Imaginary Girls by Nova SumaImaginary Girls by Nova Suma

Imaginary Girls

byNova Suma

Hardcover | October 28, 2015

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Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.
Nova Ren Suma studied writing and photography at Antioch College in Ohio and went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
Title:Imaginary GirlsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.53 × 5.95 × 1.21 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Reader GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525423389

ISBN - 13:9780525423386

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This is not normally a book I would enjoy as the genre is kind of supernatural. I really enjoyed this book though. It was stepping out of my comfort zone but a nice change. The author leaves the reader with a lot of questions, but this is not a bad thing. It definitely leaves you wondering and having to fill in your own blanks. Eerie but great!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This story wasn't really for me but I could see how others may enjoy it.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Imaginary Girls is one of those books that, when you finish it and close the book, it still makes you wonder. I think that Nova Ren Suma had a really great idea, but somehow, all the pieces didn't click together. The writing is absolutely beautiful, almost poetic in some parts, but I found myself with more questions at the end then when I was reading it. The story is about Chloe and her older sister Ruby and a long-lost town called Olive, that was flooded decades ago. Living near the now flooded town, Ruby has a strange obsession with it, claiming that the people of Olive still live down in the murky, watery depths of the reservoir. Two years ago, Ruby claimed that Chloe could swim across the reservoir. Chloe never made it, as she swam right into a boat containing the dead body of London, a troubled young girl. Shaken by the death, Chloe moves in with her father for two years. When she returns to town, she finds out that London is no longer dead and no one seems to have any idea that something is wrong. On top of all of this, Ruby is able to make people do whatever she wants, whether it be something as simple as making a lasagna for her or making someone fall completely in love with her. The many questions that are brought up in this book are never really truly answered. There is a very tiny supernatural theme in this book that is never fully developed, leaving a confusing storyline. It begins to fall apart about halfway through and when you reach the ending, it just isn't satisfying. The only good thing about this book is the writing and even that can't make up for everything wrong with it.
Date published: 2011-11-24

Editorial Reviews

"Eerie and gripping and told with lush and inviting scenes, Imaginary Girls will haunt its readers. An intensely vivid portrayal of love and no-choice loyalty and power that has no easy answers." - Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake "A surreal little nightmare in book form. I just loved it. Nova Ren Suma's voice is unique and riveting, and so is the indelible Ruby, who dominates the reader from the very first page. It's the book everyone will be dying to talk about." - Nancy Werlin, author of Impossible and Extraordinary