Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…(Goodreads)

So, I actually started and finished this book yesterday – it was that quick a read! I think it was a fairly easy read, but I kept wanting to know more. The story follows three teens; Chloe, Ethan and Oliver (The Reznick brothers), and it shows the story of what happened in the Monroe estate and the events that led up to it.

The book jumps around between the beginning (the events that lead up to the accident), what actually happens in the Monroe estate and the events afterwards. Despite it jumping around in time frame, it never actually distracted from the story – it added to it, because it made the reader want to know more.

The book is also a pretty good basis for the nature vs nurture debate. Whether we are born evil or made evil through certain circumstances. It shows both sides of the coin which I think is a good basis for the reader to then make up their own minds.

The ending sort of threw me off, though. I don’t want to give too much away – but I don’t get why Ethan would take Chloe back after everything he went through! Even if he was led to believe that something else happened after what happened to him… I am rambling!

Either way, I quite enjoyed this book and I will probably go and fetch Dangerous Girls and read that at some point too. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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