Sunday, September 12, 2021

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

About the book:

A pulse-pounding and razor-sharp debut with the emotional punch of Luckiest Girl Alive and All the Missing Girls that explores the hungry, angry, dark side of girlhood and dares to ask: Which is more dangerous for a woman—showing the world what it wants to see, or who she really is?

What did you do? 

Mary used to be such a nice girl. She was the resident whiz kid of Liberty Lake, Minnesota—the quiet, chubby teen with the scholarship to an Ivy League school. But three years later, “Ivy League Mary” is back—a thinner, cynical, restless failure who was kicked out of Cor­nell at the beginning of her senior year and won’t tell anyone why. Taking a job at the local grocery store, Mary tries to make sense of her life’s sharp downward spiral.

Then beautiful, magnetic Olivia Willand goes missing. A rising social media star, Olivia is admired by everyone in Liberty Lake—except Mary. Once Olivia’s best friend, Mary knows better than anyone that behind the Instagram persona hides a willful, manipulative girl with sharp edges. As the town obsesses over perfect, lovely Olivia, Mary wonders if her disappearance might be tied to another missing person: nineteen-year-old DeMaria Jackson, whose case has been widely dismissed as a runaway.

Who is the real Olivia Willand, and where did she go? What happened to DeMaria? As Mary pries at the cracks in the careful facades surrounding the two missing girls, old wounds will bleed fresh and force her to confront a horrible truth.

Maybe there are no nice girls, after all.  


My Thoughts


Did I love this book? You bet I did! I expected a great "mean girls" book. However, this was much dark than expected and I loved that! 

Mary was harassed during high school about her appearance and her nerdy behavior. Yet she got the last laugh when she got accepted to Cornell. She was nicknamed Ivy League Mary by her small town...trust me...she was determined to never go back...until she gets expelled...and not for her grades...

Now working hard for her money at the local grocery store...Mary becomes obsessed with two local missing girls....This starts out as a slow burn delving into Mary's personality...then it takes a very, very dark turn...

The ending was dark, terrifying and fantastic! I never dreamed this story would take that kind of turn. The ending was so gory and shocking that it made me think of  a book from last year that was very popular....the I loved.

If you love a good debut...pub date it right around the corner...September 14th. With such a twisted ending, this will stay in my mind for a long time...5 stars! 

Thank you Partner Bibliolifestyle and William Morrow for having me on this book tour and for my gorgeous gifted copy! 



Catherine Dang is a former legal assistant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Nice Girls is her first novel.






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