Backlist Bonus: Imaginary Girls

8603765.jpgby Nova Ren Suma
YA Contemporary
4 of 5 stars

Debut novel – June 11, 2011

This is one of my favorite YA stories because it does a little genre-mashing. On the surface it’s a YA Contemporary story about two sisters in a small town. But as you read it, more paranormal experiences and strange events keep you from trusting the narrator (Chloe, Ruby’s adoring younger sister) or anyone else around her.

Ruby is the star of the show. When her younger sister, Chloe, is sent away from the small town and its reservoir, Ruby does what it takes to get her back. At first everything seems great, but the longer Chloe lives with her sister, the more you start to realize that almost nothing Chloe tells you is what it seems. Ruby might not want what is best for her, and the dead classmate that Chloe remembers might not be dead. The whole story feels like an uneasy dream.

Chloe and Ruby are polarizing characters, but to me the pull of the story more than surpassed any character flaws. Their relationship isn’t perfect, and that’s part of the intrigue. The mystery of what happened one night on the reservoir, and why Chloe was taken from Ruby afterward, is something the sisters navigate together. It lurks behind everything said and unsaid as they live on their own, get boyfriends, and spend a summer together.

Extra points for beautiful cover art and excellent writing. This is a creepy mystery you’ll finish fast.

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Imaginary Girls is available on Goodreads and its parent company Amazon. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma – Her third novel centers around Violet, a ballet dancer, and Amber, an inmate at a girls’ juvenile detention facility. They both knew Orianna, a talented ballet dancer accused of a terrible crime, but finding out who is guilty and who is innocent isn’t simple. See my review here.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – An excellent mystery with two unreliable narrators, Nick and Amy, who try to convince you that they’re telling the real story behind Amy’s disappearance and possible murder.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. haileehaas
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 22:11:12

    This sounds so good! It reminds me of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Another fantastically creepy sister relationship story.



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