what happens in Gone Girl

This book was quite a rollercoaster, of action and emotions. It moved pretty quickly from one thing to the next and never failed to keep me engaged. The story was told in a mixture of present day action and flashbacks, which I thought worked really well. The flashbacks gave a great insight into June and Delia’s friendship – this made it easier to understand June’s grief. It can be hard when one character starts off dead to really see the bonds, but the little snippets from years back showed that perfectly.

I thought I had the book sussed out and had all my theories sorted when suddenly – WHAM CRASH BANG – everything changes. I wasn’t entirely sure about the twist at first, as I’d been quite happy the way things were progressing and it kind of turned it into a different book for me. But as it got towards the end I settled down with it and really enjoyed just how damn crazy things had gotten.

The ending really took me by surprise. It felt very subtle, and a natural – although sad – progression of events. I thought it could be interpreted in different ways as well, and I quite enjoyed that, rather than having everything spelled out for you.

The writing was really beautiful too. It just flowed and created very powerful pictures. This was a really easy read with an intense plot and some really special relationships explored.

My Verdict:

4

If you enjoyed this, you might like The Memory Hit by Carla Spradbery