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Abby McDonald

Author of Dangerous Girls

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Works by Abby McDonald

Dangerous Girls (2013) 407 copies
Getting Over Garrett Delaney (2012) 182 copies
Sophomore Switch (2009) 173 copies
The Liberation of Alice Love (2010) 161 copies
The Anti-Prom (2011) 110 copies
Dangerous Boys (2014) 81 copies
The Popularity Rules (2009) 25 copies
Life Swap (2009) 11 copies
L.A. Lovestory (2015) 1 copy
Summer of Love (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

Oceans Apart [Bridgerton 2020 TV Series] (2020) — Screenwriter — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
McDonald, Abigail
Birthdate
1985
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Sussex, England, UK
Places of residence
Montréal, Québec, Canada
London, England, UK
Los Angeles, California, USA
Education
Oxford University (BA|PPE|2006)
Occupations
music journalist
entertainment critic
screenwriter
Agent
Curtis Brown
Rosemary Stimola
Short biography
Born in Sussex, UK. Graduated 2006 in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She began writing at college, and graduated to work as a music journalist and entertainment critic; drawing on her loves of pop culture, film and feminism, and interviewing acts as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, The Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson. She is now a full-time novelist and screen-writer.

After spells in Montreal and London, Abby recently moved to Los Angeles, where she is enjoying blue skies, drive-thru everything, and an abundance of frozen yoghurt. She is twenty-five years old. [last two paragraphs adapted from Amazon.com, 10/03/2013]

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Teens go on spring break vacation, one ends up murdered - they blame the best friend. Was it really her, could it be any of the friends, could it be an Islander the victim met? Anna was the best friend and is accused of the murder and has to go on trial in Aruba.... the story is from Anna's POV - I don't like the ending - I didn't like the motive (it's called being a teenager) - if this teen had anger problems as stated in trial, shouldn't she get some psychiatric help? Quick read -
 
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azmtns | 39 other reviews | Jul 15, 2023 |
The most interesting part was the twist at the end. The premise had a lot of potential, but ultimately the non-linear narrative and epistolary feel were techniques used to disguise a shallowness of character and motivation.

Rating: 6/10
Gay-0-meter: 4/10
 
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xaverie | 39 other reviews | Apr 3, 2023 |
What the actual F is that ending?!?! Crazy out of control.

Anna, Elise, and their group of friends are on Spring Break in Aruba. It's one big, giant party in paradise... until it isn't anymore. When Elise is found brutally murdered in the beach house they're staying at, everybody becomes a suspect. When the blame lands on Anna, she becomes stuck in her worst nightmare: prison for something she didn't do. As she awaits trial by judge, she has time to reflect on everything that has brought her to this point. From the first time she met Elise, to all the fun and betrayal that would follow. The only way out of this Aruban prison is to find the person really responisble for this crime... and with the money and prestige floating around in her group of friends, plus a corrupt prosecutor, the fight for her life is going to get steep.

My Thoughts:
Another mindf*ck. That ending... I can't decide if it was genius or crazy. It was definitely disturbing. And I kind of love it, but I totally wanted more!!! I feel like there's so much left unexplained!! (If you could hear my voice right now, it would be totally whiney.)

I loved this book hard. It's very addicting and unputdownable. It's sort of Natalie Holloway-ish... but also not. It's not told in chronological order. It's all over the place. Sometimes I found that slightly confusing, but the chapters are labelled really well, so for the most part I really liked that part of it. If you read this book and don't feel compelled to turn page after page, I would be shocked. This is one of those books that cannot be put down!

The friendship between Elise and Anna was not right. It freaked me out most of the time. At first I thought for sure they had known each other for most of their lives, and then it's revealed they've just met in the last year. WTF?? Who gets all touchy-touchy with someone that fast? They were constantly hanging on each other and kissing each others necks and "nuzzling" each other. Sorry, but PUKE!! It was weird. Especially considering Anna is being tried for Elise's murder. There were genuine friendship moments between these two though, and that helped me not completely loathe the friendship. And they had this "miles and miles" saying that really warmed my heart. But for the most part I was ick-ed out by the way they acted.

The rest of the book is just full of teenage awesomeness and a stellar plot. This is how the book went for me: Betrayal, Betrayal, Betrayal. Aloneness. SO much hurt!! Friendship goodness laced with something not so right.

Basically, I loved this book. I loved the way Anna described her emotions. The writing was great. The book moved really fast and didn't linger long on any one topic. There were so many decoys and red herrings, liars and people throwing their money around that it is impossible to guess who in the end is the real culprit. I know I never saw it coming!! I was totally shocked... like insane, crazy, mind-blown, shocked.

OVERALL: I am super in love with this book!! It was a thrilling read right to the end... and that ending!!! I would recommend this to seriously anyone and everyone. It also makes a great summer or beach read. I'm really glad Abigail Haas (AKA Abby MacDonald) redeemed herself for me. I am no longer scared to read her other books (I was NOT a big fan of Getting Over Garrett Delaney).

PS- THERE'S GOING TO BE A [b:Dangerous Boys|19732381|Dangerous Boys|Abigail Haas|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1401967915s/19732381.jpg|27789580] BOOK?!?!?! I AM PUMPED!

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Michelle_PPDB | 39 other reviews | Mar 18, 2023 |
**May Contain Spoilers**

Girl likes best guy friend, best guy friend is oblivious and shares all the painful details of his relationships w/ girl. Best guy friend goes away for the summer and meets yet another girl. Sad heartbroken girl meets a new guy at summer job. Best guy friend comes back from summer camp and FINALLY realizes girl is the one for him... BUT WAIT!!! It's too late! Girl likes the new guy and realizes her best guy friend isn't as awesome as she thought he was. Now that he wants her, she's moved on.

Ok how many times can I read the exact SAME book???? It was just like [b:The Lonely Hearts Club|6609714|The Lonely Hearts Club|Elizabeth Eulberg|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1259653113s/6609714.jpg|6803681] and so many others that I've read in the past.
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