Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke | Book Review
Publication: Lake Union Publishing
Release date: July 24, 2018
How I got the copy: Thomas Allen & Son
At first, I thought this book was promising but once getting through it I couldn’t justify giving this book anything more than two stars. The major factor being that there’s almost no diversity being a book set in Mexico. If I remember correctly, throughout the entire book we only interact with one other couple staying in the hotel for a short time and nothing more. Resorts are FULL of tourist. The only Mexicans any of the main characters interact with are the resort and restaurant employee’s but those minor characters are so flat, we don’t get much from any of them. I guess it could be said that Marco is Mexican but we’re not even sure of that. He lived in America before living in Mexico and just going from his description there’s no way in telling what he actually looked like.
The book could have been set anywhere since there’s barely any descriptions of the place other than a few major Cancun destinations. Actually, there’s a description close to the end of the jungle when they’re on their way to Chichen Itza but nothing else. I think not including more description of Mexico was definitely a miss for this book especially since in the acknowledgement the authors said the book was inspired by their trip to Cancun but where was Cancun?! It’s all drama.
Girls’ Night Out follows three estranged friends, Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, who go to Mexico for a girls trip to heal their old wounds. Lots of secrets are revealed, grudges are hard to let go, and Ashley goes missing. It doesn’t help that Natalie’s memory is hazy about what happened the night Ashley went missing.
The book is full of drama, these women are supposed to be close and friends of years (with the exception of Lauren’s fall out with Ashley and Natalie the year before) but these women didn’t seem like best friends. All three friends act as if they’re teenagers the way they’re still competing with each other and fighting for Ashley’s friendship as if she’s only allowed to have one best friend. Instead of these women empowering and supporting each other they tear each other down.
I had a lot of conflicting feelings about this book. As much as I wanted to enjoy it without being hung up on the issues I had with the book I just couldn’t look past them. I also found the book dragged during several parts and there was nothing likeable about any of the characters. The book also pulls on the strings of fear and the stigma that Mexico has to some tourists and would you go on vacations with two ex best friends after not talking to them for an entire year and after a tragedy? I know I wouldn’t.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review*