The Girls I've Been
Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. Bu ...more
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Nora O’Malley, our main character, is truly the star of the show. She’s a morally grey badass ex con artist who would die for those she loves, what more could you want? The narrative style created a real connection with her and was both effortless and enjoyable to r ...more
The Girls I’ve Been was nothing like I was expecting and I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t even know what genre this falls into, as I swear it had every single one in this book. Such a unique book full of twists, but also full of tough subjects. The writing was spectacular and once I got a little way into the book, I didn’t want to stop reading. The past and present chapters and how short the chapters were had me flip ...more
5.5 out of 10
I'm struggling with the genre this book is written under. It's a mystery, contemporary, thriller, romance, queer story, heist... As if the story can't decide which way to take for good and tries all genres it can.
What I Liked
- How mother and daughter problems are portrayed without sidestepping, with all love, cruelty, and truth.
- How a love triangle that is not a really love triangle is held.
- Queer romance feels right and not far-fetched like in many books I've read befor ...more
Rep: bi mc, bi/pan li with endometriosis
CWs: child abuse, domestic abuse, violence, threats of rape, implied torture, implied child sexual abuse
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Tess Sharpe is the author of probably two of my favourite thrillers: Far From You and Barbed Wire Heart. So, it comes as no surprise that I loved The Girls I’ve Been just as much. The book covers darker topics than Far From You did, closer to Barbed Wire Heart in terms of tone, and it does so with respect and gr ...more
Sharpe's book is sharp, twisted, and fast-paced. Told primarily in a single day, the story begins as Nora, ex-boyfriend Wes, and current girlfriend Iris are in line at the bank when two men begin a robbery and take everyone inside hostage. They want keys to the vaults downstair ...more
I loved this book. It checked all of the boxes that mystery/thriller needs for me: interesting heroine, complicated back story, multiple timelines, twists and turns, and an ending that gives closure but also leaves the possibility of another book . . . at least that's what I'm telling myself because I NEED another book with this cast of characters. I NEED IT.
Nora has settl ...more
Nora O’Malley is used to a life of constantly being on edge, criminals and running from her past. But even she couldn’t have predicted the situation she finds herself in. When a normal day turns into Nora finding herself in a hostage situation at the bank, Nora knows the odds of survival are low. But she’s not just your average girl, Nora is the daughter of a con artist, and so, she has to ...more
We follow Nora, the daughter of a con-artist who finds herself trapped in a bank during a robbery with her girlfriend, Iris and her ex-boyfriend, Wes. The narrative is non-linear and we see flashbacks to the past and the robbery, seeing how the girl's she's been have helped shape who she is now. I wanted to know more about both her past lives and the pres ...more
✨stars a bisexual con artist (hi nora)
✨poor iris is on her period at literally the worst time: during a bank robbery (plus she has endometriosis so it’s extra sucky)
✨wes (nora’s ex) is basically a teen captain america (i do love a good himbo)
✨it explores trauma and surviving abuse
i loved Barbed Wire Heart and this book sounds like it will have some similar underlying themes but made YA and queer and have heists and con ...more
This fast-paced YA thriller set in the middle of a bank robbery is stupendous! We are introduced to the main character, Nora, her ex-boyfriend and BFF, Wes, and her current girlfriend, Iris, just before things go down, all of whom are smart and funny! Nora isn't just a regular girl, as the reader finds out when her past is juxtaposed with the robbery. In these alternating chapters, we see her past aliases and what she learned as a kid with her con-woman mother as they moved fro ...more
This has been on my radar for quite a while now and I'm so excited that I was able to read an early copy! I'm happy to report this is my first 5-star read of the year! There was so much good in this book and it was utterly addicting, I could not stop turning the pages (well...tapping the right side of my screen, but you get the point). Only the threat of work in the morning kept me from staying ...more
I adore mystery/thriller novels. And sometimes, it is a little hard to find good YA mystery/thriller novels. Books that justify why the teenager is involved in the crime/crime fighting. The Girls I’ve Been d ...more
The Girls I've Been follows Nora O'Malley, the daughter of a con artist, as she finds herself held hostage in a dangerous bank robbery gone wrong with her girlfriend, Iris, and her ex/best friend, Wes. As Nora struggles to get all of them out alive, her past is laid bare. The girls she has been - the ones her mother raised her as for various cons, and the ones she has tried so hard to keep secre ...more
Nora has had a very tough life. She has been through so much at the hands of her mother, the woman who made her all the girls she has been. But, even after living through some of her mother’s most heinous marks, she is subj ...more
Tess Sharpe outdid herself on this YA thriller featuring Nora O’Malley, a girl who assisted her grifter mother, Abby with sweetheart cons until she was rescued by her older sister Lee at the age of 12. Because of Nora’s testimony, Abby is now in prison along with Nora’s sociopathic step-father, Raymond, who wants nothing more than to see Nora dead. Nora, not her real ...more
‘The Girls I’ve Been’ is a mystery/thriller/heist Young Adult novel following Nora, a teenage girl who holds a huge secret. Nora and her mother used to be con artists and Nora is the reason why her mother was caught and put in prison. Nora ends up as a hostage in a bank robbery with her friend Wes and girlfriend Iris, and this is where Nora’s secrets begin to unravel.
I really enjoyed getting lost in the story ...more
Hodder books have put out some seriously awesome lgbt+ reads this year and I’m HERE FOR IT.
This book is intriguing with a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ style, queer con artist romance that pulls on the tension of a love triangle with her ex boyfriend.
It’s great queer rep (f/f) and (f/m) , and the romance isn’t 100% the focus of the story. It’s apparent but very much just one part of a larger plot, with the heist acting as a tool for pause up ...more
I started this one on a whim, simply because it sounded interesting and the cover drew me in. Initially, what I was expecting was a clever, teenage heist novel that would be, at most, entertaining. And yet, I got so much more from this novel and it far exceeded my expectations.
The way the novel starts off instantly had me completely engrossed. As the story unfolds and we’re taken back into Nora’s past, I was hooked on the mystery of her life and fervently anticipating ...more
The book is a fast paced and exciting read, a lot of things happen quickly and right from the start we get thrown into the action. The book is split into different parts and Nora’s past is told throughout the book, I really liked how things were set out and it made the story interesting as infor ...more
Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing cabal of slightly feral cats.