Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten-- I never wanted this book to end

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Sasha and her best friend Xavier have a unique relationship-- they just "get" each other on a level that's rare and special.  But Xavier doesn't know that Sasha wishes it was something more.

Sasha isn't the type to catch feelings.  She doesn't want to "date" anybody, she just doesn't get the point.  BUT somewhere along the way, she fell for Xavier and doesn't know how to tell him.

The night that Sasha feels it's all coming together for them, Ivy (Xavier's volatile ex) shows up and wants to get back together.  Sasha sees red.  She decides it's on her to prove that Ivy is still the same manipulative, cheating, lying girlfriend that she was before.  She makes a fake Insta name to catch Ivy at her own game, and everything falls into place-- until it takes a dark turn....

I cannot wait to talk about this book.    I've been a Lynn Weingarten fan for a while, but I think I've graduated into SUPER-FANDOM.  This might be the most "me" book that I've read in the last 2 years.

It starts off with Sasha, who is this girl with a hard heart but a soft spot for Xavier.  She wants to tell him her feelings, but Ivy gets in the way.  First by breaking his heart and sending him into a downward spiral, and then by whisking in and wanting him back at the worst possible moment.

Ivy is a memorable character because she's so obviously damaged and puts Xavier through hell.  Ivy is the kind of girl who does what she wants and doesn't worry about the people she's hurting.  She's confident that people will let her off the hook because she's good at manipulating them.  Typical sociopath.  I spent so much of the book wishing that Xavier would wake up and tell her to FUCK OFF-- until I realized that really isn't what the book is about at all.

What is the book about??  Well, I try to be spoiler-free around here, so I'm not going to tell you.  But I will say that it's about a WHOLE LOT MORE than crushes and cat-fishing damaged girls.  It's the best dark romance that I've read in a long time, and I can't wait to read more from this author.

My Fave Part: Underneath all the lying and drinking and pain, there was a legit beautiful friendship there.  I couldn't help but feel a little jealous over how Sasha and Xavier just "got" each other.  The sense of humor they had with each other was something only people who genuinely love each other could cultivate.  I would reread this book just to jump back into the glimpses of their relationship that didn't revolve around Ivy.

This is the type of YA that I LIVE for-- the type that is raw and full of characters that have a bite to them.  I couldn't put this book down, did not want to stop reading.  The thrilling lead-up to the reveal had me turning pages like a madwoman.  My emotions are still reeling a little bit after finishing this dark, twisty book.  I SO recommend to people that love the darkness.

OVERALL: 1,00000 times YES!!  I love nothing more than the dark YA books that are full of messed up characters.  I recommend to my fellow YA Thriller lovers-- people who liked The Female of the Species-- who want to read a book that is twisty and leaves you feeling a little bit lost.

Date Published: 10/31/2017
How I got this book: Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advanced copy to read and honestly review
Publisher: Simon Pulse

My Rating: 5/5

Character: Sasha
Book: The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty

  • Sasha would like these quirky books about characters that have characters that you won't meet in your typical YA book.


  1. I read an old book of hers something about a sisterhood and i loved it. Ive been wanting to read another book of hers. I need to check if this is on audio or at the library.

    1. I definitely think you will like this book!! I never read The Sisterhood book, but I did really like Wherever Nina Lies and Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls.

  2. I totally flipped for this one too, which was odd for me, the fluffy-reader. I was so drawn to the characters and the way Weingarten spun the tale. My co-blogger had been at me to read Suicide Notes and now, I definitely will. Great review!

    1. I didn't like SUICIDE NOTES as much-- the twists in that one were a little far-fetched, but it was still a really addicting read. It is funny that as a fluffy reader you clicked with this book, but I'm glad you did!!! It's definitely in the running for my fave of the year :)

  3. Great review! Will definitely look into reading this book; I've been trying to get out of my contemporary-only reading habits, and this looks like a book to get me out of that. Thanks!

    1. I hope you do because this book was so good!! It's contemporary but definitely more the DARK ROMANCE and not the fluffy-cute romance.

  4. *raises hand* Fellow YA thriller lover here and I really want to read this - just requested it at the library (thought I already had but your post reminded me to check.) Yay - I really can't wait to try it.
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