Title: Sad Girls.
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing.
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
” Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to – it’s the first one who breaks it “.
Dear fellow babblers,
No? Not even though we have all read the latest sad, contemporary poetry? Love & Misadventure (2013) ? Lullabies (2014) ? Memories (2015) ? The Universe of Us (2016) ?
Not even because it’s the first novel written by the international bestselling author?
Still no fellow babblers out there? Guess I’m to babble to myself on this one, as is usually the case (enjoy Game of Thrones as I meditate here).
Lets begin at the beginning. And why not media reis? Because Sad Girls is all about beginnings.
“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”
Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.
School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?
Eighteen-year-old Audrey’s panic attacks are only the beginning of a spiraling whirlpool of cryptic events. The first happens on the night of a death and grow like a bad seed giving birth to a meadow of poisonous mushrooms. Point of congruence? One very light, yet dark (lets imagine inescapable and foggy) red lie. A light and dark red lie told by Audrey to her two best friends, Lucy and Candela about a suicidal classmate – lets call her Ana. This light and dark red lie reaches Candela’s younger sister, Eve’s ears and soon turns into a fatal rumor leading up to Ana’s suicide, always a sad and mysterious girl whose ideas of fun is a test of keeping and losing one’s own life. Her suicide is a result of a rumor. Yes, it must have been suicide, we has found in the bathroom in her own pool of blood with slits on her wrist. It could only have been a suicide. Yes, yes. No other reason could have resulted in her death. Yes, yes. Suicide. This Sad Girl committed suicide. Ode to all: Never fall for a Sad Girl.
Ana’s funeral is the beginning of an inevitable romance between Audrey and Ana’s boyfriend Rad. Inevitable because both guard a very light, yet dark secret – we know Audrey’s, but what of Rad’s? He was the last to have been seen with Ana as he left her house after a heated argument about the rumor. What happened in between that time. How can one be sure it was a suicide. Our proximity to certainty can only be realized in Rad.
With beguiling twists, an inept affair of the heart, and two light, yet dark secrets that bring a Sad Girl and an evasive young writer together, Lang Leav’s debut is both chilling and emotionally animated. These light, yet dark lies that begin Audrey and Rad’s romance are exactly what bounds them together as they become inseparable and seemingly one in their sadness. The beginnings of a Sad Girl are the endings of a light, yet dark secret, and an eternity of a light, yet dark romance.
Do I recommend Sad Girls to you (who is you anyway? ) fellow babblers? Fellow Game of Thrones nerds? Sad Girls? Readers? Mysterious boys? I recommend to all babblers who look for a truthful coming-of-age story that explores all that we have experienced in our own lives – love, obsession, evasion – yet with a startling and eerie inception.
Read Sad Girl? Did ya love? Abhor? Fell somewhere in the midst of love and abhor? Wanna babble? Comment below and begin a babble!
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