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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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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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