Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt. (Goodreads)
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Hello Girls is being compared the Thelma and Louise and I get it. It is honestly almost exactly the same. There is even the Brad Pitt character. That being said, this book is much more than that. It is about friendship and being a woman in a male-dominated world.
I liked that Winona and Lucille were from different socio-economic backgrounds, not only did it make their friendship seem extraordinary, but it also makes you realize that despite certain circumstances, people have to deal with the same stuff.
The story was somehow both depressing and uplifting. You couldn’t help but root for Lucille and Winona despite their questionable actions. For me, the ending left a bit to be desired, but this was a book that was much more about the journey than the outcome
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Brittany Callavaro also writes the Charlotte Holmes series.
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