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The Girls Are All So Nice Here

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Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.

A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she’s wo
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Simon & Schuster
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    She guaranteed their schooldays would be something to remember–no matter how much they want to forget...

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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Wowza! Another brilliant, deliciously juicy, gripping mean girls at college theme conquered my mind from the first chapter!

    What makes this story unique and different from the other mental abuse, bullying stories? Well this time our narrator is one of those means girls: ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to meet with Ambrosia Wellington! She did something really bad and hurt someone: there is no turning back from that deadly mistake and she has been paying her dues for 10 years.

    She is mostly layin
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    Michael David
    The Girls Are All So Nice Here...NOT!!

    Ambrosia “Amb” Wellington receives a note regarding her 10-year college reunion. She is instantly appalled with the thought of attending. She remembers being the new girl during freshman year, and somehow making friends with Sloane “Sully” Sullivan. The thing is, Amb was a decent human being before attending college...and Sully wasn’t. Caught up in the high of being noticed by Sully, they were both detrimental in the destruction of another college student.

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    Laurie Flynn
    Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    I wrote this. I hope you like it.
    The girls aren't nice at all. ;)
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    Ceecee
    Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Ambrosia Wellington, now Turner, is invited to the ten year reunion at Wesley. She so doesn’t want to go but with a heavy heart and a sick feeling she agrees and oh boy, does she have ‘music to face’ for her toxic manipulative behaviour with Sloane aka Sully. The storyline alternates between Then and Now which works extremely well.

    One of the biggest strengths of the novel is the characterisation and the variety. We have lovely, fragrant Flora who is wholesome and pretty to the absolute extreme
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    Jen
    Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley
    I was thankful to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to read it in exchange for an honest review.

    I was so excited by the cover and the plot summary but I just didn't connect with the read, I wish I could say that I enjoyed it more but perhaps I wasn't the right audience.

    This story tells, in alternative chapters, the story of Ambrosia Wellington's freshman year at Wesleyan College as well as her life 10 years later at her college reunion. Ambrosia i
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    Bridgett
    Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    “We need to talk about what we did that night.”

    So, the only time I have to read anymore is in the middle of the night. It's unfortunate, but at least it's nice and quiet (with the exception of the snoring coming from my two hundred pound St. Bernard and three Pugs), and I can really focus.

    Normally, I divide a book into thirds, and try to read around 33% for three consecutive nights. With The Girls Are All So Nice Here, I read 34% the first night, and the rest last night...because I could no
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    Christina
    Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
    What a chilling book about the evil teenage girls can do to eachother!

    (It should also be noted that this book needs a “trigger warning” for almost every horrible issue a woman can experience.)

    “Mean girls” who did bad things in their teenage years (and are forced to reckon with them as adults) have been a common trope in popular thrillers all year, so at first I thought this book would underwhelm me (especially after reading the great “Girl Gone Mad” on a similar theme). The book starts a little
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    Denise
    Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Girls are bitches. Change my mind.

    Wow! This book packs a wallop and leaves a bruise on your soul. I don't remember the last book that left me as unsettled as this one. I believe this is a debut work for Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, and she is absolutely one to watch for in the future. I don't want to give too much away about it because part of the draw is figuring out who knows what and when, but needless to say, it a dark, twisted ride that left my mouth hanging open at the end.

    This is a dual-timel
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    MissBecka Gee
    I love a good villain, and this book gave me several.

    The characters are what really drove this story for me.
    It's highly addictive getting sucked into their fuckery.
    Thanks goes to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.

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    Jeanette (Again)
    3.5 stars

    If you like a slightly sinister campus novel with a twist of revenge, this one should scratch your itch. Slutty party girl antics can destroy lives. All it takes is a stolen smartphone and a sociopathic bosom buddy.
    Jenny Lawson
    Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A twisted mystery that looks at the darker side of women's relationships.

    (Content warning: some suicide/rape)
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    Esil
    Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    3.5 stars

    The characters’ sensibilities are on the young side for me, but I still found myself reading this one quickly and with interest. The story is told from Ambrosia’s point of view, moving back and forth between her undergraduate years and 10 years later when she is newly married. Something terrible happened when Ambrosia was in college and she doesn’t want her husband to find out. But she feels compelled to go to her 10 year reunion. In general terms, it’s easy to see where the story is go
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    Erin Clemence
    Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads, kindle
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

    Expected publication date: March 9, 2021

    When Ambrosia Wellington receives an invitation to her ten year college reunion, she thinks nothing of it. Except attached to it is a handwritten note that says, “We need to talk about what we did that night”. After ten years of keeping secrets, Ambrosia had thought that her mistakes had been forgotten, but it seems that
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    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn in exchange for my honest review.***

    The title is a lie. The Girls Are All So OPPOSITE OF Nice Here.

    Ambrosia begins freshman year at Wesleyan University determined to leave her insecurities behind. She ignores her roommate Flora and other nice girls in favor of the alluring Sloane “Sullie” Sullivan a mean girl on steroids. Sullie uses guys and young women to hurt and humiliate
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    Carrie
    Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Review coming soon.
    Elle
    Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2021, netgalley, on-deck
    *Thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy!
    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
    OMG THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD I want it
    Dannii Elle
    Ambrosia Wellington is eager to leave the past behind but her college reunion is looming and she can't think of an excuse quickly enough, that will disallow her extroverted husband and herself from attending. A letter claiming to know exactly what she did and exactly why she is so reluctant to go back and face it arrives, becoming the final catalyst for her inevitable return down memory lane.

    Much of this book was placed in the past, allowing the reader to witness the young adult Ambrosia navigat
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    Robyn Harding
    Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this one! As wickedly delicious as its title.
    Jessica Woodbury
    The We Did Something Bad In College thriller is so much of a thing these days that it's basically it's own subgenre. (We did something bad in high school/boarding school/etc. also works.) This one is better than many but I wish it did a little more to pull away from the pack and try something different.

    What the book does really well is give us the beginnings of Amb's toxic friendship with Sully, a classic doesnt-care cool girl. We see exactly how Amb is vulnerable to Sully's charisma, and how he
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    Karen
    Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Wow! I'm sorry to say I was not expecting this to be so good, and I was pleasantly surprised! Usually the opposite happens to me, so I am quite excited. This novel is ALIVE. The main character, Ambrosia, is raw and real. Being in her head feels real and at times, disturbingly familiar. We spend the novel switching from "now" (current day, 10 years after university; Ambrosia is married and living a fairly mundane seeming life) and "then" (her freshman year, where as an insecure teen she befriende ...more
    Erin A. Craig
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Holy buckets of mean girls! Flynn’s prose was sharp and biting and part of the ending left me absolutely surprised. Definitely recommend!
    Sierra Elmore
    I read an early copy of this, and it's deliciously twisty and a stunning examination of revenge and twisted bonds. If you love books like GONE GIRL and MY LOVELY WIFE, get ready to fall in love (or...hate?). ...more
    Christina McDonald
    Oof! This one is...dark. The story is basically about means girls doing mean things to a nice girl and ruining said nice girl's life. Mental abuse, bullying, social climbing, backstabbing, these are the sorts of themes we cover. But without the protagonist having any real reason to be so mean, I felt just...really, really sad while reading it. And without there being anything remotely redemptive or hopeful, was hard for me to understand the characters and go along with their choices.

    The story f
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    Kath ❅
    Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I got this book via Netgalley in exchange for a review
    3.5 stars but I'm rounding up because I think a lot of the things I disliked about this were personal preference things and not necessarily the books fault. This is a dark book so I'm putting some trigger warnings in the spoiler tag at the very end of this review.

    To start with what I liked, the setting of this book is really strong. It has two timelines and the one in the past is set at Wesleyan and that part was very well written. It really
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    Jen
    Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was a fast-paced and twisty read that I kept reading late into the night to see what happened. It centers on Ambrosia (Amb), who gets invited to her 10 year college reunion at Wesleyan, but doesn't want to go due to bad (yet unexplained at first) experiences there. Her husband, Adrian, convinces her to go and it becomes clear that someone is out to make her atone for actions from her past. The narrative alternates between Amb's college years and the current time at the reunion.

    Firstly, non
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    Rach
    Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A lot has changed in Ambrosia Wellington life since she left college ten years ago. She has a husband and is working in PR. Amber is laying low after college life which she has a big secret from.

    Amber gets a invite to a ten year college reunion but also an anonymous note saying we need to talk.

    Amber is dreading seeing everyone especially her former best friend Sully who is involved in the secret.

    As the reunion goes on Amber and Sully receive menacing messages and someone is out for revenge.

    Th
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    Ludwig Reads
    Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    The story follows a young woman, Ambrosia, who - 10 years ago - had befriended the “mean girl” at their college, and started getting herself into twisted situations in order to impress her intimidating new friend. In the present day, a 10-year-old reunion turns into a whodunnit investigation: someone is toying with both girls, pushing them over the edge in order to get them to tell the truth about what they both did “that night”.

    Ambrosia is not a likable character; she’s not someone you’d find y
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    Anne
    Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Mean Girls Go to College. Yep, that's the premise and it's dark and disturbing--just the way I like my thrillers! When Ambrosia goes off to college she is paired with roommate Flora who seems a little pathetic to her. So she's elated when "cool girl" Sully befriends her and challenges her to be edgy and take risks that she never would have at home. So when Ambrosia meets Flora's gorgeous boyfriend, we know things are going to go south. Told in alternating chapters between past and present, we se ...more
    Caroline Mitchell
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: psych-thriller
    Wow, this book made me very glad that I'm no longer in high school (or secondary school as we call it in Ireland). No wonder I was a bit of a loner. The author takes mean girls to a whole other level in this compelling story. It starts with a reunion and an intriguing note which says “We need to talk about what we did that night.” Well, if that's not enough to grip you, I don't know what is! As for the twist at the end - oof! It got me. This brilliantly written book had me ensnared from the firs ...more
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    Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their three children. She is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts, Last Girl Lied To and All Eyes On Her, under the name L.E. Flynn.

    Her debut adult fiction novel, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, will be released in 2021. It has sold in eleven territories worldwide and has been optioned for TV by A
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