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Hello Girls

By Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
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Publisher Description

Thelma and Louise gets remade in this powerful, darkly funny novel from acclaimed authors Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry. When Winona and Lucille have had enough of the controlling men in their lives, they take their rage on the road to make a new life for themselves.

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 a lifetime 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. One hour later, they’re armed with a plan that will take them from their small Michigan town to Chicago.

All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible can’t hurt.

Chased by the oppression, toxicity, and powerlessness that has held them down, Winona and Lucille must reclaim their strength if they are going to make their daring escape—and get away with it.

Brittany Cavallaro is the author of the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series. Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read. Together, they have created "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, gut-punch sentences.” (Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King)

37 Reviews

“Hello Girls was quite the "Thelma and Louise" meets "Heathers" feministic road trip adventure that I wasn't expecting to read this week. It's definitely not my usual read--I had to suspend my disbelief while I was reading so I could fully enjoy all of the over-the-top plot movements. But in the end it just kind of fell flat for me. This book started out as a 5 star read for me. I was hooked, engaged, totally invested in Winona and Lucille's last-minute bet to escape the horrific living conditions they experienced in their small-town while also finding Winona's long-lost and presumed dead mother along the way. The initial gas station robbery leading to Lucille's stint playing Blackjack at a casino was fast-paced and rolling, rolling, rolling. And then everything sputtered out after that. Maybe it was the introduction of the "blond, blue-eyed drifter" who totally introduces Winona to the concept of being "in lust" (and how this initiates an entire chapter where Lucy and Winona argue about how this boy is getting in the way of their friendship and plans--man I love that trope). Maybe it was the really problematic decisions these girls did to continue their escape--involving drugging a man and . Maybe it was how, in the end, I didn't feel very content with how the story of these two girls wrapped up, or at the very least Winona. Winona felt like nothing got fully wrapped up in the end. And maybe that was the point? It just personally never sat well with me. Overall, a good read to turn your brain off and sit with for a bit--but unfortunately nothing to write home about.”
“I mean I love Thelma & Louise, so I had a blast with this. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long to read it because I really enjoyed it, and it was such a quick read!”
“I'm all about two girls finding strength, being badasses, and going on the run Thelma and Lousie style. Loved this! This is the Thelma and Lousie for the millennials! Winona and Lucille become best friends after a chance encounter, and go on the run to start a better life away from their toxic families. The adventures they encounter are nail biting yet hilarious, and I couldn't get enough! There were times where I was nervous reading the scenes about abuse, drugs, gambling, and stealing.. yet this book addressed these topics with depth and humor. Not only that it has two teenage girls making a powerful team giving me all types of bad ass girl power. I couldn't put this one down!”
“Meh. 3 stars and then the end was so unsatisfactory it dropped to 2.”
“Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry are already both established as authors I really enjoy. I’m still developing my feelings on this one and will land somewhere between 4-5 stars. (Nov 6, 2022) CW domestic violence, threats of sexual assault”

About Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is the New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte and the Charlotte Holmes novels. With Emily Henry, she wrote the young adult thriller Hello Girls. Cavallaro is also the author of the poetry collections Girl-King and Unhistorical and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. She lives in Michigan, where she teaches creative writing at Interlochen. 

Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read, as well as the coauthor of Hello Girls with Brittany Cavallaro. She lives and writes in Cincinnati and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

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