I knew I was going to love this from the very first page.
‘There were boys whose names I forgot, boys I might have passed by and not known were ever inside me. When I did pick out a king, the crown was too heavy for his head.’
Alright, Past Amanda said as she snuggled into her pillow. This is it. This is exactly what I came here for.
The rest of the book doesn’t disappoint.
An invitation arrives and it’s one Ambrosia wishes she could just tap and send away into the abyss of the junk folder. Instead though, her loving and well meaning husband sees and inquires it and that my babies is the beginning of the end…er well beginning.
And although I absolutely LIIIVE for the dramatics I am absolutely not being dramatic. Not even a little
Ambrosia goes as reluctant as anybody who has a dark past would. At the reunion we meet her ex college best friend Sully Sullivan and as the time passes it becomes clear that both girls are being pursued by somebody who wants to harm them.
Somebody who knows what they did those formative years ago. Their lives are in danger the secrets that they have buried are threatening to be exhumed.
This book shocked me. It was better than I imagined and so well written I found myself re-reading certain passages again and again. The characters were so well fleshed out and animated that they practically floated out of my kindle and danced. I knew Ambrosia. I knew Sully. And I knew Flora. I’ve been all 3 girls before and I’ve encountered all 3 girls before. They were lifelike and relatable, the good and the bad.
There are a lot of tough issues to tackle in The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Please be mindful of yourself and your mental mindset and be warned that there is rape.
There’s also talk of mental health which I really appreciated even when it was slyly thrown in by one character. That too felt all the more realistic. As somebody who goes through it that one comment meant everything to me.
It’s all too familiar.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Girls Are All So Nice Here. The writing is stunning, the plot while overused felt fresh and revitalized, I was shocked at the twists and turns, numb at the end.
It’s wild to me that this is Laurie Elizabeth’ Flynn’s debut novel. It’s just so good. I’m really looking forward to what comes from her next.
And now more than ever I’m so glad I never even considered going to my high school reunion.
Oh sweetie. We were the mean girls.
Thank you very much to the publisher and Netgalley for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my own.
Stay rad ❤
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Simon & Schuster