Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are "those girls" They're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Read more...
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are "those girls" They're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically...she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good?
In a debut novel that is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl and how often even the closest of friends walk the thin line between love and hate.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Junior year is starting, and Alex is auditioning for a band, Mollie is taking Plan B, and Veronica is flirting with everyone, teachers included. The three are long-time best friends, but backbiting, secrecy, and trashing are the norm for them; Alex and Mollie have no problem calling Veronica a “slut” to her face, and Veronica is dating Alex’s crush and hooking up with Mollie’s boyfriend. Debut author Saft can be funny, but it isn’t evident how she really feels about the snobbish, drugs-and-alcohol-infused, joylessly sexualized culture she’s portraying. No one is happy, yet the awfulness is normalized in a way that makes an alternative hard to imagine. The girls switch off as narrators, and Saft wants readers to root for them, but it’s not easy (Alex is the most multidimensional, while Mollie and Veronica are reduced to snide and bewildered). It gets even harder when Mollie and Alex do something cruel and dangerous, then essentially get off scot-free. The act is something of a wake-up call about the results of deceiving themselves and others, but it’s too little, too late. Ages 15–up. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug.)