Everybody calls Astrid, Juli and Thisbe the Whores on the Hill. But they don't care. It is the mid-’80s and they are fifteen years old. They go to the last all-girls’ Catholic school in Milwuakee where they waste afternoons at the mall, check out parties on the lake, burn through candid, casual sex. They believe they can take on the world, no matter what it calls them. But when euphoric sexuality mixes with a series of dangerous, deadly pranks, their world at Sacred Heart Holy Angels can never be the same.
Already controversial, The Whores on the Hill is a revealing and realistic account of the burgeoning sexuality of teenage girls. Told with a transfixing honesty, it will resonate deeply with young readers.
“Searingly written, this sharp, fast, passionately observed story of adolescent friendship is told in a voice that matches pitch-perfectly the anger, joy, and bewilderment of its characters.” —Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle
“When Thisbe transfers to Sacred Heart Holy Angels shortly after her parents’ divorce, she’s promptly adopted by two beautiful outcasts into what she calls a ‘teenage brand of family’ (even if everyone else just calls them the ‘whores on the hill’). Astrid has ‘hair to her waist like a mess of wheat’ and Julie ‘likes to scratch her arms with the sterilized end of a stick pin.’ All three trick out their uniforms with fishnets and combat boots and line their eyes with kohl; they pop pills with gusto and square off against football players they can’t possibly hope to conquer. Still, this is no cautionary tale, but rather a heartbreaking portrait of what life can be like when, as Thisbe says, ‘you’re fifteen and knobby-kneed and you only had a handful of choices. Your world was small and cruel and narrow-minded and breathtaking.’”—Teen Vogue
“The ‘whores’ in this novel are a trio of schoolgirls gone wild. Curran’s gripping narrative is so vivid that it’l bring back the anguish of being 16 and angry; you'll feel relieved those days are long-gone.’—Daryl Chen, Glamour
WINNER - New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
Colleen Curran’s stories have been published in JANE and The Dictionary of Failed Relationships. This is her first novel. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.