Thursday, February 9, 2012

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

“Sometimes a perfect memory can be ruined if put to words.”

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

I love that cover. I love the simplicity of the blue, and how it makes you focus on the girl. You just know it's going to be something mysterious, maybe something eeire. Once I saw it, I had to read it.

I loved the language in this book; it was like it was pretty. The sentences had a way of twisting around and surprising you, and they kept me reading, even when nothing was going on.

I know a lot of reviews say the opposite, but I kind of liked Ruby. Or at least, I liked how much she loves her sister Chloe. She means it when she says Chloe is the most important person in the world to her, and I thought she was a fairly interesting character.

I want to say how much I hate giving a book such a bad review. I really do want to enjoy every book I read. But I've read five-stars reviews for this book, absolutely gushing, and I still can't make myself like it.

The first big problem I have with it is the story line. I honestly can't see a point to half the things that happened in the book. There were parts that could've been completely omitted and the novel wouldn't really have changed at all. There were these details all over that I thought were going to tie in to the story later, and they didn't.

My second complaint is that Chloe, the main character, is insanely irritating. All these strange things are going on and Chloe only really notices that they're happening. Even when she asks Ruby about them, she doesn't try to get a straight answer. She just lets Ruby talk her way out of the questions.

My biggest complaint, however, is that there's no real explanation in the ending. After everything that happened in the story, I was ready for this big finale, where everything was explained...but it didn't happen. It hinted to you what some of the answers might be, but it didn't tell you what really happened. It was like the author got to come up with this crazily mysterious story, but she didn't have to make all the plot points hook together because it was labeled a mystery book.

Obviously, this wasn't my kind of book. And I really, really don't like it when I have to give a book a bad review, especially when everyone adores it. But I just didn't like this book, which was really disappointing.

Read more reviews for Imaginary Girls at:
Chick Loves Lit and Between The Pages


  1. Hiya, I love your blog. I'm sorry that this book was not for you, but thanks for such an honest review. Maybe check out my blog too?

    Jessica from Booked Up!

    1. Thank you! And of course I'll check out your blog. (:

  2. I know what you mean, I hate giving negative reviews as well. But people appreciate reading an honest review! I actually started this book (because of the beautiful cover) and then gave up on it after like 60 pages. It just seemed really blah. Now I know I didn't miss out on anything.

    1. Haha, yes, someone else who judges books by their covers! I really do hate giving bad reviews, but you're completely right—honest reviews are the best way to go.

      Thanks for commenting! (:

  3. I totally judged the book by it's cover too. I didn't like it either needless to say

    1. And it has such a great cover! I'm finding more and more people who didn't like this book—I thought I was the only one!

      Thanks for stopping by. (: Oh, and I love your picture!

  4. I wasn't going to review Imaginary Girls at first, because it was so hard for me to gather my thoughts about it. Also there isn't much I can say that hasn't been said already, yet I feel this haunting need to share it with everyone I know. I finished it Tuesday night and the book just won't leave my thoughts.

    The story itself is confusing, mind-blowing, but oh so beautifully done. Like I already said, I'm still haunted by the outcome and keep asking myself questions of the "how?", "Why?" sort.

    The sisters are so different. Chloe is young and eager to please her sister, yet she fled her sister and town to live with her father after the death of an acquaintance shocked her to her core. Ruby is the sort of person who has everyone in the palm of her hand, they all pretty much worship her. When Ruby goes to get Chloe, the town is eerily perfect and Ruby will go to any depths to keep her sister there and safe.

    I cannot stress enough how beautifully written this book is. The characters are vivid and realistic, the story reads almost like a contemporary book despite the magical side. Nova Ren Suma is definitely an author to keep your eye out for.

    1. I'm glad you liked the story. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! (: