by Robin Wasserman
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Description: Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town's bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.
But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything...
The Good Stuff
- Intriguing, Started this one at 9:00pm and it was almost midnight before I forced myself to put it down. Finished it the next day because I couldn't put it down -- sorry family for the messy house and the late dinner
- Angst y coming of age story, with an intriguing mystery. Brilliant writing, poetic, yet raw
- Felt a real connection to Dex, as we have many similar characteristics
- Fabulous opening chapter, really sets the mood for the whole story. The following line, really embodies the story. "Nobody special, two nobodies. Except that together, they're radioactive; together they glow."
- This is a brutal, in your face story about a toxic, yet strangely beautiful friendship, between two damaged souls
- Again I would like to mention the authors incredible gift with words. Poetic, yet vulgar. So very rich and raw. The opening chapter really embodies the fire that burns so bright in the young
- Really feel this will appeal to women in their 20's-30's
The Not So Good Stuff
- As a grown women, and mom, I wanted to slap these girls upside the head
- Really depressive look at being a parent, felt the author was condescending towards parents in small towns
- Understandable and satisfying ending, but I can't say I liked it. I just felt depressed at the end. Not a judgement on the authors incredible talent, just as I have mentioned thousands of times before I base my review on MY enjoyment of the story and I like a story with HOPE in it
"I'd filed the dream of a best friend away with my Barbies and the rest of my childish things, and given up expecting Battle Creek to supply me with anything resembling a soul mate. Which is to say, I'd been lonely for sol long, I'd forgotten tat I was."
"People like to believe they're beautiful and smart and funny-special. They'll never like the person whose face reveals the truth."
"I was a stranger in a strange land. I was an orphan, abandoned, and found and saved, until I closed the book, and was lost all over again."
I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review