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The Girls Are All So Nice Here

A novel by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they're being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before — and will stop at nothing to get it — in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.

A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she's worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads "We need to talk about what we did that night."

It seems that the secrets of Ambrosia's past — and the people she thought she'd left there—aren't as buried as she'd believed. Amb can't stop fixating on what she did or who she did it with: larger-than-life Sloane "Sully" Sullivan, Amb's former best friend, who could make anyone do anything.

At the reunion, Amb and Sully receive increasingly menacing messages, and it becomes clear that they're being pursued by someone who wants more than just the truth of what happened that first semester. This person wants revenge for what they did and the damage they caused—the extent of which Amb is only now fully understanding. And it was all because of the game they played to get a boy who belonged to someone else, and the girl who paid the price.

Alternating between the reunion and Amb's freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a shocking novel about the brutal lengths girls can go to get what they think they're owed, and what happens when the games we play in college become matters of life and death. (From Simon & Schuster)

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is an author based in London, Ont. She is the author of three young adult novels under the name L.E. Flynn. 

Why Laurie Elizabeth Flynn wrote The Girls Are All So Nice Here

"The start of college — and that possibility of reinvention — puts pressure on a lot of young people, especially young women, to reinvent themselves from the person they were in high school. It's this very enticing concept of the 'fresh start,' and the rebranding that goes with that. 

The start of college — and that possibility of reinvention — puts pressure on a lot of young people, especially young women, to reinvent themselves from the person they were in high school.

"And in this story, the main character definitely wants to undergo that metamorphosis from the person she'd been in high school. And she really wants to get in with the right crowd and no spoilers, but it definitely doesn't end up being the right crowd." 

Read more in her interview with The Next Chapter.

Interviews with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn talks to Shelagh Rogers about her psychological thriller The Girls Are All So Nice Here. 11:27

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