What is this about?: Rachel wakes up in the middle of the woods with amnesia and discovers who she remembers being is nothing like who she is now. What happened to her?
What else is this about?: Not much, just what it says on the tin.
Blurb: Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
One of Those Books
Yeah. You ever have one of those books where everything is GOOD – pacing, plot, and characters are all saying the right things and doing the right things, but something is just not clicking for you?
Yeah, this is one of those books.
I mean, amnesia trope? TOTALLY my thing, I’ve discovered, even more so when it’s a young girl like Rachel who wakes up in a ditch and discovers her memory of the last year is gone. No angsting for Rachel, she dives staright back into her life and saves us the trouble of long, drawn-out oh-woe-is-me-and-my-memory-loss. She goes back to her family, and tries to start figuring out what happened to her.
Now I’m going to get demanding
Maybe that’s the problem? Maybe I needed more time to see where Rachel’s head was at with the amnesia. Which yes her head is at time of 12 months earlier, but you get my drift. There was no time I thought to understand what the situation meant to her, but I can’t complain that I didn’t enjoy the not-wallowing part.
Is there a middle ground?
I think there is. I think there are books who do find this middle ground and do it well. With Lost Girls however, it never quite reaches the mark.
But what else is there to rave about this book?
Well-drawn out secondary characters, with complicated relationships with each other and Rachel that the author draws with a deft touch. She makes every word count, every character count as she sends Rachel in search of her past. And in particular, I liked her family’s presence in this book – her parents and especially her little brother are important to her, and it’s clear how much she loves them and values them.
Rachel herself is a blank slate, before she slowly starts to sketch who she used to be. Destefano effectively creates a character at a loss, but determined to get her answers and she’ll have you right there cheering her on.