Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: WICKED GIRLS by Stephanie Hemphill

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although the story of the trials in 1692 is well known, this novel explores the happening in Salem through the POVs of the primary accusers: girls between the ages of 12 and 17. Hemphill plays up the peer pressure aspect, reminding readers that groups of girls can be unspeakably cruel, and that it is hard to give up popularity by making the right choice. The narrative was fresh and quick, and I liked the distinct motivations that each girl brought to her accusations: in this rendering, it was more than just a land grab.

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