Ruby is the girl everyone longs for. Chloe is her little sister everyone is made to love. After Chloe discovers a dead body at one of Ruby‘s parties at the reservoir, Chloe is sent away – away from home and away from Ruby. Two years later Chloe is back and so is London, the girl Chloe had believed to be dead. As chloe tries to understand what’s going on, she finds herself facing a precarious and deadline balance. She flirts with Ruby’s secrets and discover’s the fragile line between life and death through the complex bonds of sisterhood.
Imaginary Girls has been on my TBR pile for a long time. A very long time. In fact it was a gift from my partner for my 23rd birthday. I turned 33 three weeks ago… So its safe to say that its been a while. I’m not quite sure why I never picked it up. I loved the sound of it enough that I asked my partner to order it from America for me because it never got a UK publisher. Yet it sat unloved for ten years. All I can say is sorry to the author, because I definitely should have read it before now. It was amazing.
This book was a weird one and if you like your books to be straight forward and easy to follow, it might not be for you. I however love fantasy that errs on the edge of contemporary. I love second guessing everything and never having the answer as to whether things actually happened or if they are all part of one persons imagination. Imaginary Girls feels real. But parts of it seem impossible. And I loved it for that.
Because the story is from Chloe’s point of view and she was likeable. I wanted to believe it. But she’s not what you’d called a reliable narrator. Things seem a little off kilter from the start of the book and they move so fast in places that I did have to reread to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But that fast pace made me fall deeply for the town they lived in. I’m not sure you ever get the name of the town, but it seemed like one that I’ve seen a million times on American Teen films. But Nova Ren Suma made it magical. It was created as a replacement for those lost when the government created a reservoir to serve New York City’s water supply. I didn’t even know this was a thing until I read this book, but it really is! It’s amazing what you learn when reading YA.
The not quite magic but not quite real feeling you get while reading Imaginary Girls really got me invested in the story. I needed answers but I also like that I didn’t really get them. I love that it was so ambiguous throughout the narrative. I’m trying not to spoil too much with my review but I just want to gush about how everything turned out. I am really sad that this author isn’t published in the UK because I want to go out and read everything she has written now! And if that doesn’t make you want to do the same, then I don’t know what else I can say! Ha
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