I'm not sure how to express how much I love this book. It's raw and true and tragic and hopeful. Jeff Zentner is an author to watch. Review to come clI'm not sure how to express how much I love this book. It's raw and true and tragic and hopeful. Jeff Zentner is an author to watch. Review to come closer to the release date....more
I’ve been on a mystery kick this summer for some reason, so I decided to give Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls byReview originally posted on YA Love
I’ve been on a mystery kick this summer for some reason, so I decided to give Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten a shot. Simon & Schuster sent me the ARC months ago and it’s been in the back of my mind since I first saw the cover. I’m happy I finally gave it a try because I really enjoyed it.
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls takes an interesting look at friendships and relationships. We find out early on that June’s former friend Delia has killed herself, but we don’t know why or why the two girls are no longer friends. June is dating a guy named Ryan and there’s also a hint that he may be part of the reason why the girls’ friendship ended. A couple chapters into the novel the point of view switches to third person and we get a glimpse of June and Delia as friends. I wasn’t expecting this switch, but it adds an interesting layer of mystery to the story.
These flashbacks of sorts help us see Delia as a character and another side of June. June doesn’t act the same way when she’s with Delia; she often came off as needy and insecure in these scenes. I would describe Delia as a taker and June is very much a giver and a people pleaser. June loves how different Delia is and that Delia wants them to be the best of friends who share everything. As the story progresses it’s easy to see that their friendship isn’t healthy, it’s actually quite toxic. June is wrapped up in Delia, even more so once she learns of Delia’s suicide, and this is when we see just how easy it is to be blind to what’s right in front of you. Delia has an unhealthy hold over June; they are very much co-dependent.
Honestly, it was hard to really like any of the characters in this novel, but that didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying it. And when I say that it’s hard to like them, it’s because they’re not good people. The characters are written well, but they’re awful to one another and those close to them. In this regard, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is very much like Gone Girl. I loved that book, but those characters are horrendous. I want to go into this more, but Lynn Weingarten wrote a book that’s difficult to review without revealing major spoilers.
Recently I was watching VH1 early in the morning since nothing good was on TV while I played with Jack and the music video for “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato came on. I love the song, but I had never watched the video before. As I watched it, I instantly thought of Delia. She’s wild, shameless, and daring. If anyone else has read this book, please let me know if you think this is off-base or if you agree. I watched the video again before I started writing this review and I still feel the same way.
Anyway, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is a page turner for sure. It will keep you guessing until the final page. When I finished my instant reaction was “I need to discuss this ending with someone ASAP!” I have spoken with two friends about it, but I’m still not sure what I think. I’m leaning mostly towards one idea, but there’s still a small part of me that thinks something else could have happened. Read it and let me know what you think!
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Wow, there's a lot to take in and mull over after reading this. It makes me want to read it a second time to align some of the stories. I'm left wondeWow, there's a lot to take in and mull over after reading this. It makes me want to read it a second time to align some of the stories. I'm left wondering about a few characters as well. Powerful, powerful book....more
Eh, this was okay. I didn't have any strong feelings for the main character or her conflict. I had a hard time believing her reactions to her mother'sEh, this was okay. I didn't have any strong feelings for the main character or her conflict. I had a hard time believing her reactions to her mother's illness, especially the self-mutilation. It felt forced and over the top to come on so soon. Maybe if I knew more about Emma before this happened and there had been some kind of back story to rationalize this behavior, but there isn't. It seems more like Emma was waiting for a reason to behave badly and went with it more than her actions being the result of emotional trauma....more