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The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated) | Ainslie Hogarth | Review

book2 *Review copy c/o Netgalley, cover image via goodreads.com

The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated) is a dark story told through the diary entries of a girl named Noelle who takes on a summer job working at an inn that was the site of some truly terrible murders back in the 90’s. At the beginning of the book we learn that Noelle and several others were found dead at the inn following a party held to commemorate the murders and Noelle’s cryptic diary is the only real evidence left behind. Now a filmmaker is keen to bring the story to the big screen with a Horror movie adaptation, and the detective who brought the diary to his attention has gone missing adding another layer of mystery to the story.

This YA novel is an incredibly unique read with the diary format and addition of annotations and directorial notes about the potential movie adaptation. Personally I loved this idea and enjoyed the extra layer the annotations brought to the story. Unfortunately the format did not always translate successfully in the electronic uncorrected proof copy I read however I believe it would definitely have worked better in the print version.

The book is packed full of mysterious and gory scenes with hints of the paranormal and also touches upon Noelle’s home life and relationship with her father. Whilst I really liked the unusual concept of the book I found that I didn’t connect with Noelle and because of this couldn’t fully enjoy reading the story from her point of view.

The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated) is a unique, intense and quick read packed with gory scenes and an intriguing mystery element. Unfortunately overall the book just wasn’t for me, but if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind read and don’t mind a little gore you may enjoy this one.

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