Saturday, September 17, 2016
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town's bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.
But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything...
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
I have to admit, when I look on Goodreads for books that I might like reading, Girls on Fire is not one that comes to mind. It's so far out of my comfort zone for so many reasons. It's not in a genre I typically read, just because I don't find that genre interesting. It's an adult book, which is also something I don't typically read. The only reason why I requested it is because it's by Robin Wasserman, and I've heard good things about her books. I'm so excited that I gave this book a try because I ended up loving it.
Girls on Fire had the perfect mix of contemporary, thriller, and suspense. It had me wondering what was going on with the two main characters, Lacey, and Hannah. I was especially intrigued to find out why the male main character had taken his life (not a spoiler. Happens towards the beginning and a major aspect of the plot centers on figuring out what happens). I also liked the small supernatural/horror aspects of the books. Satanic sacrifices aren't something that usually happen in the books I read, so I found it interesting. Also, the "powers" surrounding Lacey left me intrigued to find out more and why she was doing it.
As far as the characters them selves go, Robin Wasserman writes really compelling characters. I think my teenage self would have rally identified with Hannah. She was raised by strict parents, and trying to find her way as a teenager by making a new friend, even though her parents disapproved, and trying new things. I also enjoyed Lacey's love of Nirvana. Nirvana is one of my favorite bands of all time. I also agree with her philosophy that music can be spiritual and healing.
All in all, I was genuinely shocked by how much I loved this book. Until It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover came out, Girls on Fire was my favorite book read in 2016. I loved everything about it, from the complex plot, to the shocking secrets being revealed, and of course, the fantastic characters. It makes me want to pick up more in this genre. I well definitely be reading all of the books that Robin Wasserman has written.
I give Girls on Fire: 5/5.
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.