The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated)Author: Ainslie Hogarth
Genre: YA Horror, Mystery
Expected Publication: September 8th 2015 by Flux
ARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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Noelle takes a summer nightshift job at the infamous Boy Meets Girl Inn, even though she's well aware of the grisly murders that happened there decades ago. That's why she has a diary—to write down everything she experiences in case things go bump in the night. But the inexplicable freezing drafts, the migrating rotten-flesh smell, and the misplaced personal items don't really scare her. Noelle has bigger problems: her father's ailing health, her friend Alfred's inappropriate crush, and the sore spot on the back of her head that keeps getting worse.When a party commemorating the anniversary of the original killings ends in a ghoulish bloodbath, Noelle's diary becomes the key piece of evidence for investigators. But the cryptic and often incoherent entries suggest there is more to the bizarre case than can be rationally explained...
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.*
It was weird. And freaky. And gross. It's graphic and gruesome and please don't read it if you have high-strung gag reflex. (Also, when you're eating.) Honestly, I was expecting a horror story that will make my hairs stand on end, not this gory tale of I'm-not-sure-what.
The format is unique, but I don't think it works well in digital format. I think it would be better read in a physical copy. But I liked the diary and annotated style.
The diary's owner, Noelle, is pretty interesting. She's complex. She's mean. She's not really likable. She's a bitch to her father and even to her best friend, Al. Sometimes I just want to smash her freaking head in. But there are times when she's also funny and so real. And what's with the sore spot? Duuuuude, there's really something wrong with you.
The fact that I finished the book in two days says something about it being a page-turner. (Hey, two days is pretty fast, by my standards.) I liked the pacing and the build up of events. It was pretty scary, but not so much. I even read it at night with the lights off. But there are a lot of possibility for all the weird occurrences that it somehow lessened the scare factor. I think if the author just focused on one subplot, say it's either Margaret-Wick or Nathanial Holcomb, I would have been more freaked out.
And open endings are not my thing, especially on mystery books! It's still a freaking mystery what really happened. And ohmygods, it's picking at my OCD! Someone please tell me what the hell really happened! Is this a massacre done by a flesh and blood psychotic or is there a paranormal/ghost stuff going on?