Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire takes us there, exploring two fast-friends—Lacey, an equally charismatic and rebellious Cobain fanatic, and Hannah, or “Dex”, as she is renamed by Lacey in an effort to instill her punkish ways upon the impressionable plebeian—as they try to survive life in a small town still reeling from the apparent suicide of a popular basketball player under suspicious—and potentially evil—circumstances.
Wasserman masterfully navigates through the tribulations of our most formative (and often painful) years. She takes on issues of womanhood and sexuality, venturing into that bottomless ravine that can seem to separate the outside word from our truest selves, all the while deconstructing the misplaced moral panic of the 90's that led to widespread fear of satanic cults.
Girls on Fire is a gut wrenching, thought-provoking read that will bring you face-to-face with the shadows of your worst high school memories, but will also remind you of the power of friendship, rebellion, and self-discovery. As Megan Abbot states, Girls on Fire is a “captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.” Egalleys are available on Edelweiss, so be sure to check it out here.