- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599906287
- ISBN-13: 978-1599906287
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,509,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vicious Little Darlings Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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“[An] Edgy debut thriller... It's a constant who's manipulating whom, with secrets, sexual tension and a Gypsy's deadly prediction always at the forefront, as the story's slow burn finally explodes. It's all given immediacy and subtle sarcasm through Sarah's first-person narration, which will have readers second-guessing throughout.” ―Kirkus
About the Author
Katherine Easer is a graduate of Smith College. This is her first novel.
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I love off the wall things; things that are weird and strange and random and goofy and campy and ridiculous. Things that aren't always so logical or predictable or sensible. Off the wall things add color and flavor to the world; and often times, these things crack me up. And I like to laugh--a lot! Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer encompasses this "off the wall" attitude that more fiction needs to embrace--and then some.
Sarah Weaver, a senior in high school, lives with her single, conservative grandmother in Beverly Hills, after both her parents--more or less--abandoned her. One day, said grandmother catches Sarah in the throes of passion with Brad Taylor, the most popular guy in school. Needless to say, grandmother was not pleased with what she saw. So, after graduation, grandmother gave Sarah two options: Attend Wetherly (an all-girls college located in Massachusetts that was grandma's alma mater) or go to a college of her own choice; only, with the second option, grandmother wouldn't pay for tuition. Left with very little choice and a lot of reluctance, Sarah chooses Wetherly.
Once at Wetherly, she meets her new soon-to-be roommates: Madison Snow (the innocent, pretty friend, who everyone adores) and Agnes Pierce (the more masculine, "less attractive" friend, who seems to be in love with Madison herself). The friendship amongst these three girls sets into motion one of the most bizarre, fun, entertaining, laugh-out-loud, clap-my-hands in glee stories I have ever read--and I love it!
Easer embraces what fiction is supposed to be. I'm not going to attempt to summarize the plot because in her story, she includes a River Phoenix poster, a hurt fawn, an ominous gypsy, hair clots, a ketchup bottle, a naked party, an eighties party, obsession, manipulation, sabotage, secrets, lies--basically everything but the kitchen sink. And all this adds up to one great page-turner.
The character themselves are all so colorful and prominent. I liked how Easer made each of them strange and full of contradictions, which not only coincided with the one of the themes of this book (ambiguity of human nature), but it also amplified the entertainment value. I liked how Sarah, the protagonist, rambled on and on, revealing not only her random thoughts to us, but also her contradictions. For example, when she first met Sebastian (Madison's boyfriend), she thought his lack of intellect made him unattractive, but still, she couldn't deny that she was sexually drawn to him. I like that honesty in Sarah because not only did she show her flaws--even as a protagonist--but it also played into the endless mind games that the characters perpetuated. Super thumbs up for the cohesion of elements.
The one negative thing I will say about the book is that even though Easer offered an onslaught of contradictions and confusion to play with the reader's emotions, her confusion didn't necessarily hide the secrets that perhaps, she was hoping for. And though I wasn't able to guess the ending by any means, I was able to predict many aspects around it. But, even with that said, my accurate predictions couldn't take away from how entertained I was with the book--at all.
I loved that Easer didn't play it safe for her debut novel. She was provocative and daring and cool. This book really appealed to my sensibilities; especially my sense of humor. And if you want a fun, campy, creepy, eighties-inspired, WTF thriller about the extremities of friendship, obsession, loyalty, and love, then I can't recommend a better novel. This is it! You can't go wrong. Now, the only bummer is having to wait for Easer's next novel. I just hope that when it finally comes out, it'll surpass this one in terms of sheer outlandishness--and also that it includes a kitchen sink.
You delve inside the psyche, core, and spirit of each character. What makes this a unique read is the realism of the characters' dilemmas and challenges. Every situation and event is expertly woven - leading to a climatic conclusion. I could not put it down after I started. Vicious Little Darlings is a real page-turner, with a series of beautifully woven scenes; each character vivid and alive. This novel is refreshing - an excellent execution of human relationship. It gets my highest recommendation - a brilliant realistic novel that challenges the reader to think about the fabric of their own life.
It started out kind of slow-paced and a bit boring, but soon it turned into something capturing and exciting. The main character, Sarah, did seem kind of flat and boring, but she definitely got better as the story went on.
Unlike Sarah, Maddy and Agnes were captivating from the start. Their relationship captures you automatically, and they are flat-out amazing characters.
The book is totally worth getting if your into a darker kind of genre with a hidden plot, but it's definitely not as "creepy" as the other reviewers have said.
Just try the sample, and I promise, you'll be hooked! :)