My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: May 5th, 2020
Content warning: suicide, death, killing of animals for food, drugs (not taken intentionally), loss of family
If you are following my blog you can see that this one isn’t my usual type of read. One of my goals this year for reading (and in general) is to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone. So when I saw the synopsis for Last Girls I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.
HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS GUYS!!!! I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started it but it gave me one of the biggest roller coaster ride of the year. From the very first chapter, it grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Last Girls is the story of the Juniper sisters that live in a prepper compound. It is told in the POV of the eldest of three sisters, Honey Juniper. You will find a couple of chapters in between in another POV. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t talk about them except to tell you I really enjoyed them and thought they brought so much more to the book. Back to the sisters. Honey was an amazing character. Being the eldest she is always looking out for her siblings. No matter what happens she will always put their well-being first. As we read more about their story you start to see what brought this behaviour on and just how deep their bond is. Along with her sisters Blue and Birdie, Honey is the weird kid at her school. I mean living in a compound and prepping for doomsday will probably do the trick for that. But even if she seems to fully adhere to the prepper ways you could see the duality in Honey between maintaining the safety of the compound and her wish to fit in at school. Though the Juniper sisters are sometimes isolated in their own community not having been brought up there but coming in as outsiders.
This was my first book and contact really with the prepper mentality. The way the community is explained it sounded almost more like a cult to me then anything. I guess it probably is in a way. I don’t know how close the book is to reality but oh my gosh my brain can’t wrap itself around some things.
But Last Girls wasn’t just a book about preppers and when shit will hits the fan, for me it had also a lot of heart. The unconditional love that the sisters have for each other transpires through the story. It’s the kind of book that you didn’t expect to hit you in the feels but when it does you can’t help but love it so much more. It is so hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. There were so many twists and turns. Some of the twists I saw coming and some I didn’t but it didn’t matter if some parts were predictable because it was so captivating.
If you liked books like The Serpent King and Scream All Night I think you will enjoy this one too. It was such a surprise for me but I am so happy I took the journey.
Thank you to Tor Teen, Netgalley and Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing an eArc in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t know why when I think of preppers and survivalist my head goes directly to classic rock . So for this playlist I decided to put some of my favourites on it and other surprises.
You can listen to the playlist HERE
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash
Gimme Shelter by The Tolling Stones
ALl ALong The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
Paranoid Android by Radiohead
Oh, Sister by Bob Dylan
The Weight by The Band
Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
Free Bird by Lynard Skynard
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Simple Man by Lynard Skynard
Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
“Society without culture might as well be dead.”
“I’ll never understand no feta people. It’s legitimately the food of gods.”
“Truer words have never been stitched.”
“Our eyes don’t always see what our hearts know.”
My body, my rules. I’d take my chances against their poison first.”
About the author
DEMETRA BRODSKY writes twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, looking for clues to things that might feed into her next book. She is a first-generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers.Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an(ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE), and publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for Young Adults for Spring/Summer 2018.
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Ends: May 13th 2020
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