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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 wo 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.


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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 wo 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.

30 review for The Girls Are All So Nice Here

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wowza! Another brilliant, deliciously juicy, gripping mean girls at college theme conquered my mind from the first chapter! What makes this story unique and different from the other mental abuse, bullying stories? Well this time our narrator is one of those means girls: ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to meet with Ambrosia Wellington! She did something really bad and hurt someone: there is no turning back from that deadly mistake and she has been paying her dues for 10 years. She is mostly layin Wowza! Another brilliant, deliciously juicy, gripping mean girls at college theme conquered my mind from the first chapter! What makes this story unique and different from the other mental abuse, bullying stories? Well this time our narrator is one of those means girls: ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to meet with Ambrosia Wellington! She did something really bad and hurt someone: there is no turning back from that deadly mistake and she has been paying her dues for 10 years. She is mostly laying low, not chasing her acting dreams but working full time as PR job, married with five years younger, easy going, naive, college dropout husband who loves to spend his time on couch , playing consul games instead of chasing his writing dreams. But that’s okay for Ambs, at least she’s away from accusing, prejudged looks of people from her school circle. She thinks she left her past behind. Till she starts getting invitations for 10th year reunion of her college and her husband dearest Adrian finds out, pushing her to accept the invitation. But the person who sends her invitation also wants to talk what happened 10 years ago which will open can of worms and destroy her secluded, safe life she’d built in small apartment in Astoria/ Queens forever. I’m not gonna give so much clues that usually do at my reviews. The main things attracted my attention of this story are intriguing, captivating writing style going back and forth between past and present/ reunion. The chapters were riveting, keeping your attention intact, making you question what those mean girls involved in and which one is the worst to be blamed on. Ambrosia awakens different feelings inside you. You just want to decide between punching her face or caressing her hair to soothe her. You hate her, you want to shake her by grabbing her shoulders, you want to scream at her face , you pity on her, you disgust her, you feel sorry for her and finally you understand her motives, her way of her thinking, her dilemma, why she did things and why she’s so insecure. It’s well portrayed anti-heroine. And of course Sloane/ Sully was hell of a mean girl! And Flora, a sweet-swoon-soft girl like she belongs to a romcom. It’s a great written story about betrayal, lies, insecurities, relationships, rape, friendship, manipulation, mind games, deadly secrets. I enjoyed characterization and story’s development. Twists are predictable but ending was still satisfying and well played. I’m giving my five blazing psychological thriller, meanest,ugliest,most dangerous mean girls stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster for sharing this fast paced arc with me in exchange my honest thoughts. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Wow! This book was shocking, disturbing, dark, twisted...I finished this earlier today and I literally can't shake the feeling this gave me. There are mean girl stories.. and then there is this story. This is one of those books that was so dark.. that you almost feel guilty to say that you enjoyed it.. yet a part of you must have because you couldn't stop.. you couldn't look away...no matter how hard it was to read.. you devoured it. Little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. However, Wow! This book was shocking, disturbing, dark, twisted...I finished this earlier today and I literally can't shake the feeling this gave me. There are mean girl stories.. and then there is this story. This is one of those books that was so dark.. that you almost feel guilty to say that you enjoyed it.. yet a part of you must have because you couldn't stop.. you couldn't look away...no matter how hard it was to read.. you devoured it. Little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. However, not in a world with Ambrosia and Sloane. These two made college a living hell for some girls...a dual timeline gave us a look at Then and Now. Then was when these two did everything on earth to shock people...SHOWTIME...that is what they would say before they set out to do their best work. Now is when they had the nerve to show up to their college reunion. Unable to resist the temptation to quench their thirst of knowing if someone knew exactly what they had done. The first half was a slow build but wait for it.. the second half had me glued to the pages. Could it get any more evil? Yes, the answer is yes! The ending was twisted, fantastic and in a dark way...satisfying.... Trigger warnings all over the place.....just expect to be disturbed...This is actually higher than a 4 for me...4.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    Most of the enjoyment in The Girls Are All So Nice Here is about discovering the twists , rest is your age old story of mean girls trying to run away from past.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    The Girls Are All So Nice Here...NOT!! Ambrosia “Amb” Wellington receives a note regarding her 10-year college reunion. She is instantly appalled with the thought of attending. She remembers being the new girl during freshman year, and somehow making friends with Sloane “Sully” Sullivan. The thing is, Amb was a decent human being before attending college...and Sully wasn’t. Caught up in the high of being noticed by Sully, they were both detrimental in the destruction of another college student. N The Girls Are All So Nice Here...NOT!! Ambrosia “Amb” Wellington receives a note regarding her 10-year college reunion. She is instantly appalled with the thought of attending. She remembers being the new girl during freshman year, and somehow making friends with Sloane “Sully” Sullivan. The thing is, Amb was a decent human being before attending college...and Sully wasn’t. Caught up in the high of being noticed by Sully, they were both detrimental in the destruction of another college student. Now, Amb is married to a great guy. The only reason she decides to go to the reunion is because of an anonymous note attached to one of the invites... “We need to talk about what we did that night.” Amb and Sully come face to face to figure out who sent that note...and to find out who knew what they did that night years prior. This is a promising adult fiction debut by author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (she previously wrote YA fiction), but while I was initially engaged, the thrill of the story didn’t last. Writing a story about former (possibly former) mean girls has got to be tough. It’s a common topic. In the recently released GIRL GONE MAD by Avery Bishop, I felt for the main character. I felt her growth throughout the years, and found the twists surprising. In this one, I never really warmed to Amb. She is cold throughout, and only has remorse because of how it might affect her now. Interestingly enough, the book really loses steam as it races towards the conclusion. I wasn’t surprised by the turn of events, and eventually stopped caring. That being said, it’s fairly enjoyable even though it doesn’t offer anything new. I look forward to seeing Flynn’s follow-up in adult fiction. A solid 3-star read, but I wish it was a bit more ‘fetch’. (And YES, I’m still trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.) 😉 Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Psychological Thriller. I have to say the ending was everything, and the twist was so good. I did not love the writing style of this, and that took away for me loving this book. I did like this book, but I had trouble caring about any of the characters. This was not my favorite thriller. I think Young Adult's books are just not totally for me anymore. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Simon & Schuster) or author (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn) via NetGalley, so I This is a Psychological Thriller. I have to say the ending was everything, and the twist was so good. I did not love the writing style of this, and that took away for me loving this book. I did like this book, but I had trouble caring about any of the characters. This was not my favorite thriller. I think Young Adult's books are just not totally for me anymore. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Simon & Schuster) or author (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    I wrote this. I hope you like it. The girls aren't nice at all. ;) I wrote this. I hope you like it. The girls aren't nice at all. ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Ambrosia Wellington, now Turner, is invited to the ten year reunion at Wesley. She so doesn’t want to go but with a heavy heart and a sick feeling she agrees and oh boy, does she have ‘music to face’ for her toxic manipulative behaviour with Sloane aka Sully. The storyline alternates between Then and Now which works extremely well. One of the biggest strengths of the novel is the characterisation and the variety. We have lovely, fragrant Flora who is wholesome and pretty to the absolute extreme Ambrosia Wellington, now Turner, is invited to the ten year reunion at Wesley. She so doesn’t want to go but with a heavy heart and a sick feeling she agrees and oh boy, does she have ‘music to face’ for her toxic manipulative behaviour with Sloane aka Sully. The storyline alternates between Then and Now which works extremely well. One of the biggest strengths of the novel is the characterisation and the variety. We have lovely, fragrant Flora who is wholesome and pretty to the absolute extreme end of the spectrum or polar opposite of Sully. Ambrosia or Amb as she prefers to be known (and who wouldn’t being lumbered with a name like that) is an enigma. She’s sucked into a mean, dark, monstrous world which makes her feel alive, it gets her noticed and not overlooked. She has hatred for everything that she is not and exacts a perverse revenge against the girls who have it all. In the present day - does she have guilt?? It’s very hard to tell as she evades all the lies she has told and so it’s more a case of not getting caught out. It becomes very apparent that someone is out for revenge in this dark tale of nasty, manipulative deeds, of destructive loss, deception and betrayal which is very chilling and shocks to the core. The finale when it comes is pitch perfect as the truth is finally extracted and a vengeful justice is achieved. Karma really is a .......! Overall, this is a good debut. If you like your reading ‘on the dark side’ then this one is for you! I like the irony of the title too. With thanks to NetGalley and HQ for the arc.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I was thankful to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to read it in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited by the cover and the plot summary but I just didn't connect with the read, I wish I could say that I enjoyed it more but perhaps I wasn't the right audience. This story tells, in alternative chapters, the story of Ambrosia Wellington's freshman year at Wesleyan College as well as her life 10 years later at her college reunion. Ambrosia i I was thankful to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to read it in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited by the cover and the plot summary but I just didn't connect with the read, I wish I could say that I enjoyed it more but perhaps I wasn't the right audience. This story tells, in alternative chapters, the story of Ambrosia Wellington's freshman year at Wesleyan College as well as her life 10 years later at her college reunion. Ambrosia is now married to a loving husband and is no longer in contact with anyone she went to college with. In those days, she had a sweet roommate, Flora, and a wild and manipulative best friend, Sully. Current day, she doesn't seem to want to go to the reunion, never mind think of the events of her freshman year. But, she is getting personal notes that seem to know she did something terrible and the person writing them wants to talk about what happened. The novel is spent in both flashbacks describing the first few months of her college life and also current events as she tries to keep all of the events and secrets hidden while discovering who knows those secrets and is bent on confronting her. I love a good psychological thriller and some bad female characters but I just didn't feel connected to this book until the very end. I had a difficult time getting through it. The flashback scenes were full of very graphic detail and seemed gratuitous to me. I felt like, for me, I needed the current Ambrosia fleshed out more, I don't mind mean and self serving but I want to see motivation. I don't have to like the character, but I need to see her, I wanted more depth. But who I really got to know was a 19 year old girl and I felt more like I was reading a slightly older YA novel about private school mean girls who are completely out of control. I wanted more from young Ambrosia, but it was party, rinse, be mean, repeat. So I feel like this maybe just wasn't my niche read but may appeal well to a different audience! Now the end started to get my attention but unfortunately I saw most of it coming and wasn't connected enough to feel compelled by it. But, it was twisty and turned things upside down and gave Ambrosia some new growth so that was good. As an FYI, there are multiple triggering subjects in this novel so a warning there for anyone about to read, I don't want to discuss what they are as it gives away plotlines! I am hopeful there would be note at the end of the book talking about mental health outreaches for young people and adults alike. Reading these things didn't bother me emotionally and I just wish I had connected more with the story. I think I was waiting for a sudden revelation that would draw things together and show me some layers but all I could see were thoughtless girls and I guess that wasn't what I was looking for. Some of the girls in this book are definitely not nice! 🤷🏼‍♀️

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    “We need to talk about what we did that night.” So, the only time I have to read anymore is in the middle of the night. It's unfortunate, but at least it's nice and quiet (with the exception of the snoring coming from my two hundred pound St. Bernard and three Pugs), and I can really focus. Normally, I divide a book into thirds, and try to read around 33% for three consecutive nights. With The Girls Are All So Nice Here, I read 34% the first night, and the rest last night...because I could no “We need to talk about what we did that night.” So, the only time I have to read anymore is in the middle of the night. It's unfortunate, but at least it's nice and quiet (with the exception of the snoring coming from my two hundred pound St. Bernard and three Pugs), and I can really focus. Normally, I divide a book into thirds, and try to read around 33% for three consecutive nights. With The Girls Are All So Nice Here, I read 34% the first night, and the rest last night...because I could not put this book down. It's not unusual for me to stay up until 3 AM...but last night, it was 5. I'm exhausted, but satisfied. Told from dual narratives, one thread occurring during Ambrosia's freshman year at Wesleyan, and one ten years later at her class reunion, I was engrossed. These girls were AWFUL. This story felt like a car wreck I couldn't look away from. I will say I found the freshman year chapters more interesting than the those occurring at the reunion. I didn't feel thirty-year old Ambrosia was nearly as fleshed out as her younger self. I honestly would have liked to know more about her life and motivations. What we got instead was a character who showed next-to no growth or maturity. The conclusion was satisfying, but not unexpected. Bottom line: I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy a good 'mean girls' story. (Although I think these girls went far beyond mean and well into vile territory.) Available March 9, 2021 My sincere appreciation to Edelweiss, NetGalley, and Simon & Schuster for my review copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Uhhhh.. Regina George... this one’s for you! Shortest Summary Ever: Ambrosia Wellington begrudgingly returns to Wesleyan for her ten year reunion thanks to her adorable hubby Adrian. See, she didn’t have the best college experience - she and her BFF Sully kinda helped kill someone. Allegedly. I mean that’s what everyone has murmured mouth to ear since that day. Now Amb returns where everyone is eyeballing them, whispers abound, and rumors are reborn while fake kisses and hugs prevail. Though Amb Uhhhh.. Regina George... this one’s for you! Shortest Summary Ever: Ambrosia Wellington begrudgingly returns to Wesleyan for her ten year reunion thanks to her adorable hubby Adrian. See, she didn’t have the best college experience - she and her BFF Sully kinda helped kill someone. Allegedly. I mean that’s what everyone has murmured mouth to ear since that day. Now Amb returns where everyone is eyeballing them, whispers abound, and rumors are reborn while fake kisses and hugs prevail. Though Amb is married, she has kept this part of her past in the past and wants to keep it there. One problem - someone is sending “I-know-what-you-did” type letters to her and Sully. Who could know the truth? Can she keep this from her husband and can she come to terms with what happened ten years ago? Thoughts: First time reader of this author and I’m in awe of the dark psychology of this one. It’s the mean girl POV and it’s sinister. It’s everything you hate about catty girls. It makes Regina George look like a kindly nun. Here’s how my reading of this went - annoyed... annoyed ...annoyed... (sigh) annoyed... hate you... holy biscuits.... OMG... best...ending...ever. There is nothing redeeming about the two main characters - they are Regina George twins on steroids with growth hormones and copious amounts of Miracle Gro. And FYI? Don’t sign me up to go to Wesleyan. Yikes. What’s strangely enjoyable about this book is it’s a romp through the worst people you’ve ever met and you hate them. It’s that car accident. But it’s weirdly enjoyable because you hope and pray karma comes around. Gripping my every page turn was the realization that evil teen girls are about as evil as it gets. Then it dipped into a pool of depravity 50 feet deeper. Then 100. Get ready for the muck of wicked people. Wade in it. But watch out for the sharks. They are circling. All my reviews available at scrappymags.com around time of publication. Genre: Psychological Mystery/Dark Mystery Recommend to: You have to be able to put up with some eye rolling over these gorgeous young women going out and being vicious excuses for humans. But trust me - wait for it. It’s dark and dirty Not recommended to: Those looking for light and fun mysteries Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for my advanced copy in exchange for my always-honest review and for making me happy to be NOT a mean girl.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Girls are bitches. Change my mind. Wow! This book packs a wallop and leaves a bruise on your soul. I don't remember the last book that left me as unsettled as this one. I believe this is a debut work for Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, and she is absolutely one to watch for in the future. I don't want to give too much away about it because part of the draw is figuring out who knows what and when, but needless to say, it a dark, twisted ride that left my mouth hanging open at the end. This is a dual-timel Girls are bitches. Change my mind. Wow! This book packs a wallop and leaves a bruise on your soul. I don't remember the last book that left me as unsettled as this one. I believe this is a debut work for Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, and she is absolutely one to watch for in the future. I don't want to give too much away about it because part of the draw is figuring out who knows what and when, but needless to say, it a dark, twisted ride that left my mouth hanging open at the end. This is a dual-timeline book that focuses on the story of Ambrosia "Amb" Wellington, whose ten-year college reunion is coming up, and it's the last place she wants to return. She is keeping dark secrets, and her husband has no idea, as she has tried to completely change her persona since college. She doesn't even plan on going until notes start arriving that suggest that someone knows the secrets she and friend, Sloane, have been keeping since their freshman year. You learn from the college timeline that freshman Amb has no clue as to her own identity and is constantly searching for validation among her peers. She thinks she has finally found it in wild girl, Sloane. It doesn't take Amb long to learn that Sloane thrives on manipulative games, and Amb tries to impress her by playing overtly skanky hookup games with the guys on campus and bullying the weaker girls. When Sloane decides Amb's sweet, innocent roommate, Flora, is her next prey, Amb plays along with a ruthless game, until her heart gets involved. Sloane hones in on Amb's weakness and plays her own manipulative game with them all, which ultimately leads to a dangerous obsession and a mysterious death. The present day timeline focuses on the reunion and the unraveling of Ambrosia and Sloane's story. Both girls are still fantastic liars as adults, and it was hard to know who to believe for a good part of the book. You know that someone is still hell-bent on revenge and has found the perfect opportunity in the form of the ten-year reunion, but the unreliable narrator and slow-to-reveal freshman year events make it exceedingly tricky to figure out. I think what I loved most was that even after you know "who," there is still craziness that follows in spades, and it all becomes relative to the big picture. There were so many possibilities and directions that the plot could have taken, and I thought the ultimate direction was brilliant. While I somewhat figured out a few key points, I could not have drawn out the execution any more perfectly than Flynn did. I loved the ending - chilling and twisty in it's very best form. It really is a jarring, eye-opening take on the insecurities of young girls and the dark complexities of social dynamics. If you dig a thriller that's rich with toxic friendships, manipulation, and ambition, then don't miss this one! There are parts of it that are deeply troubling and devastatingly dark, but overall, there is no way I can not give this debut all of the stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    What a chilling book about the evil teenage girls can do to eachother! (It should also be noted that this book needs a “trigger warning” for almost every horrible issue a woman can experience.) “Mean girls” who did bad things in their teenage years (and are forced to reckon with them as adults) have been a common trope in popular thrillers all year, so at first I thought this book would underwhelm me (especially after reading the great “Girl Gone Mad” on a similar theme). The book starts a little What a chilling book about the evil teenage girls can do to eachother! (It should also be noted that this book needs a “trigger warning” for almost every horrible issue a woman can experience.) “Mean girls” who did bad things in their teenage years (and are forced to reckon with them as adults) have been a common trope in popular thrillers all year, so at first I thought this book would underwhelm me (especially after reading the great “Girl Gone Mad” on a similar theme). The book starts a little slow and appears at first to be more of a college girl romance drama than it is thriller. But the main character of Ambrosia, who is also the first-person narrator, soon gives new meaning to the phrase “unlikable narrator.” The things she and college pal Sully did to others in their college years were so horrible I felt viscerally uncomfortable and sometimes almost physically unable to read them. I agree with my Goodreads friend Ceecee that the characterizations here are exceptionally strong. The book builds and builds, making you more and more uncomfortable. Thought the book was a good and scary 3.5 until the ending, which was fantastically executed with a final twist that brought this reading experience to a sold 4 for me. (I do looooove a good, twisted ending.) This book and author are recommended. Laurie Flynn has a great writing style and really kept me turning the pages with her characterizations, and the story was thought-provoking and scary even when it was uncomfortable. Thanks to Simon and Schuster, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, and NetGalley for the ARC. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a dark and unique new voice in the thriller genre and I look forward to seeing what else she has to offer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    I love a good villain, and this book gave me several. The characters are what really drove this story for me. It's highly addictive getting sucked into their fuckery. Thanks goes to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC. I love a good villain, and this book gave me several. The characters are what really drove this story for me. It's highly addictive getting sucked into their fuckery. Thanks goes to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Mean Girls, a 10 year reunion and anonymous notes - you know you want to read this one! The Girls Are All So Nice Here is an addictive read that although the story is dark and unsettling, you won't want to stop reading. There is something about a book filled with nasty characters that I just can't pass up and this book certainly delivered on all the hype. I started reading late in the afternoon and really wanted to finish it that night. My eyes however had other ideas. So I was up early the next Mean Girls, a 10 year reunion and anonymous notes - you know you want to read this one! The Girls Are All So Nice Here is an addictive read that although the story is dark and unsettling, you won't want to stop reading. There is something about a book filled with nasty characters that I just can't pass up and this book certainly delivered on all the hype. I started reading late in the afternoon and really wanted to finish it that night. My eyes however had other ideas. So I was up early the next morning, desperate to find out what was going to be revealed and who would pay. It was a satisfying ending to a compulsive read. Ambrosia Wellington, now Turner is happy that her college days are over. She is now married and living a life different to the one she had dreamed of but life does that. When she receives an invitation to her 10 year reunion she is absolutely not going to go. But the reminders keep coming and then her husband finds out and she can't think of a good enough excuse to get out of it. Her husband knows nothing of her college years and she wants it to stay that way. She did something really bad and she has never forgiven herself. And now somebody wants her there - they need to talk about what happened. But who is it and what do they know? There is a reason why not much is said about this one in the publishers blurb. You really need to read this without knowing too much and just go along for the ride. Told from Amb's point of view in the present and the past, we piece the pieces together of what happened, why it happened and who is responsible. Psychological thriller lovers - you gotta read this!! thanks to Harlequin Australia for my advanced copy of this book, it was fantastic

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    College Reunion Time! Ambrosia "Amb" Wellington has received her invitation to her 10 year college reunion but she really has no desire or intention of going except she also received a notice that said "We need to talk about what we did that night"! Why, after all these years? Who would have sent this note to her that feels threatening somehow. Amb thinks she knows who sent it but why? They know what happened that night so why send this to her now? Something bad happened Amb's freshman year but College Reunion Time! Ambrosia "Amb" Wellington has received her invitation to her 10 year college reunion but she really has no desire or intention of going except she also received a notice that said "We need to talk about what we did that night"! Why, after all these years? Who would have sent this note to her that feels threatening somehow. Amb thinks she knows who sent it but why? They know what happened that night so why send this to her now? Something bad happened Amb's freshman year but that didn't stop her from graduating and moving on but she has never forgotten what happened. How could she? Amb is not that person anymore, at least that's what she tries to make herself believe but she knows there are many others that hold her responsible no matter what the truth is. Amb is trying to lead and live the best life as a good person even though she feels as though she is an actress in an award winning film. Maybe Ambrosia needs to return to her college days and find out the truth about herself and what really happened on that night even if it kills her to find the answers because someone isn't going to let her get away from hiding the truth anymore and someone else knows what really happened on that fatal night. This was a fast paced and intriguing story that kept my interest from the first page until the climatic ending. A very well-written story with not so likeable girls. Sadly, there are probably girls like these in every college and you can only hope your daughters and sisters don't become these girls or caught in their crosshairs. One can only hope that there are much better people in this world than some of the characters in this story. The author caught the aura of the nastiness and hurtful actions that were displayed by these girls and whenever someone gets away with evil there is always someone in the shadows watching and waiting their turn to finally turn the tables around. I want to thank the publisher "Simon & Schuster" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific story and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I highly recommend this thrilling book and have given a rating of 4 Captivating 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a thrilling story of mean girls and college drama. Amb and Sully attend their ten year college reunion after receiving threatening notes saying “We need to talk about what we did that night.” Neither of them knows who sent the note and whether they can trust each other. The story alternates between the past and the present. In the present day, Amb is trying to figure out who sent the note and trying to keep her husband from finding out about her past. In the pas The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a thrilling story of mean girls and college drama. Amb and Sully attend their ten year college reunion after receiving threatening notes saying “We need to talk about what we did that night.” Neither of them knows who sent the note and whether they can trust each other. The story alternates between the past and the present. In the present day, Amb is trying to figure out who sent the note and trying to keep her husband from finding out about her past. In the past, Amb and Sully are living the life in college. They are mean girls that are drinking, doing drugs, and sleeping around. I loved seeing the characters in the past and present. They all changed from growing up and based on what happened in college. This book grabbed my attention from the first page. I loved all the drama and suspense, and I am very glad this book was not similar to my college experience. I recommend The Girls Are All So Nice Here to fans of Mean Girls and thrillers. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Erin Mallon and Alex Allwine and loved their narration. They were the perfect voices for this story and I am so glad I listened to the audiobook. This was one of the audiobooks where I just sat on my couch listening to it. Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the audiobook of The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Harding

    Dark, twisted, and utterly gripping, THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE explores the unparalleled cruelty of mean girls on a leafy college campus. This propulsive thriller has a killer ending to match its killer title.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Ambrosia Wellington and Sloan Sullivan, two former best friends, return to their college Alma mater for their 10 year reunion after receiving threatening messages. Someone knows their secrets. How? What exactly happened that night? Who is sending the notes and why? To be honest, I was hesitant to request this book, as I tend to stay away from YA thrillers. Seeing that this is Fynn’s first adult thriller, I wasn’t sure it would turn the corner in its maturity. Well, I was wrong and very pleasantl Ambrosia Wellington and Sloan Sullivan, two former best friends, return to their college Alma mater for their 10 year reunion after receiving threatening messages. Someone knows their secrets. How? What exactly happened that night? Who is sending the notes and why? To be honest, I was hesitant to request this book, as I tend to stay away from YA thrillers. Seeing that this is Fynn’s first adult thriller, I wasn’t sure it would turn the corner in its maturity. Well, I was wrong and very pleasantly surprised at the complexity of its adult themes and her brilliant execution. Flynn masterfully gives the reader a peak into the mind of an insecure college student, switching from past to present time in order to depict the growth or lack thereof in Ambrosia. She deals with serious themes of peer pressure and suicide and how characters’ actions or inactions can effect the outcome of tragic events. The plot is absolutely perfectly paced and executed. This would have been 5 stars for me, but part of the ending lacked a believability that the rest of the story contained. I am now really looking forward to reading more of Flynn’s adult thrillers! Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC of The Girls are So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    3.5 stars If you like a slightly sinister campus novel with a twist of revenge, this one should scratch your itch. Slutty party girl antics can destroy lives. All it takes is a stolen smartphone and a sociopathic bosom buddy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    A twisted mystery that looks at the darker side of women's relationships. (Content warning: some suicide/rape) A twisted mystery that looks at the darker side of women's relationships. (Content warning: some suicide/rape)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Growing up, I always had a ton of female friends. That being said, it never seemed that any of them enjoyed hanging out together, and if I wanted time with one the other two would sometimes get upset. I never really understood this until I read this novel.....WOW!! To me, this book was a clear portrayal of just how devious and EVIL some girls can be to another, for no other reason than out of pure jealousy! These turbulent, toxic friendships seem to be a specialty of L.E. Flynn's, as her fantast Growing up, I always had a ton of female friends. That being said, it never seemed that any of them enjoyed hanging out together, and if I wanted time with one the other two would sometimes get upset. I never really understood this until I read this novel.....WOW!! To me, this book was a clear portrayal of just how devious and EVIL some girls can be to another, for no other reason than out of pure jealousy! These turbulent, toxic friendships seem to be a specialty of L.E. Flynn's, as her fantastic YA novels read similar to this, her adult debut. There is some great, exceptional writing here folks! Told in dual timelines, from when these 'mean girls' were attending Wesleyan College in 2007, to present day as adults in 2017, we begin this story when our protagonist (or maybe antagonist?) Ambrosia Wellington receives a Ten-Year Reunion invitation email, which she in turn quickly discards. She's put the horrible events of her first year at Wesleyan behind her, and believes this will be the end of it, until she receives a cryptic follow-up note written in beautiful calligraphy saying 'You need to come. We need to talk about what we did that night.' Of course Am believes the note was written from none other than her bff at the time, Sloan Sullivan, known as just 'Sully' to her, who she has not maintained contact with since her freshman year. Despite her better judgement, Am and her husband, Adrian, attend the reunion. Almost immediately, we find out that Am's freshman year roommate, Flora, tragically lost her life at the end of the school year under the most mysterious circumstances. Could this be the very reason why Am resisted coming back, ten years later? What does her former bestie Sully have to do with the events of that night? Through dual timelines, a very sinister and sometimes hard to read story unfolds. A story that really had me cringing at times at the shocking extreme these girls would go to just to 'one-up' the other, out of pure insecurity. These girls were quite simply put EVIL! I had immediate empathy for Flora, and wanted to jump through the pages and give her a big hug! I wanted to warn her not to trust Am and Sully. I enjoyed this novel almost immediately, and just knew I was in for a treat, and as usual, Flynn did not disappoint! This story was darker than her YAs have been, and I ate it right up! I will put it out there that this story may have some triggers, as it not only deals with pure, palpable jealousy, it also addresses rape, which was hard for me to read. If I had to give any sort of criticism here, I'd say that the ending seemed a bit abrupt and it was somewhat predictable, for me anyway. That being said, overall this was stellar. I'm extremely excited that Flynn has decided to give adult fiction a chance, and I truly believe this will be a story many thriller/suspense fans will absolutely love. I simply can't wait to read Flynn's follow-up release!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn in exchange for my honest review.*** The title is a lie. The Girls Are All So OPPOSITE OF Nice Here. Ambrosia begins freshman year at Wesleyan University determined to leave her insecurities behind. She ignores her roommate Flora and other nice girls in favor of the alluring Sloane “Sullie” Sullivan a mean girl on steroids. Sullie uses guys and young women to hurt and humiliate ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn in exchange for my honest review.*** The title is a lie. The Girls Are All So OPPOSITE OF Nice Here. Ambrosia begins freshman year at Wesleyan University determined to leave her insecurities behind. She ignores her roommate Flora and other nice girls in favor of the alluring Sloane “Sullie” Sullivan a mean girl on steroids. Sullie uses guys and young women to hurt and humiliate them, and Amb is only too eager to be Sullie’s follower. Ten years later, Ambrosia does NOT want to attend her college reunion, despite her younger husband Adrian’s eagerness. No longer friends with Sullie, Ambrosia hasn’t completely left behind her mean girl ways. When threatening letters compel her attendance at the reunion and Adrian’s practically insistence on going, Ambrosia reluctantly agrees to attend. Told in alternating Then and Now chapters, THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE is nonstop intrigue. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s poetic prose doesn’t contain a meaningless word. Reading her words feels like hearing a beautiful melody or watching an elegant ballet in their beauty. I could read Flynn’s words even if the story didn’t measure up. I appreciate Flynn’s ability to create a loathsome character like Ambrosia that’s as sympathetic as she is devious. I need characters to root for, and I could both cringe at her actions and hope for her salvation. I’ve written plenty of reviews complaining about character without redeeming qualities that made books unreadable. Ambrosia’s insecurity showed her vulnerability. She didn’t think she could fit in with the popular girls yet wanted to social climb over the young women who were eager to befriend her. The draw of Sullie’s friendship has something that Ambrosia feels will improve her life. Oh how wrong she is. THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE was one of my most anticipated 2021 books. After reading, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is now an automatic preorder.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Esil

    3.5 stars The characters’ sensibilities are on the young side for me, but I still found myself reading this one quickly and with interest. The story is told from Ambrosia’s point of view, moving back and forth between her undergraduate years and 10 years later when she is newly married. Something terrible happened when Ambrosia was in college and she doesn’t want her husband to find out. But she feels compelled to go to her 10 year reunion. In general terms, it’s easy to see where the story is go 3.5 stars The characters’ sensibilities are on the young side for me, but I still found myself reading this one quickly and with interest. The story is told from Ambrosia’s point of view, moving back and forth between her undergraduate years and 10 years later when she is newly married. Something terrible happened when Ambrosia was in college and she doesn’t want her husband to find out. But she feels compelled to go to her 10 year reunion. In general terms, it’s easy to see where the story is going. But Ambrosia’s personality and the clever end throw a bit of a wrench in the predictability of the story. This was good enough — a case of the right book at the right time. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me access to an advance copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: March 9, 2021 When Ambrosia Wellington receives an invitation to her ten year college reunion, she thinks nothing of it. Except attached to it is a handwritten note that says, “We need to talk about what we did that night”. After ten years of keeping secrets, Ambrosia had thought that her mistakes had been forgotten, but it seems that Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: March 9, 2021 When Ambrosia Wellington receives an invitation to her ten year college reunion, she thinks nothing of it. Except attached to it is a handwritten note that says, “We need to talk about what we did that night”. After ten years of keeping secrets, Ambrosia had thought that her mistakes had been forgotten, but it seems that someone is out to make sure her secrets get revealed. Although initially eager to decline the invitation, Ambrosia knows she must face the demons of her past and figure out who is behind the note. Could it be Sloane “Sully” Sullivan, her best friend from back then who could make anyone do anything? There are only a few people who know what happened that night, and now Ambrosia knows she can’t trust any of them. “The Girls Are All So Nice Here” is the debut adult fiction novel of YA author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Fraught with tension and suspense, “Girls” is one heck of a debut! Although the premise isn’t new or novel (for some reason, authors love to write about the dirty goings-on of co-eds or prep school elite), it is definitely thought-provoking and real. Ambrosia is surprisingly relatable, and although I expected to dislike her, it is difficult to not see some parts of myself in her and to connect with her in some way. Luckily, sociopathic Sloane was a little less relatable for me (and yes, this is a good thing), but I definitely know a few girls just like her and it was definitely not difficult to see how the plot played out, with Sloane stirring up the mix. Told from two time periods, both in the present day and ten years ago when Ambrosia was at college, the story is full of nail-biting suspense all the way through to the tragic and powerful conclusion. The ending is well-developed, believable, and it wraps up all the unanswered questions (although I have to say it did leave me more than a little bit uncomfortable, but in a purely enjoyable way!) “Girls” is an emotional and heart wrenching evaluation of how women and girls treat each other, and the disastrous consequences that can result when females judge, berate and belittle one another. Thought-provoking and exceptionally relevant, this is one novel that will stay with you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Except they really aren't. The story follows Ambrosia "Amb" Wellington in two alternating timelines. Then - Freshman year. Ambs living the college life very much under the wing of her best friend, Sloane "Sully" Sullivan. Now - Ambs is married to a wonderful man, has made a life for herself and is doing her best to avoid her past. But that's about to change ... Ambs is about to attend her ten year college reunion after receiving a menacing note. "You need to come. The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Except they really aren't. The story follows Ambrosia "Amb" Wellington in two alternating timelines. Then - Freshman year. Ambs living the college life very much under the wing of her best friend, Sloane "Sully" Sullivan. Now - Ambs is married to a wonderful man, has made a life for herself and is doing her best to avoid her past. But that's about to change ... Ambs is about to attend her ten year college reunion after receiving a menacing note. "You need to come. We need to talk about what we did that night." A fast paced read with a "mean girls" vibe ... but really it's SO much more than that. An interesting cast of characters, some of which are extremely unlikeable. I found the story to be believable for the most part with events that have/could take place in real life. Trigger warnings: rape, suicide, murder, bullying, substance and alcohol abuse. Huge thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for my review copy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me" Yeah right, if only that were true. This is a Mean Girls story on steroids, with life changing consequences. We follow Ambrosia, AKA Amb, and her BFF Sully in their first year of college where they live to mess with and torment others. Many years after graduating, they are called back to the university for a reunion. The story alternates between now and freshmen year. It was a hard read because this takes bullying to the next level. "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me" Yeah right, if only that were true. This is a Mean Girls story on steroids, with life changing consequences. We follow Ambrosia, AKA Amb, and her BFF Sully in their first year of college where they live to mess with and torment others. Many years after graduating, they are called back to the university for a reunion. The story alternates between now and freshmen year. It was a hard read because this takes bullying to the next level. Ambrosia didn't seem to evolve emotionally and she remains pretty unlikable throughout the whole story. This is a fast paced read, with short chapters, my favorite. At times it felt a bit Young Adult. 3.5 stars rounded down Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Provided a fun, embarrassing excuse to revisit many Internet rabbit holes of the very terrible fashions of the earlier 2000s! I described this in updates as something like The Secret History meets Rock of Love Bus. (So, Charm School?) Basically, The Secret History if it were co-adapted by Lifetime and VH-1 in its prime. I didn’t love this book, but I’m totally not mad at it and A-plus for imagined costume and setting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book on here, but here we go! Dennis is BACK. 👏🏻 ⁣ ⁣ The Girls Are All So Nice here focuses on a young woman’s journey after making the necessary steps for growth after a tumultuous college experience. Ambrosia Wellington is now married and moving on with her life until she receives emails and letters mentioning a college reunion. At first, she steers clear of joining this meet-up because of the painful memories it brings up. It isn’t until she gets a threate It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book on here, but here we go! Dennis is BACK. 👏🏻 ⁣ ⁣ The Girls Are All So Nice here focuses on a young woman’s journey after making the necessary steps for growth after a tumultuous college experience. Ambrosia Wellington is now married and moving on with her life until she receives emails and letters mentioning a college reunion. At first, she steers clear of joining this meet-up because of the painful memories it brings up. It isn’t until she gets a threateningly sinister letter in the mail that she knows it’s time to possibly confront the past. Ambrosia was a wild child in college and was involved in some shady behavior that she wanted to keep hidden, but her past keeps creeping up.⁣ ⁣ Let’s start with the positive, shall we? The writing is excellent. Reading this book, I never once felt that the writing wasn’t up to par with some of the great thriller writers. That being said, I was so excited to read this book, but it was more of the same type of story that we’re used to. I knew what was happening extremely early on and if you’ve ever read anything with a similar plot, you’ll figure it out as well. Overall, I’m not disappointed I read this story, but I’m also kind of meh about it. If you are a novice to the genre, definitely give this a try. If you’re not, go in knowing that it’s an easy read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    *Thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy!

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