Pretty Girls Make Graves – Nicole Trilivas
Cover – Pretty Girls make Graves
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Cover: Iz okay
I like the idea of it and it could be way worse. I’m just kind of meh about it. I’m not a big fan of the font of the title. The whole thing is also just a bit fuzzy.
“My first thought is that he doesn’t taste like Jason. My second thought is: I can’t believe I’m starting my story with what a guy tastes like.”
Pretty Girls Make Graves it told in the first person from behind the mask of Justine, a 21 year old who takes a break from college to travel around europe. What’s she’s really doing is trying to escape the heartbreak that haunts her from New York.
Warning: This book includes A LOT of content. There is sex, there are drugs, there is TONS of drinking, and there is massive self destruction. This journey ain’t pretty, but the writing is glorious.
The writing: I went back through my notes and there are pages of highlighted words. Nicole Trivilas’ writing is so good it’s almost painful. It’s insightful and it’s real. This was a book that made me realize things about myself that I wasn’t expecting (and maybe not so much with the wanting).
The Disclaimer: This alone is the reason I purchased this book without actually getting to the first page. This disclaimer is by far the best thing I’ve read in far too long. If you don’t want to read the book, check out the disclaimer at least. It’s worth the ten minutes it’ll take you to read it.
Playlists: Ms. Trivilas puts together playlists for all of the sections of her book and I believe we may be music soul sisters. Since the playlists are so good, I used them as a MAJOR inspiration when creating my playlist (to be found below).
Europe: Justine travels around Europe, not the tourist-ridden Europe, but the back-alley, dingy buildings, hot and horny Europeans Europe.
The maybe not so good:
Emo: Justine is a tad…over dramatic, there are a few allusions to slitting wrists and ending lives over a boy. It’s nothing too over-the-top, but as a personal preference, it’s not necessary.
This book made me feel a tad bit old and, dare I say it, responsible. Damn.
Most kickass character:
This is a rough one. None of the characters in this book are what I’d define as ‘kickass.’ If I were being held over a cliff and had to make a decision or be dashed to death on the rocks below, I’d say Puck, one of the later boys that Justine runs into. He knows what he wants and what he deserves and he demands it. Of course he can be a dick as well (but whatevs, you can’t have everything).
This book is difficult to read. It’s uncomfortable to watch Justine’s self destruction, while hoping things get better; and then when they don’t, feeling crushed. I really liked Justine, I wanted her to get better, but hope is futile in the book. You want her to have a coming of age, to be better when she ends than when she begins, but this book isn’t about the ending, it’s about the journey. And, it’s well worth the ride.
Suggested for: People who enjoy good writing, want to read Eat Pray Love’s messed up step-cousin, and don’t mind being a little melancholy
Check out my Pretty Girls Make Graves playlist on Spotify right now!
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Pearly-dewdrops’ Drops – Cocteau Twins
What Else Is There? – Royksopp
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I want – She & Him
Longshot – Antigone Rising
Whirring – The Joy Formidable
Only Happy When it Rains – Garbage
Lover I don’t Have to Love – Bright Eyes
In For the Kill – La Roux
Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground and Nico
Becomes the Color – Emily Wells
Thrash Unreal – Against Me!
A Certain Cemetery – Pretty Girls Make Graves
Lend Me Your Face – Fight Like Apes
Siren Song – Bat For Lashes
Oh My God – Ida Maria
You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
Here’s Where the Story Ends – The Sundays
Not only is it yummy, it can settle a tummy ache!
Drink Recommendation: Club Soda – My god, this young woman drinks so much, I just wanted her to take some time to detox.
Also, I’ve been drinking tons of club soda lately and have developed a taste for it.