Review: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls | Lynn Weingarten

“Finding a best friend is like finding a true love: when you meet yours, you just know.”

Book Info

Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Number of Pages: 320
Perspective: First Alternating
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Delia killed herself by fire. Her childhood best friend doesn’t believe it, even though they haven’t been close for a while. When they were close, it was an obsession stronger than love. June tries to figure out the truth. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: Another binge-readable YA thriller with lots of twists and turns.

Rating: 4/5

Full Review: This one is going to be hard to review because I don’t want to give too much away. Even the quick summary was difficult. Part of what I enjoyed so much about this book was not knowing anything about it when I started.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you probably know that I hate ambiguous endings. This is one of those. I loved it until the end. If I finish a book with any sort of unresolved feelings, I cannot possibly give it 5/5 stars. And this ending was worse than that, it left me confused.

Other than the ending, the twists were great and the red herrings were effective. Even the title played into the mystery of it all. It has been compared to a few other big books, but I won’t include that here because the comparison gives huge hints to the twists. [If you are curious, click these links to take to you my reviews for the Book Comparison One and Book Comparison Two.] Also, I loved the creepy friendship that bordered on manipulative obsession.

My only other complaint is that I’m getting a little annoyed with poor rationales in young adult books and shows for why teenagers are playing detective roles and putting themselves in danger [ahem, Riverdale, ahem]. But I suppose there would be no story otherwise.

This was an interesting read and I highly recommend it for thriller, mystery, and suspense lovers. But trigger warnings for almost anything worthy of a trigger warning. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

“Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for a person is to shield them from that which will not help them. Make the decision and then carry the burden yourself, bear the weight so that they don't have to.”

My Rating

4 star review
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