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I don't even know where to begin in order to do this book justice, you guys. It's freaking good, in all the ways you would expect it to be and more.
This book comes out on March 24, 2015
(amazon kindle is offering the first seven chapters for FREE right now! See, now there's no good excuse not to check out this title after you read my review.)
So most of the plot takes place in a juvenile detention center for young women, narrated by Amber, an inmate. In between chapters, we switch to Vee's narrative, a competitive ballet dancer getting ready to head to Julliard to study her craft. And Vee's former best friend Ovi becomes the connecting fiber between the two locations when she enters the detention center after a horrific incident with Vee - an incident we know almost nothing about, except vaguely that someone ended up in jail.
If you think that sounds interesting, just wait - or if you don't, just wait - because guess what? Weird paranormal things happen occasionally. What is going on? No one seems to know, but they're busy thinking about other things anyway, like all the secrets they're keeping deep, deep, down inside.
Much like in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, the dynamics among the inmates was so powerful. Granted, the girls all go through the crying period when they first arrive, and they all have more than enough reason to be bitter about their sentences, or a little indignant towards the power-abusing guards. (sound familiar, OitNB fans?) These things bring them together, but it goes much deeper than that. Secret messages, the desire to run away from all that they're going through, the girls seem to genuinely attempt to understand each other. The dynamic here is most consistently reflected by Amber's narration. I noticed that she never says "the others and I" or "the girls and I," to Amber it's always "we" thought this, that thing happened to "us." It caught my eye because I don't know if I've ever seen a protagonist so immersed in the community she feels.
This novel is suspenseful. It's horrifying. It's HEAVILY psychological. It's fast paced, but you'll wish it was longer. I could keep going, but you get the point... it's intricate.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading YA lit, stories about ballet or fine arts, crime novels, or paranormal thrillers. Also just anyone who wants to read a good book. I knocked this one out in just over 24 hours. I'm really pumped to watch this book succeed after it's released!