Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Genre: Magical Realism
Published: June 14, 2011
Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.
“Beautifully haunting” are words I can think of to properly define Imaginary Girls. I didn’t know what to expect before reading this book (people seemed torn on if it was contemporary or paranormal). I discovered that it’s magical realism, and loved it! Imaginary Girls feels like a journey through a dream, where you’re going from scene to scene with no idea how everything is happening around you, but you’re loving it and accepting every crazy thing as real anyway. The writing created vivid images in my mind — strong blues, greens, and reds that breathe life into every moment. It’s cinematic, and beautiful.
Imaginary Girls holds mysteries on every page, and will leave you wondering how the story is going to play out. While reading it I wished I were reading it for school (that sounds nerdy of me, I know 😉 because I would love to sit in a classroom and have an in depth discussion about the characters and story. It’s original, mesmerizing, and even creepy at times, and I highly recommend checking it out!
Oh yeah, and the cover is gorgeous 🙂
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