Book Review: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

20522640Novel: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten | Goodreads
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: SimonPulse
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher via TT4L

Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless.

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else-before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this-things would never be the same again.

And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.

I was drawn to Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls because of its cover.

IT’S SO DARN BEAUTIFUL. The blue color plus the the matchsticks and the incredible typeface?

I’m sold.

The book is pitched as Thirteen Reasons Why (why is EVERYTHING pitched as Thirteen Reasons Why?! Because this isn’t) meets Gone Girl (which I haven’t read), so the pitches did nothing for me. More than anything, it was the focus on the friendship between Delia and June that I got from the synopsis, plus a good bit of mystery that got me excited. I love a good mystery. I was expecting a thoughtful story on the slightly sad side, with an emphasis on friendship.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls blew me straight out of the water.

I sat down and read it from start to finish. June’s honest narration made me fall in love with her from page one. You could feel her pain, her confusion, and her regret oozing off the page, and I felt emotionally tethered to her. I was invested in June understanding what happened to Delia, and forgiving herself for cutting off their friendship. June, also, reminded me of myself. She acts differently in different groups of people, but is a bit of an introvert and keeps to herself. She flies under the radar at school, but is smart and works hard. She’s an incredibly relatable character, and this keeps the plot tethered to reality.

Delia and June’s friendship, which we see from short flashbacks that June has, was an incredibly close one. They reminded me of the friendship I have, and have had, with a couple of friends – the kind where you’re so comfortable around each other and tell one another everything. Their friendship, quite honestly, made the book for me.

The plot is twist after twist. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, the story throws you for a loop. The mystery of Delia’s death drives the story, but so do the secrets that June uncovers, not only about Delia, but also about her own life. There is also a lot left unsaid in the story that is left up to the reader to infer, which I always appreciate in a book.

I don’t want to say much more, because I don’t want to ruin the INSANE ending that left my jaw hanging in surprise. But Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is one heck of a book that focuses on many important issues: sexuality, love, regret, abuse, and suicide. I absolutely adored this book, and hope everyone gets their hands on it and gives it a read!