Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Lacey’s an outcast, the grunger, the goth, Kurt Cobain is her god. Then there’s Hannah, a nobody, not an outcast, not a reject, just nobody…until Lacey chose her and changed her into Dex.
As their small town struggles to cope with the suicide of a boy from their school, Hannah and Lacey are united in their hatred for the most popular girl in class, Nikki. You would think people might step away from her when her boyfriend kills himself in the woods but no, like moths to the flame, people simply admire her more.
As Lacey and Dex become inseparable their differences become glaringly obvious. Lacey yearns to run from the alcohol and abuse in her so-called home and Dex is simply desperate for more. More than the loving parents and her A to B life, she wants to seen and heard. Lacey breathes a lust for life into her and it’s only when a promise is broken, do the cracks appear. It’s the secrets that tear them apart and a girl that unites them in a violent uncovering of truth.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman is breathtakingly magnificent. Tucked between the pages you feel like you’re reading something you shouldn’t, something violent and dangerous, which is exactly what these girls are. Lacey is broken by her upbringing and is hunting for love wherever she can find it, Dex watches on in awe until she learns the whole truth. There are so many different issues covered in this novel it’s hard to know where to start. Alcoholism, abuse, potential sexual assault, bullying, teenage sex and the list goes on. I think any female will find Lacey and Dex’s journey strangely relatable even though it’s extreme.
Girls on Fire is an incredible read, unmissable for the My So-Called Life and The Craft generation. Simply one of the finest books of 2016!
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