Listening to him complain about Stella was as satisfying as watching a rant-filled hour of cable news that confirmed all of your biases.
Stella is beautiful and rich. Violet is smart, but from a rough and poor family. Somehow they become friends, each with their role in the friendship: Violet riding on the coattails of Stella. But when Violet starts to get hard-earned success, jealousy flips the other way. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: Don’t expect this to be a thrilling thriller.
Full Review: I read this book because it was one of the selections for the Book of the Month Box, which and I was craving a thriller. [$14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. Click here to get your first box for free.]This is one of those books that felt very misleading, both in the genre and the description. Going into it, I expected it to be a creepy thriller about two friends obsessed with one another. Instead, the first half was more contemporary fiction about working in journalism/broadcast news. I don’t want to give too much away… There was something thriller-esque that happened in the second half, but I wouldn’t consider the book itself to be a thriller, or really even suspense.
The story itself was interesting, but dragged a bit in places. I think it could have worked better if 100 pages were cut. I did like the frenemies concept, but I think the drama could have been amped up even more from the beginning. The ending definitely could have been sooner. Part of the excitement of thrillers is the climax. Ending so long after the climax caused me to lose interest and ultimately impacted my view of the book.
If you enjoy opposites-attract frenemy stories, then you will probably enjoy this one. It has a hint of Gossip Girl drama (if Dan Humphrey was a female). It is also nice to have a book about people in their twenties. That seems to be the forgotten age in writing. 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!
I didn’t just want the friendship of this dazzling girl. I wanted the world that had made her so dazzling in the first place.