Book Review // Dangerous Girls – A Powerful Commentary on Female Friendships

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Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Released: July 16, 2013
Trigger Warnings: Addiction, death, cheating

Synopsis*: Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.
Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.
Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn’t just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it’s more shocking than you could ever imagine…

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This book made my head spin. It tore at me savagely and without hesitation.

 

 

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We start our senior year like kings, like nothing can ever tear us apart.
We’re wrong.

Firstly I wanna mention that yes, this book is similar to the Amanda Knox case. You can find the documentary of her and the crime she is suspected of committing. I watched that, god, a while ago? When it first came out I think. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

One moment. One picture. One glimpse—that’s all it takes to make someone think they know the truth.

I picked up the connection to this case early on thanks to a similar scene to that of an infamous photograph from the real-life case. However, I didn’t pick up on a lot of the other similarities. I think that is largely credited to the fact I have basically no memory and it had been long enough since I had watched the documentary that my brain forgot most of it. If you want a more in-depth comparison, check out Emma’s review.

On the afternoon of March twentieth, Elise was attacked in her bedroom as she prepared to go meet her friends. This wasn’t an accident, or a quick death, no; you’ve heard from expert forensic witnesses how Elise was stabbed thirteen times in the chest and stomach with a kitchen knife and then left to die in a pool of her own blood. She would have died gasping for air, feeling her own life and that bright future slip away as she slowly bled to death.

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I loved this book. I loved the plot and the suspense and the characters.

This book fucked with my head and had me second guessing myself. I had zero trust in the author…In a good way!

Dangerous Girls is what Far From You was missing in terms of the mystery and suspense plot. But I preferred the characters, relationships and representation in Far From You. If I could just mash these two books together, their love child would have been bloody perfect!

She never has a problem letting go, not like me: she’ll slip into the rhythm, or a laugh, or a strange boy’s arms as easily as breathing, not asking for a moment what happens when the moment fades away and there’s nothing left but the pale dawn light and all your old insecurities.

Elise was your typical sweet, smart and beautiful girl with a bright future ahead of her, until she is brutally murdered on a group trip to Aruba with her friends. The primary suspect? Her best friend Anna who is fighting tooth and nail to prove she didn’t do it. Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?

Dangerous Girls takes a hard look at the treatment of those accused of something as disturbing as murdering their best friend, how the media plays a huge role in our opinions of who is guilty or innocent and how easy it is for a person to look like an extreme version of one or the other. Perception is everything.

We made each other, like we learned about in science class. Symbiosis. I was the partner-in-crime she’d been waiting for: a hand to hold as she ran, laughing, away from the ivy-covered gates she’d been gazing over her entire life. And Elise . . . She was my catalyst.
The glint in my eye, the giddy thrill in my stomach, the voice urging me to be louder, bolder, to blend into the background no more. 

 

I love reading about the complex language of love that seems to be exclusively understood by young girls. As a teenage girl, no one can hurt you like your best friend. Girl friendships are intense and intimate. Girls get under each other’s skins and make a home there, threatening to tear through the most vulnerable parts at any moment.

“Come on, Anna. Do you trust me?”
I want to laugh it off, but there’s something in her expression that keeps me standing there in the middle of the busy sidewalk: determination. Enough to make me believe what she’s saying, that I don’t have to be lost again. And God, I want it so, so much.
I can’t go through that again.
So I nod.
“I trust you.”

Girls are also the most capable of gluing each other back together. They carefully sew each other together, they slather remedies, like kind whispers and uncontrollable laughter, on the wound. Promise it will heal. Promise they won’t leave each other’s sides. Promise that it’s them against the world.

“It was us,” she says. “You and me?”
“It still is!”
“But you love him more.”
“No,” I tell her, but she just looks away.
“You should see your face when the two of you are together.” Elise swallows, giving me a sad little smile. “It’s like he’s your whole world.”
“He’s my boyfriend.”
“So, I’m your best friend!”

Dangerous Girls shows how fiercely jealous girls can be with each other, how hard they hang onto each other like flesh and bone lifelines that can pull them through the most nightmarish times…But they often forget that sometimes their closest friends, their lifelines, can be catalysts for those nightmarish times. Girls can damage each other like nothing else can. Maybe that’s why it hurts so much when they’re the ones causing pain.

And even though it seems odd, even wrong, I wonder suddenly if the reason I’m holding back from sleeping with Tate is because it would mean he’d possess me in a way she never will.

That is the basis of this story. Sure, the suspense and mystery of who did it is a pretty huge part, but that’s not really the point of this story. This story is a powerful commentary on the complexity of female adolescent friendships and how the smallest tip in the balance can make it all tumble down.

“No. Ask me,” I demand. “Do it.”
Judy pauses, as if gathering her strength. She takes a breath, and then looks at me straight-on, with fearful eyes. “Did you . . . kill her?”
“No!” My voice breaks. 

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I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network!
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