Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Bad Girls with Perfect FacesTitle: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 320
Audio Length: 6 Hours and 5 Minutes
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Mystery
Series: Standalone
Source: Audio
 

When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…
What made me pick this book up: 
Jenn had read it first, and loved it. 

What did I like about the cover: 
I like the simplicity of it. The bright red lipstick signifies Ivy well, and the flies... Well you can imagine what the flies signify. 

I also like that the word "perfect" is... Well not perfect at all.

What made me read this book: 
I decided I'm just going to go through my TBR list, and this was a relatively short book. I wanted something short and Jenn was raving about how good it is. 

So I figured this was the perfect time to read it.

What did I like the most: 
For the most part this had a decent story. 

A girl falls in love with her best friend. Said best friend gets back together with crappy ex girlfriend. Girl makes a fake instagram to stalk and catch best friends crappy girlfriend. Something bad happens, everything sucks.

In the end, everything is good. Ish. 

I think the writing is done well, you feel what the characters feel, the wording is really poetic. It all flows pretty well...

The ending was decent. Like I said, everything was goodish. I didn't see it coming, so the surprise was still there. 

With that being said, that's about all I liked. 

What didn't I like: 
The characters. They were all whiny and screwed up. I understand that's what the book is about. But there is a way to write about a screwed up character without making them too completely whiny.

Xavier was dumb and blind. Sasha was crazy and selfish. And I just all around HATED Ivy. Hated. 

The pace was awful, I felt like this book dragged on forever. I listened to it at 2.5 speed, and I didn't take forever to listen to it, but it just felt like it drug on. 

There was so much build up, and then I felt like nothing actually really happened.

Along with that, there wasn't much world building. Again, contemporary probably doesn't need much world building, but I feel like there was barely any description of anything around them. I could not picture the characters, except for Xavier who we knew had blue hair. 
Other than that I kind of read the book without picturing it much in my head, simply because it was not very descriptive.

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I actually just got Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, and I'm really hoping I like that one better than this one.







In the end, I still felt myself wanting to finish the book. Did I like it? Not really. Could I put it down and never finish it? Sadly no. And for that, it gets 3 stars instead of 2.








 




“Life messes us up in so many ways, messes all of us right the hell up. And when we fumble and bumble around, crashing into one another, stepping on toes and hearts, it's not on purpose. Being a person is nearly impossible.” 
― Lynn WeingartenBad Girls with Perfect Faces



Please Don't TellThree Truths and a LieConsentDead to MeTruth or Dare (Truth or Dare, #1)



Lynn Weingarten is a New York Times bestselling author living in Brooklyn. Her fifth young adult novel, BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES, was released in the US on Halloween 2017. It will be out in the UK on January 11th, 2018.

Her previous books include SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (a NY Times bestseller, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten book for 2016, one of Vanity Fair’s list of Best Books for July, and on The Guardian’s list of 5 of the Best in Young Adult Fiction), and WHEREVER NINA LIES (an ALA Top Ten Popular Paperback for Young Adults, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, a YALSA Teen’s Top Ten Nominee and a Sequoyah Book Award Nominee)

In the past, Lynn edited books and developed ideas for Alloy Entertainment. She is currently Creative Director of Dovetail Fiction, a new sister company from the book packager Working Partners.


She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @lynnweingarten


Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are not yet or newly published books that we have discovered recently. 


Jenn: 



Jar of Hearts
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years . . .
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.
But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.
To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.
For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela's death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.
While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.
How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?


What You Left Me
What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey

Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation, and though they’ve shared the halls of their high school for four years without crossing paths, there’s an instant connection the moment they’re seated next to each other at the commencement ceremony.
Then a car accident puts Martin into a coma, and Petra is somehow left picking up the pieces, using friends, family, and shared dreams to keep their surprise connection going.
Together they must unlock the truth of his situation, and with time running out, their bond becomes Martin’s best shot at waking back up to the life he's left behind.









The Opposite of Here
The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando
Natalie's parents are taking her and three best friends on a week-long cruise for her birthday—a sail-a-bration! Sigh. It’s also only been months since her boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here. So she’s surprised when she meets a guy on the first night and feels a connection she’s never felt before. After a late-night talk on a secluded part of the ship, Natalie runs to her cabin for a change of clothes. But when she returns, he’s gone without a trace. And something he said makes her think he may have jumped. . . . What pulled her to him, and what pulled him away? Was he ever even there?










Ash: 





Questions I Want to Ask You
Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff
Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know exactly where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. He’s got a girlfriend who gets him. His single dad is his best friend. After graduation, he has a desk job lined up at the local crossfit gym, maybe he’ll even work his way up to trainer. He can’t see himself ever leaving the small town of Brooksby, MA. And he’s fine with that.
Then, on his eighteenth birthday, a letter from Pack’s mother changes everything.
Pack hits the road, searching for a mother he’s never known and a family he had no idea existed until now. His journey unearths questions about both of his parents that he never saw coming. And by the end of the summer, Pack has a whole different understanding of his past—and most importantly, where he wants his future to lead.





Magic at Midnight: A YA Fairy Tale Anthology
Magic At Midnight: A YA Fairy Tale Anthology
Once upon a time is eternal…
Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.
A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has are real—and that she might be just as beautiful as her famous stepsister. A gamer must save her true love from the mysterious, dark entity that has ensnared him in their MMORPG. A modern teen is lured to the fantastical Land of the Dolls, and only her own cunning can help her escape. These are just a few of the bewitching tales found within Magic at Midnight.

From sci-fi to fantasy, contemporary to historical, paranormal and more, there’s a fairy tale retelling in this collection for every reader. Featuring stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you to distant worlds and back again—all just familiar enough to make you feel at home.



The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs
  
No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.
Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.
But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.
If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be...and because there are worse things than disappearing.




 
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