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IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma Kirkus Star

IMAGINARY GIRLS

By Nova Ren Suma

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: June 14th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-525-42338-6
Publisher: Dutton

A sexy, surreal and touching exploration of the outer limits of sisterly love’s power.

In upstate New York, Ruby and Chloe have reared themselves after being abandoned by their useless drunk of a mother, and they nearly own their idyllic town. Ruby is a casually sultry beauty whose magnetic appeal allows her to get her way in matters of fashion, finance and affection. Ferociously protective of Chloe, who feels she’s “a pencil drawing of a photocopy of a Polaroid” of her sister, Ruby Makes Things Happen. When a fellow teen dies during a summer party at the town’s reservoir, where an entire neighboring town lies, silent and drowned, Chloe exiles herself to Pennsylvania to live with her father. But two years later, Ruby calls her home to discover that London, the girl who died at the party, is alive, and nobody remembers she was dead. Ruby is full of even more odd stories and rules, and Chloe is torn between a dreadful curiosity—how are Ruby, London and the reservoir connected?—and relief at being back in her sister’s fierce, loving orbit.

The mystery unfolds a tad too incrementally, but this glittering puzzle box of a story about the exertion of one girl’s will over life and death is as moving as it is creepy. (Psychological thriller. 14 & up)