Imaginary Girls

It is rare that I find a book that I do not like.  Most books have at least some redeeming quality (except Great Expectations and Moby Dick…I loathed everything about those books).  Well, I may have found one more book to add to the short list of books that I don’t like…Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.  (This is another case when choosing a book based on its cover has gotten me into trouble.)  It took me a while to get into this book, and, when I finally did (mainly so I could finish it and move on to something else), I was confused as to what was really going on in the story.  I’m still not sure what was happening.  I don’t handle being confused very well, and this book nearly sent me over the edge.

Chloe has always lived in the shadow of her older sister, Ruby, but she’s okay with it.  Ruby has a way of making everything go her way, and Chloe is the only person in the world who Ruby really loves.  The two sisters are inseparable until a night when things happen that change their worlds forever.  When Chloe discovers a dead body in the local reservoir, she is sent away to live with her father.  Away from the only home she’s known, away from her school, away from Ruby.  How can she deal with being separated from the most important person in her life?

Two years pass, and Ruby has decided that it’s time for Chloe to return home to her.  And when Ruby decides something, that’s just the way it’s going to be.  So Chloe returns to her hometown, but things are not exactly as she left them.  Ruby warns Chloe to never leave the town limits, stay away from the reservoir, and avoid contact with certain people.  Chloe tries to adhere to Ruby’s rules, but things have a way of just happening when you’re a sixteen-year-old girl in a small town.  It doesn’t help that Ruby is getting more and more unstable.  What is going on with Ruby and her strange ties to the nearby reservoir?  Why does everyone in town do everything that Ruby wants?  What is so special about her, and can Chloe figure things out before she loses everything–her mind, her sister, and even her life?  Try to uncover the truth when you read Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

If you decide to read this book, please let me know what you think of it.  Maybe you see something in this story that I missed.  I’m sure this book will appeal to some readers, but I was not one of them.

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One comment on “Imaginary Girls

  1. Matt says:

    The worst part of realizing you aren’t really enjoying the book you’re reading is the obligation you feel to finish and the time commitment it will take. I had been reading pretty regularly and when I picked up Dostoyevsky’s “House of the Dead,” I just barely got through it and it brought all my reading momentum to a standstill.

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