School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been hearing a lot of raves for Lang Leav’s poetry but I never get around to checking it out. So seeing that she’s got a novel, her first, I got intrigued and decided to see what all the rave is about. Naturally, I’ve got some expectation, a little high I guess. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed. Sad Girls is a YA contemporary romance novel about a girl named Audrey who told a massive lie to her friends just for the heck of it. It was supposed to be a secret but someone overheard it and the next thing they know, Ana, their classmate and the person involved in the gossip, is dead. Filled with guilt, Audrey started having panic attacks. Scared that she’ll be found out about telling the lie. And then, she met Rad. Ana’s boyfriend. And despite the circumstances and the fact that she has a boyfriend, Audrey can’t help the attraction that she’s feeling toward Rad and it looks like the feeling is mutual. They both know they can’t be together and decided to part ways. But months passed and they met again, ever more drawn towards each other. Will Audrey be brave enough to face her feelings for Rad even if it means hurting the people she cares about? But what will happen once he finds out about her involvement with Ana’s death?
Sad Girls was almost a DNF for me. I started reading it last year but gave up after Chapter 5 or 6 I guess. It’s just doesn’t make sense to me. And with a lot of books on my TBR, why waste time on one that I didn’t enjoy? So, I happily abandoned it and move on to the next book. But then I read a positive review of it and decided to give it another chance. I had to start from the beginning as I can’t remember anything I’ve read about this book. I managed to finish it this time. But my feeling towards it doesn’t change one bit. It started with me hating Audrey. It is beyond my comprehension why she told that terrible lie. And to my dismay, it wasn’t really established why she tells it in the first place. What irks me is how all throughout the book, the author is trying to turn her into a likeable character which she’s not. And speaking of characters, all of them seemed flat and dull. Not one did I managed to connect with, well aside from the couple Lucy and Freddy, which are somewhat okay. Everything just comes so easy with them. Missed the final exam? It’s okay, you can still graduate. Need a place to stay? No problem, I know someone who’s looking for a house sitter and guess what, we can stay for as long as we’d like. No job? Don’t worry about it, there’s a company looking for an intern or maybe you can just start writing a book and be an instant bestseller author. The list goes on and it’s hard to take it seriously despite the serious topic the story is dealing with like suicide, drugs, and mental health.
I was hoping things will get better when she goes on a trip and it even came to a point that Audrey started to be tolerable. But then, she up and go back to her old life and be her annoying self again. So, the trip that I hoped would help with some character development is totally unnecessary. And it doesn’t help that the ending sucked. Unexpected but not surprising considering how both Audrey and Rad are messed up, I guess it fits. And if by chance I developed a slight sympathy towards Audrey somewhere in the story, by the time I hit the last page, it’s all gone. I just can’t grasp how her mind works and I find it hard to even try to understand her. There’s also not enough sad girls to the story as the others seem to be just fillers and everything is focused with Audrey. The writing is okay, poetic most of the times as I’ve already expected, but far from engaging. So, Sad Girls, unfortunately, is not for me.