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Girls on Fire
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
This is not a cautionary tale about too much - or the wrong kind - of fucking. This is not a story of bad things happening to bad girls. I say this because I know you, Dex, and I know how you think. I'm going to tell you a story, and this time, it will be the truth. Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki's boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything . . .Starting - and ending - with tragedy, Girls on Fire stands alongside The Virgin Suicides in its brilliant portrayal of female adolescence, but with a power and assurance all its own.
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Jilly6183
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Pickpick

If all the hormones and drama and internal torture and revenge fantasies boiling inside teenage girls actually boiled over into reality. Very dark and twisted.

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Jilly6183
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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"It was always another thing, being a girl." I don't think we can really appreciate the truth of this statement when we are young. In adulthood, it's glaringly obvious in every facet of life.

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Acarreader
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
Mehso-so

Ok

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nomadreader
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A Halloween-set gritty literary novel set in the 1990s with multiple narrators? Sounds like the perfect thing to start listening to on this October morning's road trip!

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LaurenReads
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t - I made it to 66% and when stuff from The Craft (a movie I loved 😀) started happening I had to stop. I just didn‘t like this book, I tried longer than I should have and now, nope. Done.

ClairesReads Worth bailing on- I persisted and was SUPER underwhelmed 2y
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Readage
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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• Today‘s impromptu stop at the local LFL (Little Free Library) was fruitful! •

#TBR #LFL #LittleFreeLibrary #novels #fiction #allthebooks #bookhaul

DebinHawaii Great haul! 👍📚 2y
Readage @DebinHawaii Thank you much! 📚 2y
Kaye Loved the Ng book but it was a bit like getting stabbed in the heart. Really good though. 2y
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Readage @Kaye Sounds great! Lol 2y
Kaye @Readage I know it sounds weird, but I like books like this that really dig in emotionally, so you can learn something about life from it. This one definitely did that for me.. I‘ve heard some people have pretty negative opinions, too, so I think it‘s all in what you like. 2y
Readage @Kaye I know what you mean. It doesn‘t sound weird to me. Those are often the most meaningful, life-changing books ✨ the ones we never forget 😉 2y
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Laru79
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Mehso-so

Just finished this and I don‘t really know what to say about it. I was tempted to give up a couple of times, but felt that I had to see it out. These girls are messed up and I spent quite a few pages wishing Hannah/Dex would just run away from Lacey. It was longer than it should have been I think, felt kind of dragged out. My next book will have to be super fun and light to balance this out.

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Laru79
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This has been on my TBR pile for so long that I have forgotten when I picked it up! It looks like it should be a good read, so I‘m heading to bed VERY early to get stuck in (and hopefully to catch some 💤💤 as I haven‘t slept well this week because of my rotten cough 😷)

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kelseynicburke
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rach_simone
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Pickpick

I can't stop thinking about this book. It's intense, dark and unexpected. It takes place during 1991/1992 and one of the characters is obsessed with Nirvana and the descriptions we're so vivid that I had to listen to Nirvana while reading this book!

EllanaRose Aww that's set when I was learning how to read! 2y
Megabooks I loved this too! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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@mrozzz THANK YOU!!!! #ItsGottaGoGiveaway has arrived. So excited for my #bookhaul !!!!!

Cinfhen Sweet ❤️😊 2y
readordierachel Awesome! 2y
britt_brooke So nice!! 2y
mrozzz They look great 😉 Enjoy!!!! 2y
Katehubb Loved “You Can‘t Touch My Hair”!! 2y
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Lyn-Mara
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Throwback to two beloved books I read last year!

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Cinfhen
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The fabulous @mrozzz is hosting a #giveaway 🙌🏻Check out her page for all the details
Ends tonight #ItsGottaGoGiveaway

Thanks for the opportunity 😘😘

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Bourriquet76
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kezzlou85
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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The lovely @mrozzz is having a book clear out giveaway. Click on her name for more info. Good luck all.
#ItsGottaGoGiveaway

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BeckyandBooks
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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Go visit @mrozzz and check out her giveaway! 😊😊
#itsgottagogiveaway

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kelseynicburke
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#girlsjustwannahavefun but it doesn‘t always end well 🚬 #FierceFeb @Cinfhen @batsy

Cinfhen Truth 2y
batsy Sadly, yes. I've been curious about this one... 2y
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CoffeeBooksRepeat
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Nothing ever ends well when Kurt is involved. Great story about the power struggle of teenage girls.

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shahn77
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Pickpick

I am all over the place with my feelings about this book. I am 40 and I was a teen in the 90s. I see parts of my younger self in both Hannah and Lacey. I knew Nikki. I really felt like these characters were well drawn and the crazy obsessive teenage friendship was well done. There was a part of this story that really felt false to me and kept this from being a 5 star read, but spoilers so I won't share.

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shahn77
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'It was one thing being a metalhead with a corpse on his T-shirt and a fetish for black nail polish; it was another thing altogether to be a girl wearing a pentagram. It was always another thing, being a girl.'

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Kristelh
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#Thrillsandchills #readathon I finished this before but I would add this as a thrills and chills book and it takes place on Halloween.

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Megabooks
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This is a great book for October! Perfect for people who want to be a bit scared. 😱💀 The text and audio are good. I‘ve read it both ways!

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Kristelh
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#30daysofreadathon #place places I will be reading this #deweysreadathon #f2f 📚 for #October #halloween

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lhseidel
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"They wondered at the consequence of teaching a girl she was weak instead of warning her she was strong." ??‍♀️

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lhseidel
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"...if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might."??‍♀️

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kerry
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Long weekend wrap-up plans, as recommended by best bookish buddies.

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Linds
Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
Mehso-so

Just on the edge of so-so and a pick for me. The focus on troubled female relationships pulled me through.

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AprilMae
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Thank you @hyacinth for the awesome gifts! ❤ the black cat!!!! You are a gem! ( I'll need to post a better pic of the pin! Its amazing!!!) #bibliophilebookexchange

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merelybookish
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This book is an insult to #badgirls everywhere. #augustgrrrl @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 😜why??? 2y
merelybookish @Cinfhen It was just full of over-used stereotypes. Broken home, manipulation, sex, seduction, drugs. It felt like an amped up afterschool special. 2y
Cinfhen Sounds awful 😖 2y
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Caryl That phrase, "amped up afterschool special," made me laugh. ? 2y
batsy Oh now I'm so glad I didn't get this during the Kindle sale ? "amped up afterschool special" made me laugh too 2y
merelybookish @Cinfhen @caryl @batsy I don't bail on many books but I bailed on this one. 2y
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llm1730
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Mehso-so

Halfway though and I feel like I've read/watched so many books/movies like this. I'll finish, but it's predictable so far.

merelybookish Agreed. Such a stereotypical tale of girls gone bad. 2y
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Chassie
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Mehso-so

I think maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one. Objectively, I know it was good, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It could also be the after effect of hearing so many folks speak so highly of it.🤷🏻‍♀️

Chassie Also, internet, thank you for the perfect photo. 3y
JoeStalksBeck So far I can't really get into it. Im struggling 3y
Chassie @JoeStalksBeck I wish I had waited until I was in the right mood for it. Maybe sit it down for a bit and revisit? 3y
JoeStalksBeck I'll have to 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Disturbing, fascinating, problematic, un-put-downable. I understand the mixed reviews but for this grunge kid, the time and place made me forgive the somewhat outlandish teenage drama. If you like a dark and twisty story, graduated between 86 and 92, love post punk or all of the above, I recommend this one.

LibrarianRyan I love her books. Have you read yet 3y
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Julsmarshall
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This one has been on my TBR forever! Happy to be finally diving in ? Megan Abbott's blurb convinced me: "like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman's Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity." New book+pedicure=perfect Sunday!

Zelma Indeed a perfect Sunday. 👍 super excited for my pedicure appt next week. 3y
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kelseynicburke
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PixieDust How is it? 3y
kelseynicburke @PixieDust It's a hard call for me. Looking back, I don't see the story as being that great but at the time I couldn't put it down so obviously something about it was keeping me reading 3y
Cinfhen Good pick👍🏻💕💕 3y
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Coleen
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Bailedbailed

I couldn't do it. As someone else had commented, it felt like the author was just (unnecessarily) trying to go for the shock factor. The language, the situations....maybe I was just too much of a goody-goody in my teenage years, but I just wasn't enjoying it and I have too many other books I would rather get to than waste my time with this one.

L_auren Agreed! I recommend Marlena as the better alternative to this one 3y
Coleen @L_auren I actually did not love Marlena either, but at least I did finish that one. 😉 3y
L_auren Ha! Okay that's good. I felt like Marlena scratched the itch that this book gave me. Though I didn't love either I was glad to have read Marlena. This one not so much 3y
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Debiw781
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Mehso-so

I know this book is getting a lot of love but I hated it... and yet I couldn't stop reading it. Hannah aka Dex and Lacey have one of the most destructive friendships ever. I kept wanting to yell at them to stop. And omg there's this one scene with Dex at a party that was just awful.

Kristy_K I also didn't like it. I couldn't finish it. 3y
Debiw781 I thought about stopping a couple times. The end made the whole thing even worse too 3y
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LittlePixels
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Pickpick

This was set in (fictional?) Battle Creek, PA, but having grown up in a suburb of Detroit, I kept picturing Battle Creek, MI. I had a best friend in high school who was Lacey to my Hannah, minus about 75% of the crazy (and with none of the violence!). Still, she led and I followed, into more trouble than I want to remember. You couldn't pay me enough to go back to those angsty teen years, but I enjoyed the fictional journey. 👍

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MedaReadsAlot
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Wow wow wow! Good girl meet bad girl meet queen. Throw in Kurt cobain, teenage suicide and whispers of satanic worshipping. I was unsure who to root for. Utterly absorbing. Ps- this was a kindle daily deal so might still be out there for $1.99!

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HardcoverHearts
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I do love this cover. Jumping onto this audiobook.

Megabooks It's totally crazy. Get ready for a wild ride! 3y
Nat_Reads Reading this now! 3y
batsy The Kindle is on sale too and I'm soooo tempted... 3y
HardcoverHearts @batsy - I can never resist those sales. I mean- it's less than a coffee! (So sorry if I'm a bad influence!) 😳 3y
batsy @HardcoverHearts It's ok, everyone on Litsy is a bad influence and I love it ☺️ 3y
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Nat_Reads
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Starting this one while "cooking" (standing in kitchen while husband cooks). So far I am intrigued...

Read4life That's exactly how I "cook", too! ? 3y
Nat_Reads @Read4life Sometimes I pass him things... 😜 3y
Megabooks This book is crazy! I've read and done the audio! 3y
Nat_Reads @Booksandcooks I am about 50 pages in and am getting nervous--all the reviews say it's crazy! I'm hoping for crazy good!! 3y
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mrozzz
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Origin stories are irrelevant. Nothing matters less than how you were born. What matters is how you die, and how you live. We live for each other, so anything that got us to that point must have been right.

Debiw781 One of the same quotes I highlighted and posted! 3y
mrozzz @Debiw781 it's a good one! 3y
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JennaAZ
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Pickpick

Not exactly sure how I feel about this book. At times it was insightful and sadly beautiful; at others, Wasserman seemed to be going for the shock factor and it felt inauthentic. I have a little trouble with books where I don't really like or empathize with ANY of the characters, and this was one of those. Overall, though, it kept me interested and felt very original. 3.5 stars.

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Myfullshelf
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Almost halfway through and definitely enjoying it 👍🏻

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TrishB
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#girlonfire #lyricalapril
@Cinfhen
Have this still to read on my kindle, but the image is rubbish on my kindle so these are from google!

Cinfhen This is on my TBR too and forgot all about it! Thanks for the reminder❤️ 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen we both might get to it sometime 💓 3y
Cinfhen I'd like to think so 🤓💗 3y
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paddocklorie
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Pickpick

Terrifying and nightmarish and creepy good.

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TheLibrarian
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Pickpick

The story of the friendship of two girls in high school that includes secrets, sex, Satanic rituals, and drinking among other things. Interesting but can be a bit boring at times. Overall I enjoyed it.

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JessReads
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Today's #tbt - a book that I can't stop thinking about even though I read it weeks ago (and my current staff pick).

"'Girls had to believe in everything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might.'
Be careful. This book has the potential to burn it all down."

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Faith175
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Pickpick

Airport reading.... 30 pages in.... feels like high school. Read while listening to Kurt in the background.

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mdhughes72
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Panpan

Godawful. Worst book I've read in IDK how long. I want to take a three day soak to try to wash off the ick I feel. I want to sue the author for slow torturing me with overripe language, tired cliches, anachronisms, lazy appropriation of topical facts, and a pointless unredeemed plot. Like Mean Girls but with sex and Satan instead of wit and charm. I'm gobsmacked by the countless hours wasted bringing it into existence. I regret reading this 😡

CouronneDhiver Oh no! ☹️ Hate it when that happens 3y
mdhughes72 Thanks @CouronneDhiver. Although I'm in the minority on this one, apparently I'm not alone. 3y
Debiw781 I wanted to bleach my brain afterwards 3y
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mdhughes72
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'Just because dog food tastes better than dog shit doesn't mean you want it for dinner.' Starting to feel the same way about this book.