Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls

by Nova Ren Suma

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ISBN-13: 9780142421437
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/14/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 417,077
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nova Ren Suma studied writing and photography at Antioch College in Ohio and went on to receive an MFA in creative writing/fiction from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

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Imaginary Girls 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. It has a story that will keep you entertained for hours.
Once_and_future_librarian More than 1 year ago
This book was so different from what I expected. It was...bizarre. I still don't even quite know what to think about it. Let me start with the characters... First, there's Ruby, the older sister. She is about 21 in the story, and has pretty much raised Chloe, as their mother was a drunk. At first she is made to appear to be this beautiful, charismatic, free spirit whom EVERYONE adores. Everybody in town knows Ruby, and will do anything for her. However, as the book goes on, I really began to dislike her. She was very narcissistic, and truly used everbody she could to benefit herself. By the end of the book, we kind of see the "powers" Ruby has (I don't quite know how to describe this.) However, I was still confused at the end of the book as to exactly what Ruby was and how she got that way. I don't feel like this was every really explained. Then there's Chloe. She's more or less the main character, as most is told from her viewpoint. I never really felt a connection with her. She was just kind of blah. She is definitely under Ruby's spell, so I feel like she never had a chance to develop her own personality. For most of the book, I had no idea what was going to happen - for about 200 pages, it seems like Suma is only giving us an idea of who Ruby and Chloe were. When the action finally started to pick up, I felt confused most of the time. This isn't necessarily a bad thing...it kept me wanting to know what the heck was going on! The last 50 or so pages, I was glued to it. Just as I thought I knew what was going to happen, a new twist appeared. Overall, it was a pretty good story. Slow at first, but it definitely picks up. However, I feel unsettled about the ending. There were unresolved questions, and that bothers me. If you like ghost story/mysteries, you will probably like this book.
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Nove Ren Suma is a wonderful writer. Her words flow effortlessly, and the book definitely takes you on an unexpected journey. The story was definitely intriguing, the characters were well-rounded and at times frustrating because they were so enamored by Ruby, but then again, that's pretty much the whole point. In fact, I found myself totally captivated by Ruby at times and then asking myself, why? The book definitely gets creepy, which I was not expecting, and that was a nice surprise. I'm still very much on the fence on whether or not I liked it as a whole. As I said before, the book is well-written and the story is engaging, I just don't know if I liked the story enough to rave about it. It left me feeling a little indifferent over all. It will definitely stay in your head for a few days. Maybe Ruby is just that powerful. (This review is based on an advanced copy from NetGalley)
pagese More than 1 year ago
In all reality, this book is really hard to describe and review. It's so much more than the description. At the end I was really left with no true idea of my thoughts on the book. I felt like it didn't have an adequate ending. I could get a firm grasp on what really happened. My biggest issue involved Ruby. I just couldn't wrap my mind around what she really was. She had such a control over the entire town. She could bend people to her will even when what she wanted was completely asinine. She really wasn't very nice either. Her actions really held a violent tone to them. Was she a witch, human with odd powers, or did she sell her soul to the devil himself? I really couldn't tell. And the ending left me with very few answers. I also got a weird feeling from Chloe and Ruby's relationship. It was more than step-sister/best friends. Chloe often seemed overly devoted to Ruby, although completely blind to her faults. Ruby, on the other hand, seemed almost sinister at times. I often wondered if Ruby really hated Chloe. I was reminded of the movie The Good Son many times. I did like Chloe for most of the book. I understood her decision to return home after two years away. I also was happy to see that she no longer sees Ruby the same way she use to. She's grown up quite a bit, and really begins to question Ruby and her hold on people. She especially begins to question the events that led to the death of London. I was most disappointed in the ending. With such an intricate chain of events, I was expecting more answers. Instead, I'm left wondering if there will be a sequel. And do I want to read it?
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book, I was super excited to read it. I knew that this book would be completely different from any other book out there, and I was right! Imaginary Girls is one totally creeped out book. As I began this book and read more in to it, I got goosebumps. The storyline is something unique that it took me by surprise. I loved how the storyline built up to something the reader never expected it to be. As the Chole discovers what Ruby did, my heart was racing! I really liked how Chole figured everything out. She was sneaky about it and even scared of her own sister at times. Heck, I was scared of Ruby! The story line of this book is what made this book. I really like how Ruby made such a sacrifice to save her own sister but of course at a deadly cost. As I continued to dive deeper into this book and realized what Ruby did, I think all the hair stood up on the back of my neck. But it also made me wonder why Ruby did what she did in the first place. The story line flowed well, pace well, and built up to an amazing ending. The ending of the book was shocking but I knew something had to be done in order for it to balance out. Imaginary Girls is a great book! As the reader, the elements in the book, spookiness, mysteries, secrets, really come out in the wonderful writing that Ms. Suma presented. It none other than grab the reader, drowning them in the reservoir of Ms. Suma's world that she created!
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I always finish a book once I start it, but I have to admit, I was sorely tempted to put this book down and move onto something else more my taste. I'm not sure what it was exactly about this novel that made me dislike it, but I do know that Chloe's unhealthy worship of her older sister bored me. As I read, I felt like all Chloe did was talk about how great her sister, Ruby, was, and since I didn't agree, it sort of struck a nerve. I don't have any sisters, so maybe it's just a personal thing that I can't understand, but I found Chloe somewhat annoying and very naïve, which is not a quality I look for in my heroines. I also didn't think Ruby was a very likable character. While it seems that she is worshipped by all boys, and obviously her little sister Chloe, I didn't see any redeeming qualities in Ruby, and truth be told, I found her quite psychotic and obnoxious. I also spent some of the novel confused-the paranormal aspects of the novel weren't very well explained, in my opinion, and so I'm not 100% certain what really happened. The story itself was weird, and while I think it had a great premise, it just wasn't my forte, though I do think that Suma is a talented writer. The prose were superb in this novel and I plan to read other books she has written; I just don't think Imaginary Girls was meant for me. One star.
sgcallaway1994 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Summary:Ruby has been a surrogate mother to her younger sister Chloe. Their own mother is a raging alcoholic, frequenting local bars, instead of hanging around the house. The sisterly bond runs deep. Ruby is extremely popular, demanding and controlling. She possesses a bizarre power over not only her younger sister, but over the town's people too. Chloe looks up to her older sibling and will blindly follow whatever her sister requests of her.The girls live nearby a reservoir, one which when it was originally filled, flooded the small town of Olive. Rumor has it, the citizens refused to leave their residences, many perished when the reservoir water came crashing through the town.One summer night, Ruby hosts a wild party at the reservoir. After a few too many drinks, she boasts her little sister Chloe is such a strong swimmer she can swim the length of the reservoir and back again. Chloe trusting her sister's confidence in her ability, sheds her clothes, dives in and attempts to swim across, as a crowd of inebriated party goers cheer her on. The reservoir is very wide, the water is chilling and Chloe thinks she can hear the town's people's faint voices under the water. She's scared, fatiguing, but certain she will make it across and back because Ruby told her she could. But can she? Would Ruby honestly put the sister she loves more than herself in jeopardy of losing her life? Here, the real story begins.....Ramblings: BACKGROUND This is Nova Ren Suma's debut novel. The first version of the book was lost to a hard drive malfunction, but Nova was deteremined to write the story, so she recreated a second and much improved version. Originally, the book was titled Mythical Creatures, but at the last minute, on a whim, Nova changed it to Imaginary Girls.SETTING, PACE AND & STYLE Imaginary Girls takes place in a small town. The beginning of the book was strange, a little confusing and somewhat difficult to follow. At times the reader may be uncertain about what is going on, potentially this may be intentional, to set a particular mood. Some may find themselves quickly annoyed with how everyone is so enamored by Ruby, including her younger sister.The beginning pace is a little slow, but then it picks right up. Roughly, one-quarter of the way into the book a sentinel event happens, creating mystery and suspense, leaving the reader feeling a real urgency to finish the book. This element is what keeps the reader engaged and turning pages, the strong desire to uncover the mystery and discover how everything will eventually play out.To say Nova's writing style is poetic is an understatement. She uses imagery, descriptive writing and creative metaphors to tell the story. The story line is multi-layered, reading the book just once gives the reader a chance to discover the main ideas of the book, but reading it twice may give deeper insight and resolve into the book. Another noteworthy characteristic of this book is how the titles of each chapter are also the first few words of the sentence beginning each chapter. Its a creative way to lead the reader into each chapter's context. CHARACTERS & PLOT Chloe, Ruby's younger sister is the main character in this story. The narration is in first person through her initially young and naive eyes. Chloe is shy, lacks confidence in herself and lives in the shadow of her extremely popular older sister, Ruby. As the book progresses, she begins to exhibit twinges of independence, challenging some of Ruby's rules. This helps lead her to uncovering some hidden secrets about her sister.Ruby has a believable, peculiar power over everyone she meets. She is beautiful, persuasive and can get anything she wants from anyone in the small town where she and her sister reside. Ruby is selfish, never putting the needs of others above herself. Her redeeming quality though, is how at a tender age she did take care to raise her younger sister. London Hayes is meek, depressed girl who ends up
Wrighty on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I was impressed with the author's writing style for this book but it wasn't an easy read for me. I started and stopped it a few times because I wasn't paying enough attention to the details, and there were a lot of them. Chloe is a young girl who looks up to her popular, wild, older sister Ruby. When they are involved in finding the body of a classmate, Ruby is seen as a bad influence and Chloe is taken to live with her father. The girls are haunted by the death, by their loneliness and by the mysterious stories of their town and it's reservoir. But the stories aren't what they seem and it's unclear what's truth and what's imagination. Although the words were often lyrical they were also confusing. I enjoy a good mystery but I also like it to come together and give me answers. This was up to the reader to draw their own conclusions. I wasn't crazy about this book in particular but I do look forward to more from this author. Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an arc to review.
Heather19 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
*spoiler warning!!* *spoiler warning!!*This book.... Woah. It was just so, so different then I expected. Based on the back-cover blurb, I really wasn't expecting this, wasn't expecting such a... supernatural type of thing.A lot of the first two chapters are spent explaining the many, many ways that the Ruby is like this amazing goddess or whatever, how everyone wants to be around her and make her happy and talk to her, how she has this almost-magical hold over Chloe, can make Chloe believe anything and believe that she can do anything, just because Ruby said.... And it's all just too much. I got frustrated with the Ruby stuff very very early on. It was very, *very* confusing when Chloe first finds out that London is alive. Especially because London, and everyone else, acted like nothing had happened, like they had no clue that London was *supposed to be dead*. In fact, I was confused for the majority of this book, so many "what the heck?" and "how on earth" and "what is happening?!" things going on at once... I admit to wondering if London was a zombie or similar. I think it was obvious very early on that Olive, the city beneath the reservoir, was somehow connected to London being back. But I never, ever would've guessed what *really* happened the night she died... How it was actually supposed to be Chloe that died, and Ruby somehow sacrificed London instead, so that Chloe would live. Wow!This entire book was just so, so confusing... I think it's a very interesting plot, a very *strange* but interesting story, but it was just so hard for me to follow. All of the stories and warnings about Olive, trying to puzzle together if Olive was actually real, and what part it played in the whole London thing... And trying to understand the London thing, why is she there, why is she alive but seemingly not human, so different and dazed, why does Ruby seem to know so much about London but won't even talk about it? I like mystery books in general, but when there's an overwhelming amount of weirdness and questions with no clue as to the answers, for a good portion of the book... It just frustrated me.The ending... I must admit, at first I completely thought that Ruby had given up, that she was going to give Chloe back to Olive, that Chloe was going to have to die for things to be set right. I definitely didn't expect for Ruby to sacrifice herself. I think the ending was very sad. London became real, no longer tied to Olive or the reservoir... but she didn't appreciate it and became wild and destructive. And Chloe, poor Chloe, sitting down by the reservoir each night waiting and hoping to see Ruby. So sad.
BookSpot on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is worth reading if only to experience the author's writing.. Chloe¿s older sister Ruby is the girl everyone knows of, knows about. Ruby is the girl everyone wants to please, wants to be like, wants to be liked by. Boys will drive hours in the middle of the night to buy her the simplest thing; shop girls will give her things practically for free from any store.She¿s also the one who looks out for Chloe, who takes care of her. But one night, while with Ruby and her friends at the reservoir things go horribly wrong for Chloe when she discovers a dead body.Chloe¿s sent to live elsewhere, away from Ruby.Ruby who will do anything to get Chloe back. Who does do anything to get Chloe back.When Chloe does return years later, it¿s with the lines of life and death redrawn . . . and possibly the one between the sisters redrawn as well.Imaginary Girls is a haunting story that will stay with you for long after you¿ve read the last page. Nova Ren Suma¿s writing really is something special. She has the ability to string together seemingly ordinary words and make something extraordinary; phrases that won¿t leave your head for days - even after you¿ve reread them time and time again. (¿...She was a shrill and shrieking fire alarm in a quiet library, and not a single person seemed to hear it.¿ pg 167 [arc])Nova Ren Suma has a great ability to capture family dynamics - sure those in Imaginary Girls were twisted and screwed up, but you got the feeling that they were screwed up properly. It just came across that the author really understands how to weave relationships.I loved Ruby - not an actual I-liked-her love but I loved the character that was created and how more of her was gradually shown.Imaginary Girls is not contemporary fiction, but there aren¿t vampires or demons or other supernatural beings - the best I could think to compare it to would be Nancy Werlin¿s Impossible (not for plot or story but for `supernatural¿ness). Suma¿s first book, the MG Dani Noir was really enjoyable as well and I really hope for more YA fiction from her. I know I¿m absolutely thrilled now not to live near a reservoir!
saplin on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I really like the first few chapters of this book. I love YA lit, especially stories involving sisters, so this one appealed to me. The relationship between Chloe and Ruby is set up in a realistic way - the inequality, Ruby's popularity, Chloe's adoration of Ruby. But Once I got to the part with the reappearance of London, I wasn't sure what direction the author was going in and I hard time wanting to continue. I didn't know if we were going in a mystical direction or a psychological one. Eventually I enjoyed it more, but not enough to give it more than 3 stars (because of the middle). Still an interesting read and unlike other books I've read.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Chloe lives with her sister Ruby in a small Hudson Valley, NY town. One night, swimming in the reservoir, Chloe finds a dead girl in a rowboat. Her father takes her to live with him, but two years later, Ruby comes to get her. Upon returning to her home town, Chloe finds the dead girl alive, and nobody thinks it strange.
thenightbookmobile on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Imaginary Girls is my favorite novel in which nothing at all happens. It is also my favorite novel that includes an entire cast of pretty unlikeable characters. Doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement? It is.I've had some trouble committing to books at the start of this year but Nova Ren Suma pulled me in and soon I was drowning in the spooky setting of this book. I wanted to know just what was going on in this ghost filled world. This isn't a mystery though, this novel is a member of the "magical realism" genre. If you're not familiar or keen on that sort of thing then this book won't be for you. Because truly, almost nothing happens. This isn't another action packed dystopia. You probably won't fall in love with the characters. What you'll find in this novel is something different than a lot of what is out there today. This story is quiet. It is slow. It feels a lot like sinking*. It's not a trilogy. It's not even a romance. It's love, ghosts and magic. A whole town of ghosts trapped forever beneath.It's the story of two sisters who are obsessed with each other in a very unhealthy way. Loyal until death. Attached at the hip in an unhealthy way that makes you want to reach out and shake Chloe. Wake up, Chlo. Ruby is the Regina George of your world. She always gets what she wants and we're all left to wonder why. The writing in this novel is so beautiful though, that none of that even matters, and you feel like you are floating in the water of the reservoir yourself; filled with anxiety over what may just grab your ankles in the pages to come and pull you in.Looking for something a little different from YA? Imaginary Girls is your story. Nova Ren Suma is a beautiful writer and I can't wait for her next book.* I really just wanted to throw in as many bad water references as I could here. No shame. Plus it's true. This novel does feel like sinking, right?Recommendation: Those who like magical realism and ghosts. Lovers of pretty prose. Anyone looking to get away from your usual YA romances. Those who don't mind developing irrational fears of reservoirs and balloons.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Chloe knows that her magnetic older sister Ruby would do anything to make sure Chloe is happy. So when Chloe returns to their small Hudson Valley town two years after the tragedy that initially drove her away, everything seems to be as it once was. But it is the very sameness of their lives that makes Chloe suspicious. Ruby also seems to be acting strangely, making unreasonable demands, disregarding everyone¿s feelings except the two of theirs. What secrets are Ruby hiding, and how far will she let things go before everything falls apart?Beautiful prose, a mesmerizing setting, and a mysterious premise are, in the end, not quite enough to make up for the minimal character development and slow-moving plot in this ambitious and convoluted novel. IMAGINARY GIRLS is beautifully written, but the lack of attachment I felt for any of the characters meant that I actually had to struggle to finish this book.The jacket copy for IMAGINARY GIRLS doesn¿t tell you much, and it¿s better if you go into the book knowing just the little you know. Nova Ren Suma writes in a languid style similar to Sarah Dessen when she is feeling particularly poignant, meaning that the small-town reservoir-side setting and the weirdness of the situation is well-evoked. IMAGINARY GIRLS is a very atmospheric novel¿and even though it¿s hard express the significance of the setting, it¿s also probably impossible to imagine this story set elsewhere. The fact that IMAGINARY GIRLS seems to focus more on beautiful prose than character development means that the characters¿not the least of which is Chloe, the protagonist/narrator¿come off as only vaguely intriguing, their interestingness born more out of the roles they are assigned in the story than they themselves. Chloe in particular is like a spluttering match next to Ruby¿s Mag-lite glow¿and yet Ruby¿s magnetic persona, unfortunately, anchors its credibility in the telling of her magnetism rather than the showing of it. Chloe waxes eloquent for so long on Ruby this, Ruby that, that, ¿in the flesh,¿ Ruby is actually not as intriguing as Chloe makes her sound.Chloe suffers from ¿everyone is more interesting than me¿-itis. In short, Chloe has no personality. She has no defining characteristics besides being the narrator and Ruby¿s younger sister, which I suppose is partially the point, but then she doesn¿t grow a whit throughout the course of the novel. Why is it all too easy for protagonists in contemporarily set novels to be passive and bland? I really wish authors would catch themselves when they are writing bubbles as main characters: see-through substanceless creatures that threaten to disappear into nothing at the slightest touch.IMAGINARY GIRLS didn¿t work for me primarily because of these reasons, but I know that the majority of other readers have really loved this book, so don¿t take my word for it. I wonder, though, if there are or will be other readers out there who had the same problems with this book as I did.
LibraryBlondie on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The honest truth is that I've been so busy with other reading related to work (book groups, committees, etc.) that I haven't gotten to this book despite all the good things I've heard about it. But my friend and fellow librarian Brandy borrowed my copy, and so I'm going to post her review (with her permission, of course) here. "I really enjoyed the writing in this book. Suma paints a vivid picture of things happening and really makes the characters seem real. I loved how throughout the entire book not only was I guessing and second guessing what was really happening but the main character Chloe was too. She believes in her sister Ruby but also questions her own sanity. She¿s not sure what is real and what isn¿t anymore ¿ and neither is the reader. There are events that seem impossible to be true and once Chloe returns to town it seems she starts to see flaws in all she has been raised to believe. In the end we are left with very little closure as to what the reality of the situation really was, which I normally dislike, but it worked well with the context of this story."
readingthruthenight on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Title: Imaginary GirlsAuthor: Nova Ren SumaPages: 352Pub: Dutton; 2011Genre: Young Adult, MysteryEtc: magical realismThe Short of ItLoyalty to your sister above everything?The Long of It¿London didn¿t know she was supposed to be dead. Anyone who did wouldn¿t be laughing so loudly opening her mouth that wide and letting out those sounds. A girl in her grave wouldn¿t knock back that Pabst like she didn¿t care how it tasted, then smile so sloppy and let the beer dribble down her chin.¿Chloe might not be as beautiful as her older sister, Ruby, but that doesn¿t matter. Ruby makes her feel special. In fact, Ruby can weave a story like magic making anyone feel special. That is until that awful moment at the reservoir when Chloe finds the dead body. Ruby couldn¿t comfort Chloe that day so Chloe went away. Two years go by when Ruby comes back for her, to bring her home. But now, things are different. Ruby¿s different. The town is different. And Chloe can¿t help but ask questions that might eventually lead her on a path that she¿s not prepared to travel. The Thoughts about ItWow. Freakin¿ absolutely WOW folks. This book was almost as confusing as my freshman geometry class, except not nearly as dreaded. I had no idea what to expect walking into this book other than the brief snipped on the back (which I sorta gave you in my own words above) and man oh man am I so glad that¿s all I knew going in.Because of that, my ¿thoughts about it¿ section isn¿t gonna be as thorough because I don¿t want ANYTHING to slip out. But this book was BEAUTIFUL like those creepy porcelain dolls are beautiful where the eyes look like they might be real human eyes? But creepy like, did anyone see that Criminal Minds episode where the psycho cut out peoples eyes and then put them in the animals cuz he was a taxidermist and he wanted the eyes to look REAL? It¿s kinda creepy in that way. So yeah, except there is no murderer who hunts people down and there are no incredibly freaky looking porcelain dolls. There¿s only a small town, a legend, and two sisters who would do anything for each other.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 23 days ago
There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, and although I did enjoy it, I feel like I might have missed something. While reading I felt perpetually confused... even writing this review I'm still sort of perplexed. I'm not sure if this was supposed to me a psychological type of book, but that is definitely what is was for me. It played with my mind! I'm going to stay away from plot summaries because I don't want to linger too much on one subject and skip over others by accident. There was alot going on in this book without seeming like there was... By the way, I may not make any sense during this review, so let me know in the comments if I loose you (I'm trying to sort everything out for myself at the moment). But basically, Ruby is a girl who seems to be able to convince anyone in her small town of doing whatever she wants - almost like magic. The only one who understand her (or thinks she does) is her sister, Chloe. Imaginary Girls is the story of the mysterious adventure Ruby drags Chloe through. I know, that description sucks. But honestly, I wouldn't be able to give you a decent rundown if I sat here for hours (and that's a good thing).I have to say though, no matter how confused this book made me, no matter how frustrated I got with Ruby or how bad I felt for some of the characters - Suma's writing was absolutely beautiful. Her description really brings out a whole new level of depth and feeling. She made a run-down, unimportant, small town magical. I don't know if this review has been any help to you at all... But I'd say give it a shot if just to experience Suma's beautiful way with words.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Imaginary Girls has a stunning cover and tons of my favorite authors reviewing how great it was. What I found, in my opinion, was a slow novel that quickly lost my interest. It was both confusing and dull. I could not connect to any of the characters and thought the secondary characters lacking any sort of depth. They were props to Ruby's awkward narrative. In all I'm sad that I couldn't enjoy Imaginary Girls more. I had to skim through the third of the novel because it was just so hard to read and I had to write this (very short) review.
sch_94 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
My Summary: Chloe is Ruby's younger sister - a girl content with living in the shadow of her older sister. But Chloe's not the only one: Ruby has the entire town under her spell. But when strange things start to happen and a girl is found dead, people begin to suspect that Ruby isn't as perfect as she seems. To keep her away from her sister's influence, Chloe is sent out of town. But when she returns years later, Ruby decides she isn't going to let her sister out of her sight anymore and begins to do everything she can to keep them together forever.My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It was a mix of a few genres: a little bit of paranormal, a little bit of mystery and suspense... which combined to make an awesome book.This definitely didn't feel like a debut novel. The writing was flawless and perfectly paced, and the use of imagery was so well-done that I could clearly envision the events of the story unfolding in my head. I also loved the eerie atmosphere of the entire book - it puts you on edge and makes the story all the more addicting. The plot builds until you're desperate to know what's going on, while at the same time you don't want the book to end. I've only read a few other novels that manage to give me these conflicting emotions, so you know this is a good read!Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to fans of paranormal YA and creepier, edgier novels.
renkellym on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Imaginary Girls is creepy, spine-tingling, and absolutely gorgeous. Nova Ren Suma¿s sweet tale of sisterhood is laced with darkness, and her writing is stunning. It¿s difficult to put my finger on what genre Imaginary Girls falls under¿it has fantasy elements but is mostly about the bond between Ruby and Chloe. Either way, I completely fell in love with Imaginary Girls, and without a doubt you will, too. Chloe was a wonderful narrator. She notices the little details, and through Nova Ren Suma¿s fabulous writing, describes everything in detail. And then there¿s Ruby. Ruby, who parts crowds of people with her presence. Ruby, who is the perfect portrait of confidence and power. I found myself admiring her fierce strength and incredible loyalty (and later becoming uncomfortable at her frightening secret). Ruby¿s love for Chloe bordered on unnatural, but it depicted how indestructible the bonds of sisterhood are. The mystery aspect of Imaginary Girls came as a bit of a surprise to me, considering its fantasy elements, but I was absolutely intrigued with it. Nothing is as it seems, and almost every conflict resolution is unexpected. Nova Ren Suma expertly incorporates the supernatural into some aspects of the story, while she allows other aspects (like the relationship between Ruby and Chloe) to be more realistic. I would absolutely, one hundred percent recommend Imaginary Girls to any YA reader. It completely defies expectations and takes you to a place that is both confusing and awe-inspiring. If you are looking for something unique and a tad creepy, Imaginary Girls is the perfect choice.
ShaEliPar on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Imaginary Girls is like nothing I've ever read before and I mean that quite literally. Its a beautifully written yet deeply unsettling novel about the bonds of sisterhood. Now how does one even begin to review a novel, which in my opinion, is so skillfully written that its in an entire league of its own as far as the storytelling goes? Also its really hard to talk to much about the novel without giving something away but I will try and do my best to review it.Chloe is a smart, capable and daring young woman but is much like any younger sister in the way that she idolizes Ruby. She wanting nothing more then to always be loved, protected and accepted by her older sister. Ruby has a dominating personality, bordering on cruel and vain but never directs it at Chloe, as both are the rock the other depends on after having had a tough childhood. Their bond is so strong many things can be said between them without saying anything at all. They shadow each other, share clothes, stories and secrets until a wedge is shoved between them.Their are a handful of supporting characters that help deepen the plot, the most important being London and while most of them warrant at least some kind of sympathy, I still wasn't a huge fan of any of them. Normally not liking characters is a huge a deal breaker for me. I mean if you can't like the characters, how can you possibly like the book? Well, I was proven wrong because I absolutely couldn't put the book down. Part of that I'm sure, has to do with its marathon like pace which grabs you from the start and doesn't let you go.The setting and backstory of the New York reservoir gives the novel its on strange feeling of timelessness. It makes everything feel not only creepy but utterly unique and dark as well. Even when seen during the day, the reservoir seems to cast its shadows over everything.Nova Ren Suma did more then just write a story, she engulfed me in her world and made me part of it. While not being all that it seems and certainly not for everyone, Imaginary Girls is a chilling novel that stands in a class of its own.
IceyBooks on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Everyone loves Ruby. Especially her sister Chloe. So when Ruby says Chloe will swim across the reservoir and bring back a souvenir from the flooded city of Olive, everyone believes her. Even Chloe. Before Chloe can think twice, she dives in. When she's nearly on the other side, something happens. To her luck, there's a boat floating in the reservoir, so her hands have something to grip onto. But when she reaches in, she feels five fingers. When she looks in, there's a body. Not just anybody, her classmate. And she's dead. That's when Imaginary Girls really starts. Ruby is different. Very, very different. She's the type of girl who can get anything she wants with the snap of her fingers. And no one will question her. But to Chloe, it was just because Ruby was Ruby, she never thought beyond that. But there is something. Something Chloe doesn't really realize until two years later, when she returns to her sister, who can't live with her. What I loved most about Imaginary Girls was the writing. The way Nova Ren Suma is able to let the words seep below your skin makes this book all that it is. Throughout the whole book, you'll feel like you're in a daze, like none of what's happening is really happening. Pretty soon, its hard to tell what's real and what's not - for Chloe and for the readers. I have to say, I'm more of fast-paced plot kind of person (think Divergent, Gone, and The Hunger Games) but I guess Imaginary Girls was nice for a change. So if you're snooping around for the newest book with a different touch, Imaginary Girls is definitely right for you!COVER:I love this cover. The soft blue and the dazzling red, and the popping font - everything is per-fect! I was waiting to see what the red ribbon signifies, and when I did, I definitely had one of those "aha" moments.
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Reading is subjective, we all know that... And I have to make it clear how much I HATE giving bad reviews (seriously dude.) even more than I hate giving negative reviews... I HATE not finishing a book. It's like going out of town, but not taking my red stilettos in case of an emergency. Unacceptable.That being said- I had my first DNF of 2011. *sad face* It also happened to be my very first ARC. *epic sad face*My review:I don't enjoy books that HINT around things, it's like turning in circles until you eventually get so dizzy you fall down (or puke... whatevs) It's one thing if I'm getting a bunch of details and facts, then it's my job to string them all together and figure out what's going on (genre=mystery) but otherwise I'm extremely irritated.The entire first chapter (20 pages) was a big 'HUH?'! I kept waiting for something (anything) to make sense... It didn't. So I went back and RE-READ the first chapter thinking,"Okay lady, you're a freak and must've missed something insanely vital."I didn't. The first 10 pages drone on and on about this reservoir and how RUBY says Chloe can swim it... How RUBY says that there is a hidden town at the bottom... If RUBY says it, then it is absolutely true... RUBY would never let anything happen... RUBY says Chloe could swim the ocean and back...Dear God! I GET it... You're an awesome swimmer and the reservoir's creepy. Move on! Were you as tired of reading Ruby's name as I was of typing it?By page 50, basically ALL we've learned is that Ruby is flipping amazing. She's perfect, she's beautiful, no one would dare tell Ruby no, the corner store only sells her shade of lipstick to her... blah, blah, Ruby-blah. Ooookay, so Ruby is famous is a small town. Awesome- I got that by page 10, I surely didn't need another 40 pages to convince me.I only got 90 pages in before finally giving up on this book... I think I gave it an ample chance don't you??? I honestly tried.Here's a 'mini' synopsis of the sub-plot- you know when we weren't hearing about Ruby that is.Chloe is swimming in the reservoir during some party and finds a dead chick in a boat. Apparently this particular chick was depressed and sat in the back of Chloe's French class. They weren't friends... they never really even spoke.Chloe leaves. What? Why? I get that finding a dead body isn't exactly a positive situation... but to leave you sister (RUBY), who is like heaven on Earth and the only family you've got- to live with your dad that ran out on you when you were like 2? I see no reason for it, it's ridiculous.I could see if Chloe hated her life, or if she even knew the dead chick... or at the very least had some sort of relationship with her dad for God's sake. Nope, she did it just for the sake of the story apparently.Fast forward 2 years (4 pages) and Ruby mysteriously shows up at Chloe's dad's house demanding that he let her return home with her. TWO years later. No phone calls. No letters. A few texts though. What?Chloe runs away 3 weeks later to go to Ruby. Her dad won't put two and two together or what? She gets to town, texts Ruby and nothing. Ruby doesn't answer, but sends an ex-boyfriend to pick Chloe up from the station. They go to a party and guess who is there... the dead girl all alive and well.Are you kidding me? Really? Then why didn't Ruby just freaking SAY something and save everyone all this trouble. So she didn't die... And? People 'almost' die all the time. Over-doses, strokes, heart attacks, drowning... I mean, it's not that huge of a thing.This is where I quit because I couldn't take it anymore. I tried to detail WHY I didn't like it so it wasn't like I randomly said,"Epic fail to this one!"I can totally see why this may appeal to a lot of people, sadly I'm not one of them.
wordnerd213 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
While Suma's writing style was beautiful, I had a hard time getting into the story. Chloe and Ruby both felt like very flat characters; Chloe was defined almost entirely in terms of her sister, and Ruby was an enigma with no defining traits besides her quirkiness. The plot was engaging - I certainly wanted to find out what was going on - but it was very strange. Imaginary Girls is a beautifully written book with an intriguing plot, but the oddity and lack of significant character development makes it a bit harder to get into.
idroskicinia on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This review is based on an ARC copy.Imaginary Girls is the first book by Nova Ren Suma I read, and I'm really impressed with her writing style. I couldn't put it down until the end. Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.This book wasn't what I expected. In a good way, of course. When I started reading it, I thought it was a dramatic story, with a little bit of mystery. But I was wrong. From the very beginning, you can see that there is something else in the story, something dark, something that you don't know, neither Chloe... but as the story goes on, you will discover little by little what is really going on. I don't want to spoil anything, but this book is a little bit estrange, and if you are looking for drama and realistic stories, maybe you shouldn't read this one. The first part of the book was kind of annoying, sometimes slow, and all the craziness of Ruby made me think that this book doesn't worth it. That's why I decided to put it only 4 stars, even thought the end is awesome. I totally freaked out when I read it. So, if you like mystery stories, with some paranormal stuff... This book is for you...BTW, The cover is incredible, so clean, so blue, so peaceful, and it tells you a lot about the plot. : oI received this ARC copy of Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Thank you.