The Boy Meets Girl Massacre
Overview - Gripping, grisly, and keeps you guessing until the shocking end Noelle Dixon takes a summer nightshift job at the infamous Boy Meets Girl Inn, even though she's well aware of the horrifying murders that happened there decades ago. That's why she has a diary--to write down everything she experiences in case things go bump in the night. Read more...
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Gripping, grisly, and keeps you guessing until the shocking end Noelle Dixon takes a summer nightshift job at the infamous Boy Meets Girl Inn, even though she's well aware of the horrifying murders that happened there decades ago. That's why she has a diary--to write down everything she experiences in case things go bump in the night. But the inexplicable freezing drafts, the migrating rotten-flesh smell, and the misplaced personal items don't really scare her. Noelle has bigger problems: her father's failing health, her friend Alfred's inappropriate crush, and the sore spot on the back of her head that keeps getting worse. When a party commemorating the anniversary of the original killings ends in a ghoulish bloodbath, Noelle's diary becomes the key piece of evidence for investigators. But the cryptic entries suggest that there's more to the bizarre case than can be rationally explained . . .
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After a grisly death, all that’s left of 16-year-old Noelle Dixon, a possible murderer, is her bloodied diary. The story leading to her demise unfolds in her own words—annotated with comments from criminal investigators and Hollywood honchos hoping to turn the tale into a blockbuster—as she spends a summer jotting down the strange happenings at the purportedly haunted inn where she works. The setup lends itself well to Noelle’s manic fugue states and familial musings, but while some passages and anecdotes are chilling, readers are frequently jolted out of the story by the absurdity of Noelle pausing in the middle of traumatic, terrifying events to record them—especially when she’s in a closet reporting that the lights have gone out and she can’t see. There’s also a disconnect between the characters’ rough-sketched backstories and Hogarth’s attention to less important details like the description of a man eating a chicken or Noelle getting her ears cleaned out by her father. Even so, Hogarth (The Lonely) delivers in bringing what amounts to a summer slasher flick to the page. Ages 13–up. Agent: Ali McDonald, Rights Factory. (Sept.)