Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

Title: Dangerous Boys
Author: Abigail Haas
Source: ARC from author through Mark My Words PR
Publication date: August 14, 2014

I recieved Dangerous Boys in exchange for an honest review.

I had heard such good things about Dangerous Girls by Abigail Hass on Twitter and I saw so much hype over Dangerous Boys that I jumped at the chance to review it when offered. I should have reviewed this book two months ago right after I read it, but I kept putting it off and I’m just now getting it posted.

Even with all the hype, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dangerous Boys. When a book is hyped so much, I’m always nervous about not liking it. I don’t mind being the black sheep of the blogging community (it happens a lot!) but I go into every book wanting to like it. I didn’t need to worry about Dangerous Boys. It was SO GOOD!

My only complaint is about the way the book is structured, which I’m pretty is part of what other people love about it. You move around from THE END to THEN to NOW multiple times. In fact, Dangerous Boys opens with THE END and the final page takes place in NOW. I’m a linear person and prefer my stories told that way, that’s all.

Chloe’s more than ready to leave her small hometown for college and a new environment when she meets Ethan. He’s new in town, working for his father. There’s an instant attraction, but Chloe has plans and doesn’t want any distractions. College and her future, that’s what she’s focusing on, until she realizes she can’t keep ignoring her mom’s depression anymore. Once Chloe’s gone, there won’t be anyone around to take of her mom, to make sure she does the most basic things, like eating.

Reluctantly, Chloe puts college on hold and begins to take on the household duties, including paying the bills. She gets a second job and starts seeing Ethan, which leads her to meeting his family, including his brother Oliver. Thus begins a love triangle, but it’s not a typical love triangle. This one has a dangerous edge. Where Ethan is steady and reliable, Oliver is unpredictable and exciting. Chloe tries to resist him, but there’s just something about Oliver than draws her to him.

Chloe tries to keep everything — her family, her relationship with Ethan, her jobs — together, but she’s soon overwhelmed with everything, and with no one to help, things are spiraling out of control. Just when it seems like I know what’s happening and where things are going, there’s a twist that takes the story off in another direction. Characters suddenly aren’t who they seemed to be and things get dark fast. The ending is amazing and leaves me wanting more.

None of the characters, even (surprisingly) Chloe, are particularly likeable, but the story more than makes up for that. It’s fast-paced and addictive. I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading it, and the time-jumping kept me guessing more than once. Now that I’ve read Dangerous Boys, I’m definitely going to be reading Dangerous Girls and looking for more from Abigail Haas/Abby McDonald.

four and a half stars
addtogoodreads

Jenna

Comments

  1. I really like mysteries, and this one sounds quite fascinating! The non-linear story may get on my nerves, but I think I’ll give this one a shot. 🙂 Great review!
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