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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls Paperback – July 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—June's best friend, Delia, is dead. Everyone keeps telling her it was suicide, but June isn't convinced. What's worse, Delia's drunken downward spiral got so bad in the last year that she and June barely spoke. The person June knew best in the world was almost like a stranger to her. Jeremiah, Delia's boyfriend whom June barely knows, soon draws her into an impromptu investigation. Meanwhile, the teen leans on her own boyfriend, Ryan, for support—but their relationship becomes strained when she begins to suspect that he's lying to her. Then there's Ashling, Delia's most recent bestie, who provides June with a suicide note from Delia. Is this yet another lie? As June begins uncovering the conspiracy surrounding Delia's demise, she realizes too late that she's put herself in danger. This pulse-pounding mystery is intercut with intense memories of the two girls growing up. Through these flashbacks, readers meet the free spirited, irreparably damaged Delia. Weingarten keeps the tension taut; every time June resolves to answer a question, it raises two more. The novel is quietly suspenseful; readers will be draw to the well-written and well-rounded characters—even the supporting players. Thoughtful and provocative, this will be a hard book for teen readers to put down until the thrilling, twisted end. VERDICT Ideal for teens craving a good mystery/thriller.—Ryan P. Donovan, Southborough Public Library, MA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Weingarten keeps the tension taut; every time June resolves to answer a question, it raises two more. The novel is quietly suspenseful; readers will be draw to the well-written and well-rounded characters—even the supporting players. Thoughtful and provocative, this will be a hard book for teen readers to put down until the thrilling, twisted end."
(School Library Journal)
“Simultaneously a pulse-pounding, breathtakingly twisty thriller and a complex, unflinching, heart-breaking examination of female friendship, Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls is a story of love, damage, and an all-consuming relationship with the power to save or destroy--and it's unforgettable." (Robin Wasserman)
"Twisted and intense in all the right ways, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing (and your pulse racing) until its stark, shocking conclusion." (Micol Ostow, author of the NYPL Favorite Spooky Tale AMITY)
"A taut, sophisticated thriller." (BCCB, starred review)
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June doubts her former best friend died in a fiery suicide, since Delia feared one thing--fire. Suddenly, June suspects everyone of Delia's murder. The suspects include: her too good thing be true boyfriend, Delia's distraught boyfriend, a drug dealer and a Delia's current best friend. The deeper June delves, the more questions she has. Might she be the killer's next target if she keeps asking questions?
I'm going to be purposefully cryptic to avoid spoilers because SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS has so many twists and turns you won't want to miss. June narrated the first half of the book, with third person observation flashbacks. When she and Delia were BFFs, she felt stronger, more social and a better version of her awkward self. Delia is a reckless as June is tame, a risk taker. For all her bravado, she showed the deeply wounds only to June. The second half of the boos added another first person narrator.
Lynn Weingarten perplexed me for the entire second half of the book. When I thought I knew what what was happening, another twist caught me off guard. Some of the scenarios were completely preposterous and I wondered why Weingarten didn't choose more plausible explanations. I loathe open ended last chapters. Since I never felt most of my questions were answered, I gave 4 rather than 5 stars.
SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS is compulsively readable, a page turner. It read more like a mystery than a thriller to me, my heart didn't beat fast, I didn't hold my breath, yet I wanted to keep reading and was disappointed to be finished when I reached the last page.
THEMES: suicide, homicide, friendship, sexual abuse, dating, cheating, mystery
It wasn't terrible as I did find it engaging and devoured the book in a day. It was a refreshing lightly cerebral thriller I enjoyed squeezing in between the other, dense non-fiction books I'm currently trudging through.