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Beautiful Malice: A Novel

2 Ratings: 1.0
A book by Rebecca James

Starred Review. "I didn't go to Alice's funeral." So opens Australian author James's impressive debut, a searing coming-of-age novel that deftly intertwines two violent backstories. Studious Katherine Patterson, who's reading … see full wiki

Author: Rebecca James
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bantam
Date Published: July 13, 2010
2 reviews about Beautiful Malice: A Novel
review by . August 02, 2010
A reviewer friend happened to phone when I started reading this book and all I could talk about was the powerful first line: "I didn't go to Alice's funeral." I find that powerful because it grabbed me upfront, creating a lot of questions I needed answered: Who is Alice? What is her relationship to the narrator? How did she die? What did Alice do that was so horrendous that the narrator couldn't justify paying final respects?    This story is mainly about Katherine Patterson, …
review by . June 24, 2010
This seems to be Rebecca James's first novel and as such, it's not bad --save for the ending. It's another "Girlfriend from Hell" novel but the character (and past trauma) of the good girl Katherine are well delineated and the descent of the bad girl Alice from selfishness and narcissism to outright mania is generally well drawn. There is an attractive almost-love story involving Alice's love-besotted good guy boyfriend and her new girl friend Katherine. In time, Katherine becomes uneasy, then upset, …
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