This novel is truly lovely, dark, and deep. It follows two teenaged girls—Lacey, who is extremely damaged, and Dex, a sort of nobody on rungs of the high school popularity ladder.
Until Lacey finds her and takes her under her wing, Dex was simply content to work hard at school and enjoy her comfortable family life. Dex is completely captivated by Lacey, who seems to live a liberated life, unencumbered by family ties or any adherence to convention. Soon, Dex is being taken down shadier and shadier paths, and as long as there is Lacey, she’s happy to do it.
The novel begins with the apparent suicide of the school’s most popular boy. Though it doesn’t feel right that he would kill himself, there is little to show that he didn’t do it. His girlfriend, the extremely popular and pretty Nikki, is devastated by the loss. This event tickles at the edges of the novel and produces a strong sense of uneasiness for the reader. Book clubs that like complex and dark relationships will love this.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman. Harper/HarperCollins; ISBN 978-0-06241-548-6; $25.99.
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