ARC review – Wilder Girls by Rory Power


YA, Contemporary Lit, Horor| 353 pages | 07.09.2019 | Delacorte Press


577Wilder Girls is deliciously strange and unusual. It can’t be molded into one genre with it’s horror, sci-fi, and magical realism inspired plotline. The less you know about the story, the more you get sucked in. Where does it lead and what does it mean? You have to find out for yourself!

I am giving this novel a 3.5 star rating because I wanted the author to take the strangeness and madness over the top. I can’t even exactly pinpoint where but I just know I wanted more. More weirdness. More suspense. More confusion. I enjoyed how icky I felt while reading the book but there were too many parts where the story was too slow to maintain that feeling.

However, I think this would be an excellent book club read. The ending was vague enough (though to me that felt a bit like a letdown) that it will spark many interpretations. Moreover, the subtle feminism (or maybe not so subtle) with almost all characters being female for example adds to the complexness of this book. The main characters are flawed and beautiful despite or probably because of their disfigured appearances. The characters have no pretense. What you see is what you get. The meaning behind the plot though is open to your imagination making this book also one to re-read.

I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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