Book Reviews, Young Adult

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas | Book Review


Title: Dangerous Boys

Author: Abigail Haas

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult, Romance

Publication date: August 14th, 2014

Pages: 328

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Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces… 

 

“Our lives are made up of choices. Big ones, small ones, strung together by the thin air of good intentions; a line of dominoes, ready to fall.”

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS! THIS BOOK WAS SO MESSED UP I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN WITH! It’s twisted, dark, and weird in a good way.

After finishing and loving Dangerous Girls I needed another Abigail Haas book to read, and I was so sad when I saw this was the only other mystery/thriller she had published so far (I NEED MORE PLEASE!). So I immediately picked it up and started reading it after recieving it.

Now even though I didn’t love it as much as Dangerous Girls, I have to say I still really enjoyed it and this particular one did play with me a couple of time, whereas in DG I knew mostly everything from the very beginning. So extra kudos to that.

“From the moment you’re born, people start folding you into neat pieces and tucking you inside a box of their own design. […] They dress you up in their own expectations, before you even have a chance to understand the constrictions of your fate. That box becomes so cozy and warm, you never really notice that you’re bend double, fighting for a room to breathe.”

Abigail Haas does a pretty god job at writing dark, messed up mysteries with a mindblowing plot twist at the end. And I love her for that. This is no different. It still had that scenario where you question what was good and what was evil, and saw the different characters crossed the lines between them.

It was incredibly addicting. I needed to know what really happened in the house and since it alternated between past and present, you were trying to figure that out at the same time you were knowing each character’s back story. I think the alternate time POV worked sometimes; in times I enjoyed it and others I found it quite confusing. In this particular case I think it added a little of extra anticipation and it created some tension that made you want to continue the story.

“Don’t you know? There’s no such thing as the truth. We walk around trapped in our own subjective conciousness, experiencing the same events through a totally different lens.”

Now let me tell you there was a very toxic and problematic realtionship in here, and I felt sick sometimes when I was reading some parts of the book. Booy this book was really messed up (I feel that’s the general word to describe it, haha). You could see how it affected our main character. It also had a love triangle, but everything was so weird it was a very odd love triangle.

I don’t really want to talk about the characters a lot because I feel I’m going to spoil something to you, so I’ll just be brief. It was quite interesting reading from Chloe’s point of view, even though at the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of her.

AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT ENDING WAS SOOOO MIND BLOWING!! I did not expect it to be like that, and maybe that’s the reason why I liked it that much. Just… wow, guys. Speechless. So I suggest you to pick this book up if you enjoyed Dangerous Girls, because even though it wasn’t as good in my opinion, it was twisted and quite an interesting read.

 

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