Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release: June 4th 2011
Age: Young Adult (12-18)
Book Source: Library
Book Source: Library
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, always gets what she wants. One night two summers ago- Chloe, at only 14, was dared to swim across the reservoir- quite dire and dangerous task. But she never does it. Soon after beginning to swim she discovers a boat- with the body of a classmate. Dead.
Soon after Chloe moves to live with her dad- to live a normal life and escape the past that has been haunting her ever since the night she stumbled upon the boat. Two years later- Ruby wants Chloe back. She wants everything normal and as if it was those two summers ago.
When Chloe returns to their quaint little town everything is the same- the exact same. Or is it?
Ruby as older sister of Chloe shall always protect Chloe- its her duty as a sister. But when deadly secrets threaten to expose the truth to Chloe of that night out at the reservoir. But for Chloe deadly secrets can have deadly consequences- and it may mean life or death.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Suma Ren was quite a feat that left me guessing through out the entire novel. I suppose you could classify this book as a thriller but the plot went along quite slow and was rather dragging throughout the first third of the book. But soon after the ball begins rolling I just couldn't put it down and read the rest in one seating.
The characters were rather confusing- as in Ruby's strange personality. She is the kind of girl no one can ever figure out- and that no one knows better than Chloe.
The sisterhood exemplified in this novel was rather sweet and endearing. But when Chloe is always following ruby it feels rather forced like. Why cannot Chloe have her own personality? But the true sisterly love does appear. Throughout the book Chloe always thought her feelings but never communicated them to other characters which I had found rather annoying (SPIT IT OUT ALREADY).
Nova Ren Suma's writing was very much her own. I haven't read a book with writing quite like that- ever. It had just enough creative writing and descriptive writing to keep me hooked throughout the novel. The mystery portrayed through her words was intriguing and exciting to follow.
Imaginary Girls may be a paranormal thriller- do not confuse it with a book such as White Cat by Holly Black. This book is very unique with it's plot and characters and that was one of the things I enjoyed most. Though it got confusing at times- it was a satisfying read that left me wanting more. I look forward to reading future novels by Nova Ren Suma..