Review–Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls
by Nova Ren Suma

Summary: A beautiful and chilling story for fans of Lauren Oliver and Lisa McMann
Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be contained or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has deeply hidden away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

Source: I purchased a paperback at a used bookstore.

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Imaginary Girls was intense, creepy, and mysterious. For a very long time, I had no idea what was happening. On the surface, Chloe found a dead girl floating in the middle of their local reservoir while swimming one night and it freaked her out. But underneath, it was a story about something else altogether.

The book is one of the most unique stories I’ve read in a while. I loved the way it was written because it revealed small pieces of the story lurking under the surface. It was written from Chloe’s point of view, which was obviously skewed in favor of her sister, Ruby. Imaginary Girls was such a sinister story. It was a story about family and the bond between Ruby and Chloe, but it was also a story about control.

It’s difficult to go into too much detail without ruining the plot. It was just one those books you have to read to figure out.

I loved the book and I would recommend it to fans of Megan Abbott’s novels. Like her books, Imaginary Girls was strange, dark, twisted, and sinister, but also beautiful and engaging. While Imaginary Girls is more YA than Megan Abbott’s novels, they share a lot of similar themes. I’m so glad I found the book during my last used bookstore run! I can’t wait to read more of the author’s books.



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