Pretty Little Devils, by Nancy Holder
Every school has them, the popular clique of girls whom everyone wants to date or be best friends with. The Pretty Little Devils (PLDs) are such a group of girls, at Brookhaven High School in California. While they are pretty and intelligent, they are also manipulative, and can get away with anything, maybe even murder.
Hazel is at first on the outside looking in at the PLDs, like the other less popular students at Brookhaven, until she is noticed by the group’s leader and brought in as their newest member. This is just the change Hazel has hoped for. She wants new friends to help boost her status at Brookhaven, in order to make the most of her high school years. She gets what she wants but, as is so often the case, she doesn’t know what to do with it once she gets it. She soon realizes that she might be in over her head. Hazel tries to make the best of it, but when a rival of the PLDs turns up dead she wonders just how far the girls are willing to go to rule the school. Could one of them be capable of murder?
This book reads a bit like a teen horror movie from the 90s, one that I might have seen during my own (less murderous) high school days. Teens behaving badly and the desire for popularity are merged seamlessly here with death and deceit. By the end the mystery is solved, and the story comes to a conclusion, but room is definitely left for a sequel. This would be a good read for those who don’t want too much realism in their murder mystery, as just enough of a teen romantic-comedy is mixed in to be appealing.
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