Sad Girls by Lang Leav

Sad Girls

“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just...

Title:Sad Girls
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ISBN:1449487769
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:362 pages

Sad Girls Reviews

  • Farith

    I just bought this and I'm so excited although I'm in exams. But whatever.

  • Nina

    I can't ever remember being as disappointed in a book as I am with this one. I've never read any of Leav's work, but I've heard fantastic things about her poetry - I saw her as a writer to look out for. When I found out that she'd written a novel (which I prefer over poetry) I thought I'd give this a try first. I had such high hopes, and even put aside other prize-winning books I had planned to read in order to read this one, which in hindsight was a massive mistake. This book was so bad, I'm co

    I can't ever remember being as disappointed in a book as I am with this one. I've never read any of Leav's work, but I've heard fantastic things about her poetry - I saw her as a writer to look out for. When I found out that she'd written a novel (which I prefer over poetry) I thought I'd give this a try first. I had such high hopes, and even put aside other prize-winning books I had planned to read in order to read this one, which in hindsight was a massive mistake. This book was so bad, I'm considering changing some of my other 1 star reviews because they were nowhere near this level.

    I don't doubt Leav's talent. Throughout the novel, you caught glimpses of writing that were utterly beautiful. However, her writing was vastly overshadowed by the lack of plot, melodrama, and just pointlessness of the story.

    I don't want to post too many spoilers because the book hasn't been published yet, but here are some of my thoughts. Any death was pointless. Candela was a filler character for melodrama even though to begin with it looked like she was inherent to the story. Lucy was an invisible sidekick. Audrey was a melodramatic, ungrateful brat who lied, cheated, and led people on just because she couldn't see anything beyond her own bubble of "me me me". And yet everything was handed to her on a plate? It's like people were laying down their jackets over puddles for her just so she didn't get her shoes wet - CONSTANTLY. I mean, I wish we could all be that lucky, but in reality, stuff like that barely ever happens. So yeah, she's not exactly Miss Relatable. Plus her sheer dickery and abusive behaviour towards most of the other characters was horrible.

    I mean, this is supposedly a book about anxiety and panic attacks! I've been suffering from panic attacks since I was 17, and have been officially diagnosed with OCD since the age of 10. Audrey's experience is still not relatable. I know anxiety is different for everyone, but for me, the experience was downplayed and just seemed to be included to make the character seem more vulnerable? Having panic attacks and anxiety is exhausting and shattering and absolutely terrifying. It's life-changing, and although there was an attempt at portraying it as that, it didn't resonate with me. This may also be to do with how unlikeable Audrey was - maybe if I had warmed to her then I would've appreciated the exploration of anxiety. It'd be interesting to read reviews from people who view Audrey completely differently - seeing an alternate perspective may help me to view this book differently.

    I will admit that after 40%, I knew Sad Girls would be getting 1 star and that probably biased and compromised my enjoyment of the rest of it. The synopsis hints at a plot, but that disappears within 30 pages. Plus, there is a bit in the book that belittles OCD - you know, the whole "Yeah I'm a little OCD with that". So you're a little Obsessive Compulsive Disorder about it? Firstly, grammatically that makes no sense; secondly, it belittles the experience of people who do suffer from OCD. I was really surprised to see that in there - if you're writing a book about suicide and mental illness, a big no-no is only taking certain kinds of illnesses seriously. I do not respect books that make light of mental illness or are exclusionary - you can't pick and choose which mental illnesses you're going to take seriously. That quote, although a small snippet, really hit the final nail into the coffin for me.

    Right, okay *breathes*. This is probably one of the biggest rants I've ever had about a book, excluding Fifty Shades of Grey. I have no doubt of the author's integrity and purpose of this book, and I understand that it's a debut and that writing can improve. I know my review is negative, but there were occasional parts I enjoyed, and it held promise of better things in the future. I didn't like the book, and some of my critique is quite blunt, but this is in no way an attack on the author. I respect her for writing a novel and respect the intent of the book, even if for me it didn't follow through.

  • Jill Croce-McGill

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    is a dark but beautifully written coming of age story that covers many issues that teens go through today, such as, anxiety, drug abuse, suicide, dark secrets, and death. Lang Leav shows us how love can be both beautiful and heartbreaking, and most importantly, she shows us how one decision can change our entire life forever, and quite possibly change the lives of those aroun

    by

    is a dark but beautifully written coming of age story that covers many issues that teens go through today, such as, anxiety, drug abuse, suicide, dark secrets, and death. Lang Leav shows us how love can be both beautiful and heartbreaking, and most importantly, she shows us how one decision can change our entire life forever, and quite possibly change the lives of those around us. This book pulled me in from beginning to end. This was definitely deeper than I ever could have imagined. I can't praise this book enough -highly recommend!

  • Pouting Always

    After Ana commits suicide, Audery can't stop having panic attacks. Audery has a secret and the guilt is killing her, knowing that a lie she told ended in Ana's death. At Ana's funeral Audery meets her boyfriend Rad and the two leave the funeral to go somewhere and talk. Audrey can't help but be attracted to Rad and can't stop thinking about him even though she has her own boyfriend. The two eventually lose touch only end up running into one another again years down the line. Audery and Rad keep

    After Ana commits suicide, Audery can't stop having panic attacks. Audery has a secret and the guilt is killing her, knowing that a lie she told ended in Ana's death. At Ana's funeral Audery meets her boyfriend Rad and the two leave the funeral to go somewhere and talk. Audrey can't help but be attracted to Rad and can't stop thinking about him even though she has her own boyfriend. The two eventually lose touch only end up running into one another again years down the line. Audery and Rad keep being drawn together but Audery doesn't know how she can be with Rad after what The did to Ana.

    The writing was okay but I didn't really enjoy the plot here. I thought the ending was kind of strange and

    . I just couldn't get into the book, I thought it was going to be like teenage angst but it wasn't really. I didn't feel bad for Audrey either like who lies about that I don't care how old you are. Also when

    I was so bored. I don't think it was necessary to add that in to the plot. It didn't really do anything for her growth, she just had another relationship. It made the book feel longer than necessary.

  • Tiff

    Oh. My. God. What the hell was that book? If I could give it (-500) million stars, I would. Never have I ever forced myself to finish a book I hated, but I paid Php 780 for it so I decided to just read through it!

    As always, let's start with the positives. I have to admit, there was ONE positive. I liked the opener of her book, which read:

    "Death, like fiction, is brutal to its symmetry. Take this story and strip it down -- all the way back -- until you are left with two points. Two dots on a vas

    Oh. My. God. What the hell was that book? If I could give it (-500) million stars, I would. Never have I ever forced myself to finish a book I hated, but I paid Php 780 for it so I decided to just read through it!

    As always, let's start with the positives. I have to admit, there was ONE positive. I liked the opener of her book, which read:

    "Death, like fiction, is brutal to its symmetry. Take this story and strip it down -- all the way back -- until you are left with two points. Two dots on a vast, blank canvas, separated by a sea of white. Here we have come to the first point, where the bath is drawn and the hand is reaching for the razor blade. I will meet you at the next, by the axle of a screaming wheel, the revolution of a clock, the closing of an orbit."

    But then, like her opener, her writing just went RIP. And here's why:

    1. Terrible characters

    I hated the way she wrote her characters. I hate how Audrey and Rad were seemingly the only ones she crafted with "so much development" and all the others just exist as enablers. Duck, most especially, just existed as the boyfriend before Rad. He didn't even have a good introduction in the book, he was just the "boy who had so much history, and yet they had nothing in common." I think Duck deserved a bit more reason to be terrible toward Audrey, and there was no mention of Duck and Audrey's rocky relationship before Rad. Her friends Lucy and Candela just existed as "invisible sidekicks," (as per a review by Nina). Audrey, most especially, is the most selfish and immature child in that book. She cheated on Duck (and even defended Rad!) and cussed her mom out (what bravado!), plus thought the world revolved around her. Worst of all, she spread this awful rumor because she didn't know why! For no reason! Colorado, too, was the worst. Well, they deserved each other. Because they were the worst. THE WORST. They both killed their friend literally and figuratively!

    2. Terrible plot

    The plot was basically "girl meets dead friend's boyfriend (dfb) whom she didn't know about even said dead friend and her were tight knit then girl and dfb hang out then fall in love even if girl had boyfriend who didn't deserve to be cheated on." Is that what you want to teach teenage girls? Is this the moral of the story? That it's okay to cheat on your partner because you hung out with a guy you thought you connected with? The best friend died and you got with her boyfriend? Barely days after she died? Jesus Christ, what kind of book was this? And the characters just enabled her poor choices (except for Duck, bless his soul).

    3. Terrible writing

    I enjoyed some of Lang Leav's prose in "Love and Misadventure" (because sorry you can't be called a poet if you just break down a sentence into words, as my friend on FB said so poignantly), but please don't bring your similes into a novel. A novel is supposed to have "show, don't tell" elements and to keep things simple STUPID because you have to make the person understand the story. But instead she put stupid similes that were not only terrible, they were unnecessary. See below exhibits:

    - "Rad's face filled my mind in the same way a camera lens brings a blurry image to focus."

    - "We were still deep in conversation when the sun announced its arrival with an astonishing flourish of orange and pink." (aka SUNRISE)

    - "A full moon hung in the sky like a Chinese lantern." - my personal favorite HAHAHA

    - "It felt like at that moment, every snowflake in that field was a teardrop and the whole world was crying for her." - OMG ROFL

    "His eyes are so beautiful. One is a stormy gray, the other a summer blue. That's how tornadoes are formed, you know. When dark, brooding thunderclouds come into contact with sundrenched skies." - OH MY GOD GAG ME

    Plus, she had a complicated way of describing things when she could have done it simply:

    - "'Sure,' said Candela, with a noncommittal shrug of her shoulders.'" aka

    - "'Audrey!'" Rad had materialized at my side." (like a mutant,

    )

    - "'Don't tell me to calm down!' I snapped, feeling disorientated." (*Disoriented)

    BONUS:

    "I learned that writing is the consolation prize you are given when you don't get the thing you want most."

    - Hi, excuse me. Writing is not only a form of solace, it's a way of trying to make sense of the world. It's a gift, a privilege and not everyone has the ability or capability to do so. It's not just a "consolation prize," it's a way of expression. It's not an award for finishing last, because life isn't a contest. It's not a contest for those who understand and don't understand, it's about figuring out why something doesn't make sense. Anyway, writing is so much more than how this quote defines it.

    So yes, bye. I hate this book.


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