Monday, September 5, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (71 of 111)

Imaginary Girls 
Nova Ren Suma
Pub: June 14th 2011 by Dutton Juvinile
Review Copy: ARC (won in contest after book release)

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about. (From


Whatever you are expecting from Imaginary Girls I don't think Imaginary Girls will be end up being what you're expecting. I had no idea what the book was about except the blurb on the back cover and that doesn't even begin to capture the story of Imaginary Girls.  
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are the strength of this book, and Ruby is the strongest. While the story is told from Chloe's point of view, her older sister Ruby ends up dominating every page.
I can't say anything about the plot and I recommend you skip any reviews with spoilers or plot details before reading this book. The beauty of the story is in the reading of it through Chloe's eyes. The main (only) story of this book is the love of two sisters who would do anything for each other. 
The plot is probably the weakest part of the book and some points don't hold up to later scrutiny, but as readers will learn, that might just be true of any story about Ruby. The strength of the characters and the individual scenes drive the story forward and keep you reading. 
While the plot has weaknesses, they are easily overlooked while you are reading. I fell under Ruby's spell, just like all the other characters in the book and I loved all of her and Chloe's interactions. 
I also loved Nova Ren Suma's writing. It suited the tone of the book nicely and enhanced the dreamlike tone of Chloe's description's of events. She often seems somewhat removed from what is happening around her. Just as Ruby seems to see know everything, Chloe seems to see nothing at all.

Overall, if you are looking for something just a little different, give Imaginary Girls a try. It's a mix of genres so I think there is something there to appeal to most readers.

a unique and intriguing story about the lengths two sisters will go to save each other.

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