Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Dangerous Girls is a messy then messed up combination of self-entitled teens in a media circus drummed up by courtroom drama with its attending (re)interpretation of facts. Here we go from he said-she said of what might/could have happened to what she recalls. The depiction of who she is as well who the victim was diverges greatly from their recollections of who they were and what they did/ did not do. Not once do these two sides meet, so that it’s on us to piece things together. Because where one sees something as one thing, the rest see it as something else entirely. Between the two, one is never quite sure about what take as truth.
At first, DG is on girls and friendship: they’re complicated; it’s complicated. Then DG’s on boys and girls: that combination is complicated as well. Later it’s on truth and presentations to that effect; yes, complicated, too. We have a simple enough start with new girl - new school scenario. Said new girl is made slightly more interesting with family baggage and her dealing with the same in the face of her new-girl drama of mean girls, popular boys, and absent parents. But all that’s merely part of the whole here, as the story is told with shifts from memories on all that brought in contrast to the media mess surrounding them as they sort through the aftermath of something unspeakable. But the question is: did it happen like she says it did… or not at all? If not, then what?
You may think one thing and have it confirmed time then time again; so that there’s a feeling of certainty, only events prove not quite as assumed. And it’s this aspect that had me pulling back. The work up toward the ending; the ending, really had me asking: was that really necessary?
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