Dangerous Girls [NOOK Book]

Overview

Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this “ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” with a twist that defies the imagination.

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally ...
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Overview

Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this “ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” with a twist that defies the imagination.

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and other friends are off to celebrate spring break in Aruba. What promises to be an amazing vacation partying and drinking with no parents in sight turns into a nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered. Even more shocking is that Anna finds herself being accused of her murder. Anna is trapped in a foreign jail trying to fight the awful accusations against her. As her friends and the media turn against her, she sets out to find Elise's true killer. What she finds instead are revelations about her friendships, her boyfriend, and the awful truth. Told in alternating chapters that take place before and after the trial, this suspenseful novel is a good choice for teens who like mysteries and thrillers.—Shannon Seglin, San Antonio Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that is more than it seems, an American teen languishes in an Aruba jail, charged with the brutal murder of her best friend. When Anna Chevalier's on-the-rise father moves her from her Boston public school to tony Hillcrest Prep, she quickly makes friends with the charismatic Elise, daughter of a powerful Massachusetts politician. They and their posse of rich and beautiful teens party hard and often; the centerpiece of their senior year is their unsupervised trip to Aruba--where Elise's stabbing death brings their perpetual celebration to a grinding halt. Haas (who writes lighter fare as Abby McDonald) meticulously constructs the legal proceedings, the events leading up to the murder and the development of the girls' friendship as well as Anna's romance with golden-boy Tate. Anna relates them concurrently in a taut braid, splicing occasional deposition and TV-newscast transcripts into her present-tense narration. The zealously prosecuted and sensationally publicized trial spotlights the teens' booze-soaked, sex-filled high life; social media postings and witness accounts put a public face on Anna that her anguished interior monologue contradicts. "Wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?" she reflects. The technique masterfully sustains an ambiguity that fuels tension to the very last page. Occasional geographical errors will pull readers familiar with the Boston area out of the story but only for brief moments. A compulsively readable, hair-raising snapshot of 21st-century legal spectacle. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442486614
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 61,631
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Dangerous Girls


  • “Shots! Shots! Shots!”

We yell it together, slamming our hands on the sticky wooden table. The dreadlocked waiter pours a row of something lurid, neon blue. It’s our first night on the island, and the music is almost too loud for me to think; some European dance-pop thing that shakes the crowded beach club, making the glasses quiver and the blood vibrate in my chest.

“Aruba, bitches!” Elise raises her shot in a toast, lights splintering off the glass, golden in her hair.

“Spring break!” The group whoops, and then I’m gulping down the drink, shuddering at the sickly bittersweet taste and the familiar burn that snakes down my throat. Melanie screws her face up, gagging; Max and AK pump the air and howl, but Elise is already reaching for another, plain tequila this time, with a side of salt and lime.

“Easy, girl,” Tate says, and laughs to Elise, one arm slung around my shoulder.

She ignores him, turning to me with a wicked smile. “Bottoms up, babe.” Elise grins, but instead of shaking the salt out on her hand, she sprinkles it on my neck, leaning in to lick up along my collarbone before downing the shot.

I shiver at the touch and playfully shove her away. “You’re drunk.”

“And you need to loosen up!” Elise shimmies, blond hair flying out around her bare shoulders. “We’re on vacation. Time to party!”

She grabs Mel and Chelsea and heads for the dance floor, her hips already moving to the thunder of bass. They dance and whirl, swallowed up into the tight press of sweaty bodies.

I search for the rest of our group. Chelsea’s twin brother, Max, is already off bro-ing it up with AK by the bar, trying their luck with a pair of Swedish-looking blondes. Max’s fair hair and AK’s black curls are bent close, to hear the girls or check out their cleavage, I don’t even have to guess. Lamar sprawls on the other side of the booth, the lights hitting blue and deep indigo against his dark skin. He peels the label from his beer bottle as Chelsea, who left the dance floor, tries to tempt him out. She grinds above him like a lap dancer, laughing, until he finally catches her around the waist and follows her into the dark, one hand draped possessively across her shoulder.

I’m left alone in the corner with Tate. I slide closer, kissing him until I feel the tension in his shoulders. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” He shakes it off. “I guess I’m still stressed from finals. Everyone said Yale would get back to me before—”

“They will,” I tell him firmly. His blond hair is mussed, so I reach up to push it out of his eyes. I let my hand stay there, resting against his cheek. “They have to take you.” I grin, teasing, “You’re the chosen one. I mean, if you don’t get in, what hope is there for the rest of us? I’ll be sweeping floors at Boston Community College.” I laugh, but Tate still looks distracted. “It’ll be fine,” I reassure him again. “And even if it’s not, there’s nothing you can do now. You might as well have fun.”

Tate exhales, finally smiling. “You’re right. I’m sorry.” He leans to drop a kiss on my forehead. “I guess I just need to destress.”

“Lucky for you, we’re in the right place for that.” I lace my fingers in his. “A whole week, no parents, no rules . . .” I reach up to kiss him, and this time, there’s no tension, just a familiar low heat building, and Tate’s hands sliding along the edge of my shirt—

Arms suddenly encircle me from behind, dragging me away. Elise. She squeezes tighter, kissing my cheek.

“What are you sitting around for?” She yanks me to my feet. “Come! Dance!” Elise grabs Tate with her other hand; we exchange a look as she drags us deeper into the crowd.

The music shifts to some dirty hip-hop beats, and soon I’m surrounded by skin and sweat and heat, a mass of bodies moving in a slow, grinding pulse. Elise keeps hold of me, dancing and posing, pulling me into it, until my self-consciousness drifts away and I’m as lost in the music as she is. Every party, every dance floor, every illegal warehouse rave is the same: Once I’m past that first, awkward moment, once Elise has dragged me into it—out of myself—it’s like nothing else. I’m not Anna, I’m not me anymore; I’m something beyond, my heart racing as the songs melt into each other, and all that matters is the beat and their bodies, and that bass, pounding on.

Breathless, I let my body go, let it move and sway, caught up. Tate brings me tight against him, and then it’s the three of us, me and Elise dancing up close to him and spinning away; green strobe lights cutting through the dark. Tate laughs between us, his hands lingering on Elise’s waist as she grinds against him. The spotlights strobe across his face, the beautiful angles of his jaw, and suddenly I want him with a fierce ache in my chest. Mine. I grab his hand away from her, pulling him wordlessly to the edge of the dance floor, my back finding some solid surface, his hands finding the curve of my hips, his lips finding mine.

He leans in to kiss me, pushing me hard up against the wall. I wrap my arms around his neck, pulling him down, locking him against me as our mouths hungrily roam over lips and skin and shoulders. I wish I could stay like this forever—the tightrope wire between drunk and sober, between flesh-and-blood and free. Then the music changes again, something pulsating and euphoric, and we’re back on the floor, dancing. I don’t know how long we’ve been out there when Elise yanks me away. “Bathroom break!” she orders, collecting Chelsea and Mel from their spot by the DJ booth.

We girls spill into the tiny bathroom, scattering lip gloss and mascara on the countertop, crowding around the cracked mirror. “So, who’s in for some skinny-dipping?” Elise hops up by the sink and swings her heels against the cabinet. She fixes me with a mischievous grin. “What do you say, like that time in Walden Pond?”

I laugh. “Yeah, and we nearly died of hypothermia.”

Elise shrugs, unconcerned. “So it’s a good thing we’re in the Caribbean now.”

“You’re not serious?” Mel blinks from under her blunt-cut black bangs, “It’s pitch-black out there; you’d drown.”

“Maybe I’ll find a cute Aruba lifeguard to come protect me.” Elise carefully pouts, applying another layer of pink lip stain.

“Or cut you into tiny pieces and feed you to the sharks,” Mel mutters. She tugs at the hem of the skirt we had to talk her into, trying in vain to yank it an extra inch down over her pale thighs. I feel a stab of irritation at her whining. Typical Mel—always acting like a chaperone even when the rest of us are having fun. Straight A’s, future med student: She wants everything to run on a strict plan. Her plan.

“Lighten up.” I sigh. “You’re not still pissed about the room thing?”

“It’s not a room,” Mel complains. “It’s, like, a closet with a pullout bed.”

“You could share with AK and my brother,” Chelsea calls from inside the tiny cubicle. There’s a flush, and she emerges, finger-combing her long, salt-bleached hair. She barely glances at her reflection, bare-faced with her dusting of freckles. But then, she doesn’t need to. Chelsea has that whole natural, beach beauty thing down cold. Even during icy Boston winters, she always manages to look like she just strolled in from a surfing session in the sun. “Although,” she adds with a smirk, “you’ll have to deal with all their gross boy underwear lying around.”

“That’s not the only thing they’re trying to lay,” I quip. Elise laughs, and high-fives me.

“Maybe they’ll let you watch,” she adds to Mel. “You might learn something.”

“La, la, la!” Chelsea protests, covering her ears. “What’s the rule?”

“No talking about your brother and his sex life.” Elise sighs.

“Or his lack of one.” I grin, but Mel is still sulking. She turns to Elise.

“I don’t know why I can’t just share with you.”

“Because I plan on having fun,” Elise grins, “Like with that dark-haired guy, the one in the VIP booth.”

“They have a VIP booth here?” Chelsea laughs, trying to rinse her hands under the sputtering tap. Her wrists are full of knotted yarn bracelets and exotic beads, fraying until they’re barely hanging on. “They don’t even have running water.”

Elise just applies a coat of gloss red lip balm. “He’s cute, I’m telling you. I think I’ll have him come back to see the house. The view from my bedroom . . .” She winks.

“Elise!” Mel protests, like clockwork, “You don’t even know him. He could be a rapist, or murderer, or—”

“Stop with all the buzzkill,” I interrupt.

“You need a drink,” Elise agrees. She hops down and links her arm with Mel’s, giving me an exasperated look over her head. “Two drinks. And a hot, sweaty local guy.”

“I’m not—”

“Interested, we know.” Elise steers her out, back into the club.

We chorus in unison, “You’re not that kind of girl.”

Melanie pouts. “You say it like it’s a bad thing.”

Elise rolls her eyes. “No, we say it like it’s a dull thing.”

Back on the floor, Elise points out her target for the night. He’s lounging with some buddies in the corner: he’s handsome, in his early twenties maybe, with a bored nonchalance that just screams rich kid.

“Cute, right?” She grinds against me, flashing flirtatious looks over at the guy; pulling me in to nuzzle at my neck.

I laugh. “He looks like trouble.”

She grins back. “Just the way I like them.” And then she’s gone, ducking through the crowd toward the guy. I watch her go. Within seconds, she’s smiling and laughing with the group, that one guy giving her an approving grin.

Tate reappears next to me. “Where’s Elise?” he yells to be heard.

I shrug vaguely, but Tate looks across the floor to where she’s already angled, cross-legged in the booth with them, leaning in to talk to her prospective conquest. Her hair glows purple and red under the lights, tanned legs long and bare under her skirt. I smile, watching her at work. She’s gorgeous; no man would stand a chance of resisting.

“I don’t like this. We should stick together,” he yells again, frowning.

“Relax!” I slide my arms around him, pulling his lips down to mine. “Elise is a big girl. She can take care of herself.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Great book

    This book is really good and has a good storyline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Wasnt what I was expecting!

    Amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Pretty good book. Different from the many young adult mystery cr

    Pretty good book. Different from the many young adult mystery crime books. The story and how it is put in flashbacks makes you keep wondering who is the killer, even after finishing the book. The murder does reminds me of current real life news like when you hear some Americans teenagers or 20s get involved of a murder in other countries when they are on vacation, always wondering what always happens there and how they are treated in different countries. Def. recommend this book! 

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    Murder in paradise. That's what Anna and her friends' vacation

    Murder in paradise. That's what Anna and her friends' vacation on Aruba ends with. The group of teens was only set out for a fun time and now Anna's best friend is dead and Anna herself is in jail, treated as the island's police's prime suspect.
    The entire novel was strategically well-structured, scenes of Anna's trial alternating with scenes from the past and the previous nights on Aruba, doing some explaining and offering insight on how the characters play together, how they met each other and what ultimately led to the murder. Anna and Tate have a sweet romantic love story and Elise is the best friend Anna had been needing for so long.
    While some short scenes of Anna's present days in prison, in dialogue with her lawyer or in the court room sometimes lack tension, sequences of Anna and Tate's as Anna and Elise's past can balance them out with their mixture of tropical romantic nights, parties, sex, drugs and deadly games.
    Anna is a character one immediately feels sorry for, considering her current situation, caught in a foreign prison, without support, her friends or her family. While I felt strong sympathy for her, I even suspected her to be involved in Elise's murder as the prosecution is throwing evidence into the game that looks real bad for her.


    3,5/5 ***/* DANGEROUS GIRLS – A paradisic concoction of sweet romantic and all the same murderous feelings!

    While DANGEROUS GIRLS offered a tropical dream of a murder case and I just flew through the story, the ending to the book left me disappointed in its vagueness.We are left with too flimsy a solution for the entire story that at first sight appeared to be complex in background, and with that many friends being possible suspects. Out of all the possible ways to end the story, the one Abigail Haas picked was also the reason for a perfectly engaging story to leave me unsatisfied in the end. So in the end I wished Abigail Haas would have presented us with much more details and actions on actual crimes than the ways of law.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I did not put this book down once. It was utterly absorbing, and

    I did not put this book down once. It was utterly absorbing, and although it felt like the "twist" was obvious, particularly given certain widespread comparisons to another well-known novel, it didn't affect my enjoyment, and I still managed to be blown away by the ending. HIGHLY rec.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Best book i have read in years.!!

    Im stuck who killed her.? I thought it was Tate the wjole time.! I couldnt put the book down. I love the wqy see goes back and forth from past to present. I kept guessing and guessing. I still cant believe it. Cant wait to read another book by Haas again.!

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "Nail Biting To the Very End" A gr

    booksbysteph says "Nail Biting To the Very End"


    A group of high school seniors decide to vacation in Aruba over spring break. A beach paradise with a lower drinking age requirement. A perfect place for these eight friends to blow off steam and have a lot of fun. 

    An all day dive trip is planned but not everyone leaves the house. After another night of partying, Elise Warren stays locked in her room, sleeping it off. Couple Anna Shevalier and Tate Dempsey, hung over as well, go to the beach to relax. In the evening, when the group forms together again, they realize that no one has heard from or seen Elise. Since her bedroom door was locked, one of the boys climbed up to her balcony. He finds the balcony doors smashed and Elise - dead on the floor, having been stabbed thirteen times.

    Aruba is not a place with a lot of murder scenes. The police were unsure of what to do. Some cops even vomited when they first entered the room. They question the group for hours. After a few days, the police arrest Anna and Tate on suspicion of the murder of Elise. Tate comes from an extremely wealthy family and made a deal in order to get out on bond and eventually the charges dropped. Everyone turned against Anna; they left her alone. Alone to face the accusations, the media, the prosecutor and the judge. 

    I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars

    If I could give more than 5 stars, this book would get extra. I could not put this book down. It has been a long time since I read a real nail biter! 

    The format of this book plays out as you follow Anna through the trial with flashbacks, starting from when she first met Elise. The flashbacks give you context. You are able to play detective along side of Anna, who is trying to prove her innocence.

    The twists and turns come out of no where and leave you thinking you know who killed Elise...at least until a new, surprising twist. Each flashback will leave you changing your mind about who really killed Elise, but you have no idea! This book is a must read!

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    It's taken me three weeks to calm down enough to write this revi

    It's taken me three weeks to calm down enough to write this review and then I had to go and open the book up and the panic and crazy eyes are back people!
    This book is just the most epic mind meddle ever and I LOVED every minute! I love to read but I also love my sleep so even if the book is THE BEST BOOK EVER, you can pretty much guarantee that when the clock chimes 11.30pm this chica is looking for her sleep mask and getting snuggly - NO exceptions. So when I was on twitter freaking out at 2.3o in the morning about the fact that I may be a bit of a psychopath because of how much I adored this book then people...that is what we call a winner! We may also need to call a therapist...just sayin' O_O

    I now get why Joey puts his books in the freezer and while I'm aching to get my hands on a physical copy of this, it won't live on my night-stand. It's going in the freezer. Seriously I can't wake up and have it looking at me. It's already given me too many ideas...Watch out enemies! Danger Dani is about!

    So there are 3 major players in this book, Anna, her boyfriend Tate and her best friend Elise. Anna wasn't the most popular girl around when she transferred to a posh new private school. When Elise takes notice and befriends her, Anna's life changes. Suddenly she's part of the IT group at school and hottest guy on campus, Tate is courting her something fierce. Anna and Elise quickly fall into that deep, all consuming, straight girl love...you've probably experienced it at some point if you're a chick, where you are joined at the hip, feel like no-one knows you better, get crazy jealous when you find out she went to the movies with that girl you hate! Sound familiar? No...Oh so maybe I AM the only psychopath in the room! Let me tell you about the extreme awkwardness when me and my girlfriends went to see that Jessica Alba movie "Honey" and we forgot to text...never mind!

    Back to spiralling over this book. Anyway if you've ever seen that movie "Heavenly Creatures" with Kate Winslet then you have an idea of Anna and Elise's friendship. Throw a boy into the mix and things are going to get cray cray!
    When Elise turns up bludgeoned to death - (It's so wrong that it gave me a happy isn't it? WAIT...Who are those men in white coats outside my door?? Did you sell me out? What do you mean who am I talking to? YOU! Right there! I'm looking at you! Am I scaring you? Please don't take me away!) Anna and Tate are prime suspects.

    Haas played this story beautifully. She kept me guessing from page one to well I'm still guessing because the ending is just utter brilliance! The FEELS, the myriad of emotion that shot through me, my pulse raced, I got that feeling of extreme heat throbbing through my head as I thought I would pass out from twist after twist after twist.

    There are not enough adjectives to describe the feelings and reactions this book will stir in you. Utterly compelling, intense, fascinating, DANGEROUS GIRLS is one amazing novel and a must-read! Just make sure you take your crazy pills before hand!

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