Review – I’m the Girl by: Courtney Summers

The new groundbreaking queer thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar-award Winning author Courtney Summers.

When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty—but who is guiltiest.

A spiritual successor to the 2018 breakout hit, SadieI’m the Girl is a masterfully written, bold, and unflinching account of how one young woman feels in her body as she struggles to navigate a deadly and predatory power structure while asking readers one question: if this is the way the world is, do you accept it?

This book is all sorts of a fucked up train wreck in a disgustingly, addicting, haunting way. Courtney is no rookie at writing about darker topics, and I’m the Girl is no exception. It is horrifically brilliant.

“Asterism: a group of stars smaller than a constellation.”

At the start of the book, I’m like okay it’s Mrs. White, in the kitchen, with the revolver. Yet, Every time we derailed with a new detail my thoughts were thrown off track only to then circle back around. I felt so, so bad for all of our characters in this for so many different reasons. Some are mislead, some are losing everything, some are being manipulated, and some are just evil and have completely lost their way.

“…burying her face in her hands, and I don’t know what to do about a girl who has made her pain a fortress.”

I will say with the girl on girl play here, she knocked it out of the park. The relationship between Georgia and Nora is so organic and I loved watching it unfold. Even though both of them are going through such a rocky moment in live, they’re good for each other.

This is not a light read AT ALL. The end doesn’t give you that sugary “well, it all worked out” feeling either. However, it is dark but a read that spotlights some of the horrific things that are and absolutely do go on in our society. I think Courtney stayed right on pace with not shying away from tough topics, and she crushed this one.

I don’t always post trigger warnings because I think they can be spoilery however with this one I’d like to. Trigger Warnings: Murder, rape, scams, prostitution, drugs, underage “photography”.

– 4 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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