Bistro Book Club

Monday, December 12, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (2 reviews)

Ashley, 17
Nova Ren Suma
Imaginary Girls
Penguin Group 2011

I really liked this book. It kept me going and I didn't want to stop reading it. If I could explain this book in one word it would be surreal.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.



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Anqi, 12
Nova Ren Suma
Imaginary Girls
Dutton 2011

In this subtle little horrifying nightmare of a book, Nova Ren Suma explores the relationship between sisters while gradually entering the world of horror and paranormal. This novel starts as our narrator, Chloe, is asked by her older sister, Ruby, to swim across a resevoir to prove her unique water abilities. Ruby and Chloe share the tightest bond-through all their lives, they have lived and survived together, never counting on their always drunk mother to depend on. Not only that, but they admire each other, and Chloe to Ruby especially. Everybody admires Ruby-they will do whatever she asks them to do, and boys and girls flock to do her every bidding. So it doesn't come as a surprise when Chloe accepts, and starts swimming across the Resevoir, even though her sister tells tales of a town called Olive that resides deep in its watery depths, wanting revenge because of their people's watery death... And then (spoiler deleted) everything changes... Chloe is sent to live with her father, while Ruby remains in their little town. After two years of complete isolation, however, Chloe runs away back to her sister, and it is there she discovers that all might not be right with their 'little town' after all-and Chloe suspects it has to do with (spoiler deleted) the memory still haunting both of their consciences. Though eerie and grim, Imaginary Girls is a one of a kind book that you will never forget. It lays in your heart, no matter when you put it down, and it stays, much like the people of Olive stayed in the Resevoir of Chloe and Ruby's little town. And you will always remember the story of their sisterhood, their undenying love to each ther-you will always remember the beauty of family.

Rating 5 : Hard to imagine a better book
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