The Lives of Desperate Girls

The Lives of Desperate Girls

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Sixteen-year-old Helen Commanda is found dead just outside Thunder Creek, Ontario. Her murder goes unremarked, except for the fact that it may shed light on the earlier disappearance of Chloe Shaughnessy. Chloe is beautiful, rich and white. Helen is plain, and from the reservation. They had nothing in common except that they were teenage girls from an unforgiving small town. Only Chloe s best friend Jenny Parker knows exactly how unforgiving, but she s keeping some dangerous secrets of her own.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Penguin Teen, 2017.
ISBN: 9780143198710
Branch Call Number: YA FIC COMM
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 29, 2019

This was a gritty look at the lives of high schoolers and the drama that can consume a person. Yes, what happened was horrible, but it was made worse by the lies and rumors that spread from malicious and/or jealous girls.

Teenagers live lives that seem foreign to adults that remember only the good things. High school is a torment for some people. Each generation forgets the pain and humiliation that happened to them. But they forget how couldn’t see past the present. It’s good to look through a teen’s eyes every once in a while.

This book contains heavy topic matters, so I would recommend it to high schoolers and those older. It’s a great look into how tragedy affects different people, and the burden that certain secrets can have on the soul.


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