It’s March, and we’re back for a monthly review for Book Club. This month Candice has been reading The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.
The Girls Are All So Nice Here
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Ambrosia Wellington receives an invitation via email from the Alumni Committee at her alma mater Wesleyan University for her 10-year reunion. She doesn’t want to go.
A lot has changed since she graduated college, and she’s worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an anonymous note arrives in the mail that reads: “We need to talk about what we did that night.”
There is no signature. And it appears secrets in Ambrosia’s past are coming back to haunt her. Unable to stop fixating on the note and who sent it, she’s left with no choice but to attend the reunion and face her past.
At the reunion, she is reunited with former best-friend Sully who also received a note. It soon becomes clear they’re being pursued by someone who wants the truth about what happened their freshman year and the events that lead to “Dorm Doom”.
Alternating between the reunion and Ambrosia’s freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a thrilling novel about the brutal lengths girls will go to when they feel they’re owed something, and what happens when the jokes we play in college become a matter of life and death.
What I will say is that no character is particularly likeable, yet they all draw you in anyway. I don’t think this is a bad thing. When it comes to literature or television we’re use to always having a protagonist, however in real life they don’t always exist. People make mistakes and they make bad choices. Ambrosia is someone who seeks approval from the wrong kinds of people, and this novel brilliantly executes what is possible when we’re not true to ourselves and “behave badly” simply to impress other people. It’s a story of ambition, resentment, jealousy, and toxic friendship.
Overall it’s a very compelling novel. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars you’ll love this book, and if you’re a fan of Mean Girls on steroids you’ll love this book.