Friday, July 22, 2011

Review of Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma

Chloe's mom is a drunk and her sister Ruby is her idol. Ruby has taken care of Chloe since she was a baby and has always looked after her. One night when they are at the town reservoir, Ruby tells everyone that of course Chloe can swim across the reservoir and back. Everyone always believes what Ruby says, it's as if she has a spell cast over the entire town. Chloe says that she not only can swim across the reservoir, she will. Only something goes wrong. Chloe comes across a boat in the reservoir that has a dead body in it. That night changes things. Chloe leaves Ruby to go stay with her dad and Ruby desperately wants her sister back.

Imaginary Girls is full of hypnotic prose that captivates you from the first line. Nova Ren Suma grasps your attention and refuses to let you go. Ruby is such a mysterious character that you will keep turning the pages to figure out her secret. 

This book shows love, death, despair, family troubles, and so much more. I was frustrated at times because you have no idea what is going on with Ruby, but it wasn't to the point where I wanted to quit reading it. It really is a beautiful story.


  1. Sarah and Steph really liked this book, and Kristan is in the middle of it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I haven't heard of this one but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. thanks for the review! I've been wanting this one for awhile.

  4. Yeah, this is the first I've heard of this novel, but it sounds good!