REVIEW: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

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“Life messes us up in so many ways, messes all of us right the hell up. And when we fumble and bumble around, crashing into one another, stepping on toes and hearts, it's not on purpose. Being a person is nearly impossible.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781481418607

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My rating:

            Two years after the mindfuck that is Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls was released, Lynn Weingarten is back with another sexy thriller that will have the reader twist-turned upside down a la Fresh Prince, but a lot more messy. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is dark, brooding, and fucked up. And I absolutely loved it.

“The more secrets you have from someone, the harder it is to look them in the eye.”

            Bad Girls with Perfect Faces follows Sasha and her very best friend, Xavier. Prior to the beginning of the novel, Xavier and his ex-girlfriend, Ivy, broke up, and Xavier was in a very bad mental state. He’s finally bouncing back when Ivy comes rushing back, all apologetic and pouty lips. Sasha is immediately weary and decides to prove to Xavier once and for all that Ivy is no good. She never could’ve predicted what would happen, though…

“I had wanted to tell him that loving someone should never be a problem, should never feel like one, but by then I already knew firsthand it wasn't really that simple.”

            I absolutely loved how this novel mind fucks the reader. Lynn’s writing is so lyrical and twisty. Her worlds are atmospheric and dark—they’re perpetually gray days. They show the dark side of teenagers. They show the recklessness of being young and how it feels when you think you’re invincible. And they show how those thoughts can go wrong. Very, very wrong.

            Sasha was an absolutely fantastic protagonist. The novel is split into three POVs. Sasha is in first person, Xavier is in third, and a mysterious third POV is told in what seems like diary entries or just stream of consciousness. I loved Sasha the most, though. She was strong. She didn’t give a fuck. But she was loyal and when she loved you, she loved you.

“Be careful when your feelings are too strong, when you love someone too much. A heart too full is like a bomb. One day it will explode.”

            The plot was… incredible. Put all of these unstable teenagers together and obviously, it’s a recipe for disaster. Regardless of their actions, though, you can’t help but fall in love with each of them. Just a little bit. Lynn crafts her characters with precision and dimension. You’ll find yourself justifying their actions as if they were your own best friend. It’s truly a gift she has.

            And when the novel comes to a head, well, you won’t see it coming. It will hit you fast and hard and you’ll be just as confused as everyone else. But, then, you’ll see the situation with crystal clear clarity and you’ll pray that these wonderful and fucked up kids make it out unscathed. Or, as unscathed as possible.

            Bad Girls with Perfect Faces was an incredibly entertaining and dark novel that will keep you up late into the night. And remember…

“No one thinks the people they love are monsters. Because love is the biggest liar of them all.”

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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