Published by Simon Pulse on July 16, 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA, YA Contemporary, YA Thriller
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.
As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...
When I watched Heathers with my best friends last weekend, my one-sentence reaction to the movie was this: “This movie mindfucked me so hard that I’ll be digging dick out of my ear for a week.” You’d think that a reaction like that would be a one-time thing, but noooooooooooo. Dangerous Girls came into my life not even a week later and now I have even more dick to dig out of my ear. This is the novel that will make you question everything you know about the televised circuses major trials have become in modern-day America and maybe even make you reconsider your moral values.
The thing about me? I’m a massive news junkie. I’ve been watching the news regularly since the age of eleven and have followed so many high-profile trials I can’t keep count anymore. Scott Peterson, Jodi Arias, Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky fuckery,… Before this book, I would have said I knew everything about each of those cases and the resulting trials, but Dangerous Girls actually made me question what I knew about all those people and their trials–and making me question Casey Anthony’s guilt is an accomplishment indeed. Like most Floridians, I think she’s guilty and got away with it because of her smarmy lawyer.
ANYWAY. As a reader and news junkie, I’m used to having only the side of the story presented to me by the media and through my own research. Dangerous Girls offers me a look into the mind of the accused herself and that is what really makes this novel. Anna is so genuine a person you want to believe in her innocence, but you can’t be sure she didn’t kill Elise because so many other people are presenting contrary images of her, like the Nancy Grace parody whose show transcripts are peppered throughout the novel. Are they purposefully misinterpreting everything for the sake of producing a salacious story? Is genuine little Anna pulling one over on us and relating only what makes her look good? This book will keep you on your toes, that’s for sure.
Just… How can I say much more about this book? It’s a little bit like that streaking incident when you were seven: you just can’t talk about it. Other people need to discover it for themselves without your help so they can get the full experience. Despite all the badgering I got from friends related to this novel, I never once learned anything more about it than I did from the jacket copy and that was for the best. If you come across spoilers for this book, I pity your soul and the death of what would have been an amazing reading experience. Despite my inability to do anything for a long period of time as of late, I read this over the course of two days because it gripped me that well.
If Dangerous Boys is even mentioned in passing where I can see it, I’m going to go into a fit of need and start rocking back and forth in the fetal position because everything. The way Haas put together this story, the way Dangerous Boys sounds even twistier, the tripled appeal of it now that I’ve read Dangerous Girls,… Don’t be like me. Don’t wait to read this. Go grab a copy or I’ll be the phantom following you everywhere asking “HAVE YOU BOUGHT IT/READ IT YET?” like my friends were to me.