Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Book Summery (via Goodreads): 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.

Book Trailer:

Book Review:
My head is still spinning long after I turned the last page. Now, I'll admit, I had a hard time getting into this at first. Like a really hard time. It was around page 120 that I alllmost gave up, but I'm glad I didn't. It was at this point that I started to question things and realizing that there was more underneath the surface. I think what tripped me up at first was the stark difference between Chloe and Ruby. Ruby was so assertive and manipulate, where as Chloe was more passive, almost admiring her sister to a fault. I think once Chloe started to find her own voice and look beyond Ruby's captivating layer, that I became interested in the plot. At first I was annoyed by all the supporting characters, but then I realized that they helped us to understand the sisters better. London was by far the most interesting supporting character of all. I'd tell you why, but I don't want to give too much away. ;) The city of Olive is really a character in its self. I didn't understand its significance to the story until the very end. So those of you who plan on reading this book, pay attention to Ruby's stories of Olive. They might not seem essential at the time, but in the end, you'll be glad to have taken the time to read them. There were times when this book made me laugh, gave me goosebumps, and it still leaves me questioning what I thought I knew. I have to say this is definitely an original story. After I finished reading this book, I craved to learn more about the world Suma created. I searched the Internets and found an entry on her blog. Check it out. It helped to answer some of my questions without giving much away.

Favorite Quote:
"If anyone was a mythological creature here, it was Ruby, the one we all looked to and listened for, the one the boys loved and fought to be with, who couldn't be captured or caged." (p. 17)

Cover Art Commentary:
Wow, this is one gorgeous cover. It drew my eye immediately. The shade of blue is just amazing. The girl floating on the surface of the water has huge significance in the story.



  1. I just put this on hold at our library so I'm very excited to get my hands on this one and finally read it. I've heard many mixed reviews about it though, so I'm glad you like it. All the different reviews are actually making me want to read it even more!

  2. Woah. Glad to know it gets good. I still don't know if I would have the patience for it, though! Love the review!

  3. Great review. It does sounds like the author really should have put the answers (like the blogpost) at the end of the story. ;) I really want to read this book, because it sounds really good. Glad that you read further!!

  4. Oh wow- this is the first good review Ive seen for this one. I think Im going to try it for sure now...;)

  5. This is on its way to me! So glad you liked it!