The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (2/5)

So, do you want a book about crime, ghosts and horribly vicious teen girls? Well then pick this book up, because that is the extent of its content. The plot hooked me in the beginning, but by the time I got to the end of the book the only feeling I had was disappointment. The ending ruins what could have been a decent guilty pleasure read, and it does so by messing with reality. I think I have said it before, but I will say it again, I do not like magical realism (even though this hardly qualifies even as that) especially really poorly done magical realism. I am sorry to say that this book with beautiful cover art is sorely lacking.

The most problematic part of this book, however, is the way the girls are portrayed. Girls in this book are mean, hateful, petty and really just downright horrible. I like my girls to be a little more human and less “prettylittleliaresq,” this book just perpetuates the idea that girls have to be against each other and that real friendship between teen girls doesn’t happen. This is the kind of book I wouldn’t want a girl reading without some sort of adult guidance and discussion about why these girls are just horrific.

I don’t really have much I want to say about this book, read it if you like YA about nasty teen girls, but if you want something quality, find a different title.

Up Next: The Bones Will Speak – Carrie Stuart Parks (3/5)

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