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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review: Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer

Title:  Vicious Little Darlings
 Author:  Katherine Easer
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Publish Date:  June 21, 2011

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting—and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's secrets. So why does Sarah feel like something's bizarrely wrong? As more and more cracks start to show in Maddy's and Agnes's perfect veneers, Sarah notices some strange and disturbing things: Maddy's compulsive lying, Agnes's obsession with Maddy, and the deterioration of their friendship. And just when Sarah begins to question her own sanity, things turns deadly. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will devour this juicy debut novel.

My Thoughts:  If I had to describe this book in one word it would be:  Bizarre!  And creepy....very creepy.  However, it was so creepy and bizarre that I could not stop reading it!  I had to find out what was happening and why.

Sarah's grandma sends her to Wetherely College so she will "become a lady".  Sarah's parents are nonexistent and her grandma does not approve of Sarah's wild and promiscuous ways.  Once at Wetherely, Sarah finds her room...and her roommate Maddy.  In fact, she walks in on Maddy and Maddy's boyfriend in a very private moment. 

From there, things just get weird.  Maddy and Sarah go to a cafe to eat and meet Maddy's very best friend, Agnes.  Agnes is classy and old fashioned and extremely protective of Maddy.  Agnes is almost obsessed with Maddy.  On the way home Agnes hits a fawn and the girls take it to their dorm room and hide it while they nurse it back to health.

Then Agnes decides that they need to move off campus into a house together.  Agnes and Maddy are both very wealthy and Agnes tells Sarah she will pay for all the expenses.   Sarah doesn't know whether the girls are friends or lovers and spends her time there trying to decipher their relationship.

Sarah is your average girl. She is always trying to please people because she really just wants to feel like she belongs somewhere.  Sarah is not wealthy and has problems with taking things from Agnes for free.  Sarah tries to get a boyfriend and a job but these things are mysteriously sabotaged. 

Maddy was crazy.  She had a very Jekyll and Hyde personality.  She appears to be a chronic, pathological liar.  She seemed like a young child to me most times.  She has this strange obsession with dying young and death in general.  She was someone that kept me on my toes!

Agnes is very cold and detached unless it has to do with Maddy.  She doesn't like Sarah at all but puts up with her because Maddy likes her.  She is very possessive and appears to be a lesbian and madly in love with Maddy. 

This has got to be one of the strangest books I have ever read.  I never knew what was going to happen and I loved it!  I could not put the book down at all just because I had to find out who was good and who was pure evil. 

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