Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: American Girls by Alison Umminger

26156985Summary from Goodreads:

She was looking for a place to land.

Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card an runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.

My Review:

I started off enjoying the novel because of the great writing and the interesting aspects that the author added in with the Manson aspect. I picked up the novel because of the sunny cover expecting a fun/fluffy summer read but instead it is full of murder, family issues, and a little too much sexual content.

I also had a hard time connecting with the main character because of some things she does throughout the novel but she does seem to learn from her mistakes.

The ending was a bit preachy and does not give very much closure for the family aspects.

However, the reason I did not enjoy this novel was the overuse of sexual and creepy content with the murders. The information about the murders was kind of overdone in the novel and it overshadowed the story, I understood the main theme the author was going for but I don't think it was well structured.

I think I would have enjoyed this if the whole Manson aspect was downplayed or done away with completely.

I recommend checking this if you enjoy the subject matter but don't let the cover fool you into thinking it will be a light read.

My Rating:
2.5 Stars Out of 5

1 comment:

  1. That is really disconcerting that this is a dark book with graphic details, considering the cover. Sad that it was mostly well done except for that. :/ Thanks for sharing!