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{November 5, 2013}   {Review} This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker

18310303From Goodreads: This is not a story of forgiveness…

The mystery of their best friend’s murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud.

Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return.

Alone.

They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.

Enter the W.A.R.— the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.

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This is one of those stories where the synopsis drew me in and I was very interested in reading the novel, but then found I couldn’t stand any of the characters based on their actions and attitudes, and so I didn’t really end up enjoying it much at all.  I mean, I feel like this might be a great novel for those who enjoy Pretty Little Liars, but I personally just don’t enjoy novels where I can’t connect with any of the characters.

Rich beyond their means and flaunting their wealth and ability, the Gregory boys are quite despicable.  Drinking, popping pills, fondling women—and no one tries to stop them, so when James kills Willa, no one bats an eye. No one, except Willa’s three friends and Rose, the daughter of one of the Gregory’s club employees.  These four girls eventually band together to try to bring down the Gregory’s, but as their inner monologues unfold and we see events through their points of view, it becomes apparent that these young vigilante girls are just as bad as the Gregory’s themselves.  Truthfully, I didn’t like any of the characters and their general lack of self-respect, and while I did enjoy the twist at the end concerning the murder, I felt like it wasn’t enough to really change my mind about this novel on the whole.  It’s just not really my style.  Two stars.

2 stars

Soho Teen has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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