Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why
June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy.
That particular sentence is the one that caught my attention. I’m no fan of Gone Girl nor have I read it but I am most certain, based on all the reviews I’ve seen and read, it’s a great book. And I could say the same thing to Thirteen Reasons Why (which is one of my all-time favourite) so that’s why my eyes kinda perked up out of curiosity. I was really hoping that I’d be in for a good ‘ol ride.
First of all, I had no idea what the story is all about. It was just recommended to me or more like requested to review and I didn’t bother to ask what’s the story is all about. As usual, I love being surprised and I tend to judge a book by its cover. Having said that, the cover is really pretty and I love that the matches have some connection with one of the characters of the book. I already predicted that, though.
Honestly, I was expecting a compilation of notes from girls. Yes, I took the title literally. Don’t sue me. But I guess if that was the case, it would’ve been a lot interesting, in my opinion.
Contrary to the praise it got physically, the content seemed to be a bit off for me. It started strong but then along the way, it kinda messed up real bad like there was no consistency, the situations and the actions of the protagonist towards the situation seemed to be questionable many many times.
Sure, I kinda held on to the first few pages but I’m not gonna say that I was completely hooked.
I already predicted that it would be one of those mystery, thriller books where a friend investigates the real story behind another person/friend’s death but I was also kinda hoping that there would be a much unique kind of treatment that would make this book different from the others.
The story is completely and utterly overwhelming. It tried to focus on multiple subjects like abuse, pregnancy, rape, drugs and so on and I must say it made the whole plot tangled in a very bad way.
The protagonist’s characterization was a little crazy for me too. There was no consistency in June’s character. She’s very dynamic but not the good kind. I guess it would’ve been better if her character’s progression was a little slow, like, taking one step at a time because it seemed like she has this double personality. Her character didn’t let the readers get to know her more before she jumped into this new character which is frustrating.
“We protect the people we love.”
And I kinda question how it was so easy for her to get clues from people and get to some dangerous places like when she went to talk to a drug dealer. It was questionable for her character that was tried to be described as innocent and mostly terrified. I get it that it’s a mystery, thriller novel and it’s fiction so anything can happen but I’m just saying that it would’ve been nice if her actions actually fit her personality. And besides, she was alone when she did some investigation and I doubt that some naive girl like her would be able to have some legit connection with people that could make the investigation easier on her part. She made the whole investigation pretty simple for a girl like her.
For Delia’s part, it actually excited me to know what actually happened to her. The clues were enough to make me go whacky in thinking who the duck actually killed her or what actually happened to her. It’s sad that it was the only thing or part in the story that excited me.
If anything, I’d say Delia’s character is the only one who is interesting. Although her personality is very cliche and her actions are predictable too but at least I’ve seen more consistency on her part.
“Right away I know something is wrong. Even before I can see her.”
It would actually be nice if some of the supporting characters were given a little more background. Like Delia’s new found friends. They seemed to be left as a mystery which is maddening. Supporting characters often times help the whole story to be a lot better.
There were too many twists and turns in the middle of the story which made it really intense, not in a good way because the beginning seemed to be simple, not so overwhelming, just you know, fine or okay and then came to the middle and BOOM! everything went cuckoo. Just like that. It was just thrown at the readers messily.
I actually love the transitioning between the past and present. It actually helped the readers understand why the current situation is happening. And also how the POVs were changed at the end. It was actually done smoothly.
“Finding a bestfriend is like finding a true love; when you meet yours, you just know.”
This book is just one of the many books that tried to top, if not, be the next Gone Girl and failed miserably. There is nothing oh-so-special with this book. Although it showcased such strong bond between two people, between two friends who got lost and apart along the way and found their way back to each other.
There are just so many questions left unanswered in this book that simply frustrates the hell outta me but hey, I gotta move on.
I wouldn’t really recommend this but if you’re into some crazy plotting then be my guest.