Have you ever seen the movie Foxfire? A new girl moves to town, she's a bit of a bad ass, starts a girl gang with a few typical loser types, adored by those in her clique, et cetera? Well, Girls on Fire* is nothing like that, except it is. Now think of the early 90's movie The Heathers - Winona Ryder classic, arguably one of my favourite films of all time; well the book is a little bit like that too. And the movie Thirteen, Definitely thirteen - only these girls are not thirteen, they're not on a murderous rampage, and they really aren't what they seem.

Lacey and Dex are in a club, though it's not really a club because that would be lame, but they have a fierce and powerful friendship, it also helps that they have a mutual hate for the same bitchy girl at school. At first, they were polar opposites, but after no time at all, it seems as if they are blurring into one.

Dex and Lacey are thrown together in the aftermath of a school suicide. Dex first notices her when Lacey protests the schools mandatory daily moment of silent prayer for Craig Ellison, but Lacey doesn't notice Dex until much later, after an incident with resident school bitch, Holly Drummond. Lacey takes her under her wing and their stories come alive across the pages.

I love the characters in this book more than anything else. The plot is well thought out with an unexpected twist, but the characters? I felt that I could identify traits of both Lacey and Dex. Dex tired of being undervalued by her classmates, not being liked, for being somewhat of a loner, is drawn in by the new girl who wants to be her friend. The new girl, Lacey, has a dark past that she keeps from Dex, and even though on some levels Dex knows that is more to Lacey than she is letting on, she can't help but fall further and deeper into the friendship.  Lacey is a Doc Marten, Kurt Cobain, sneaking out in the middle of the night kind of girl, and Dex is becoming one too.

I really enjoyed that the story has been told in parts, Dex telling the story of 'Dex and Lacey' and Lacey telling the story of 'Me before Dex'. It works really well as the alternate chapters help to build tension and suspense. Their friendship feels like an addiction - Dex is addicted to Lacey, and Lacey is addicted to Kurt Cobain and the aura of mystery she has created around herself, around the stories she has told Dex.

Should you read this book?
Yes. I love this book. Wasserman has highlighted the true power of female friendships. When you find that one friend you can just relax with, the one that notices things about you before you even notice them, the one that makes you become more self-confident in who you are, the one that makes you doubt everything you know about soul mates, the one friend you will tell your deepest darkest secrets and fantasies; even if they are about suicide.

If you were the popular girl in school, then you probably won't understand get it, but for everyone else, this one is for you.

Buy. Read. Love. Share.

I give this book four out of five stars, simply because though I loved it, it was a little slow in places and had to skip back a few pages to make sure I had read the previous section correctly. And because I very rarely give a book five stars. 

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girlgang, The Girls and The Unfinished World and Other Stories.

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Published on January 12 2017   ||  RRP £8.99 Paperback  

*Please note: A copy of the book was supplied for free, in return for a non-bias review. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

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