I had the chance to read Secrets of Southern Girls while on vacation and let me tell you… what a debut! If you want to know what I thought about it, read on, leave a comment, and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
In Secrets of Southern Girls, Haley Harrigan does a fine job of keeping the reader guessing from beginning to end who’s the culprit.
In my opinion Secrets of Southern Girls is a total page turner. The story is full of flashbacks between past and present unveiling everyone’s secrets as the story unfolds. As secrets come to light, the reader understands the reason Julie has held back and hasn’t felt worthy of anything good that’s come to her life.
Julie isn’t the only main character. Reba, her best friend, and Toby are the other main characters. The confessions in Reba’s diary shock Julie as she realizes her sweet friend isn’t who everyone thinks she is, and that her cousin Toby may not be as wretched as everyone thinks either.
I didn’t understand Julie’s hatred for Toby. Yeah, Toby was a jerk growing up and still is, but I actually liked him and didn’t think he was that bad at all. Toby has always been misunderstood and perhaps that is because he doesn’t want people to really see him.
Toby’s love for Reba is a shock to everyone involved. His relationship with Julie and others can never be repaired–I think that’s what makes him more relatable/likeable than Julie and Reba. I didn’t care much for August, his role in Reba’s life is important because he helps her discover herself but they’re never meant to be together.
Secrets of Southern Girls touches upon racism and certain views of people living in a small southern town. You wouldn’t think it was 1997 and that said people were Christians with the things they think. Overall, this was a pretty good read.