Morgan Hines, USA TODAY
Published 7: 00 a.m. ET March 7, 2021
If the title of Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s most contemporary novel, “The Girls Are All So Nice Right here” (Simon & Schuster, 320 pp., ★★★★ out of four), makes you specialize in you’re in for about a hundred pages of candy sorority anecdotes mixed with usual faculty tales… believe one more time.
“The Girls Are All So Nice Right here” kept me up all night — literally. I tore by means of the book in less than 24 hours, forcing my eyes to remain originate as if the remaining pages wouldn’t be there within the morning.
Flynn puts the reader all the very best device by means of the mind of Ambrosia Wellington, a public family knowledgeable residing in Astoria and working in Long island who we quick learn is a graduate of Wesleyan, a elaborate, private university in Middletown, Connecticut.
The book begins with an invite written in calligraphy, as many dramas originate. But this one, for Wesleyan’s 10-year reunion, comes with a existing: “We have to reveal about what we did that night.”
Darkish files of what she did “that night” has gnawed Amb interior out since her freshman year. If she attends the reunion, all of it’s extremely more in all probability to emerge, permanently corrupting the fresh lifestyles she’s built with her puppy-love husband, Adrian, from whom she has kept many secrets and methods.
Eventually Amb caves and is of the same opinion to support, unintentionally reuniting with her former best friend — the magnetic force of nature that’s Sloane Sullivan, or “Sully,” one other recipient of cryptic notes main up to the reunion weekend.
Because the chronicle careens, alternating chapters between her freshman year of college and at her reunion, readers learn that while Amb has been guarding a toxic truth for a decade, she’s been pretending her entire lifestyles. Pretending to slot in with the girls in excessive school. Shedding her hometown id to slot in with the girls in faculty — with hopes to carry out Sully’s consideration, which worked. Then, she modified one more time in an try and walk away the ugliness on the relieve of and simply salvage by means of. It be no longer related what shape Amb shifts into, it’s obvious she’s never been cheerful with herself or with those spherical her thinking constantly that others dangle more.
All the grotesque truths hidden below snark, style or undeniable lies accumulate up with her, manifesting in extra destruction on high of what she and Sully brought about all those years ago.
Ending the radical, I lay in mattress, unsettled by a space that functions women rather literally ripping each other apart over jealousy, pettiness and revenge. The women are no longer so good.
“The Girls Are All So Nice Right here” hits cupboards Tuesday.
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