Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Lynn Weingarten is the author of Wherever Nina Lies as well as The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers and its sequel, The Book of Love. She lives in New York City.


Despitenot having talked to Delia in over a year, June is devastated when she hearsthat her former best friend has committed suicide. She's also suspicious, though: there's no way that Delia set herself aflame in her stepfather's shed, since fire was the one thing that scared the normally fearless and fierceDelia. She joins Delia's most recent boyfriend, Jeremiah, in a search for cluesto what they believe is Delia's murder. Their investigation uncovers some ofDelia's seedier activities over the last year, but ultimately, June's hunt foranswers points toward the one person she thought she could trust the most. Thebook earns its dramatic title, both in the plot's hairpin twists and theportrait of an intimately toxic relationship between two desperate girls, illuminated through flashbacks that add dimension to both characters. Deliaseems at first to be a typical manic pixie dream girl, but she is far moreclever and manipulative than June gives her credit for. June's also obliviousto her own malleability when it comes to Delia--she is comfortably ensconced inDelia's shadow when they are friends; unmoored but relieved in theirseparation; and guiltily determined in the aftermath of Delia's death, butnever once does she realize that Delia is always the motivation behind herbehavior. Weingarten is acutely aware of pacing--each plot turn is followed by areprieve that allows readers to settle into a new theory about Delia's fateonly to have their assumptions upended once again. A taut, sophisticatedthriller, this will find an audience with teens who appreciate labyrinthineplots and ambiguous endings.--BCCB, *STARRED Review* "September 2015 "
"Pulse-pounding mystery . . . Weingarten keeps the tension taut . . . readers will be draw to the well-written and well-rounded characters--even the supporting players. Thoughtful and provocative, this will be a hard book for teen readers to put down until the thrilling, twisted end."--School Library Journal
"A taut, sophisticated thriller."--BCCB, starred review