Book Review: Dangerous Boys

Posted July 28, 2014 by Kara in book review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Dangerous BoysDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 14th, 2014
Genres: mystery-thriller, young adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

Holy shit you guys.  Have you read Dangerous Girls yet? If not – stop reading this and go buy that damned book what are you waiting for.  And if you have: well, you know how dark and twisted that book was.  Dangerous Boys is just as fucked up.  Maybe even more.

Since it’s written on multiple timelines, Dangerous Boys opens up at the end, and with a bang.  Chloe is dragging a boy from a fire while his brother burns inside.  But which brother?  Unraveling the story of how they got there was mind-blowing. Chloe meets Ethan first, in the middle of the last summer in her small hometown.  She’s ready to leave this world behind, the world of gossip and close-mindedness and her inconsolably depressed mother.  She’s ready to walk out the door of her house that just holds reminders of the family and life that she had before her dad walked out on them for another woman.  Chloe is ready for college, has everything packed, and spends her shifts at the diner day dreaming of the moment she can finally leave and never look back.  So when Ethan asks her out she has no expectations; this will a fun fling to fill the time before she heads to Connecticut and the rest of her life.  But then circumstances change and she’s stuck.  She can’t leave.

Enter Oliver.  Ethan’s enigmatic, sexy older brother.  Chloe can’t resist and suddenly she finds herself toeing a fine line between the two boys – and really, two versions of herself.  There’s Ethan who is comfortable and protective and loving; and then there’s Oliver who is alluring and mysterious and awakens in her things she had no idea were even there before.

First – this book is sexy.  There is much kissing and even more to be had.  Chloe isn’t the kind of a girl who is afraid of her body or her sexuality and instead of feeling ashamed of the hot makeout sessions in Ethan’s truck, she feels invigorated.  She doesn’t hide from her lust, which was really, really excited for me because Oliver.  He was so exciting and (before things got totally nuts) swoony.  Oliver was HOT and the scenes with her were awesssssommmee.

The Chloe at the beginning of the book was a whole different person from the Chloe at the end of the book.  She had little personality at first.  Mostly her energy was focused on getting the hell out of Haverford, but then it was focused on taking care of her mother and being the sweet, perfect girl she thought Ethan deserved.  But as she got in deeper with Oliver and the lies layered upon one another and her secrets grew more twisted, we got to see the anger and rage that filled Chloe to the brim.  This awakening was slow and subtle, but the way the author handled it was magical.

I never really know what to think about these types of main characters, who are all out horrible people – there’s no hiding from it – but at the same time kind of love their darkness and don’t regret their decisions.  One one hand, they’re the most interesting people to read about and, if they’re written correctly, you’re still cheering them on even when they’re at their worst.  They’re fun and intriguing.  But at the same time, can you really like people who do these things?  I’m not sure.  All I can say is that Chloe was awesome and fucked up and I loved reading her story.

Everything about this book was twisted. From the beginning when we’re guessing which brother survives, through the middle with at least two people dead, to the final, threatening line.  I can’t get enough of this author’s writing and I hope she continues to write thrillers for a long time.  Her characters are absolutely delicious, the banter between them even more so.  Honestly, if I had the time, I’d pick this book up again immediately and reread it.

*A note about purchasing:  Dangerous Boys is being published by Simon and Schuster UK, but in the US, Abby is self-publishing to match the UK price.  So in the US, only ebook copies are available.  You can order them through Kobo, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook.


summer-bingoThis book covers the Thriller square on my Bookish Bingo card.

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