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Friday, August 1, 2014

Can we talk about DANGEROUS GIRLS?

What was up with the ending to Dangerous Girls?

I know I am late on the Abigail Haas train, but I started (and finished) Dangerous Girls last night and I must talk about the ending!

So if you have read Dangerous Girls, let's discuss it in the comments. (WARNING: There will obviously be spoilers.)

And if you have not read Dangerous Girls, what are you waiting for? GET IT and then let's talk about it!





About Dangerous Girls:


It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...

1 comment:

  1. So here is the deal:

    I get that Anna is the murderer (though judging from Goodreads boards, there is some dispute about that?)

    What I don’t get is how the murder went down and why.

    I’m specifically talking about two things: One, the line, “I win," and two, how she managed to eliminate all direct evidence of her involvement in the murder while at the same time behaving like a total idiot?

    1. "I win."

    Anna visits Elise’s grave and leaves the bloody necklace and declares that she “wins,” which makes her sound like the psychopath/sociopath the media and prosecutor were suggesting she was. And I get that she was an unreliable narrator who never actually told the reader that she didn’t kill Elise—she only told other characters that she was innocent, and a lot of them didn’t believe her.

    HOWEVER.

    Anna did not behave like a psychopath or sociopath. She understood right and wrong. She stuck up from Melanie, whom she didn’t even like. She was protective of Elise and worried about her flirting with potentially dangerous characters (Juan, Niklas). She was heartbroken over her mother’s cancer.* She was heartbroken over her fight with Elise when she accidentally ditched her friend.

    Anna and Elise’s relationship was written like this bizarre, codependent, bordering-on-sexual relationship between two teenage girls, and I completely believe that she might have killed Elise in a fit of jealous rage.

    BUT WHY DID SHE SAY “I WIN”? Their relationship had never been competitive, unless you count the “who is the better friend, who loves who more” stuff they were always talking about.

    2. Covering up the evidence / Accidentally incriminating herself

    And if she was a sociopath, why didn’t she do a better job of covering up the murder? Her fingerprints were all over the knife, was she just counting on the police believing her that she had previously used it to cook? She knew she had no alibi, and yet chose to talk to the police anyway.

    On the flip side, how did she manage to stab Elise 13 times without sustaining any injuries herself and washing off all the blood? Because if she took a shower at the beach house, it would be SUPER OBVIOUS it wasn’t a break-in, so how the hell did she get cleaned up and back to the beach without getting caught?

    I just don't understaaaaaaaand.

    Thoughts? Feelings? Theories?

    *I will admit the cancer thing potentially cuts both ways. She was upset because of how her mother’s cancer AFFECTED HER, which is both psycho-ish but also teenagery. But after her mother died, she went nearly catatonic with grief, so I'm going to count that as a point in the non-psychopath column.

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