Written by Abigail Haas
Buddy Review with Gina from Behind The Pages
Published July 18th 2013
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It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...
It was supposed to be the summer of fun, a group of friends chasing the summer in Aruba. Anna, along with her best friend Elise and boyfriend Tate, the group spend their days lounging and exploring the local area only to drink and party long into the night. Until Elise is found brutally murdered in their holiday home. The promiscuous girl seemingly a target for a jilted one night stand, a theory the local police refuse to investigate.
Anna finds herself at the center of a media storm, prying into her personal life, her friendship with Elise and her relationship with Tate in a case of guilty until proven innocent.
Chapter one, and I already have a suspect and possible motive in mind. I didn't even need my pipe and houndstooth hat. Already the main protagonist Anna is grating on my nerves. These girls are practically a 'not what to do' guide that parents provide their teenage daughters.
I've already got a suspect as well, and I have facts on why I think it's this person.... She's ok, but she is a little too emotionless if you get what I mean. When she is talking about drinking, then she shows emotion, but anytime after that, there is nothing there.Urgh, another one of those kind of books where all the characters like to do is drink and smoke and go sleeping with each other... Just basically being dumb ass bitches. I agree with that completely.Although, it is really interesting and hooking. If I sit here for ten minutes, I can't last any longer than that when I know I can pick the book back up and keep reading. My fingers are twitching to find out exactly what happened! I don't know how I will last through this book!How are you getting along with it?
As the characters were all introduced, it really turned into a thrilling murder mystery. I wondered who would be the first to betray the others or just blatantly lie. I wasn't surprised to see Anna charged and awaiting her fate. But as her trial begins, I was fascinated and horrified how easy it is for anyone to be painted as sinister. It's completely riveting.
GinaOh, I was the same throughout it all. It was all pretty intense just seeing everything that was happening and as all new evidence came in, it was hard to actually pin the blame on just one person. First you're all for Anna as not guilty, then something else comes up, and you start questioning everything.So, now that we've both finished, what was your first reaction to those last 3 chapters? For me, at the end of the third last chapter, I was like, 'wait, hold up a second.... Say what?' Then I was trying to wrap my head around it, then it ended and I was like, 'What. The. Actual. Fuck'. Let me just say though, that my murder prediction wasn't true...
I honestly thought that it was Tate. From the look on his face to Elise when Anna, Elise and Tate were dancing together, and his moves as well, focusing on Elise, you could obviously see that they were together. Plus, not to mention how he was always complaining about Elise going off with all these strange guys and completely obviously getting jealous. I think he just stayed with Anna so that he could keep screwing with Elise, he would have known that if he broke it off with Anna that Elise wouldn't sleep with him anymore. I full on thought that he killed Elise because of how jealous he was of her with other guys and confronted her about it, then not going so well, ending with him in a rage because Elise is... well... Elise, she was a slut, not just one guy. Then as the book keeps going, I started to see it more and more, Tate telling Anna to not tell the cops about him going back to the house, his family buying off everyone so that the focus is on Anna instead of Tate. He never loved her anyway, so of course he could have easily thrown her life away. But alas, I was wrong. Did you think the same? I think we finished it too early to even discuss our killer predictions before it was too late
Chilling. I thought it was the same person you suspected too.
The signs were there, most definitely.
But will all great thrillers, we were both completely thrown off track. What did you think of the main protagonist Anna? And also her relationship and friendship with both her boyfriend Tate and Elsie?Did you see the similarities between Dangerous Girls and the Amanda Knox case?
GinaYes, it was very chilling. Especially the ending.
I know what you mean, but it was different a little with this one, I felt swayed towards one opinion, then something happens and it makes you reconsider everything!
I thought she was very...Unemotional at times. I'm not too sure actually. I thought before the murder that she was very naive because she was so wrapped up in Tate not to notice anything. I swear, that girl 'snuggled up to Tate so much, I never saw any kind of affection back on his side other than him wanting to have sex with her. Anna was the affectionate one, she was obsessed, which was pretty much the same as her being obsessed with Elise. But then, Elise was obsessed with Anna too. Their relationship felt unhealthy and too obsessive. It felt like they were more than sisters, like they were into each other.
Did you find the same thing?I haven't seen that, but I just Googled it and I do see some similarities. You probably know more about it, what are the big similarities that stand out for you?
Yeah, my thoughts exactly too. I know some girls are overly affectionate, but kissing her neck, grinding against one another when they'd would dance, is it just me or is that pushing the so called friendship boundaries a little too far. Besides the physical aspects, the emotional attachment was unhealthy, especially on Elise's part more so. They seemed too intimate and I'm not surprised it was brought up during the trial.Tate was an asshole, it was clear he was only interested in sex. But my biggest issue was definitely Anna. She was nothing more than an irresponsible enabler who seen Elise as a fun loving, promiscuous party girl and encouraged her lifestyle.The main similarities between Dangerous Girls and the Amanda Knox case were that the roommate was killed, in a foreign country, she and her boyfriend were charged. She's since been acquitted if I remember correctly, and the media at the time also hunted down what incriminating evidence they could find. It was also trial by media.
At anytime, did you consider any other suspects? It just seemed too easy and I was completely shocked at how wrong I was.
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