Title: Sad Girls.
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing.
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness
Rating: 5 Stars
” Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to – it’s the first one who breaks it “.
“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”
Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.
School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?
Eighteen-year-old Audrey’s panic attacks are only the beginning of a spiraling whirlpool of cryptic events. The first happens on the night of a friend’s death. It grows like a bad seed and gives birth to a meadow of poisonous mushrooms. Point of congruence? One very light, yet dark (lets imagine inescapable and foggy) red lie. A light and dark red lie told by Audrey to her two best friends, Lucy and Candela about a suicidal classmate, Ana. It ultimately reaches Candela’s younger sister, Eve’s ears and soon turns into a fatal rumor leading up to Ana’s suicide, a sad and mysterious girl whose ideas of fun is a test of keeping and losing one’s own life. Her suicide is a result of a rumor. She is found in the bathroom in her own pool of blood with slit wrist.
Ana’s funeral is the beginning of an inevitable romance between Audrey and Ana’s boyfriend Rad, who was the last to have been seen with Ana, leaving her house after a heated argument about the rumor.
With beguiling twists, an inept affair of the heart, and two light, yet dark secrets that bring a sad girl and an evasive young writer together, Lang Leav’s debut novel is both chilling and emotionally animated. These light, yet dark lies that begin Audrey and Rad’s romance are exactly what bounds them together as they become inseparable and seemingly one in their sadness. The beginnings of a sad girl are the endings of a light, yet dark secret, and a fate of a light, yet dark romance.
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