Hi everyone! Today I will be reviewing Hello Girls, which just so happens to be my first read of 2020! Woohoo! Although this book didn’t totally wow me, it did make me realize a lot about myself and what I prefer in a book. Let’s get right into the review.
Title: Hello Girls
Author: Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
Audience: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.
- The Beginning – I thought the beginning was pretty strong. The reason why the two girls wanted to run away basically was to get away from their home lives, and I had never seen that in a ‘road trip’ book before. Is this book really even a road trip book? Or a run away book? Hmm..
- Suspense – This book was pretty suspenseful. The things the girls had to go through were all serious situations, which made it a little more serious and suspenseful.
- Road trip didn’t seem too crazy too believe – There were things I could see two teenage girls having to do in order to be the runaways they were. Some were pretty predictable situations, but others were pretty exciting, scary and real.
- The writing – I thought the writing was good. It was well paced, didn’t slow down at any point and kept my attention throughout reading.
- The predictability – Most of this book was pretty predictable and although it was suspenseful, at the end I knew how everything was going to play out because it’s the common theme in like every runaway/road trip book I have ever read before.
- The ending was super weak – I read the entire book… just to have the most disappointing ending ever. It was quick, not fulfilling and dry.
- Road trips aren’t my cup of tea anymore – It’s official. Road trip books are not my thing anymore. I knew that after reading 806, and now I pretty much definitely know they just are not my cup of tea.
- Audiobook narrator – I’ve had history with this narrator before and I have never cared for her voice. I feel like every audiobook I’ve said I didn’t care for the narrator was her voice. I couldn’t tell which character was who and it was just so bleh.
I would.. and then I wouldn’t. If your someone like me and doesn’t really care for road trip books, then definitely skip this one… but if you are into road trip styled books then I would totally give this one a try. I’ve read a few road trip style books and this one is less goofy and more on the serious side, and I kind of liked that about this book? I bet it would turn out to be an amazing suspense movie too.