The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. (2021).
**2 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 7 April 2021**
Ambrosia is desperate to fit in at prestigious college Wesleyan. At first she struggles to navigate the rules of this strange, elite world filled with privileged ‘nice girls. Until she meets charismatic Sully, with whom she forms an obsessive, destructive friendship. Amb is determined to impress Sully and is easily drawn into her manipulations. But if she wants to play Sully at her own game, Amb has no idea just how high the cost will be…
Apparently I’m very much in the minority on this one because I didn’t really like this book much. I didn’t read any reviews until after I finished and then I wondered if I had read the same book as everyone else because every review I’ve seen is people loving this novel! What I did like about it was having the ‘mean girl’ as the main character; it is an interesting concept. And a lot of people can relate to putting on a persona to fit in. But overall I found Amb unlikable and quite cruel really. I appreciated that the storyline moves between the past (Amb starting college) and the present (10 year reunion of the graduating class); this technique upped the suspense and kept me reading to find out exactly what happened in college that Amb was desperate nobody find out. But I didn’t like the end and just found the while thing overly dramatic and not believable.
Overall: I didn’t really like this one but the majority of readers rate it high so as always, if the synopsis interests you then give it a go.