Mean Girls to the nth degree is the best way to describe DeBoard’s novel The Drowning Girls.
The McGinnis family is all set to begin a new life in “The Palms” a luxury gated community where husband Phil has just landed the job of community relations specialist. And with the job comes a home in the development that they can live in rent-free. His wife Liz and fourteen-year-old daughter Danielle are overwhelmed by the 4,000 square foot space. Liz, a high school guidance counselor, is hoping that Danielle will make some new friends in the neighborhood before she starts her freshman year at the school Liz teaches at.
Slowly, they begin to get to know their neighbors. And that is even more intimidating. For Liz, these women are in a different league. Very few have jobs, and most spend their time shopping and lunching. And ogling her husband Phil.
Danielle has had better luck making friends. One in particular, Kelsey, starts spending most of her days at the McGinnis home. Kelsey seems very mature for a fifteen-year-old and certainly looks and dresses very differently than Danielle. Danielle and Kelsey spend a lot of time by the pool or in Danielle’s room doing who knows what. But Liz seems to know exactly what Kelsey is up to.
Ogling her husband Phil.
Phil is starting to become uncomfortable around Kelsey as well but is sure this flirtation and/or crush will eventually blow over.
Phil is wrong.
Can one young girl completely ruin a family? This novel will give you the answer.