Secrets of Southern Girls
Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What's worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and ...more
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Don't get me wrong, the author is a good writer. In fact, some of the wording is quite beautiful, and she should be proud of that because it's not easy to do.
But, and this is a big but, there are serious issues with the dialogue and the diary entries that were supposed to be written from the pov of a teenager. Also, the naivete of one of the characters in regard ...more
I enjoyed this story of Jules and Reba - two best friends from childhood in Mississippi, although from different circumstances. Julie's parents were killed in an accident in NYC when she was 5 and she was sent to live with an aunt she had never met. However, Reba lived next door and they became fast friends. Jules was portrayed as the "wild child" while Reba was the quiet, pure one. But our perceptions ...more
I wanted this book to be better, because the premise was very intriguing. Overall, the book was a solid "good" but I do have a few notes.
First and foremost, this is a beautifully written book. I have to give Haley Harrigan praise for her use of descriptive language and just how palpably I could sense the feeling of a contemporary-but-still-kinda-behind South.
However, despite being beautifully written, the dialogue was bad. I mean, e ...more
Secrets of Southern Girls is both a coming-of-age story and a mystery of who did really kill a girl all those years ago. The interaction of people in that community, a small mill town in the deep south was nicely done. The small town politics, mentality, culture, ways of the world was a nice immersion into this part of the world and helped to show how the characters had grown up and experienced certain things in life.
I did struggle a bit with the many diary entries - the diary seemed to have bee ...more
I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley and would definitely re ...more
Julie is living in Manhattan now with her daughter and trying hard to make a life for herself, but there is always the shadow of Reba and her death and how Julie feels such guilt, thinking it was her fault that Reba died.
When Reba's old boyfriend tracks Julie down to ask her to return to Mississippi with him to find out what really happened and to find a mysterious diary that Reba ...more
I wanted to like this book, but the story line dragged, due to the fact that there was a good amount of retelling of the same plot line.
The characters were hard to connect with and not very like-able. I think part of that struggle for me, was due to the dialogue, and the way the conversations were written.