Lindsay Hunter’s debut novel reminds me of a version of The Outsiders with girls as the main characters. Warning - this isn’t a feel good story.
Perry & Baby Girl are friends, kind of. In high school and bored, also feeling trapped by their standing in life. Perry with an alcoholic mom, yet responsible and caring stepdad. Baby Girl with a former bad boy, now disabled brother and her uncle. Both feel stuck so they spend their time driving around together as an escape. When a boy gets involved, everything changes.
The story shares an interesting point about beauty. If you are pretty on the outside and ugly on the inside, you still have a better shot.
Hunter takes you in and out of the characters heads and crafted the story so you feel more at ease when the girls aren’t in Baby Girl’s car, driving around, looking for entertainment. From the beginning there is a looming sense that things will not end well.
I really loved this novel. I felt like I knew each of the character. The heartbreaking end came slowly and expected, but was still so powerful.