Review: IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls 
Nove Ren Suma
348 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

   Everyone loves Ruby. Especially her sister Chloe. So when Ruby says Chloe will swim across the reservoir and bring back a souvenir from the flooded city of Olive, everyone believes her.

   Even Chloe. Before Chloe can think twice, she dives in. When she’s nearly on the other side, something happens. To her luck, there’s a boat floating in the reservoir, so her hands have something to grip onto. But when she reaches in, she feels five fingers. When she looks in, there’s a body. Not just anybody, her classmate. And she’s dead.

   That’s when Imaginary Girls really starts. Ruby is different. Very, very different. She’s the type of girl who can get anything she wants with the snap of her fingers. And no one will question her. But to Chloe, it was just because Ruby was Ruby, she never thought beyond that. But there is something. Something Chloe doesn’t really realize until two years later, when she returns to her sister, who can’t live with her.

   What I loved most about Imaginary Girls was the writing. The way Nova Ren Suma is able to let the words seep below your skin makes this book all that it is. Throughout the whole book, you’ll feel like you’re in a daze, like none of what’s happening is really happening. Pretty soon, its hard to tell what’s real and what’s not – for Chloe and for the readers.

   I have to say, I’m more of fast-paced plot kind of person (think Divergent, Gone, and The Hunger Games) but I guess Imaginary Girls was nice for a change. So if you’re snooping around for the newest book with a different touch, Imaginary Girls is definitely right for you!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

June 5, 2011



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    June 6, 2011

    This sounds good. I like how you described being in a haze and not really understanding reality. I don't know if I've ever experienced that in a book, but it sounds interesting.

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    June 6, 2011

    Great review! I can't wait to read it.

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    We Heart YA

    June 6, 2011

    We are dying to read this one! Thanks for the review.

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    June 6, 2011

    Awesome! This was definitely the push I needed to pre-order (?) this book! thanks for the review! :)

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    June 8, 2011

    I have to agree with you on the cover. Stunning. The cover is what first caught my attention. Imaginary Girls sounds so very intriguing and suspenseful. I cannot wait to pick it up. Fantastic review, Hafsah, thank you. =]

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    Chapter Chicks

    June 10, 2011

    Fantastic review. I'm definitely checking this book out soon, because like you, I can't turn away from the cover! Plus I love when the cover actually ties into the story.

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    November 23, 2012

    It sounds like a writing stye I would enjoy. I love this cover too!

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    January 9, 2013

    I've wanted to read this one for months. Nova is such a sweetheart. Sounds like a great read! :)

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    January 10, 2013

    This is now definitely going on my TBR list.

    The cover has been catching my eye across the blogosphere, and the more I read about this book, the more intrigued I become.

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 31, 2013

    I definitely agree with the cover rating – it's mesmerizing! I love it! And I might have to get this one – you definitely liked it! I've walked past it in the library so many times, and never was very interested. Great review!