The Marketing on Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten was the only reason I picked up this book. I’m not usually a reader of YA Mystery, which is usually angsty and shallow. I expected something different when I read it though. I highly enjoyed Gone Girl and Thirteen Reasons Why – but when you stop to think about it – the whole book seems quite obvious now when you add the first line of the synopsis to the title of the book and suddenly the plot twist is quite evident.
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls starts with the death of the main characters former best friend. June is instantly suspicious because of a voicemail that was left on her phone by Delia. In the beginning the backstory is vague so the “mystery” is on high, but as the plot is revealed you find out that mystery is forced and there really wasn’t a need for suspicion from the beginning because of the dead girl’s lifestyle.
There are a few twists and turns, mostly ones I found rather stereotypical. I can only really describe this book as an immature copy of Gone Girl. It was entertaining to a point, but I wanted more depth. I think Weingarten’s ability to tell a story is substantial and I’m considering reading some of her other books. Overall, it was a mediocre book. I think if I wouldn’t have expected Gone Girl I would have liked it more and been surprised which would have nulled some of the clichés which I found were overwhelming.
Narration was performed by Rebekkah Ross and this was my first book by her. I didn’t notice her voice, which is saying something and pleasant. She narrates Jenny Hans and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn for Burn – so I might give that one a try next.
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn WeingartenNarrator: Rebekkah Ross
Published by Simon Pulse on July 7th 2015
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.
Now 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.