Emily Henry & Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: August 6th 2019
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Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.
Mental and Physical Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse, Panic Attacks, Mentions of Complicated Relationship with Food, Murder, Death
If they couldn’t see Lucille and Winona for who they were, the would pay for it.
This book was a ride. I may have had my expectations to the roof, but I had a really good time reading this. It’s fast paced and has a main focus on friendship and it was set up to be 100% my thing… Yet I don’t know what the missing piece that preventing me from rating this any higher.
I mean… two bestfriends in shitty situations forge a way out with a stolen convertible and some money from the 7-11 they robbed in the heat of the moment.
That was when she knew: Stormy Olsen wasn’t a man anymore. He’d made himself a god.
It took around 25% for me to really get immersed in the book. And I say that because before I hit that mark, this book was pretty hard to get through. Not in a bad way, but this book handles a lot of tough topics and in some instances, it was kind of triggering… I may have put the book down a few times. I can’t speak for most of the representation of many of these themes, so I won’t, but a lot of the things that I recognized felt very well handled.
Yet, like I mentioned above, it took a minute to start getting somewhat attached to things— specifically the characters. Now, did I feel for them in this first quarter? Yes, I did. But I didn’t connect with them like I wanted. I was fully prepared to 100% love them and when that took a while to happen, I got nervous.
❥ Winona – The daughter of a well loved weather man who’s mother died of an overdose and is in an abusive home. Sheltered, never having the chance to find her self because she’s someone else’s doll. Her character development was more prevalent, from this timid, unsure girl to someone who will point a gun at your face if you screw her over… it seems over-the-top, but it just worked and it was my personal favorite thing about this story.
❥ Lucille – A girl who has the world on her shoulders, never allowed to want because she has to look after others needs. A stereotype, because when your brothers a drug dealer and your father skipped out on you, you can’t be anything but trash right?
WRONG THX Also, she may be bisexual and I’m??? Here for it?????
It took a bit longer to get the plot together in my mind. Trying to get these threads together and wondering when this would come up and where this plot thread went took a minute to untangle, but it’s fine because it all works out in the end.
It took around the half way point for me to stop feeling like a spectator and start feeling like I was with the characters. And honestly? This story is wild. This is very much a love letter to Thelma and Louise, even with a few memorable scenes from the movie itself
like a very attractive con artist.
I can’t remember a time when I was able to want anything more than enough.
But it’s a bit more than that. It’s empowering, it’s unlikely situations and ride or dies and growing up too fast and revenge. It’s two girls being fed up with the men
or adults in general in their lives screwing them over and doing something about it… and that’s something I can always get behind.
Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, THE LAST OF AUGUST, and THE CASE FOR JAMIE (forthcoming in March 2018). She’s also the author of the poetry collection GIRL-KING (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, dog, and collection of deerstalker caps.
Emily Henry is the author of The Love That Split the World and A Million Junes.She is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.