Published July 2, 2013 available now
Published by Soho Teen
Hardback 288 pages
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Goodreads Synopsis: This is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms. Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost. Willa's initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won—and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.
So this is one of those guilty pleasure books that you can read in a couple of hours, maybe on the beach or maybe curled up in your favorite reading spot during a thunderstorm. And I had the added pleasure of actually reading one of the books I purchased!! Nobody fall off their chairs or anything. I did it twice this week. Don't choke on your morning coffee. I didn't feel the world stop turning but I'm sure a few stars shot across the sky in glee. So back to the book. I was ridiculously happy reading this book about revenge against two rich boys that get away with treating girls badly and now killing Willa Ames-Rowan. I love guys! I really do. I married one and I have two boys. But really, I love nothing better than when a girl or girls get even with a guy or guys who really deserve it! I don't know why. Maybe because I'm reliving my teenage years when I was always the dumped instead of the dumper?? I don't know I just know I love it when a girl gets her justified revenge! So sit back and enjoy this one on the beach or after a messy break up or just because!
The characters in this one are numerous, but we get to know each one really well because each one narrates for several chapters. It isn't confusing at all because each girl has a chance to tell her story and her connection to Willa and what she knows about the night she died. After her narration is done, someone else picks up the story and that character is seen through the eyes of the next narrator. It works very well for this story.
-The characters are Rose, who isn't exactly a member of the country club. Her mother runs it but won't let her fraternize with the help. She wants Rose to make connections with the rich kids her age so she can climb the social ladder. That isn't what Rose wants.
-Then there's Willa's crowd- Lina, Sloane and Willa's step sister, Madge. They are used to summers spent at the country club together with Willa and it just isn't the same without her. Madge is especially upset, everywhere reminds her of Willa. And she more than any of the others is determined to make the Gregorys pay!
-There are also the two Gregory boys that we only get to see through little scenes that aren't very flattering.
Trip, the outgoing, social playboy, life of the party and worst of the two, but not the one seen leaving with Willa in his boat and coming back without her. He is supposedly hated by his grandfather, the Captain who owns the club and Hawthorne Lake, but that's just rumor. And then there is James Gregory, he left the yacht that night with Willa in his boat. An hour later, he came back alone. But both boys are going down!
The setting is a lake community that is run by the richest man around, the Captain. He is THE Gregory and he has enough money to buy his grandsons out of trouble. Their parents died in a car accident that Trip is supposed to have caused. There isn't a lot of information on that. Basically the lake and the country club is where everything takes place.
The story is pretty straightforward. Four girls bond together over their common desire to get even and then to get revenge. But each of them has a crucial bit of information about that night that they don't realize they have. It takes awhile for them to get everything together to understand what happened. The most eerie parts of the story are the parts where we hear (read) Willa's last thoughts and just how close she was to living.
I've already said what I thought. This is a decadent pleasure read. It's about four girls scheming and carrying out scenarios to bring down two playboys who seem to be untouchable. And they do prove to be untouchable for awhile. Some things are left unresolved, but not Willa's murder and that was what the book was about. So the ending completely satisfied me. Anyone that loves scheming teen girls sticking it to boys or rich untouchable boys that deserve it will enjoy this one. It's a contemporary. No paranormal to it. Just lots of fun!
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