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  • Wilder Girls, Rory Power
    Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 9780525645580, July 9, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “How do love, family, friendship, and hope survive when life and nature are twisted beyond recognition, as bodies, trust, and bonds are repeatedly tested and torn? This story of girls locked in an ever-changing, ever-escalating battle to uncover the truth and survive the unimaginable thrums with power, fury, and an achingly beautiful tenderness. An absolute stunner.”

    -Jill Sweeney-Bosa, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

    “This book is intense, compelling, and like nothing else. Set in an increasingly surreal situation, the characters and their relationships are nuanced and unique in their realness. The book, like the girls in it, is graphic and terrifying and beautiful. Like them, we can’t stop looking for answers and we can’t look away.”

    -Raissa Larson, King’s Books, Tacoma, WA

     

    Wilder Girls was so good that my squeamishness took back seat to my fascination. Quarantined on an island where horrific changes are coming to everyone’s bodies, Hettie navigates between friendship, power, and survival. Then her best friend disappears. Is she dead or alive? And whose story should she believe?”

    -Joan Trygg, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN

     

    Wilder Girls may be marketed as a feminist Lord of the Flies, but I think ‘young adult annihilation’ would be a more apt tagline. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, Wilder Girls is a brutal exploration of how toxicity, real and metaphorical, infects an isolated boarding school for girls. While this wasn’t my cup of tea, Power’s gorgeously dark prose shows undeniable talent and this book will appeal to anyone looking for an intense read.”

     

    -Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS

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