Jenny Green is a spoiled teen "princess" and the newest junior Montreal's Molson Academy. Jenny wants a fresh start in her new school, and she's curioJenny Green is a spoiled teen "princess" and the newest junior Montreal's Molson Academy. Jenny wants a fresh start in her new school, and she's curious to see what Montreal has to offer, most especially in the boy department. Beautiful, charming, and sharp-witted, Jenny has no trouble getting the boys to fall for her. But when she discovers just how despicable the male gender can be- with the lying, the cheating, and the utter disrespect- she decides to make them pay... with their lives. This deliciously dark comedy with style should resonate with any teen reader who's been spurned by love...and craved a little revenge in return.
Let me first say that this book is kind of creepy. Not in a 'I'm going to have nightmares and be paranoid about getting killed' way, but a way 'Uh....what the heck is up with some of these fictional characters? They go from snobs to murderers. Scary.'
Jenny Green was a bizarre protagonist. Until the end of the book, she's one of those extremely annoying girls who only care about their designer jeans and Juicy purses and who says 'like' or 'ohmigod!!!' every other sentence. You wouldn't exactly expect a girl like that to go on a murderous rampage, but Jenny did because got very mad very fast. Her sophomore year was horrid because of things her friends did to her. (Her friends are appalling, by the way. They are 10 times worse than Jenny in the snobby rich girl department. And they say 'holla' a lot. I wanted to punch them. I can see why Jenny wanted to go to another country to go to school.) Most of the guys she managed to find were the worst kinds of guys you could find. They ended up treating her- and sometimes other girls- horribly. She just got sick of it and decided to do something about it. She kind of reminded me of Frankie from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. They both wanted to do something to boys so that women could potentially be treated better. While Jenny's methods of doing this were much more extreme than Frankie's, they had similar goals. And because of this, Jenny eventually outgrew her annoying rich girl self.
Another good thing was that Jenny actually had reasons for killing these guys. She wasn't just a murder crazed zombie. We got to see why she killed them and how each murder effected her personally. And each of them did have an effect on her, which was nice.
This book receives 8/10 and I encourage you to read it when it comes out on September 23.
Agnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they haven’t always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer. She knows the rules at the MouAgnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they haven’t always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer. She knows the rules at the Mount Blessing religious commune are there to make her a better person. Honey hates Mount Blessing and the control Emmanuel, their leader, has over her life. The only bright spot is the butterfly garden she’s helping to build, and the journal of butterflies that she keeps. When Agnes’s grandmother makes an unexpected visit to the commune, she discovers a violent secret that the Believers are desperate to keep quiet. And when Agnes’s little brother is seriously injured and Emmanuel refuses to send him to a hospital, Nana Pete takes the three children and escapes the commune. Their journey begins an exploration of faith, friendship, religion and family for the two girls, as Agnes clings to her familiar faith while Honey desperately wants a new future.
I think I'll just get straight to the point for this review: I really liked this book. I didn't love it, but I didn't just like it. I liked it a lot.
My favorite thing about the book is that the POV alternated from Honey to Agnes. The girls are so different in their beliefs; Agnes is dedicated to trying to be a saint and has been brainwashed by Emmaunuel, the cult leader, while Honey thinks the teachings at the commune are stupid and ridiculous and that Emmaunel is insane. Agnes did not want to leave the commune for fear of what would happen when she got back, but Honey wanted nothing more than to get out. It was nice to see things from both their prospectives and see how all the events affected them and what they believed in.
My only complaint: I was still wondering what happened to the other Believers at the end. The book only told me what happened to Agnes, Honey, Benny (Agnes's brother), Agnes's parents, and a couple other people. I wanted more.