Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
Lost Girls is a standalone young adult novel
Lost Girls captivated me from the very beginning. From the time I saw the cover on Instagram, to the blurb to the very last sentence. I did not want to put this story down!
I spent the first third (ish) of the book wondering where on earth the author was going with this story. Sometimes I feel that authors get themselves so tangled in a web of mystery, how they get out of it is so completely ridiculous. So I was skeptical but interested enough to keep going and simply put, I did not see that coming.
In the authors acknowledgements Merrie Destefano talks about Lost Girls being about friendship and I have to agree. Aside from the mystery, friendship was the strongest theme in this story. While there was a touch of romance it was, almost completely, out of my usual genre and so I took time to reflect and ask myself- is that why I loved it? I wondered if perhaps I read more in this genre I would not have been so ‘wowed’. But, I genuinely loved Lost Girls. When I think about all the things I need to have in a story to love it, Lost Girls had it all…
Firstly, there were so many layers to the characters. These were revealed as the story went on and it added depth to not only the main character but also to the secondary characters. All of whom made this story multidimensional; Lost Girls would not have been the same if Merrie Destefano did not do such a fabulous job in adding depth to the secondary characters. There are so many struggles throughout this story and it truly was friendship that got them all through in the end.
There is also a slight hint of darkness to this story. Just enough so that an adult can identify the ‘more’ (kind of like when you re-watch Disney movies years later and ‘get’ way more jokes) but it was also ‘light’ enough that is someone in their teens was reading Lost Girls they would see the bad, but not the depth of it.
Reading more YA is one of my reading goals for this year and Lost Girls was certainly a good reminder about why I love this genre.