Lucille and Winona meet under extreme circumstances: standing outside the police station as Lucille considers ratting out her drug dealer brother and Winona debates turning in her father, a beloved weatherman whose private behavior isn’t quite as sunny as his public disposition. In their desperation, the two make a pact: get each other through senior year and then escape to Chicago. But when Winona makes a shocking discovery about her deceased mother, she and Lucille realize they can’t afford to wait. They set off for Las Vegas with a wad of cash and a stolen car, determined to take back their power and find their freedom.
A collaboration between Brittany Cavallaro (author of the Charlotte Holmes series) and Emily Henry (The Love That Split the World ), Hello Girls is a whip-smart ode to what can be accomplished by underestimated young women. In Winona and Lucille, readers will find dual protagonists who are at once hilariously over the top and deeply relatable. These young women have been forced to grow up too quickly, but their friendship makes anything possible.
Cavallaro and Henry write with one voice, tackling the tough subjects of drug abuse, poverty and domestic violence. Winona and Lucille’s high-stakes adventure is often far-fetched and always a riot, but its lasting impression is of two young women who have decided to put themselves first, unconditionally and unapologetically.
Perfect for readers who are more than ready to raise their own voices, Hello Girls is a wild end-of-summer ride.