Book Review: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Title: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Author: Lynn Weingarten
Genre: Thriller/YA
Published: 11/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐  1/2


No one is good enough for Xavier. Not according to Sasha, his best friend. There's nothing Sasha wouldn't do to protect Xavier from getting hurt, especially by his cheating ex Ivy, who's suddenly slithered back into the picture. Worried that Xavier is ready to forgive and forget, Sasha decides to do a little catfishing. She poses as a hot guy online, to prove cheaters never change.
But Sasha's plan goes wrong fast, and soon the lies lead down a path from which there's no return . . .

Spoiler-Free Review:

From the offset, this seemed like a VERY predictable story, however, it quick changes and the twists and turns lead the story into a direction which was far from expectation! Obviously as this is a spoiler-free review, I'll spare you the specifics, but this one isn't completely predictable and there will be some surprises ahead. 

Something that I really liked was that, unlike most thrillers I read, this novel dealt with lots of contemporary issues, including online relationships, mental health, manipulative relationships and gender stereotypes! I think that this was particularly important, because this book is for a YA audience. 

However, in terms of characterisation I wasn't fully content. I don't have a problem with unlikeable characters in a story, but I do need characters to have depth and be properly fleshed-out, as the characterisation in books is one of my favourite aspects of reading. I found that in this novel, the characters felt a bit one-dimensional at times, and I wanted more from the author!

I was honestly expecting a very cliche YA plot-line, which seemed even more likely at the beginning of the story. However, Lynn Weingarten's writing in this book is extremely well-done, it is truly gripping, which is something that is an absolute necessity for me in a thriller. However, there was a distinct difference, for me, in how much I enjoyed the first half of the book, compared to the second. The latter half is where the story really took off and became thrilling a page-turner!


*This book is released on January, 11th 2018 in the UK*

I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Egmont Publishing for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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