Hello Girls
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 Girls Details

TitleHello Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Hello Girls Review

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Video review - https://youtu.be/w9617uq7Kk0?t=73This was such a quick read but unfortunately it wasn’t really for me. I was totally engrossed in the story because I had no clue where it was going but then when I got to probably 70% of the way through, I just started losing interest. I was so far in that I sped through the rest of it so I could finish.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review by HarperCollins Frenzy*
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    Two best friends from Michigan go on a road trip of empowerment in their stolen convertible. WAS THIS NOVEL WRITTEN *JUST* FOR ME? BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT WAS.I went into this with high hopes. I love Emily Henry, I love the setting, I love friendship. But I guess,,,,,,,,,I was expecting something more emotionally devastating? i.e Intense feelings between these two friends. I showed up almost entirely for the friendship; sadly, though, I never felt it. I was told “these two are friends” instead of Two best friends from Michigan go on a road trip of empowerment in their stolen convertible. WAS THIS NOVEL WRITTEN *JUST* FOR ME? BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT WAS.I went into this with high hopes. I love Emily Henry, I love the setting, I love friendship. But I guess,,,,,,,,,I was expecting something more emotionally devastating? i.e Intense feelings between these two friends. I showed up almost entirely for the friendship; sadly, though, I never felt it. I was told “these two are friends” instead of *FEELIN’* the relationship develop. There were roughly three moments where I was THERE with them????? But I mostly just wanted the book to end. Full disclosure, when I read this book I was v jaded about relationships. Like, human bonding of all kind. I was ready to live as a recluse, hate sunshine, and live out my remaining years with nothing but my trusty eyeliner + video games. IT WAS NOT A GOOD PLACE, FRIENDS. So, that may have affected my review in a tiny way. But you know what, I still enjoyed this book a little bit and it was still funlike eating celery is fun, which it’s not. Characters WinonaWinona is the more timid, sweet, pretty sprinkle. Her dad Stormy is a beloved weatherman & the entire state of Michigan worships him. But he’s also abusive, and Winona feels like no one would believe their precious Stormy could hurt his daughter. It was v sad and desperate and I wanted to punch Stormy in the face. LucilleI LOVE LUCILLE!!!! She’s a badass & is constantly dealing with her drug-dealing big brother. I felt like she’s the stronger component of the Winona/Lucille friendship? She’s witty, tired of being trash, and tired of everyone belittling her. I loved her. I’ve never seen Thelma and Louise but I still feel like Lucille fulfills the *tired of the patriarchy, bad bitch* prophesy. Overall This story is about women who are tired of being treated like kids. Who have been abused by men and are just DONE. I loved this theme and supported it 100%. But I never FELT the bond between the two main characters???????? I didn’t get enough development; I would have rather the book been about them becoming friends, rather than: “They are friends. Behold! Shiny road trip!” + even though I need platonic rep, this book could've been gay & I wouldn't have been disappointed c: c: c: | ✨TWITTER ✨| ✨BLOG ✨|✨ BOOKSTAGRAM✨ |
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    best friends? runaways? revenge? contemporary?EMILY HENRY?????????RELEASE DATE IN 2019????????????????cruel, cruel, cruel world.just give me ittttttt
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Thelma & Louise for the next generation??? Sign me the F*UP!!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    a good book full of very bad ideas
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    cowritten vigilante girl besties based off Thelma & Louise, and also this cover dropped absolutely saved me. uh, hello, yes?
  • rin 눈_눈 READ RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
    January 1, 1970
    *slides $10* make them gay
  • Jeff Zentner
    January 1, 1970
    I am deeply fortunate to have gotten to read this as a manuscript. HELLO GIRLS is a razor-sharp union of sidesplitting dark comedy, fierce feminism, and poignant friendship, paced like an Alfa-Romeo at full throttle, and written in gleaming, perfect, gutpunch sentences.One of the sharpest, funniest, and most perfectly written books I’ve ever read. This story of two best friends on the lam will have you alternating between rolling with laughter and picking your jaw up off the floor in wonder. Bri I am deeply fortunate to have gotten to read this as a manuscript. HELLO GIRLS is a razor-sharp union of sidesplitting dark comedy, fierce feminism, and poignant friendship, paced like an Alfa-Romeo at full throttle, and written in gleaming, perfect, gutpunch sentences.One of the sharpest, funniest, and most perfectly written books I’ve ever read. This story of two best friends on the lam will have you alternating between rolling with laughter and picking your jaw up off the floor in wonder. Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry have worked magic on the pages of HELLO GIRLS.
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    This was sent to me by the publisher, in return for an honest review. Of course, all thoughts are my own. 3.5 stars.I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book.This seems to have been written for me. My favorite trope *ever* is vigilante teenage girls. I just find the entire trope so thrilling and impowering. While I loved that aspect of HELLO GIRLS, it's far from a perfect story.First off, these girls are pretty dumb. I can't go into too much detail since the parts where their lack of thin This was sent to me by the publisher, in return for an honest review. Of course, all thoughts are my own. 3.5 stars.I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book.This seems to have been written for me. My favorite trope *ever* is vigilante teenage girls. I just find the entire trope so thrilling and impowering. While I loved that aspect of HELLO GIRLS, it's far from a perfect story.First off, these girls are pretty dumb. I can't go into too much detail since the parts where their lack of thinking would be a spoiler, all I can say is that it was incredibly frustrating to see these girls make these terrible decisions and then act dumbfounded whenever it blew up in their faces, even though there was a much smarter solution, fifty pages beforehand.On top of that, GIRLS suffers from way too much inner dialogue. I'm a reader who *loves* dialogue, so this is definitely a personal thing, but I found myself skimming a lot of what was going on in the girls' heads because it was just too drawn on.Lastly for the negatives, I had a hard time telling the two girls apart. It's very similar to my experience with Albertalli & Silvera's WHAT IF IT'S US. These two authors' voices are just too similar for me to not constantly second guess who's head I was in, which led to me not connecting as much with the girls as I wanted to.I know I seem pretty critical about this book, but it really is something I'll remember for awhile.I LOVE how these girls didn't really give a shit about anyone else but them. They're definitely flawed characters and it was nice to see them not turn into these girls with an amazing moral compass.It's so incredibly fun and the girls *do* get smart towards the end and I could seriously see this becoming a movie. Overall, I recommend this for fans of GONE GIRL and BIG LITTLE LIES who may be looking for a younger version of these stories.TW: domestic violence
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Two of the best mystery authors... This is their brainchild. It had better come through| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Maile
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an amazing read! Girl power to the max; it was so funny and empowering!Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books and Harper Collins for the free ARC!
  • Fatma
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THAT COVER !! THOSE COLOURS !!
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Well HELLO there gorgeous!! I need this book about an iconic girl gang duo immediately.
  • S.M. Parker
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS MY EVERYTHING!!!!!!
  • Majelle Legros
    January 1, 1970
    Before I start, here's a link to my Booktube in which I talk about ~*books*~:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttI...Wionna and Lucille are two girls in really really crappy home situations, who decide one night to runaway on an epic cross country adventure through the states. Though their main motive was too escape their home lives, a lot of the book's main feature was the different ways in which the girls found *cough* stole money from various places or people. The chapter headers always kept Before I start, here's a link to my Booktube in which I talk about ~*books*~:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttI...Wionna and Lucille are two girls in really really crappy home situations, who decide one night to runaway on an epic cross country adventure through the states. Though their main motive was too escape their home lives, a lot of the book's main feature was the different ways in which the girls found *cough* stole money from various places or people. The chapter headers always kept you in the loop on just how much money they had, and it kept things interesting the entire time you were rooting for them. Wionna is this sheltered tall, pretty rich girl who's dad has been rather... controlling in her life, so she hasn't even had her first kiss yet. Lucille is born into an incredibly poor family where she has to hold up the household by working her way through life. This gets unnoticed by her dirtbag brother who sells drugs but keeps the money for himself. Oh, and steals hers. The two together are dynamic. They're so in love with each other as badass best friends. They're both tired of men in general and I mean, c'mon, how relatable. The book itself was an insanely fast read once I got into it. But admittedly, it took me until the stasis was broken and the girl were running away to really get into it. From there, the plot was such an easy and fast read. It's insane, for the first few chapters I felt like DNFing it, then turns out I loved the book. Funny how that works. (And that is the only reason why I gave it a 4/5)The girls grew on their journey from girls with these lives defined by someone else, to well, I guess you'll have to read the book.
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  • Sam Duffy
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, wild, dangerous. This book is a whirlwind that just keeps going. I really, really enjoyed it. It was dark and light and fast-paced and full of heart and friendship, and I think it was really well done.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Put this one down. I liked the premise but the content took a hard left I wasn’t interested in or expecting. Totally a personal preference.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't particularly love the one Brittany Cavallaro book I've read, but Emily Henry is my queen and I would trust her with my life so like....... I'm gonna read this
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*12/14-- I need restraint or I'll end up reading this NOW
  • Jessica Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    Review closer to publication time
  • NinjaMuse
    January 1, 1970
    In brief: Winona’s life is perfect, except her dad controls it. Lucille‘s is full of money troubles. When they can’t stand it any longer, they get out, and if that means stealing a car and sticking it to all men ever, all the better.Full disclosure: This was a reading copy which I received through work, with the expectation that I would like it enough to review it and then order it for stock. This book is out August 6, 2019.Thoughts: If there’s any book that is both “hard-hitting issue novel” an In brief: Winona’s life is perfect, except her dad controls it. Lucille‘s is full of money troubles. When they can’t stand it any longer, they get out, and if that means stealing a car and sticking it to all men ever, all the better.Full disclosure: This was a reading copy which I received through work, with the expectation that I would like it enough to review it and then order it for stock. This book is out August 6, 2019.Thoughts: If there’s any book that is both “hard-hitting issue novel” and “pure feminist escapism”, this is it. I spent a lot of time cheering the girls on on their road trip/crime spree because it was so much fun to watch them do things I didn’t know I wanted to see done, especially because they’re coming from a position of righteous anger and going after people who deserve it. And because you kind of can’t help seeing them as underdogs.But at the same time, this tackles abuse and poverty and sexism in so many facets, not only the situations themselves but also the trauma of the victims, in very realistic ways (panic attacks, ingrained habits, the desire to be seen as more than a body, etc.). And of course, it handles all the crimes well too, balancing “they’re jerks so this is ethical because I’m righting wrongs” with “but you just committed grand larceny” with “holy shit I am not okay”.The girls are realistically late-teens—aware of their value, their power, and their womanhood, capable of pop music singalongs in glitter wigs and booking motels, but also still making the impulsive and questionable decisions teens sometimes do, like surviving entirely on junk food for a week. And there’s a lot they don’t know about how the world works too, which makes for some fun times. For a given definition of fun. I kept having moments where I’d flip between “yes do the thing!” and “oh honey that’s not the right choice” and “yeah, that’s what I’d probably do too though”, often within the same paragraph.In short, it might sound like there’s a lot going on in this book but it never feels like there is because everything works so well and the journey’s just so much fun. It’s pretty perfect as a summer read, which I’m sure is why it’s coming out when it is, but I can see it being empowering or at least enlightening for a lot of teens at the same time. I’ll definitely have a review under it when it comes in.To bear in mind: Contains girls dealing with abusers, poverty, sexism, drug dealers, threats of violence, skeezy jerks, and paedophiles, and also committing all sorts of exciting crimes.7.5/10
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  • Xin
    January 1, 1970
    okay this wasn't bad. and i'm beyond grateful to have received an arc of it. but it wasn't anywhere near how i expected it to be like. my fault for having expectations but also, this book was just dull really. how lucille and winona became best friends literally happened overnight without buildup whatsoever and the book just kept telling me "these girls are the bestest of friends so you'd better believe it!" and i didn't buy it at all. like i'd hate to compare it to my favorite series of all tim okay this wasn't bad. and i'm beyond grateful to have received an arc of it. but it wasn't anywhere near how i expected it to be like. my fault for having expectations but also, this book was just dull really. how lucille and winona became best friends literally happened overnight without buildup whatsoever and the book just kept telling me "these girls are the bestest of friends so you'd better believe it!" and i didn't buy it at all. like i'd hate to compare it to my favorite series of all time bc that's not fair at all. but in trc i fell in love with the characters as i read about them from another character's pov. in this book it was all "lucille would do anything for winona" or whatever and i'm like "well... how did she come around to feeling this?" i don't know. it was just something i really looked forward to and i was quite frankly let down big time. as for the revenge bit, i think i would have been into it more if i wasn't already salty about the friendship and the weird pacing
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I have a confession: I’m tired of unfaltering girl-power. Obviously, it’s important to empower and encourage young girls coming up in a world that we can actively make brighter for them. But despite our own beliefs and the ardent-feminist voices that have finally found a stage in this generation, there will alway be men who are larger than us, louder than us, insisting all that hard-earned self-esteem is crap, we are crap, weak and useless. So, what? How do you look a young girl in the eyes and I have a confession: I’m tired of unfaltering girl-power. Obviously, it’s important to empower and encourage young girls coming up in a world that we can actively make brighter for them. But despite our own beliefs and the ardent-feminist voices that have finally found a stage in this generation, there will alway be men who are larger than us, louder than us, insisting all that hard-earned self-esteem is crap, we are crap, weak and useless. So, what? How do you look a young girl in the eyes and say, “you’re more than enough. But not everybody thinks so” ? How do you explain that yes we have women’s marches and yes your education is important and yes you can do anything your brother can do—but you won’t make as much money. People will always underestimate you. Every action you take will be the wrong one, in someone else’s eyes. You are enough, but it will never be enough. It’s hard to talk about it, so we don’t talk about it, but we NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT. And this book does. And it does it so. Well. Winona and Lucille are teenagers who talk and act and love like teenagers. They see the world the way it is in all its injustice and choose their own girl-power path despite the complicated messiness of it all. The prose is at once hilarious and haunting, and deeply relatable throughout. I felt so seen. I love this book with all my heart, and I hope it reaches as many young people as possible this August.
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely ferocious. Winona and Lucille are wounded, furious, and apparently all the other has. And they are everything I want in a female friendship-- protective, brave, a little selfish on their duo's behalf. I love them so much I want to howl at the moon.
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  • Kael
    January 1, 1970
    Oh hello cover! I am SO ready for this!!!
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    DUUUUDE, this better be good
  • Harker
    January 1, 1970
    CW: drinking (underage), drugs/drugging people against their will, possible eating disorder related talk, poverty, parental neglect, abuse by a parentWhen the world keeps kicking you and kicking you, and especially when that world is your own family, there comes a time when you say ENOUGH. For Winona and Lucille, each day has gotten rougher, whether it's an abusive father or a neglectful mother and abusive brother. Enough is far more than enough.HELLO GIRLS is the story of Winona and Lucille tak CW: drinking (underage), drugs/drugging people against their will, possible eating disorder related talk, poverty, parental neglect, abuse by a parentWhen the world keeps kicking you and kicking you, and especially when that world is your own family, there comes a time when you say ENOUGH. For Winona and Lucille, each day has gotten rougher, whether it's an abusive father or a neglectful mother and abusive brother. Enough is far more than enough.HELLO GIRLS is the story of Winona and Lucille taking their strength into their own hands, stealing Winona's grandfather's Alfa Romeo convertible, and hitting the road to find whether that power will take them. From casinos to the fourth best truck stop in the U.S., through the fears and doubts and worries, they'll have a lot to contend with, but always by their side is each other.Holy crap did this book go on a whirlwind. It was a fast read because I could Not. Put. It. Down! <3There's a lot of bad stuff that happens in this book, let's be honest about that right away. Winona has an abusive father who is the kind of man that has a very perfect public persona (the dude is a weatherman with his own theme song, for crying out loud). He's emotionally, physically, verbally abusive. Any interaction with him in this book sent chills down my spine. Lucille's brother is a drug addict and a drug dealer. He works for even scarier people and steals from Lucille, among other despicable treatment. Add to this a (possibly) loving but entirely neglectful mother who sides with this scumbag of a brother and Lucille is also in a bad situation.Their strength comes from within and from each other. The insane things they get up to, from stealing a car to running away to a few other illegal activities along the way, just left you never quite knowing what turn they'd take next. Even as it was obvious that certain things, certain people, would need to be dealt with at the end, it was still so invigorating watching Winona and Lucille, quite literally, take the wheel.There was some stuff that wasn't quite copacetic. At one of their stops along the ways, Winona and Lucille meet up with Silas. Long story short, needing money, they and Silas comes up with a scheme in which Silas lures strange men back to his hotel room under the premise that they'll be sleeping with the girls, but then Winona and Lucille drug them. Silas then drags the men away and dumps them somewhere. The whole scheme being dangerous as hell aside, given that they've known Silas for a couple hours maybe, the drugging people against their will is pretty ick.Aside from a plot hole/twist hole near the end that I can't really figure out, I enjoyed the book overall. There was, aside from the aforementioned shit that these girls go through before the book even starts, heartbreak. Friends can suck, family can suck, hell, just being can suck.Do people deserve second chances? That's a hard question to answer. What Winona and Lucille have to figure out on this trip is what and more importantly who matter in their lives and where that path is going to lead them in a world that is constantly trying to box them in.“We’re not the Virgin Mary, but we’re not the Whores, either. 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. I’m not. God, Lucille, people like Stormy and Silas and Marcus take whatever they want, and for years—for our whole lives!—we’ve just let them. Well, guess what? I want things. I want something that’s just mine, that I took and kept. Don’t you? I mean, honestly, Lucille, don’t you?”I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes included are from an advanced reader copy and may not reflect the finalized copy.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Actual rating is a 4.5. Hello Girls was an emotional rollercoaster. Lucille and Winona are best friends counting down the days until they can leave their terrible home situations behind and start a new life together in Chicago. I love a book that has a female friendship as its core. Both of these characters stole my heart right from the beginning. A strong desire to see what happened to them over the c Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Actual rating is a 4.5. Hello Girls was an emotional rollercoaster. Lucille and Winona are best friends counting down the days until they can leave their terrible home situations behind and start a new life together in Chicago. I love a book that has a female friendship as its core. Both of these characters stole my heart right from the beginning. A strong desire to see what happened to them over the course of the story kept me on the edge of my seat and feeling ALL of the feels. I'd recommend going into Hello Girls knowing as little as possible in order to really appreciate it. If you want a book that gives you permission to free your inner rage, that highlights the awesome power of friendship, and that grips you from beginning to end, I would highly recommend Hello Girls.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!What can you expect when besties irl – and badass authors who always deliver the best books – Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry go together and write book that punches toxic masculinity in the face? THE BEST. and HELLO GIRLS surely delivered that! Full of heist and female power that reflects so hard the reality women face now despite all the movements and protests we do.Coming August 2019, don't miss this one.Full review to come. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher, Katherine Tegen 4.5 stars!What can you expect when besties irl – and badass authors who always deliver the best books – Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry go together and write book that punches toxic masculinity in the face? THE BEST. and HELLO GIRLS surely delivered that! Full of heist and female power that reflects so hard the reality women face now despite all the movements and protests we do.Coming August 2019, don't miss this one.Full review to come. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Ophelibob
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very, very good. It was so heavy but at the same time light hearted and fun. It was a pretty fast read in the couldn’t-put-it-down sense. I just love Winona and Lucille and their relationship. It made me scream and gasp and squeal and all sorts of things a good book should make you do. I highly recommend it, but know that there are definitely some very intense topics (abuse, drugs, rape, murder, alcohol)
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