Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

ImaginaryGirlsTitle: Imaginary Girls

Author: Nova Ren Suma

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Pages: 348

Rating: 3.5/5

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)

I’ve heard loads of gushing and praise over this book, but after reading it and having plenty of time to think about it afterwards, I still have trouble seeing most of its appeal. I went into it thinking that it was purely a contemporary book, and came out of it not quite sure anymore. Was it realistic fantasy, was there some sort of paranormal magic involved that wasn’t outright shown, or was the main character just crazy? It’s really hard for me to understand which answer is right, which could be why I had trouble getting into this book as much. Overall, it just didn’t interest me. Being a sister myself, it can be interesting to see sister dynamics in books, especially ones that are explored fairly deeply, as this book seems to be trying to do. Just something about this particular relationship left me uninterested, though. This was a book that I wanted to like, or at least be captivated by its story, but in the end it just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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