Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin
Published: May 24, 2022
Genre: YA Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer’s life in Brooklyn, where she finished an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School in 2017. For three years, she served as a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, New York City’s premiere writing program for high school girls. Julia has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade and loves reading about everything from film analysis to psychology. Julia is passionate about realism and diversity in teen literature. She hopes to one day own a French bulldog, pug, Boston terrier, or perhaps a mix of all three. She loves indie films, drag shows, and spending as much time as possible at the beach.
“It’s like we’re entering a different world.”
Arlee is spending her summer at a prestigious summer camp that is supposed to help her prepare for college. She is coming in as a legacy since her mother attended the camp as a teen. Between the courses and activities, Arlee meets a girl she has feelings for and joins a secret society. Suddenly, Arlee finds herself doing things that go against human nature… and staying silent at night costs her soul.
This was a wild ride. The twists and turns were so well executed. The writing was fantastic, and the characters were deeply defined.
Arlee was struggling with a lot of internal chaos. Her parents divorced. Her pressure to get into a good college. Making her mom happy. She was an interesting character, trapped between doing what was and what was morally right.
The characters were all fleshed out in ways that brought them to life. The scenery was described so vividly that you almost felt the bugs and humidity.
The twists were delivered in such a nonchalant way that you find yourself glued to the pages. I could not put this book down. I was captivated by the madness and internal struggles Arlee faced.
Everything about this novel is excellent. This is described as a young adult thriller, but I enjoyed it. The twists were unpredictable, and I loved that. Not knowing who to trust or what would happen next, it kept me glued to the pages.
The ending was deliciously devious. This would make an excellent series if done correctly. The deceit and old money of it all. The chaos and confusion. Brilliant writing, beautiful use of emotional themes, and the eternal struggle of wanting to fit in. This book leaves you pondering, what would I do?