Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ARC Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
360 Pages

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

The only rule is there are no rules
Hailed as being a cross between Black Swan and Fight Club, Lost Girls is a game of catching up. A game of cat and mouse. Rachel goes to sleep and wakes up on the side of the road a year later. She has no memory of the last year or where she's been for the past two weeks. She also doesn't recognize herself in the mirror. Gone is the Taylor Swift loving preppy ballerina and in her place is this blond haired punk rock rave girl. Her best friend is no longer her best friend. Her new group of friends is a ragtag team she never would have dreamed up. And she's suddenly dating her long time crush. Oh and she can fight.

Not really knowing anything about this book going in, I was intrigued by the story. A girl wakes up a year later with no memory of where she's been - see, I interpreted that as her having been gone for an entire year when in fact she was only gone for two weeks. Something happened in those two weeks that caused her memory to black out the past year. Over the course of the book, we get the pieces and slowly start putting together the mystery of Rachel's past. 

So, did I like it? I think so. It definitely kept me interested because I really wanted to know what happened to Rachel. Did I feel satisfied with the outcome? I don't know. It wasn't what I expected and I think it threw me off a bit, but it was different. Here's where I got to hand it to Destefano, it was unique. Rachel had a relationship with her parents and brother - something that is rare in YA. It showcased fiercely protective people - both friends and family. And it showed a different side of "bad girl".

I decided on 3 stars because something was a little off. I didn't connect with any of the characters emotionally. Having everything told in a Memento type fashion (starting at the end and rewinding) may not have been the best choice for this. I feel like a lot of character development was lost because we only got to know people through flashbacks. It was hard for me to understand Rachel's new friendships because we never saw them. It's hard to root for things when you don't experience them. But I would recommend it for people who are looking for something different in YA.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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