PMS Girls

Young Adult - Thriller
300 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2021
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Author Biography

Lisa Alfano is a writer, small businesswoman, and lifelong New Englander. She enjoys creating twisted characters living in flawed worlds, often finding inspiration for her diverse characters and intriguing plots while strolling the beach near her home. She earned her M.B.A. and M.A.R. at Liberty University. PMS GIRLS is her debut novel. Her second novel, an adult thriller, Fractured Secrets, will be released late 2021-early 2022.

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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

What’s it like to grow up the daughter of a rich politician with his eye on the White House? Ari Worthington invites us into that world, her world, in a non-apologetic, emotion-filled narrative. Despite the wealth, it’s not a pretty picture. She’s more comfortable away from her father’s universe when she resides at a prestigious boarding school. When her pregnant room-mate has to leave the school, Jess takes her spot. Often outrageous in both words and actions, Jess is everything Ari isn’t. Inwardly Ari admires Jess for it, even ready to emulate her new bestie. But Jess is also secretive, and what Ari doesn’t know about Jess will hurt her in more ways than one.

PMS Girls by Lisa Alfano took me by surprise…and it was a welcome one. Though it was about high school teens, it wasn’t about young adolescents coping with menstruation. The story concept was unlike any I’ve encountered; the characters were realistically different, the plot twists were totally unexpected and I am still asking myself how Lisa Alfano kept me in questioning suspenseful anticipation till nearly the last page! A thriller indeed. It’s well-known that the best way for readers to get to know a story’s characters is through their own dialogue and actions. There’s not a lot of dialogue in PMS Girls, yet, incredibly, Alfano has pulled off a rarity i.e. Ari’s emotionally charged, descriptive narrative gives a surprisingly clear picture of all the players, especially Ari, Jess, Ari’s teachers, parents, and the domestic help.

The novel is more than just a teen thriller: it’s a psychological thriller. That automatically calls for evil-doers whose motivations and actions are prompted by past perceived wrongs. Lisa Alfano has done a splendid job of portraying that human frailty through Jess…a beautiful, rich boarding school girl whom you wouldn’t want as a room-mate! Read PMS Girls…a shockingly possible and frightening story.

Samantha Gregory

PMS Girls by Lisa Alfano is the story of a young girl called Ari Worthington who lives a life of privilege with rich parents, nannies, and servants, but she has a superficial relationship with her parents and feels trapped in the lifestyle. When she is sent to a posh private school called the Perpetual Mercy School, she finds herself more alone than ever. Her new roommate, Jess, plays mind games with her and Ari ends up in over her head. The book is well written and it kept me reading. I think the characters were well developed, especially Ari, and over the course of the book, you find yourself rooting for her more and more. She has some hard choices to make and she must decide what is important to her and what is the right thing to do.

Lisa Alfano has written an interesting book with PMS Girls. Ari is an interesting and complex character and it isn't always easy to like her. She has built up a wall and can come across as frosty to people, but this is because she doesn't know any other way to be. I think this book would appeal to teenage girls in the 14-17 age range if they are looking for a decent thriller to read. It did remind me a little of Legacies, but obviously without the supernatural element to it. I think it could do well and I would recommend it.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

PMS Girls, a breathtaking thriller by Lisa Alfano, chronicles Arianna Worthington’s life. As Senator Leland Worthington’s daughter, Arianna gets the best of everything, including a high-class education at Perpetual Mercy School, an elite boarding school reserved for girls like her. The only downside is Ari does not care for being rich or powerful. She yearns for her deceased mother, whom she never got to mourn. She wishes her busy father would not run for the position of POTUS and instead would be a caring father for once. When glamorous and enigmatic Jess, a new arrival at Perpetual Mercy, becomes her roommate, they soon become inseparable. That is until Ari unearths some shocking truths about Jess, which she was better off not knowing.

The bold narrative and the suspenseful tone hooked me from the very beginning. Lisa Alfano uses ample foreshadowing that promises a dark, ominous future. As the whirlwind named Jess immediately engulfs Ari, we get a distinct sense that something is fundamentally wrong with the picture. A vicious world of lies and conspiracy waits for Ari, threatening to shatter her innocence and even her credibility. As scandalous truths reveal themselves one after another, we end up praying Ari will come out victorious, if not fully unscathed. This incredible roller coaster of a novel ends with a cliff-hanger that will leave readers pining for the sequel. I heartily recommend PMS Girls to any reader who appreciates thrillers; however, the presence of a few explicit scenes calls for a mature audience.