Most of the reviews and comments about this book focus on the two heroines, their appeal or lack of appeal, and the truth and authenticity of their thoughts and actions. That's great, and all of the positive comments are valid and insightful. But there's something else going on that really adds a powerful extra dimension to this book.
The writing style - brief, cryptic, unreliably narrated, exactly fits the thoughts and situations of the heroines. A single sentence can be funny and then sad. Two opposed thoughts or feelings can be expressed at the same time. Everything is herky jerky and provisional, unless it's slow and deliberate. The girls are pretty, unless they're ugly. The boys are bad, except when they're good. Nothing is resolved. Nothing is consistent. The heroines don't know what they think, but they think it defiantly.
This is great stuff. It's sort of stream of consciousness, but these are minds that aren't fully formed, filled with half thoughts and possible truths and uncertainty. Everything is ironic, and both deeply serious and completely beside the point. That teenage state is what the author captures so well, and is what seems to strike a chord with each of the book's admirers. When you add a wicked and brutally surgical sense of humor into the mix, you definitely have a book that will engage you and resonate with you.
Or at least that's how it seems to me; or not.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.