Title: Sad Girls
Author: Lang Leav
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published date: 30th May 2017
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star rating: 2 / 5 stars
Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.
School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?
It took me a long time to want to read this book despite the pull of the summary (it has just the right key words) because, first, it was so damn expensive and that’s only the paperback version. Then, it was so hyped up, which put me off the book for awhile. After that, there was a lot of mixed reviews that I wasn’t sure I want to spend RM80.00 for a book that has 50-50 chance for me to like/dislike. When, my friend said it was amazing, I decided to borrow hers and start reading.
The first few chapters in and I was already cringing. What the hell did I get myself into? I decided to continue reading because I wanted to know this “lie” that Audrey told. The more I read it, the more cringeworthy it got. The only reason I didn’t just DNF the book was because I hate giving up (and DNF-ing a book is kind of like giving up). I read on. I thought it was salvageable in part two, but I was wrong. Oh God, I was so wrong.
The plot was a mess. The writing was a mess. I use a lot of dialogues when I write, so I don’t condemn others for using a lot of them, but the dialogues in this book was used to just force feed us information instead of showing us, letting us figure things out ourselves.
Plot and writing style aside, there was nothing redeeming about the characters as well. The only developed characters are the two main characters: Audrey and Rad. The other side characters are one dimensional, and just props for Audrey’s development. I couldn’t connect to Audrey, and didn’t want to. She was whiny and kind of self-absorbed. Let’s not even get me started on her relationship with Rad. One thing I hate more than cheating when you’re in a relationship is falling for your dead friend’s boyfriend and acting on those feelings not long after your friend’s funeral. But that’s a personal preference, and nothing against the book.
In conclusion, I don’t like this book. I was attracted by the summary, but the book did not deliver. I was expecting more on the anxiety attacks, but there wasn’t much about it. On the friendship front, well, there’s not much either. It wasn’t that realistic either (and on that front, Audrey could easily fall under the Mary-Sue category). I give an extra star for diversity inclusion, but overall, this book was a mess, and it feels like the plot wasn’t thought out well.
I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.
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Have you read Sad Girls by Lang Leav? What are your thoughts about it? Do you agree with others that Lang Leav should stick to poetry, or should we expect more novels from her? I’d love to know what you think.