BAD GIRLS WITH PRETTY FACES
by Lynn Weingarten
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is a book that will make you stop and think. It is compelling enough to take you in to the very end, but it’s not one of those books that will leave you feeling good about the way of the world in the end. The novel is a weird juxtaposition of immature themes, and sickly dark maturity.
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is about three people. Sasha, Xavier, and Ivy. A love triangle. Sasha loves Xavier, Xavier loves Sasha, but not quite in that way. Ivy is Xavier’s ex-girlfriend, and their break-up put him on medication, led to him drinking heavily, and barely leaving his house. When he finally ventures out, who does he see? Ivy. And she’s immediately jockeying for his attention. She’s not a nice person, and everyone sees it but Xavier.
Sasha intent on winning Xavier over, and proving who the real Ivy is, sets out to catfish Ivy and prove that she is back to her old tricks of cheating and lying.
The beginning of the novel is your typical, if not R rated YA novel. The standard love triangle, with the mean girl as the ex and the tough-but-sensitive female protagonist, in-love with the good-looking and fit, but nerdy male lead. Mix in drugs, lots of sex, drinking, and bad language, Weingarten takes this book to the next level as far as moral lines. These aren’t the type of kids I would want anywhere near my own teen.
Through the entirety of the book, it flip-flopped between that bizarre mature/immature mix. Which, if you think about it most seventeen-year-olds do all the time. The cusp of adulthood, they play like adults, have the responsibilities of adults, but aren’t legal to do any of it. Weingarten really embraced this. These kids “played adults” by speaking like adults, screwing around, drinking way too much, and then finding themselves in a really terrible situation where they made even more terrible decisions.
As far as the theme, the plot, and the writing of this novel, it was top notch. Weingarten has a unique ability to string you along and keep you glued. This is the perfect binge novel. What is the unfortunate part of the novel are the characters, but it’s for a reason. They are supremely flawed, and aren’t exactly likable. Ivy I downright hated, and Xavier I found no reason why anyone would like him, much less love him. Sasha was my favorite, but I couldn’t understand her motivation.
The overall mystery within the novel was pretty good, the author took a few chances I didn’t like, and she did stretch believability to lead the reader away from the truth, which was eye-rolling in the end when the truth did come out. But, it was a good mystery.
Overall, I’m impressed with Weingarten’s novels. I read her Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, and it had the same kind of gritty portrayal of reality that is both compelling and disturbing that can be found in Bad Girls. If you are looking for something real, but still fake…these are novels for you.
The narration was done by Candace Thaxton, Jayme Mattler, and Jacques Roy. I was impressed by all three. I love multi-narration books. This one is a good book to experience via audiobook.
“I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.”
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn WeingartenPublished by Simon Pulse on October 31st 2017
Also by this author: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
From the New York Times bestselling author of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls comes a stylish thriller about the darkness that lurks inside all of us.
When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.
When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…
Told in multiple points of view, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is sexy and twisted with shocks at every turn.
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