ARC Review – American Girls by Alison Umminger

26156985Title: American Girls

Author: Alison Umminger

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: She was looking for a place to land.
Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card an runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

Huge thank you to Flatiron for sending me a copy of this book for review!

Molly’s Review:

Guys, guys. You NEED this book. Now. Or when it comes out. But YOU NEED IT. This is probably going to end up on my top ten list for the year. This book was SO GOOD. Everything about it was perfect. The voice is AH-MAY-ZING.

This is a book about sisters, family, and growing up. I LOVED that it was about two sisters. I loved that it was about a dysfunctional family. And I really loved how fucking creepy it was with all of the Manson girl’s in it.

In this book Anna runs away to LA and ends up spending the summer with her sister, Delia, who lives in LA as a struggling actress. Anna steals her step-mother’s credit card and charges a $500 plane ticket onto it without telling anyone and just leaves. Her mother and step-mother are both pissed, but, gasp, her mother is dealing with some health stuff and basically BLAMES IT ON ANNA (it was NOT Anna’s fault) so she tell’s Anna to stay in LA with her sister because she isn’t sure how Anna’s going to affect her health. WTF. The mom in this book was SO messed up.

So Delia and Anna spend the summer going around together with Delia’s ex-boyfriend who’s making an indie film. Delia also works on low budget films and Anna works on the set of some cheesy kids show to make money to pay back her step-mom (because they think that Anna needs to learn from her actions). I loved the gritty glimpse of LA’s D-list actors and movie sets. I loved how weird Delia’s ex-boyfriend was. Oh, Anna also gets a job researching about the Manson girls for the ex-boyfriend’s indie film and while doing so she starts to see how just a few bad choices can lead to one’s downfall and she even see’s parallel’s between herself and some of the Manson girls.

Ugh I really just loved everything about this book (I know, I already said that). The writing is so rich and the characters were so real. Just read this guys. You will be surprised at how good it is and then wonder why you were so surprised.


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