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Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

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Hello Girls

by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

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The author of When the Sky Fell on Splendor teamed up to write this Thelma and Louise style ode to revenge.

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    Female friendships

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    Drug & alcohol use

Synopsis

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.

Why I love it

There are three things that push a book into LOVE IT territory for me: high stakes, characters with nothing to lose, and punchy dialogue. Hello Girls delivers all three.

Best friends Winona and Lucille have seen more than their fair share of hardships. They’ve been abused and used, and have only each other to cling to, along with a dream of something more after graduation. But one fateful night fast tracks their plans to get out, and in a stolen convertible they aren’t turning back. They’ve got a new plan—Las Vegas—they’ll just have to knock over a few gas stations for cash on the way.

I love this story—not just for the wild, Thelma & Louise vibe, but for the intensity of emotions brewing just under Lucille and Winona’s dark banter. It’s fun, shocking, and intense, with a mystery that will keep readers flipping pages to find out what happens next.

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The Revenant Games
What the River Knows
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
Dragonfruit
Gwen & Art Are Not in Love
Divine Rivals
Legendborn
Foul Lady Fortune
Anna K Away
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Bloodmarked
Star Daughter
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Throw Like a Girl
The Queen of Nothing
On the Come Up
Wayward Son
Anna K
The Rest of the Story
With the Fire on High
The Red Scrolls of Magic
This Time Will Be Different
Yes No Maybe So
The Gilded Wolves
Permanent Record
Wicked Saints
Dangerous Alliance
The Sound of Stars
All the Stars and Teeth
Where the World Ends
When the Stars Lead to You
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Saving Zoë
Hello Girls
Mind Games
Storm and Fury
There's Something About Sweetie
Again, But Better
We Hunt the Flame
Sky Without Stars
You'd Be Mine
Opposite of Always
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Enchantée
The Astonishing Color of After
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