Amy Wilkinson
July 02, 2015 AT 08:08 PM EDT

Local Girls

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alice Hoffman
genre
Fiction, Short Stories

We gave it a B

This debut about a group of recent high school grads who’ve dead-ended in their Orlando suburb tries to be two things: an affecting coming-of-age tale and a dishy bit of celebrity intrigue. Childhood pals Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina are swigging $2 beers at their local when they eye—and inexplicably befriend—their favorite film actor on the very night he fatally overdoses. This chance encounter serves as the catalyst for chronicling the trio’s friendship through the years. Zancan does a beautiful job spinning their casual cruelties and small kindnesses into riveting fiction. But the tabloid exploits of a milquetoast movie star? Definitely not Oscar-worthy. B

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