Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Started: Oct. 16, 2021
Finished: Oct. 19, 2021
Thanks to Roaring Brook Press, Jennifer Mathieu, and Netgalley for the chance to read this advanced copy in return for an honest review.
Evie Barnes, along with her friends Connie, Sunny, and Juanita, is considered the bad girls of Eastside. They are the girls the whole town talks about and expect bad things from. As the group hangs out at the movies, Evie goes off on her own and is almost assaulted by one of the rich boys who are there. Evie's life is saved by the new girl in town who does more than she set out to do. The girls must band together to explain what happened and free an innocent man.
This book has been billed as a female version of The Outsiders and I can see why. There were a few places throughout the story where I felt it lagged a bit but altogether it was a well-told story of female loyalty and the strength of their friendship. I have never read anything by this author but I am very interested in reading more and becoming acquainted with her writing.