This is a tough book for me to review because Georgia is one of the most dreamy, naïve, and impulsive characters I have come across in fiction. But it’s a fine line to walk in judging that because it would be easy for a reviewer to victim blame her because of the sheer amount of dangerous situations she lands in because of that naivety. If you’re looking for character growth, you won’t see it in this one. While I’ve always said you can like a book without loving the characters, it’s hard to like the situations she keeps landing in, which are central to the story.
If you’re a fan of Summers, then you tend to know the subjects she writes about. So you can go into this expecting some tense and uncomfortable situations throughout the book. It’s often incredibly inappropriate, leading you to want to reach into the book and pluck Georgia out of it. I spent so much time screaming at her to come clean, to fess up to things she shouldn’t have kept secret, that it was futile. So overall, I have mixed feelings about this. I think some portions were helpful, and the story overall is enjoyable, but it’s tough to get around Georgia. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.
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About the Book
All sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis wants is everything, but the poverty and hardship that defines her life has kept her from the beautiful and special things she knows she deserves. When she stumbles upon the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, Georgia teams up with Ashley’s older sister Nora, to find the killer before he strikes again, and their investigation throws Georgia into a glittering world of unimaginable privilege and wealth–and all she’s ever dreamed. But behind every dream lurks a nightmare, and Georgia must reconcile her heart’s desires with what it really takes to survive. As Ashley’s killer closes in and their feelings for one another grow, Georgia and Nora will discover when money, power, and beauty rule, it’s not always a matter of who is guilty but who is guiltiest–and the only thing that might save them is each other.
A spiritual successor to the breakout hit Sadie, I’m the Girl is a brutal and illuminating account of how one young woman feels in her body as she struggles to navigate a deadly and predatory power structure while asking readers one question: if this is the way the world is, do you accept it?