Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Age Range
14+
Release Date
July 07, 2015
ISBN
9781481418539
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Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless. They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather's shed. They say it was suicide. But June doesn't believe it. June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else-before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords. But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June's boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this-things would never be the same again. And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth...which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined. Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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(Updated: July 05, 2015)
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Thriller and Mystery. And mind distortion.

This is one of those mindf*** books.

The kind of book that you honestly have no idea what is going to occur. The one that makes you nervous for what is to come. Anxious and on the edge of your seat waiting for what you suspect may be the inevitable.

And then, with one sentence or a few words, everything you thought you suspected is flipped on its head and you’re back at square one. Confused as hell but completely caught up in the madness.

That’s what the experience of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is like.

And I loved it.

June and Delia’s world is not one I want to be a part of. It’s extremely unhinged and unbelievable. Obviously, stuff doesn’t happen like this to teenagers…right? Were my teenage years incredibly boring compared to theirs? Yes. Would I change that? Hell no. I’d take my weekends inside playing video games over suicide notes and murder investigations.

But is sure is interesting to read about.

I was confused most of the time (in a good way), but was ultimately stumped with the cheating thing. I feel like that could have been excluded from the book entirely. Just your typical overly dramatic teenage drama thrown in there for a reason that wasn’t made clear to me.

But that’s the only complaint I had. Everything else was great.

I read this book in a few hours. While on vacation. Sitting on the beach (resulting in a sunburn) caught up in the lives of these characters with major issues.

Fast paced and constantly surprising, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is the book you won’t be forgetting for a long time. Equal parts thriller, mystery, and mind distortion.

I need it made into a movie.

I need a book of Sebastian’s past.

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Not your average mystery.

The synopsis for this book is just a couple of lines. When I first saw that, I was nervous. It means going into this book knowing next to nothing, but it is perfect. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is a book where you think you know exactly what is happening. Up until close to the halfway point I was thisclose to putting it in the DNF pile and moving on. Am I ever glad I didn't. Just when you think you have everything figured out and know exactly where this plot is going (and start getting annoyed at it for being so dang predictable) EVERYTHING CHANGES. I mean it. I can barely write this review because discussing the awesomeness of this book means also revealing some of the twists and turns that make it incredible. And there are some twists and turns. My entire view of the plot and the motivation of the characters changed several times. Weingarten seems to have mastered the art of allowing the reader to get comfortable in the plot and then smacking them in the face with something they never would have expected but which makes a lot of sense on reflection.

The plot in the beginning is a little slow which lulls the reader into a sense of security. It starts to look like this is going to be just another run of the mill mystery with an easily guessed outcome. But once the first big twist is revealed everything changes. The plot becomes intriguing and exciting as we try to figure out exactly what is happening. The writing flashes back and forth in time as we discover what led up not only to the "break up" between June and Delia but also to her suicide. The side characters come off a little bland and could use some development but June and Delia are fantastic. Everywhere that June is careful and thoughtful, Delia is wild and erratic. It is really her character that is the standout. Much of the novel concentrates on discovering just what motivates Delia's actions and examining the odd relationship between her and June.

There are some issues within this novel that would stop me from recommending it for younger teens. There is a great deal of underage drinking and drug use as well as crude sexual remarks and attempted rape. Some of this is pivotal to the plot, but I'm not sure all of it was strictly necessary.

Bottom Line: If you think this book is just an average, run of the mill mystery, stick it out. It will surprise you in the most incredible ways.

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It wasn't for me

Everyone says June’s former best friend Deliah meant to kill herself when she set fire to her stepfather’s shed. June can’t accept that. She used to know Deliah better than anyone and she’s certain Deliah was murdered. June sets out to investigate the truth behind what really happened that night but it’s more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

I was really excited to read this book. I love books that mess with you mind and have plot twists that seem to come out of nowhere but the clues were there if you look closely enough. I was all set for this book to blow me away. Maybe my expectations were too high but I didn’t find that it messed with my mind or had jaw-dropping twists.

The book was told mostly through June’s POV. It went back and forth between the present year and flashbacks of June’s childhood friendship with Deliah. All the present chapters were told in first person POV while the flashbacks were in third person, which I found kept me from getting absorbed into the plot. The switching wasn’t really seamless.

It was definitely a trust no one and trust nothing type of book, which I had expected and I liked. It always makes for an interesting reading experience when you can’t trust anything you’re reading. It did feel like there was more emphasis placed on creating shocking moments than developing a lot of the characters. Besides June and Deliah, who didn’t really get much growth either, all the characters were pretty one-dimensional.

The plot had a lot of potential but it tried to do too many things at once and there were times when it felt like it was coming apart. There were a lot of interesting aspects that where never explored. There was, understandably, a lot of focus on the friendship between the girls in the flashbacks to establish why June would be so involved in investigating Deliah’s death, and the reasons why they fell apart.

There were definitely a lot of messed up moments. The Gone Girl comparisons aren’t far off. It was just, with both books, it wasn’t so shocking or messed up when you saw the twists coming.

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