All the Girls In Town
by Staci Greason
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Pub Date 26 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2023
THREE SMART, SEXY – AND SLIGHTLY SCREWED-UP – WOMEN JOIN FORCES TO WREAK VENGEANCE ON THE RISING ROCK STAR WHO HURT THEM ALL.
Dani, Red, and Sasha have absolutely nothing in common, except the trail of tears bad boy rocker Peter left in his wake. That is, until Dani starts a blog about killing her ex and unwittingly sets the wheels in motion for the women’s paths to collide.
Bonding over past and present wounds, self-realizations transform the three heroines in a trifecta of twelve-step new age therapy that only L.A. can provide.
In a city where discarded muses are a dime a dozen, All the Girls in Town explores the cost of loving the wrong person and the true power of friendship in reclaiming the self.
A Note From the Publisher
Trigger warning: sexual assault, abortion, graphic sexual situations
"Greason's prose is precise and darkly comic ... Greason pushes the plot deep into #Me Too territory in a way that gives it unexpected emotional heft ...A sharp-witted topical novel." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Greason writes that she began working on this novel before the #MeToo movement began, and her exploration of how and why abusive men remain in power remains timely and infuriating.” –BOOKLIST
A rollicking ride of a novel. All the Girls in Town is as hilarious as it is sharply observed. I devoured it. -JASMIN DARZNIK, New York Times-bestselling author of The Bohemians
All the Girls in Town is a thrill ride of a novel--wryly funny, big-hearted, sexy and knowing. Staci Greason writes with arresting insight about the carnal joys and perennial sorrows of romantic love, but also about friendship and family and the struggle to make sense out of the confounding welter of everyday life. I loved this book.- CHRISTINE SNEED, author of Little Known Facts and The Virginity of Famous Men
A juicy revenge tale with a dose of empowering transformation. Staci Greason’s perfectly drawn characters are women you know, women you want to see reclaim their power – KAREN MCCULLAH, screenwriter Legally Blonde and author of The Bachelorette Party
What's more intriguing than a woman scorned? Three women scorned in a rock and roll revenge romp. Yet Staci Greason's new novel All the Girls in Town, is about so much more. It's about our dreams, what we do for love, and how friendship can save us. These women are so real and relatable that I wish I could meet them for coffee. – LESLIE LEHR, A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me―and You
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All the Girls in Town is a thrill ride, Ultimately a tale of women's empowerment and friendship, we follow three women who have all unfortunately fallen under the spell of musician Peter.
Red dated Peter many years ago and hasn't fully recovered from the experience. His ex-wife, Dani, is trying to heal by writing a blog in which she murders her husband "Steve" in different ways with each post. His current wife and bandmate Sasha is totally smitten with him. Red is in the mood for revenge and seeks out Dani and Sasha, setting off a chain of events that change their lives forever.
The story had plenty of humor and harrowing moments, and it was great to get the perspectives of Dani, Red, and Sasha (and read Dani's blog posts). Recommended to anyone searching for an entertaining read about friendship, trauma, family, and women joining forces to support other women.
I really enjoyed reading this, it had what I enjoy about the genre. The characters really worked out well and felt like real people. I really had a good time reading this and really felt for the characters. It had a great plot going on and did what I was hoping for. Staci Greason has a great writing style and look forward to reading more from the author.
"Since high school, girls like Lynn, those almost pretty girls, tried but found it impossible to be Sasha’s friend. The proximity to her beauty had always turned them mean and vicious with jealousy. The last thing that Sasha needed was another difficult female relationship. She had to stop being such a people pleaser."
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from TouchPoint Press and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Dark, empowering, a thrill ride you won’t want to put down.
Before you get too deep into this review for Staci Greason’s ALL THE GIRLS IN TOWN , there is one thing you should know. I am married to Staci. That said, honesty is a crucial ingredient in any relationship. So I am free to tell Staci exactly what I think of her writing, and in the case of ALL THE GIRLS IN TOWN, I love it.
In the novel, we get to meet Dani (Peter’s ex-wife who blogs about killing him), Red (Peter’s on-again/off again lover) and Sasha (Peter’s current - and pregnant - wife). But we don’t really see much of Peter. Through the eyes of the main characters, we learn how Peter drew them in, mistreated them and took advantage of their talents.
Dani’s blog is the catalyst that ultimately brings the three women together. We get to see how jealousy eventually evolves into sisterhood as the women unite to take down Peter. Along the way, Staci masterfully builds character and plot while exploring serious issues - family dynamics, childhood trauma, addiction, sexual assault, racism, among others - while entertaining the reader at the same time.
ALL THE GIRLS IN TOWN will make you mad, will make you laugh, and make you cry as you follow Dani, Red and Sasha on their fast-paced journey. It is a novel in which women overcome their challenges and find their power. Given what is happening in the world today, ALL THE GIRLS IN TOWN couldn’t have come along at a better time. This is a great read for women, and for the men who love them.
A dark and behind the scenes version of Daisy Jones esq. I love the break scenes with the blog posts so much. It’s fun and dark and a good sinister breather. It’s so fascinating to see and hear every woman’s perspective and see how much hate they have towards Peter and to also see it grow and turn into friendship for these women. A really fun read!
This was a fun, dark, riveting and maddeing read all in one.
Compulsively readable and something that made you feel mad, yet empowered all at the same time.
When a book makes me feel the feels, it's hard not to love it.
Three women, all in love with and all screwed over by the same narcissistic man. I love how they ended up being friends that was all I wanted for them, to love themselves and become bffs!!
I liked the story, I loved the fun blog that Dani wrote.
This is a brave and emotional story of three women finding their footing after being hurt by the same man. As each of the main characters struggle with their personal demons, they find unexpected solace in each other and their shared experience. This book takes an unapologetic look at toxic relationships and mental health, but manages to tactfully weave in a lot of humor as well. If you like books with messy characters trying to overcome past and present hurt, this is definitely a book for you.
At first, Peter is every woman’s dream. He is a famous rockstar that knows all the right things to say to make you feel like you are the only other person in the world that matters. Except it’s all fake. Dani, Red, and Sasha have each loved and had their hearts crushed by Peter and his dishonest ways. Once the focus of each others’ hate and envy, the three women are surprised to discover a kinship born from their shared experience. Together, they begin to pick up the pieces and move forward and discover a way to help women like them do the same.
I love how realistically messy the characters are in this book. The story manages to show how toxic and abusive relationships can develop without being forgiving. The characters are particularly compelling because they are people you wouldn’t expect to fall into a toxic relationship at first glance. They each are in positions where they give guidance to others, yet still fall prey to Peter as he takes advantage of their personal insecurities. A lot of the emotional fallout Dani, Red, and Sasha experience is just as much the personal demons they tried to bury through their relationship with Peter as it is the relationship itself. As the women move forward, they must still contend with these personal challenges and do so in ways that aren’t alway healthy or successful. I appreciate this level of realism and it made me root for these characters all the more.
Scattered throughout the book are Dani’s blog posts in which she kills off a fake version of Peter in various methods. These started as a part of Dani’s therapy but quickly evolved into a beast of their own. Though they are an important part to this story and I love the use of this concept, the entries themselves are not terribly interesting after the first couple. Dani herself admits that she is not a talented writer, so it feels realistic that the writing in these sections is less compelling. However, I don’t feel like I need so many examples to get the idea of what they are and how they evolve over time.
Though I enjoy that the characters’ journey is anything but clear cut, this might bother readers who like more clean and noticeable growth in their characters. I also feel like this book leans a little into the drama. Though there is nothing out-of-line, some of the more destructive thoughts and behaviors displayed by the women are slightly overdone and repetitive. It didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment, but there are definitely times where “less is more” would definitely ring true.
Who hasn't had that fantasy of killing an ex in a creative way and how to get away with it?
Hmm. If you think my first sentence was awful, this book might not be for you. For the rest of you, this was a fun book!
Dani, Red, and Sasha have absolutely nothing in common, except the trail of tears bad boy rocker Peter left in his wake. That is, until Dani starts a blog about killing her ex and unwittingly sets the wheels in motion for the women’s paths to collide. Her blog is a riot, and I almost literally laughed out loud.
This was a good, fun, rollicking read. (first time I have ever used that word in a sentence but nothing else fits) . This was something imaginative, and different than the usual "suspense with a twist" that I have been inundated with lately..
3.5 stars rounded to 4. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to #netgalley for the ARC which did not impact my review,.
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