Now, this is a book that was recommended to me by a friend. She had read it and said it was really good so I decided to take a punt at it as well. I am so glad that I did, because I have just finished reading it and I sent her a message telling her exactly what I thought.
Take a look at the blurb, then we’ll talk;
‘Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.’
I was hooked after just the first few pages. It switches perspectives, each character having their own story to tell, but it all stays linked together, it all relates and makes sense. We have these 4 main characters who are going through hell, they are being judged by everyone, so many people are watching them, and it takes them everything not to break.
I loved the whole concept of the story, and I will admit that I kept changing who I though had done it. Every time I was certain I had it all figured out, I found out I was wrong. You don’t realise who it really is till very close to the end, and I loved that. I love a book that keeps you guessing. What’s the point of reading a whole book when you work out who did it within the first few chapters? Boring!
The plot – As mentioned, the plot for this is fantastic. It must have taken some time to plan it all out and get every little detail right. Of course I’m sure there are some people out there who would love to take it upon themselves to pick holes in it, each to their own! However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be an amazing read. It isn’t something I would usually consider picking up, but it was well worth it.
The characters – You have your typical American teens as our characters, well mainly typical. The good girl who never does anything wrong and has a sturdy family behind her. The hot popular guy who is a jock with a pushy father to make sure he is always focusing on his career in sports. The girl who has been in many beauty pageants, with the broken home, the pushy mother and the dad who has another family. The bad boy, with a completely broken family, the drunken dad and the missing drugged up mother, the boy who has been in trouble with the police plenty of times already. All of these characters linked together, and they linked together well.
The ending – Of course, all of their secrets are revealed eventually, as is what really happened in that room during detention. Although to be honest, I felt it was a little anti-climatic. Hey, that’s just me.
It is a great book, with some use of foul language, the odd swear word cropping up here and there. This is definitely recommend this book, particularly to those who love a little bit of a murder mystery.
5 out of 5 stars!