Author: Abigail Haas.
Pages: 336 pages.
Published: August 14th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Source: A gift from Ellis.
It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces.
This story is told in a ‘then’ and ‘now’ perspective. The story starts in the ‘now’ where Chloe is in the hospital. One body is found in a burning cabin, one boy has been brought into the hospital with serious injuries and she is unable to tell what happened.
Most of the book takes place in the ‘then’ where we get to see how Chloe and Ethan get into a relationship. Chloe’s life is a mess. Her plans for the future have changed, she must take care of her unstable mother and she has to juggle several jobs to keep the bills paid. Ethan is the only positive thing in her life, but soon she gets entangled in his brother’s life (Oliver).
From the beginning on I didn’t know how I felt about Chloe. Her character isn’t written to be liked; we simple get to see how she deals with a situation that’s getting out of hand. I didn’t feel connected to her, but I felt pity for her when her life starts to crumble and I was engaged in her life. It was complicated to understand her emotions and decisions, but her unreliable perspective was fascinating. I can’t go too much into details here, but Chloe gets under your skin.
Ethan and Oliver are the complete opposites. Ethan was a bit too sweet for my taste, but Oliver was definitely not my cup of tea, with his bad-boy vibe and brutal way of thinking. I didn’t care for either of the boys, but that’s not what this book is about. There is a certain distant from all the characters, because the story is completely focused on the plot and the mystery about what happened – and better: who survived? I wasn’t let down by the answers and I’m very excited about Dangerous girls.
The last thing I want to share is that this book is filled with beautiful quotes that were spot on. This quote is my favorite: “From the moment you are born, people start folding you and tucking you inside a box of their own design. They dress you up in their own expectations before you even have a chance to understand the constrictions of your fate. That box becomes so cozy and warm, you never really notice that you’re bent double, fighting for room to breathe.”