Book Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Title: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Published: June 14th 2011
Page count: 348
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted (thanks Joy from Joyousreads!)

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Book Summary:
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.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

*The Chef's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars!

Imaginary Girls has such a beautiful cover, it's not hard to fall for it right away. The reviews on the back of the cover made the book sound intriguing, so I started reading the first chapter...let me tell you, I was instantly hooked!

When I was reading it, I couldn't shake off the feeling of eeriness and wonder. The relationship between the two sisters was amazing and a little scary. This book is about the love between sisters and the lengths they can go to protect each other, specially by the eldest.

I loved the way the author describes the scenes and the characters throughout the whole book. Although if I could change one thing about Imaginary Girls, it would have to be the ending. It's the type that you're not sure what becomes of the characters after the last page, so there's not a real sense of closure for it, more like a "to be continued...". My opinion, of course.

I really don't want to give the story away, but I do recommend it to the reader who is in the mood for a dark, mysterious and challenging read. 


  1. Sounds like a great read (except for the ending, but hopefully it can be resolved in a follow up??) and the cover is beautiful!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. It is, I really liked it, but that ending left me wanting for more too. So sad it's a standalone, as far as I know...

    2. hmm I really hope there is a follow up for your sake! Maybe email the author and ask???