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.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book? Yes. Please do read this!
It’s been a long time since I finished this book and it took me this long to write a proper review because well… Dangerous Girls is way more confusing than you could ever imagine. Even up to this point, I still can’t find the right words to describe how this book affected me, mostly psychologically. And somehow, there’s still this tiny part of me trying to digest what happened, whether should I be shocked, impressed or disappointed. And it’s already been months since I got finished with this book.
This would’ve easily earned 5 stars from me had not I reacted a different way. But that doesn’t make this book less deserved of the hype it’s gotten so far. Maybe I was just… I don’t know… highly expectant?
Since I don’t want to spoil any of you, I just want to give a brief view of what to expect from Dangerous Girls.
Get a grip because our main character here, Anna, who happens to be narrating the story as well, is just too perplexing. You will find yourself sympathizing with her as if you were also put in jail and the next thing you know… you’re getting even more confused about her as the story drags on. Good job there, Abigail Haas. Thanks for creating such a book character to mess up our heads and leave us dumbfounded.
The story also portrays loads of court trials scenes which is really exciting even when most of the time, I found myself really sorry for Anna, when she is cross-examined, betrayed and accused by her friends and subjected to prejudice. My sympathy for her was crammed full that I couldn’t help but feel extremely frustrated. Isn’t it disheartening to see everyone glance at you accusingly, all of them thinking that you killed your bestfriend? But did Anna really kill Elise? Is she innocent after all and doesn’t deserved to be trapped in a country awaiting the final verdict?
But there’s more to this book than what I can tell you or others. Dangerous Girls is a dark story pivoted around the lives of teenagers and the ugly truths about their relationships. The ending will most likely shock you and freak you out. It’s definitely worth the read.
“I can’t help my mind skipping over the here-and-now and racing on, to what might come next. Consequence and regret and other might-have-beens: plotting out every angle and scenario, knowing all along that the path I take means missing something else.”
“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”
“One moment. One picture. One glimpse—that’s all it takes to make someone think they know the truth.”