Review: The It Girl
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 423 (Kindle)
For: Personal Interest
April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford. Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends--Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily--during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.
I knew if I wanted to get over my reading slump, I needed to read a thriller or a romance. I decided to go with a thriller and read THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware.
THE IT GIRL’s my first book by Ruth Ware. I’ve heard great things about some of her other books and THE IT GIRL seems to be the new hottest thing.
The premise of THE IT GIRL really drew me in. I love dark academia and psychological thrillers. I loved reading why everything happened the way they did and what lead up to the main “thing.” I really enjoyed the split narrative: 10 years in the past when the “thing” happened and the present when some of the circumstances of the “thing” are questioned.
I especially loved the setting of THE IT GIRL. Even though Pelham College is a fictitious college in Oxford, I loved experiencing how one of the most prestigious schools in the world functions. Oxford’s so different from anything I experienced in school here in the US. It was very interesting to learn more about the English education system.
The characters in THE IT GIRL were interesting to me. I didn’t like April very much. She was a spoiled rich girl with entitlement issues. I didn’t feel like her friendship with Hannah was very believable. I think April only “befriended” Hannah because Hannah was easy to manipulate. I thought Hannah was an okay character. I just wish she had more backbone and stuck up for herself more. I really liked Will, but I can’t say why.
THE IT GIRL’s ending was really good. I wasn’t disappointed in learning how it all came together. I’ll definitely give Ruth Ware another go.
Have you read THE IT GIRL? If so, what did you think?
I haven’t liked (or even finished) anything by Ruth Ware. I should enjoy her books since it’s one of my favorite genres. However, her characters are generally unlikable which is hard for me.
I totally get that. Fortunately, Hannah isn’t bad. She just let April get away with being a bitch, which I didn’t like.
I have not read The It Girl, but it’s on my tbr. I’m so glad you’re reading again, Jenni!
Thanks, Wendy! 😀 I’m really glad I’m reading again too. I’ve really missed it. I hope you enjoy reading THE IT GIRL when you get to it.
I had heard mixed review for this one.. so hadn’t picked it up.
I understand. If you ever do read it, I hope you like it. 😀
i’m glad you liked this book! i really enjoyed it too. i’ve heard ruth ware is a fantastic author, and will one day read some of her other books. (there’s quite a few haha!)
I’m glad you liked this one too. 😀 I’ll definitely read some more of Ruth Ware’s books.
I’m glad you enjoyed this. Did it help you with the reading slump?
Thanks! 😀 I think so. I want to read now.