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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
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Feb 18, 12

bookshelves: ghosts-spirits, paranormal, murder-mystery-thiller
Read from February 15 to 18, 2012

Let’s just say that this is a very hard review to right as I still don’t know how I feel about this book, after only just finishing it I can’t think of how I will put into words my opinion of this book. Maybe through writing this review the rating of this book will come to me...

this section contains 'some spoilers', but do not ruin the story or ending
The story follows the complicated and yet strong bond between two sisters (who actually are only half sisters) and the aftermath of an event that takes place at the beginning of the book; Ruby and Chloe are out at the reservoir and a girl drowns and then all the events that follow from this critical event.

The first thing you should know is there's something 'off' about Chloe's (the main protagonist) older sister Ruby, something just isn’t quite right about her, people always do what she tells them, she can do whatever she wants and no one will ever say anything, but when she’s not around is becomes clear that the people in town are afraid of her...

The first thing that comes to my mind about this is an epiosde of 'The Twilight Zone' called 'It's a Good Life' if anyone has ever watched this episode you will understand what I mean, or if you haven’t - you have seen the Simpsons funny take of a twilight zone episode; Treehouse of Horror II. These epiosde is about 'The residents of a small town must pretend they are happy in order to placate a young boy who has terrifying mental powers. Everyone is afraid of him or wants to please him - this is exactly like this novel, instead of a boy it’s about Ruby. The ending I did not see coming, or how the information about the swallowed up town of Olive would be so relevant to this story’s outcome.
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Still out of all of this I still can't decide if I liked this book or not, I will admit it was very well written, and had a very interesting, compelling, yet kind of creepy story that was hard to put down but at the end of it all I still am conflicted. I don't know if I necessary liked the book, though I don’t believe it only deserves 2 stars as Suma did an excellent job in writing it. So in this instance I will provided it with 3 stars more for how it was written and its concept rather than if I liked it or not. A very difficult book to rate, and I believe it was the hardest one I’ve ever had to.

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