Hey guys! I am very excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Hello Girls By Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry. I was immediately drawn to this book because it’s inspired by Thelma and Louise. So that caught my interest. I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read. The publishers are giving away 5 copies of the book, so make sure to check at the end of my post for details. So let’s dive in!!
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320 pages
Published: August 6th 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.
About The Authors
Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, THE LAST OF AUGUST, and THE CASE FOR JAMIE (forthcoming in March 2018). She’s also the author of the poetry collection GIRL-KING (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, dog, and collection of deerstalker caps.
Emily Henry is the author of The Love That Split the World and A Million Junes. She is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.
My Thoughts: I was so excited to read this book! I recently read A Study in Charlotte By Brittany and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read anything else by Emily Henry but after this I would really like to. I really enjoyed this story. It’s about two girls who are best friends. They have crappy home lives. They’ve been talking about starting a new life after graduation but decide to get an early start.
I have to say this book was such a wild journey. I have to say just from the beginning the authors freaked me out a little bit. The one character pictures something gruesome happening and I was shocked that was the direction the book was going. It ended up not being real but it was still shocking. I mean later on a these girls encounter a lot of messed up things. It really kept me into the story. I mean I should have excepted that since it is inspired by Thelma and Louise but I also wasn’t sure how bad things would get since it is a young adult novel.
I felt so bad for the main characters. Winona is the daughter of a famous weatherman named Stormy. Her Mom died from an overdose. So it’s just the two of them. He’s a very strict parent. He also is completely different from his weatherman persona. He’s a very abusive parent. I feel that’s why Winona is so shy and timid because if she does one wrong thing then Stormy lashes out at her. It was very sad to read about. Then there is Lucille. She is very different from Winona. She’s very outspoken. She works hard. She has a Mom who is constantly working and a brother who deals drugs. Her brother is always stealing her money and she’s gotten sick of it.
Even though these characters are very different I did have a hard time who was speaking from time to time. I feel they ended up starting to blend together. I did wish at the beginning of the chapter it said the name of the girl whose perspective it was being told from. I feel that would have helped a lot.
I also didn’t really feel their whole relationship. I know they were best friends. I got that but I felt like it was more told to us than shown to us. I mean I understand how they formed their friendship but I feel I wanted that expanded on more. I also just felt like we were constantly told how great friends these two were but were never shown it. I get that Winona was very limited in what she could do because of her father but I still felt their friendship needed to be more established.
Overall I did enjoy this book. I thought it was such an enjoyable plot. It really took me on a wild ride which I was not excepting. I do wish their friendship was developed better since that is a huge part of Thelma and Louise. They are known for the bond they have. This is a book I would like to see made into a movie. It deals with a lot of tough topics but I feel it would be a great visual experience. If it sounds interesting to you then definitely check it out when it hits shelves tomorrow.
Win (1) of (5) copies of HELLO GIRLS by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry (US Only)
Starts: 1st August 2019
Ends: 15th August 2019