Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Source: Simon&Schuster Australia. Thank you!
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It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...
Review by Nara

Recently, there seems to have been a sudden influx of amazing young adult titles. I mean, just look at all my recent reviews- they all seem to be four or five stars. Dangerous Girls is definitely one of the books included in this influx. Suspenseful and completely riveting, it is certainly a title to look out for (by "look out for" I mean go to the bookstore and buy it. Now.)

One thing that I do have to say is that I predicted the big twist. I think I read too much young adult or something; it's so rare for books to completely surprise me these days. There are also two smaller twists in the middle and towards the end, which I also managed to predict. You'd think that I'd be completely disappointed with a book in which I could foresee practically all the events. WRONG. Despite the predictability, Dangerous Girls was still incredibly compelling. I was kept reading because I wanted to find out whether I was right about my speculations. And in mystery novels, it feels kind of good when you're right because it's like HA! I TOTALLY SAW THAT COMING. Or, you know, you were able to pick up on the clues that the author includes or whatever. And in retrospect, there actually are quite a few clues throughout the book which hint at who the culprit is.

Anna. Anna, Anna, Anna. She is such a complex character. While she has some definite flaws, there's something about her that makes her an interestingly likeable character. I mean, you definitely have some sympathy for the poor girl- being accused of murdering her best friend, basically abandoned by her friends in a foreign country, locked up in a jail full of felons- but it's more than just that. Because the book is told from her point of view, you can see the roiling emotions, the heartbreak, the betrayal that Anna feels. And it really is written quite well.

Another thing I quite liked about the book was that it wasn't completely derailed by the romance. I mean, sure, I like some romance in my books, but in this particular novel, I would've hated to see it overshadow the mystery. There was a bit of a hint of it here and there, but I loved how Haas didn't make it the focus- that would've been frustrating, because, the whole book, all you really want to know is what the hell is going on- not whether Anna has to choose between two guys in a superficial love triangle.

And HOT DAMN those last two chapters were EPIC. Sure, I knew the gist of what was coming, but the actual execution was freaking legendary. The last line in the second to last chapter- WOW. The book deserves 5 stars and an incredible just based on that one line.


Overall: 9/10
Plot: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 4/5


  1. There really has been some great YA titles popping up lately! And so I'm glad yet another person likes this book! It's only further solidifying the fact that my next trip to the bookstore is to buy THIS book.

    The idea of a romance excites me but I'm glad it doesn't take centre stage. In general, I love it when books have loooove but it's just absurd when the romance seems to be more prominent than the mystery, for example.

    And this is in no way related to the review but I'm spotting some All Our Yesterdays on your sidebar!!! I can't wait until I finish the last few pages so that I can write my review. And then after that, I'm going straight to the bookstore to buy it (along with Dangerous Girls of course!).

    Anyway, great review Nara and I'm happy this didn't disappoint.

    1. I think the balance of romance vs mystery was done really well in Dangerous Girls. It definitely would have been annoying if the romance dominated the plot.

      Yeah I read an eARC of All Our Yesterdays, and it was so amazing that I went and got a physical copy as well. :D :D
      I'll have to read this review when you post it up!

    2. Luckyyy! It's not out until September in Canada!

  2. I need to start reading some of your recent reads then, I could really use some "wow" YA! You have definitely convinced me to read this one, that's for sure. It's great that you can really feel for the character in this one. Great review :)

    1. Dangerous Girls is definitely a "wow" read! DAT ENDING.

  3. I heard that this is an extremely fustrating book- in a good way. I am starting this one soon so I only skimmed your review.

    Thanks for the honest review! <33 Glad you loved it. :D

    1. Oh it's definitely frustrating. And it's really suspenseful as well. Keeps you on your toes :)

  4. Oh dear I NEED this book. I've been searching for a book that would make me feel just like this!! Ok. It's done. I'm buying it :p

    1. hahaha it'll definitely be worth it :D
      Hope you love it too!