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Dangerous Girls Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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Gr 9 Up—Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and other friends are off to celebrate spring break in Aruba. What promises to be an amazing vacation partying and drinking with no parents in sight turns into a nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered. Even more shocking is that Anna finds herself being accused of her murder. Anna is trapped in a foreign jail trying to fight the awful accusations against her. As her friends and the media turn against her, she sets out to find Elise's true killer. What she finds instead are revelations about her friendships, her boyfriend, and the awful truth. Told in alternating chapters that take place before and after the trial, this suspenseful novel is a good choice for teens who like mysteries and thrillers.—Shannon Seglin, San Antonio Public Library
A few questionable pictures on Facebook, an argument observed and misconstrued, a few creative-writing assignments with violent imagery, and a smile captured at the wrong time—each of these things on its own couldn’t convict someone of a brutal murder, could it? This is what Anna wonders while locked up in Aruba and standing trial for her best friend Elise’s murder: “Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?” Flashing back and forth between courtroom scenes, memories of their friendship among Boston’s hard-partying elite, and the sexy, sun-soaked spring break leading up to Elise’s bloody death, Anna narrates the cause of her nightmarish situation. This is a rare teen courtroom drama, with beautifully planted red herrings, plenty of characters with motives, suspenseful pacing, familiar parallels to famous crimes that attracted a media circus, and a final 50 pages that must be turned all in one sitting. Teens looking for a thrilling mystery imbued with the dark side of the fast life will not be disappointed. Grades 8-11. --Heather Booth
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That said, the work also does a wonderful job establishing Anna's relationship with best friend and murder victim Elise, and showing Anna's growing desperation as she tries to convince people that her apparent coolness and occasional outbursts don't make her a monster. No matter what she does, everyone seems to think she's guilty. I thought this was an interesting concept, especially in light of the fact that investigators who talk to the media nearly always mention demeanor: The suspect doesn't act how she is "supposed" to act. She doesn't cry enough. She's uncooperative. Maybe she's too emotional. Maybe she's too eager to offer information. Anna can't win, and given the sparse amount of physical evidence against her you have to figure that this prosecutor represents the very worst of investigators who rely too much on their gut.
And then suddenly everything you think you know about the case is called into question as the real murderer is revealed. Did I see it coming? Sort of. The hints were there. But I don't think it's a cop-out given the way the case is presented. The nonlinear plot, which jumps from high school and vacation moments to the night of the murder to pre, present and post trial snippets, has a lot to do with that. The lack of certain scenes are as important as what we're actually given, but because you never know what's coming next -- whether it be a new witness at the trial or Anna's recounting how Elise's body is discovered on "the night"-- you don't notice their absence until it's too late.
The story is told from seventeen year old Anna Chevalier's perspective. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a group of their popular and pretentious friends take off for a spring break trip in Aruba. The fun is cut short when Elise is found brutally murdered in her bedroom at the condo they are all staying in. All clues and fingers begin to point to Anna as the killer, therefore, she must prove her innocence while navigating the corrupt and unfamiliar Aruban justice system. As the murder investigation and trial continue, it seems that the biased and ruthless detective leading the case has not only convinced Anna's closest friends and family that she is guilty, but also the entire United States. Anna is forced to prove her innocence while remaining inside a foreign prison with no one truly believing in her.
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Anna and Elise. Elise and Anna. The best of friends, even after Anna starts dating golden boy Tate. But, now Elise is dead and Anna is on trial in Aruba, where the murder occurred. Money, power and reputation are playing against Anna as her friends, the public and even her father question her innocence.
Oh what a tangled web Abigail Haas has woven in this delicious page turner. DANGEROUS GIRLS grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let go until I finished. There are some parallels to the Amanda Knox murder trial and the setting in Aruba brings Natalie Halloway's disappearance and presumed murder, but DANGEROUS GIRLS is its own unique story.
Haas used Anna's voice, TV transcripts, the 911 call and other means of relaying the story, which skipped between past and present. I particularly enjoyed the transcripts from a Nancy Grace type TV program, as Clara presumes Anna guilty and sought all forms of confirmation bias to prove her point. I liked Anna, though in the beginning I couldn't tell the reliability of her narration. Was this a friendship gone wrong, or did one of the two men harassing Elise stab her thirteen times.
Anna grew in dimension as the story unfolded, as did Elise. Their friendship started off so supportive, but they eventually became so enmeshed with each other it became unhealthy. They partied too hard, took too many risks like many teens.
THEMES: friendship, romance, murder, trial, family, parents,
DANGEROUS GIRLS is a murder mystery with a lot of heart that you won't want to put down.