Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Ruby is he kind of girl who everyone wants but no one can really have. Except her younger sister, Chloe. Chloe is the only one who really knows Ruby, inside and out. She is the only one who owns a part of her sister’s heart. She is the only one who knows Ruby’s secret: Ruby can make the impossible possible.
So when Ruby tells her friends that her brave and beautiful sister Chloe can swim across the local reservoir – without drowning or being pulled down by the people of Olive – everyone easily believes. They believe simply because Ruby said so, because Chloe doesn’t say differently. But when Chloe finds herself just mere feet from the shoreline, Chloe finds something out of a horror movie.
There in a floating rowboat Chloe finds London Hayes body, blue and lifeless. Distraught and disturbed by the events of that night, Chloe is forced to leave her hometown and her sister Ruby.
That was two years ago, and a lot can and has changed in that time. The town which Chloe referred to as “home” doesn’t feel very welcoming. And truthfully, Ruby isn’t as welcoming as Chloe hoped. It seems that Ruby has been keeping all sorts of secrets from Chloe. Secrets that threaten to not only tear Ruby and Chloe’s relationship apart, but threatens to turn Chloe’s world topsy-turvy.
What secrets is Ruby keeping from Chloe? And what length is Chloe willing to go to in order to uncover the deep, dark, often terrifying secrets Ruby is hiding?
Imaginary Girls, written by author Nova Ren Suma, is a haunting book that is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense.
Imaginary Girls is a great read because of the writing that fills the pages of this book. Author Suma’s writing is strong, sharp, and crisp. She has weaved a story so uniquely terrifying readers will be gripping the edge of their seats. Full of lush descriptions, Suma easily paints a picture in the reader’s mind that is vividly scary.
The tension that builds from the very first word to the very last is palpable. Because of this tension, readers like little sister Chloe, will not be able to figure out what is real and what isn’t. To say the least: there was a lot of magical realism going on in this book.
Another facet of the book that I want to touch on is the two leading ladies of Imaginary Girls: Ruby and Chloe. Told from Chloe’s perspective, readers get the sense early on that, like her sister Ruby, Chloe isn’t very reliable. Chloe is the true definition of an unreliable character. And that facet makes this book all the more readable because as a reader you want to trust Chloe, you want to rely on her, her words, her story.
Imaginary Girls is not a fast-paced book. It’s not the kind of book that readers can easily race through. Instead, it’s the kind of book that should be savored. It’s the kind of book that will leave a lasting impression on readers, one that linger and keep reader’s thinking about it long after it comes to a close.
There is so much I want to say about this book. But honestly, I just can’t in fear that I will spoil it for all of you readers. So I will say this: Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls is an impressive novel that is smart, mysterious, and ultimately a story that is full of love. Read it, you will not be disappointed!