I’m thrilled to be taking part in today’s stop on The Falling Girls Book Tour hosted by Turn The Page Tours. Check out my review below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
The Falling Girls
By Hayley Krischer
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, LGBT
Release Date: October 5, 2021
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“A riveting, intimate portrayal of just how intense and all-consuming female friendships can be. Urgent and piercing, The Falling Girls is a gut-punch of a book.” —Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They Wish They Were Us and They’ll Never Catch Us
From the author of the unforgettable Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf comes an intoxicating thriller about the dark paths female friendships can take, set against the backdrop of a high school cheerleading squad. Perfect for fans of Megan Abbott and Kathleen Glasgow.
Shade and Jadis are everything to each other. They share clothes, toothbrushes, and even matching stick-and-poke tattoos. So when Shade unexpectedly joins the cheerleading team, Jadis can hardly recognize who her best friend is becoming. Shade loves the idea of falling into a group of girls; she loves the discipline it takes to push her body to the limits alongside these athletes . Most of all, Shade finds herself drawn to The Three Chloes—the insufferable trio that rules the squad—including the enigmatic cheer captain whose dark side is as compelling as it is alarming.
Jadis won’t give Shade up so easily, though, and the pull between her old best friend and her new teammates takes a toll on Shade as she tries to forge her own path. So when one of the cheerleaders dies under mysterious circumstances, Shade is determined to get to the bottom of her death. Because she knows Jadis—and if her friend is responsible, doesn’t that mean she is, too?
In this compelling, nuanced exploration of the layered, intoxicating relationships between teen girls, and all the darkness and light that exists between them, novelist Hayley Krischer weaves a story of loss and betrayal, and the deep reverberations felt at a friendship’s breaking point.
An amazing book exploring the intricacies of teenage girls and the friendships they form. Having a best friend that you share everything with can be a phenomenal experience. This story shows what can go wrong when those relationships become toxic ~ possessiveness and jealously gone to far.
Shade and Jadis have been best friends forever, they share everything and promise that nothing will ever come between them. When Shade decides to follow her childhood love of gymnastics and become a cheerleader, Jadis is extremely hurt. The leaders of the cheerleaders, the three Chloe’s, are all best friends as well. So when Jadis and the lead Chloe become really close it has the 2nd Chloe feeling some type of way. When one of the cheerleaders dies mysteriously we have to take a deeper look to see if it was an accident or murder?
This book has a steady pacing, the timeline is a little all over the place but it doesn’t take away from the story itself. The characters are all so well fleshed out, you can feel the tension. The plot has some mystery/thriller feels to it but mostly is navigating through those friendships. Overall I thought it was a fun read that I really enjoyed.
About The Author
Hayley Krischer has been an award-winning journalist for over 20+ years. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where she has covered feminist roller skaters, Instagram obsessed moms, profiled Gabrielle Union, Tatum O’Neal, and S.E. Hinton. She has also written for many publications about women and teenage girls including Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Lenny Letter, and the Hairpin. Her YA debut, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF will be released in fall 2020 from Razorbill. Hayley received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Her first newspaper job was as an editorial assistant at the Boston Globe. She reads tarot cards.
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Up for grabs on the book blog tour is one (1️⃣) copy of THE FALLING GIRLS by Hayley Kirscher. Open USA only.
Giveaway starts: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Giveaway ends: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CDT
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Huge thanks to Turn The Page Tours and MBC Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own!
Thanks for coming by, have a wonderful day!