Title: Sad Girls
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publishing Date: May 30, 2017
“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?
Reading Lang Leav's poems is like reading something that would make you say, "That's exactly what's on my mind but I don't know how to turn into words." When her read her pieces, they always go straight to the heart. So, when I saw that her new novel, Sad Girls was on the Read Now category on Netgalley (thank you!), I grabbed the opportunity because I just know, I'd love it as much as I loved her books of poems.
This book ruined me. If I could describe the book in one word - TWISTED, that's it. The book started with a girl -- Ana, who committed suicide. And that is also the reason how the main character, Audrey and love interest, Rad met. The love story of this book is on point, meaning the words Lang used in her poems can be very much felt on how she wrote Audrey and Rad's love story. However, the revelation in the end was what made me ask, why did Lang do this to me? I was expecting "happy ever after", but I don't think the book really ended with it. There's no question that she is a very good writer with her way with words, and the plot twists were so shocking that I had to take a breather but I just can't accept the ending. It took me days of pondering to move on from the book. I even talked to a friend about it and this is what he said, "you know, this happens in real life." I believe he is right. And what makes this book a hit is it' authenticity. That the truth truly hurts.
RATING: 4 STARS