Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Anna, Elise, and their group of friends are on Spring Break in Aruba.  It's one big, giant party in paradise... until it isn't anymore.  When Elise is found brutally murdered in the beach house they're staying at, everybody becomes a suspect.  When the blame lands on Anna, she becomes stuck in her worst nightmare: prison for something she didn't do.  As she awaits trial by judge, she has time to reflect on everything that has brought her to this point.  From the first time she met Elise, to all the fun and betrayal that would follow.  The only way out of this Aruban prison is to find the person really responisble for this crime... and with the money and prestige floating around in her group of friends, plus a corrupt prosecutor, the fight for her life is going to get steep.

Another mindf*ck.  That ending... I can't decide if it was genius or crazy.  It was definitely disturbing.  And I kind of love it, but I totally wanted more!!!  I feel like there's so much left unexplained!! (If you could hear my voice right now, it would be totally whiney.)

I loved this book hard.  It's very addicting and unputdownable.  It's sort of Natalie Holloway-ish... but also not.  It's not told in chronological order.  It's all over the place.  Sometimes I found that slightly confusing, but the chapters are labelled really well, so for the most part I really liked that part of it.  If you read this book and don't feel compelled to turn page after page, I would be shocked.  This is one of those books that cannot be put down!

The friendship between Elise and Anna was not right.  It freaked me out most of the time.  At first I thought for sure they had known each other for most of their lives, and then it's revealed they've just met in the last year.  WTF??  Who gets all touchy-touchy with someone that fast?  They were constantly hanging on each other and kissing each others necks and "nuzzling" each other.  Sorry, but PUKE!!  It was weird.  Especially considering Anna is being tried for Elise's murder.  There were genuine friendship moments between these two though, and that helped me not completely loathe the friendship.  And they had this "miles and miles" saying that really warmed my heart.  But for the most part I was ick-ed out by the way they acted.

The rest of the book is just full of teenage awesomeness and a stellar plot.  This is how the book went for me: Betrayal, Betrayal, Betrayal.  Aloneness.  SO much hurt!!  Friendship goodness laced with something not so right.

Basically, I loved this book.  I loved the way Anna described her emotions.  The writing was great.  The book moved really fast and didn't linger long on any one topic.  There were so many decoys and red herrings, liars and people throwing their money around that it is impossible to guess who in the end is the real culprit.  I know I never saw it coming!!  I was totally shocked... like insane, crazy, mind-blown, shocked.

OVERALL:  I am super in love with this book!!  It was a thrilling read right to the end... and that ending!!!  I would recommend this to seriously anyone and everyone.  It also makes a great summer or beach read.  I'm really glad Abigail Haas (AKA Abby MacDonald) redeemed herself for me.  I am no longer scared to read her other books (I was NOT a big fan of Getting Over Garrett Delaney).


This Book Contains:

  • Sex
  • Swearing
  • Drugs
  • Aruba
  • Boston
  • Rich Kids
  • Mean Girls
  • Cancer
  • Murder
  • Prison Life
  • Prep School

My Rating: 4/4

How I got this book: I purchased it
Date Published: 7/16/2013


  1. YES YES YES! This book was mind-blowing in all the ways possible! I love it, it needs more recognition around the community though and I don't think it gets what it needs which is a shame, however, this review is amazing, it highlights everything that's good about this book, and DANGEROUS BOYS, OMG!

    1. It SO needs more people talking about it!! And thank you for what you said about my review... very sweet of you.

  2. I absolutely loved this book. It was SO good. I hear Dangerous Boys is coming out soon!

    1. I CANNOT wait until Dangerous Boys!! I just found out about it AFTER I finished Dangerous Girls and I can't lie, I did a little dance. I love when my fav books have sequels... or semi-sequels, whatever DB is :)

  3. I missed my calling to be a detective because I totally guessed the ending of this from the beginning, although I didn't think it would actually be the ending. I agree that it's impossible to put this book down, even though I guessed correctly I still thought it was so well done. I'm also really excited for Dangerous Boys, it has a lot to live up to!

    1. I did NOT guess this ending at all!! And I still have SO many unanswered questions!! I'm glad you were still able to like it even though you super-sleuthed the ending!

  4. I've seen a few reviews of this now but they all say the same thing about this one totally messing with your mind in the best way, which is super intriguing and makes me want to read it ASAP. Sounds like it's a good thing there's going to be another book? :)