Girl, Unframed

Girl, Unframed

A teen girl’s summer with her mother turns sinister in this thriller about the dangers of unwanted attention.

Sydney Reilly has a bad feeling about going home to San Francisco before she even gets on the plane. How could she not? Her mother is Lila Shore—the Lila Shore—a film star who prizes her beauty and male attention above all else…certainly above her daughter.

But Sydney’s worries multiply when she discovers that Lila is involved with the dangerous Jake, an art dealer with shady connections. Jake loves all beautiful objects, and Syndey can feel his eyes on her whenever he’s around. And he’s not the only one. Sydney is starting to attract attention—good and bad—wherever she goes: from sweet, handsome Nicco Ricci, from the unsettling construction worker next door, and even from Lila. Behaviors that once seemed like misunderstandings begin to feel like threats as the summer grows longer and hotter.

It’s unnerving, how beauty is complicated, and objects have histories, and you can be looked at without ever being seen. But real danger, crimes of passion, the kind of stuff where someone gets killed—it only mostly happens in the movies, Sydney is sure. Until the night something life-changing happens on the stairs that lead to the beach. A thrilling night that goes suddenly very wrong. When loyalties are called into question. And when Sydney learns a terrible truth: beautiful objects can break.

Title:Girl, Unframed
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781534426993
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    Girl, Unframed Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Fuck, y'all. This one really hurt. It is a book about the millions of ways that men treat women of all ages like objects. It is also a book about a girl who's mother prioritizes her own beauty and the...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    It’s no surprise that I liked this, because I trust Deb Caletti implicitly at this point, but this really was unique and wonderful and much-needed. The synopsis pitches this as a YA thriller, but mo...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    This is such a hard book to review because there were just so many elements to it. So many surprises and so many hard, uncomfortable things about it. Sometimes being thrown out of your comfort zone is...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Deb Caletti was my jam in high school. She was like Sarah Dessen with more edge.I really want to read this! It's set in San Francisco!...

  • Nev

    Girl, Unframed is partly a YA thriller, you spend the whole book knowing that something terrible has happened and are waiting to figure out the specifics. There’s a dark, ominous feeling that permea...

  • Heather

    This is hands down one of the best YA books I've ever read. Not so much because of the story itself (a compelling coming-of-age tale with an unraveling crime mixed in) but because throughout it, Deb C...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    GIRL, UNFRAMED started off strong, with narrator Sydney experiencing subtle and not-so-subtle sexism from boys, men and her actress mom’s internalized misogyny. Slow, repetitive pacing had me waitin...

  • Sarah

    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Sydney loves her life at her boarding school. She can be a regular teen with great best friends. However, occasionally sh...

  • Kira Thebookbella

    "My body was a billboard to remark on. My body was someone else's entertainment, a story that had notthing to do with me at all. I was a painting. Girl, oil on canvas". Sydney Reilly spends most ...

  • Gary Anderson

    As the only child of the troublesome movie seductress Lila Shore, Sydney Reilly tries to keep her distance from her mother by living in Seattle with her grandmother Edwina. But in the summer she turns...