Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.
Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of "town slut." She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn't doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you're a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.
But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they'd realize there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn't sure if she can.
This book was really great to read! It was totally dark and awesome! We knew something was going on, with the mentions of secrets and disappearances and such. But it took some time to learn what those things were!
First off, to call a girl a slut, when all she is doing is the same as what a boy is doing, is horrible. Besides the fact that name calling is awful, that's very hypocritical, though girls can be much harsher on other girls than boys!
I felt bad for Darcy, she's had it tough between her dad, her family life, and the way that people treat her because of her reputation, one that's not really earned. She has some pretty close bonds with her sister and cousin, which was really great!
The whole Bay Festival Princess, and the set up that nominated Darcy, I was wary alongside Darcy. There were all the secrets hidden, and then there was her budding relationship with Jesse, well, yeah, she had a lot going on! And how things came together, well, better than how things were, but yeah, the way people can treat others is pretty horrible!
I enjoyed reading this book so much, it was just so great! Loved reading it!
Author: Gillian French
Read: May 12th, 2017
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: May 16th 2017