Book Review: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Posted September 14, 2017 by Alexia in book review / 2 Comments

Book Review: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn WeingartenBad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Published by Simon Pulse on October 31st, 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

Holy crap on a cracker you guys! This book was insane, but in the best possible way. It pretty much left me for dead. In some ways, this book was even crazier than Weingarten’s previous book, Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls and I didn’t even know that was possible.

Sasha was a character that I struggled to connect to. I don’t need to like the characters in a book, and generally in a book like this that doesn’t happen. Generally, I enjoy characters that are more “grey” in personality. They don’t go by the stark black & white contrast. There’s both good & bad in Sasha and especially when it comes to Xavier, she gets a little crazy. I couldn’t agree with a lot of the stuff that Sasha did, especially when it came to how she tried to ruin the complicated relationship between Xavier and Ivy. It went from borderline creepy at the beginning to absolutely batshit insane by the end of it.

I found myself actually agreeing with what Ivy said about Sasha’s fixation on Xavier. Ivy may have had her problems, but like Sasha and Xavier, she wasn’t all bad or all good. I actually identified a lot with Ivy, which I honestly hadn’t expected to. I’d expected to hate her and hate Xavier for being stupid enough to get back together with her. I had expected to feel tons of sympathy for Sasha. Yet, none of that happened. I freaking LOVE complex characters.

I want to talk so much more about these characters who were terrible but also great, but I can’t and that’s one of the problems with this sub-genre of psychological thrillers. You think one thing is going on and suddenly, without warning, a new possibility emerges and by the time the book is over, you are so confused, befuddled and probably dead, that you couldn’t even think about much else except this book.

Final thoughts: If you like psychological thrillers that leave you guessing throughout the book, then you need to read this book.


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