This entire book was so macabre and just gut-wrenchingly sad. The book is set in the 70's suburbia where the nothing fascinating happens. This story is told in the view point of a couple of boys who live in the neighborhood and become infatuated with the Lisbon girls (Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia) and the goings on in their household. From what the boys can tell the Lisbon parents seem pretty normal. Mr. Lisbon teaches at their high school and although a little weird seems to love his job and his daughters. The story opens with the suicide of Mary. She was the last to go of the Lisbon girls. No one really knows why they decide to kill themselves. There is a lot of speculation and there are a lot of theories but they left nothing, no notes, no goodbyes, nothing. This story is about the neighborhood boys doing their own investigation and talking to their neighbors, friends, and even the Lisbon parents about the suicides. Due to the fact that no one knows why they decided to all kill themselves there are a lot of questions left unanswered.
This book takes the reader through the last year that the Lisbon girls lived and the effect that the girls had on the boys who literally spent their entire lives thinking of the girls and wishing for answers. That is the part of this book that I found so creepy! I know that they were kids when all this happened, but who grows up still being in love with the girls that killed themselves so long ago. They were like mini stalkers! The girls didn't even really know that the boys existed in a romantic manner. It was just weird to me! Other than that the book was very well written. I liked how the story was told in the viewpoint of the boys and the way they spoke of the girls and their surroundings had so much imagery. All in all this was an ok book for me.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.