Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

GoodReads Summary:
Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.
Hello GirlsReview:
After finishing Cavallaro’s Charlotte Holmes series I knew I wanted to pick this one up next. It was definitely a bit different, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Really the only similarity was the surprising darker elements in the story.
Winona was…interesting. I really enjoyed her growing into herself and figuring out what it was she wanted from life. I hated her father. She had a few moments where I thought that maybe she should go and get some help, but Lucille always pulled her back down to reality. She’s eccentric and a little wild, which I loved. You never really knew what Winona would do or say next and that kept the story interesting.
Lucille was my favorite though. She takes care of her family even though they don’t really try to make the effort to take care of her too. I hated her brother. I liked that Lucille was the reasonable one of the duo. It made sense with the rest of her life. She’d always been the reasonable one and it was realistic for that to stay the same even though the pair had gone off on a wild adventure.
I really loved the message of the story. I saw a video of one of Cavallaro & Henry’s book tour Q&A’s and they told a story about a road trip they went on. Every single store they went into they were greeted with “Hello, girls!” despite them being at least in their late twenties. This was applicable to the book because even though Winona and Lucille are in their teens, they’re women and not girls. But men put assumptions on them, innocent girls who couldn’t possibly be robbing them blind or completely hustling them. I really loved it. I also liked that there wasn’t necessarily a happy ending. The mission they’d been on could be considered all for nothing. But along the way, they found themselves, learned that they both wanted freedom and just all-around more from life.
Overall, I was surprised by many things in this book. I really liked it. I liked Winona and Lucille as individuals and I really liked their friendship. I think it was all around a well-told story with interesting and important conversations.

Quotes:

“Hello, girls! Like we’re children. Like we’re the littlest of little girls in our prettiest princess costumes, and simultaneously hot and sexy ladies.”

“I just want to have a small place in the world that truly belongs to me. To not feel, for just one fucking second, like I’m wandering through someone else’s world with someone else’s permission to be there.”

“They tried to make us into them, to box us in, and maybe at some point we fit where they wanted us, but they pushed too hard and we’re not those girls anymore.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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