Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens.
Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline.
But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, not what I was expecting
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon was not what I was expecting at all. To be honest, I thought this was going to be f/f, but it's not -- and that's okay because at no point does it really insinuate that it would be. I just assumed that based on the most badass cover ever. As for the story, it held a sort of...strange...tone, almost reminiscent of The Raven Boys in terms of southern setting and whimsy.
Thoughts while reading and explanations:
Kind of jumped right into the plot and I'm left with questions. Hopefully they'll be answered soon enough. Like the characters and their stories so far. - Literally during Tourmaline and Virginia's first interaction I have no clue if they are friends, ex-friends, strangers...Their interaction then (and throughout most of the book) takes place in this strange in-between land where they might be friends and might not be. Regardless of that, I liked the characters and their unique perspectives.
I figured out what is off about this book. The stakes aren't clear for either character. I know what they want, but not why they want/need it or what happens if they don't get it. - This is pretty self-explanatory. There was something strange about the book and it's that it starts off telling you what the characters want/need to do, but not why or what's at stake. These things change over the course of the story, but the original motives (at least in Tourmaline's case) stay vague.
Nothing is really happening, but it's okay? - The story is not action packed, but it does a lot to develop characters and setting.
Book continues to meander about without addressing the stakes, etc. - More avoidance of the stakes and action while slowly developing the second half of the story.
I like their friendship and dependence on each other, but I don't like that the bonding moment was never really shown. Why are they friends? They went from basically strangers to this. - At some point Tourmaline and Virginia become people who rely on each other and although they're put into some situations that would make them that way, I didn't exactly feel it as the reader.
I was thinking this was kind of anticlimactic until THE GUN - I can't really explain this one without spoilers. The ending is not all action, which is good because the rest of the book lacks it, but it does have a nice twist and closure.
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon will be published on March 7, 2017.