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Throwaway Girls

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  247 reviews
Caroline Lawson is three months away from freedom, otherwise known as graduation day. That's when she'll finally escape her rigid prep school and the parents who thought they could convert her to being straight.

Until then, Caroline is keeping her head down, pretending to be the perfect student even though she is crushed by her family and heartbroken over the girlfriend who
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Kids Can Press
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May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Throwaway Girls, a mystery/thriller was a 3.5 star read.
The book centers around main character Caroline-a high school senior at a wealthy prep school, whose best friend Madison goes missing without a trace. While the police and the community try to find Madison, Caroline makes it her mission to find her best friend, even at the extent of jeopardizing her graduation that’s only a few months away. While searching desperately for Madison, Caroline discovers the “Throwaway Girls”- other missing gir
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is surprisingly intriguing, promising YA Debut thriller.

In the beginning it started a little slow and I had second thoughts if I should skip it or keep on reading. I’m happy to decide resuming my reading because the mystery part of the story hooked me.
I kept guessing and changing my mind about whodunit.

We also have likable heroine Caroline trying to find herself in high school jungle, counting the days till the graduation ( only three months left to keep her head high and getting out of
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley. I would like to thank them and say I'm sorry I didn't like the book as much as I thought I would.

"We creep through the passage of time so we can take in the details, constructing the size of our stage, our main characters, our antagonist. By the time we assume our role, the lights are down, the curtain set to be drawn. Once we’re in the play, it’s too late to change the stage."

Throwaway Girls is a novel written by a talented writer. Every sentance was
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this one a lot. It was well written. The characters were interesting. The mystery kept me hooked and guessing right until the end. There were a couple things that I felt could have been executed better as I found parts to be confusing, but overall it was a really enjoyable read.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THROWAWAY GIRLS by Andrea Contos in exchange for my honest review.***


Warning: this review contains a high degree of gushing

THROWAWAY GIRLS was near the top of my 2020 release list so I felt like I won the ARC lottery with the opportunity to review. As far as debuts go, Andrea Contos set the bar extremely high for subsequent works. Her gorgeous writing caused me to frequently pause to take in the beauty of her word
Catherine Woodward
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
*Many thanks to Edelweiss, Kids Can Press, and Andrea Contos for a DRC in exchange for an honest review!*

Throwaway Girls initially caught my eye with its bright, striking cover and the promise of a fast-paced YA mystery. Caroline's best friend Madison is missing, but she feels the cops are not doing enough. Amidst this troubling situation, she is also dealing with a strained relationship with her parents after being forced into conversion therapy and is also recovering from the heartbreak of her
Sonia Hartl
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Seriously, such an important, unflinching story about the way society places value on girls they consider ‘worth looking for’. I love Caroline for her fierceness and her heart. This one hit so close to home for me, and will for any girl who has ever been made to feel ‘expendable’. This book will make you cry, but it will also give hope and a voice to girls like me, girls who were considered a lost cause. The class structures in this were handled beautifully, and it’s on ...more
Claribel Ortega
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisty, heartbreaking and beautiful. The queer girl, prep school mystery I had been waiting for. I loved it so so much!
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: bi mc with anxiety, wlw mc, side character with depression, Indian American side character

CWs: mentions of conversion therapy (brief descriptions, not graphic), discussions of statutory rape, implied suicidal thoughts

Galley provided by publisher

Throwaway Girls is a book that, the more I’ve thought about it since finishing, the more I am absolutely certain I hated the main character. Okay, so maybe hate is a strong word. More like, was full of frustration over her.

The story fo
Danika at The Lesbrary
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a real rollercoaster of a read: I was intrigued by the beginning, felt the middle dragged, and then I was completely on board again by the end. This is, unsurprisingly, a dark book. It begins with the lines “Everything started with the body at the edge of the lake. I know that now.” On top of Caroline’s abusive family, there’s another unnamed narrator who has gone through her own horrors: she’s living in poverty, and has seen two of her mother’s boyfriends overdose. (Unlike Carolin ...more
Angela Staudt
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I really didn't love this as much as I thought I would. I loved the plot itself and I think this book could have been phenomenal and heart wrenching, but I just didn't like the main character at all or the writing style.

Caroline, our main character, is a couple months away from graduation and getting out of her hometown and moving far away. Her best friend goes missing one night and she is doing everything she can to find her. While trying to discover where Madison went, she realizes a lot of gi
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct pleasure of reading an early draft of Andrea’s debut last year. THROWAWAY GIRLS is a haunting and atmospheric novel, perfect for fans of Kara Thomas and Courtney Summers. This is one book you do not want to miss when it releases in Spring of 2020!
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
You ever get all the way into something, loving the message and having an overall good time, but then yo9u get to the end and it leaves you feeling like that one gif of Tyra Banks screaming "We were all rooting for you"?

That is this. (also how did Tyra Banks get away with that show honestly)

This book follows Caroline in the days after her best friend Madison goes missing. For reasons that are spoilery, she is convinced that she is the only one that can save Madison. Basically this is the class
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Caroline is determined to keep her head down and finish out the last few months at her prestigious prep school. After graduation, she can finally escape the parents who sent her to conversion therapy, but everything explodes when her best friend, Madison, goes missing. Caroline has been living half her life in secret, and she’s still heartbroken over the recent breakup with her girlfriend Willa, but it’s nothing compared to the secrets Madison has been hiding. When Caroline looks closer, she rea ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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*Thank you so much Kids Can Press and Netgalley for letting me read and review THROWAWAY GIRLS*

*Content Warnings: Talk of suicide, conversion camps, disappearance of a loved one, implied sexual assault, anxiety attacks*

It's been a few days since I've finished Throwaway Girls and I still can't form a coherent sentence on much I loved this book and its characters. I read 75% of this book in one sitting because I just had to know: What happened
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-shelf
I rate Throwaway Girls a 4.5 as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting because I had to know what happens to Madison. The book had the right amount of suspense, and the author did a great job of giving out clues the entire time, but also making you suspicious of everyone. At one point I had guessed who it could be but then more information was given and I changed my mind, so I wasn't entirely sure until 90% through the book. I love books where you're learning information along ...more
Thank you to NetGalley, #BookJunkies, @Andrea_Contos, Kids Can Press and KCP Loft for the advance reader copy of Throwaway Girls by debut author, Andrea Contos, in exchange for an honest review. I could not put this YA mystery down! Caroline is a forthright yet conflicted narrator who steadfastly investigates when her best friend, Madison, suddenly disappears. Andrea Contos’ plot and characterizations will have teens guessing as this mystery deepens to involve more than one girl. Caroline is bel ...more
Whoosh, that was a wild , very-hard-to-put-down ride, even after you figure out who the killer is; there are just so many questions about the story structure and how things are playing out. Particularly recommend this one to fans of All the Things We Do in the Dark. ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is phenomenal. I read an early copy and it stuck to my bones. The writing is stunning, the message an important gut-punch. THROWAWAY GIRLS is a page-turner that made me cry and kept me guessing. I'll love this book forever. ...more
3.5 stars

I was given this eARC in exchange for an honest review, this hasn't affected my opinions in any way

Okay here's the thing. This was a good book. Maybe even really good. It was also . . . not my thing. That makes it really hard to review, because like . . . I really don't have much to criticize, but I also don't have glowing praise. I guess I'm just going to do a short little list of Things, both good and bad.

- The themes were really good!! I do wish they had been pulled to the forefront
Also posted on my blog!

Rep: bi mc with diagnosed anxiety & probable undiagnosed ptsd, sapphic scs, indian sc, chinese sc

CW: kidnapping, murder, suicidal thoughts & plans, conversion therapy, discussion of statutory rape, depiction of ptsd, police incompetancy

Caroline’s best friend is missing. She’s not the only missing girl, but she’s the only one that the police are even pretending to look for, and Caroline has zero faith that they’ll manage to find her in time. In order to save her friend befo
Paula  Phillips
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caroline is nearly free from the restraints of her parents and the small town that she lives in, she can go off and live her life free and be with Willa. That is until Willa disappears and then her best friend Madison vanishes. Caroline should have kept her head down but she knows something isn't right in their smalltown and also Madison wouldn't just run away from her life here without telling Caroline. Armed with a few clues, Caroline will try and hunt down what happened to Madison starting wi ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Caroline Lawson attends a prep school and hopefully we will be free from her parents in three months when she graduates. She is heartbroken after her girlfriend left her to go to California. Her best friend Madison disappears and Madison decides to investigate what has happened to her but learns that other girls have gone missing as well as Madison. These girls are from the wrong side of the track and their disappearances have not been investigated properly. Nothing will stop Caroline finding ou ...more
Elora Ditton
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Throwaway Girls is E V E R Y T H I N G and more. Not only did Contos masterfully craft a mystery that kept me guessing until the very last page, fun and twisty and unpredictable the whole ride. But she is a masters of words—the writing is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Contos has a unique talent of selecting the perfect word to make every sentence, every description little or big, pop— bright and full of life—without weighing down the plot or feeling overly contrived. I can’t tell you the number of times ...more
L.L. Madrid
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-read, pitchwars
THROWAWAY GIRLS devastated me in the way that only beautiful books that feel uncomfortably true can. Andrea Contos’ debut is brilliantly crafted and weaves murders, mystery, social class, LGBTQIA issues, and a fierce, morally gray-heroine into one helluva novel. This is one of those rare books that made me laugh out loud and cry in the same sitting. I finished reading it weeks ago, but Caroline’s—and all the other girls—stories have stayed with me. I love this book and can’t recommend it highly ...more
Chelsea Ichaso
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride! I really enjoyed this YA thriller, especially the way it alternates between Caroline’s perspective and that of a mystery narrator. I found Caroline to be a believably complex main character who tugged at my heart strings. I also found the social commentary woven throughout extremely poignant. The tone and pacing were incredible, and I couldn’t wait to find out the truth behind the disappearance of Caroline’s friend, Madison. I highly recommend this book!
Auriane Desombre
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so unbelievably good that I got trouble for reading it in class because I was physically incapable of putting it down. The writing is absolutely gorgeous, the twisty plot kept me completely hooked, and I love the characters with my whole heart. This is an absolute masterpiece!
TW: conversion therapy mention, assault, murder, rape mention, drugging

As this is a thriller, I’m going to try and keep this review as vague as possible! Instead of trying to describe scenes, I’m going to first talk about things that I liked, and then about things that didn’t quite make it a five star read for me!

First of all, I loved the atmosphere in this book! Caroline attends a private school and it was so easy for me to picture the sprawling grounds and expensive campus in my mind whilst re
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Review- Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos 📚 ⁣

Throwaway Girls is a YA thriller that caught my attention because of its haunting cover. ⁣

Caroline’s beat friend Madison is missing, but Caroline doesn’t think that cops are doing enough to find her. Along the way she finds that more girls are missing. But those teens are not wealthy and privileged like her friend, they are Throwaway Girls. Girls who are never looked for.⁣

I really enjoyed the plot. A book with missing girls? Yes please.⁣

But I
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Andrea Contos is a writer of young adult mysteries and thrillers. After a childhood spent hiding beneath the covers to read books by flashlight, she obtained a degree in business, where the only writing involved legal responses and termination letters. She happily traded those for works of fiction, and she still loses far too much sleep creating and enjoying a good book.

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