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Publisher's Summary

On Halloween 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later he's found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand - a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.
In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon - and Lacey's secret history collides with Dex's worst nightmare.
By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter - and some who flicker away.
©2016 Robin Wasserman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Claudia H on 06-24-16

Shocking isn't the word I'd use.

I didn't find this book to be "shocking" as the summary implies, it all seemed quite normal to me. High school is hard on everyone, there are mean girls, nice girls, and sad kids, some who even kill themselves. Girls have special bonds at that age, because it can be so hard, and it's a time of change, and sometimes, those close friends become something else. Girls you thought you hated, turn out to not be so bad. It all sounds very normal

I think that's supposed to be the thing that messes with you. How so many things that are so common can go wrong in a way that seems to snowball until it's out of control. I think the author was reaching with a lot of stuff, and didn't always hit the mark (like three-somes in an abandoned train car), but when it does, it hits hard (drunk girl defiled at a party, in graphic detail).

The graphic details and language try and put you on edge, make you uncomfortable, and drive home the passion the author is trying to portray, but I think it misses the mark. I think she's trying too hard and it just comes across vulgar for the sake of it.

All that aside, I like this book, but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. I'd suggest they read the summary, tell them that it's "just OK", and if they still felt inclined to read it, that's on them.

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2 out of 5 stars
By kjs418 on 01-23-17

Meh. Not impressed.

It felt like the book was a little impressed by itself, much like the girls. And, I didn't think it was realistic.

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