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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (19 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877419
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This debut is provocative, suspenseful and involving. Anti-chicklit at its finest. (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY, April 2006)

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Nicci French meets Donna Tartt in this provocative tale of three girls whose friendship has deadly consequences.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "dancegirly" on 5 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Before i start to explain what this book is about, let me first explain what it is most definitely not. I was browsing through the fiction section and this book caught my eye, through both its cover and its title. (yes i know they say never judge a book by its cover, but i must admit that i sometimes do!) Upon reading the blurb on the back i thought it sounded like a nice girly read, light enough for a lazy day in the park. I read the book in a day, and i can tell you that this book is not at all your typical mainstream chick-lit.
So what its about. Three teenage girls and their friendship, their battle through high school life and the things that come with it - drink, drugs and sex. We have the straight ass student who gets too close to her teacher, the popular girl gone bad and her alcoholic parents, and the original badass with a drug-addicted single mother. The three girls call themselves "the Bitch Posse".
The actual book alternates between past (high school) life and present (30-odd year old) life, each chapter cycling between the 3 girls. The effect is that every odd numbered chapter is in the present and every even numbered chapter is in the past, and the chapters of each girl alternate between past and present. Sounds confusing huh? well yes, it is - at first. But after the first 8 or so chapters, which were over all too quickly, you do get used to it.
From the description on the back of the book, we are told 'one night...something horrific happens to shatter their friendship forever'. From the start we are able to see the effect that this terrible thing has had on each girls adult lives, and each chapter in the past takes us a step closer to finding out what exactly it was that changed things so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clairabella on 11 Jan. 2007
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I read the first half of this book in one sitting and had high hopes that it would be a great read. However it soon went downhill and I grew tired of the characters and the plot. I felt that the author was trying too hard to be edgy and sensational. The plot was weak and the ending was a big letdown as not much particularly happens. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. If you like chick lit or are after mental health related fiction there are much better books to read.
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In a bid to escape the harsh realities of society and their disfunctional families, the teenage girls join forces to form the Bitch Goddess Posse. In doing this, the girls find common interests in drink, drugs and sex. They also develop strong bonds of friendship, security and love, ties that they are unable to find and develop within their disfunctional families.

The book focuses on the years 1988 when the formation of the Bitch Goddesses took place and 2003 where we get to see the 'goddesses' as adults. Each chapter is titled 'Rennie' 'Amy' or 'Cherry' after the girls and is set in either 1988 or 2003.

To me the book tries to shock through vivid, hard hitting imagery and content. However, in doing so I feel that it has the opposite effect in that it desensitises and makes the characters less real. I also feel that the girls relationship and bonds with each other are slightly superficial and tenuous, however, maybe that is something the author is trying to convey.

The book is one that I would have loved when I was 17 years old. In fact I have read many books of this genre in my teenage years. That isn't to discredit the writing in anyway, its's just to say that, for me, the book belongs in the teenage genre even with the hard hitting scenes involving sex (some bdsm), drugs and issues around the disfunctional families.

On a positive, I feel that one thing O'Connor does well is in her portrayal of the 'alternative' 80's scene. A scene to which I belonged. I would have been the same age as the girls in '88. The kudos given to The Smiths, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie, the love of DMs and cherry bobs and the general feeling of disenfanchisement is all something to which I could relate.
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By Kay VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this book about two years ago when it was first published. Is it the mark of a good book that it stays with you long after you've finished the last page? Or an extremely bad one? You tell me.

The line that is littered throughout the book "You have to hurt to feel anything at all" continues to haunt me, for some unknown reason. Perhaps because it's such a profoundly sad statement to make.

But anyway, this book is disturbing; it isn't one which'll make you feel happy and satisfied when you have finished it. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. It is also to the extreme [nothat I am judging it on that "Amy made a cup of tea" and "Rennie watched two hours of TV" isn't the makings of literature classics].

This is not for the easily offended as the book is littered with graphic sex scenes which many have an underlying violence about. Nor is it for the squeamish as self-harm is also detailed graphically.

To be honest, I can't decided whether I like the book or not; I think O'Connor is a hugely talented writer, but the book... And I am neither easily offended or squeamish [I'm a Nurse, so it doesn't help being either!] nor am I an old prude [I'm 19!]. I think people should read it and make up their own mind. It's definitely worth a read, in that sense. Just don't expect to feel as if the worlds been put to rights once you finish it.
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