I could not put this book down. It was different. It was unusual. It was weird. It was gross. Yep. I kind of feel gross for being engrossed in it. I will flat out tell you that I am not ashamed for reading this book. How can you not when the description reads as follows: “Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”
Hello! I HAVE to find out what happens in this book. Can you blame me for quickly devouring this in two days? With a hook like that? This book has a Flowers in the Attic vibe. If you have never read the V.C Andrews cult classic I will fill you in on what I mean by this comparison. The only story thread that you need to know about Flowers in the Attic is incest. A teenage brother and sister are forced to live in a locked attic by their evil grandmother along with their two younger siblings. Natural inclinations in teenage development occur. Soon brother and sister cannot deny their sexual attraction to one another. Yep it is gross but it is a top guilty pleasure read for me. Where Flowers in the Attic is campy Roanoke Girls has an eerie beauty to its story-telling. Think of it this way. Flowers in the Attic is a Lifetime movie. Roanoke Girls deserves an HBO adaptation.
I cannot go into many details about the plot and characters without giving away too much. What I will tell you is that you will hate the characters but still maintain a sort of sympathy for their situation. I went through a roller coaster of emotions reading this book which is why I decided to recommend it. Hope you give it a try!