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Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she's been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby -- one who fell, but didn't survive. Amelia's fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfri Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she's been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby -- one who fell, but didn't survive. Amelia's fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who's trustworthy, and who might be -- must be -- lying to her? The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She's determined to know what happened, but if she doesn't act fast, her next accident might be her last.


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Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she's been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby -- one who fell, but didn't survive. Amelia's fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfri Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she's been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby -- one who fell, but didn't survive. Amelia's fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who's trustworthy, and who might be -- must be -- lying to her? The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She's determined to know what happened, but if she doesn't act fast, her next accident might be her last.

30 review for Lie to Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    A murder mystery at the core. Amelia had a fall, but she was sure she was pushed. Girls were being killed and that scared her. Had she been the target of a serial killer or was that an accident? My first book by Kaitlin Ward, the book was fast paced. It had hints of murder mystery, but it was basically a high school drama with rampant hormones in most parts. Amelia was a typical teen. Her relationship with mom and brother was good. Rest had too much drama. Liam as the boyfriend felt supportive. Cha A murder mystery at the core. Amelia had a fall, but she was sure she was pushed. Girls were being killed and that scared her. Had she been the target of a serial killer or was that an accident? My first book by Kaitlin Ward, the book was fast paced. It had hints of murder mystery, but it was basically a high school drama with rampant hormones in most parts. Amelia was a typical teen. Her relationship with mom and brother was good. Rest had too much drama. Liam as the boyfriend felt supportive. Characters were few, with not many red herrings so it was easy to guess. Only the killer understood reasons for murder and justified it. I didn’t!! Then came my niggles, writing was juvenile. Where the blurb said thriller, the book had more of romance. Ugghh!! What a waste of good cover. Overall, the book is good only for teenagers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    DNF. I read an I corrected proof. I read the first 50 pages and last 30. The first chapter made it seem mysterious enough that teens might get intrigued, but it was poorly written and full of cliches and a bit over the top. I was looking for a teen mystery to recommend to my students: this isn’t it. I’d give it one star, but since I didn’t finish it, I gave it one for the possibility of the middle redeeming g the over explained beginning and ridiculous end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Amelia wakes from nearly falling to her death, unable to recall what happens and doctors say she may never remember. Everyone says the fall was an accident, but Amelia thinks someone tried to push her. And she’s not the only one. Two other teenage girls have been killed. The creepy guy next door might be the culprit. Or not. Now Amelia is getting threatening texts. Time may be running out. Amelia has a LOT going on. Not only is she recovering from a concussion and broken arm, she’s questioning he Amelia wakes from nearly falling to her death, unable to recall what happens and doctors say she may never remember. Everyone says the fall was an accident, but Amelia thinks someone tried to push her. And she’s not the only one. Two other teenage girls have been killed. The creepy guy next door might be the culprit. Or not. Now Amelia is getting threatening texts. Time may be running out. Amelia has a LOT going on. Not only is she recovering from a concussion and broken arm, she’s questioning her sexual orientation with crushes on both a close female friend and her brother’s teammate and nemesis. She and her BFF are fighting too. Having a positive reading experience means more to me than the quality of writing. Although I guessed the culprit Kaitlin Ward’s LIE TO ME and the writing was mediocre, it was a fun, easy read that provided me hours of enjoyment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jypsel Reads

    A Review from a Middle School Teacher: "Lie to Me," by Kaitlin Ward was recommended to me by a reluctant reader at the school I'm currently teaching at. She absolutely consumed this book. She's 13, a typical middle school girl and I think the exact demographic that this book is aimed for. I'm 29, well-read and I figured out the mystery just from reading the back cover. I'm not this book's demographic. I think this is an excellent book for reluctant readers because the action starts from the beginn A Review from a Middle School Teacher: "Lie to Me," by Kaitlin Ward was recommended to me by a reluctant reader at the school I'm currently teaching at. She absolutely consumed this book. She's 13, a typical middle school girl and I think the exact demographic that this book is aimed for. I'm 29, well-read and I figured out the mystery just from reading the back cover. I'm not this book's demographic. I think this is an excellent book for reluctant readers because the action starts from the beginning. There's quite a bit of romance - so much that it felt a little excessive to me at times - and plenty of friendship fights, sibling rivalry and respect and more. What I liked: -the heroine and her brother have a nice relationship -depression is handled delicately and mental illness in general is not portrayed as anything to be ashamed of -bisexuality is represented well, as is lesbianism -the family unit is solid and there is respect for the parents What I would warn parents about: -there is a lot of physical contact; while there is no sex, there is plenty of kissing, handholding, etc. -there is quite a lot of mention of homosexuality (bisexuality & lesbianism) And that's it. Overall, I think this is a nice 7th or 8th grade book for a quick read and might get those reluctant readers finally reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    alisha

    Not sure why but Kaitlyn Ward's books I always love.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Uuuuuuuugh. I don't know what to say about this book other than that I was really disappointed by it from start to finish. I didn't care about the romance or the mystery. I cared about Grace and Amelia's friendship, and Sky, and that was about it. While there were some interesting things said and I liked the focus on how trauma affects everyone in a person's life, overall it was extremely disappointing. I think my least favorite part was (view spoiler)[the ending. I called that Liam was the kill Uuuuuuuugh. I don't know what to say about this book other than that I was really disappointed by it from start to finish. I didn't care about the romance or the mystery. I cared about Grace and Amelia's friendship, and Sky, and that was about it. While there were some interesting things said and I liked the focus on how trauma affects everyone in a person's life, overall it was extremely disappointing. I think my least favorite part was (view spoiler)[the ending. I called that Liam was the killer as soon as she made her list and didn't put him on it. I don't get why Hunter didn't just tell her that he saw him with the squirrels, and I don't understand why she yelled at him about it. I was also very curious about how Liam got the photo of himself at her house, but by that point I was really annoyed by the whole thing and definitely nit-picking. Also, the romance was SO OBNOXIOUS. I didn't buy that she would just ignore Grace when Grace was obviously telling her that she liked her. I know us ladies who like ladies are dumb as rocks but COME ON. Liam was so freaking boring (even being a serial killer!) and weirdly jealous. Gag me with a spoon. (hide spoiler)] One star, unfortunately. Not well written enough to make up for the plot. :(

  7. 5 out of 5

    Energy

    Amelia has woken up in the hospital after falling over a cliff that she's visited countless times. With a broken arm and a concussion, she can't remember the fall, but she has a feeling that it was more than just a fall. What's worse, is that this isn't a single incident, yet she isn't sure if she should speak up about her feelings. We follow her in her not only in her quest to figure out what happened to her but as she navigates her friendships and relationships. I had mixed feelings about Ameli Amelia has woken up in the hospital after falling over a cliff that she's visited countless times. With a broken arm and a concussion, she can't remember the fall, but she has a feeling that it was more than just a fall. What's worse, is that this isn't a single incident, yet she isn't sure if she should speak up about her feelings. We follow her in her not only in her quest to figure out what happened to her but as she navigates her friendships and relationships. I had mixed feelings about Amelia. At times she was rather funny, and I really liked her. But other times, she had suspicions and gut feelings, and she just ignored them. True, I'm not a teenager anymore, so I can't say if that's typical, but it doesn't feel it. As far as the writing, it was simplistic, with some poor word choice here and there (saying crafting supplies were inexplicable when her mother is crafting Halloween decorations, for example). I felt Grace and Sky's characters could have been more developed because they made great friends to Amelia. I also really liked how well Amelia and her brother got along because that isn't always typical, so it was refreshing. I had the plot mentally written out before it came to fruition somewhere around 30% in, but it didn't stop me from reading because it was an enjoyable read. There's a bit of everything in this one, some thriller, some romance, and some general feel-good moments, so I think this will be a hit or miss for some readers. Overall I liked it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Hathaway

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So this book was ok. Not my favorite though. (3.5) i liked the story line, but there wasn't much drama, yes there was the occasional little speed bump, but that was it. It was also very obvious Liam was the killer. I realized it when he showed up out of nowhere. Also the whole thing about found corpse bugs was I dunno, a little suspicious. Also I mean this in the nicest way possible, Amelia's conflicting feelings with Liam and Grace were just kinda thrown in there. It just felt a little out of pl So this book was ok. Not my favorite though. (3.5) i liked the story line, but there wasn't much drama, yes there was the occasional little speed bump, but that was it. It was also very obvious Liam was the killer. I realized it when he showed up out of nowhere. Also the whole thing about found corpse bugs was I dunno, a little suspicious. Also I mean this in the nicest way possible, Amelia's conflicting feelings with Liam and Grace were just kinda thrown in there. It just felt a little out of place with the story line.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Madilynn Jury

    I started to read it super duper excited and then, got super duper uncomfortable. I didn't like the feelings it brought forth. There's a part in your brain that releases a chemical when your reading. It makes you feel whatever the main character is feeling. I didn't like feeling her emotions around that one girl. I hold nothing against the LGBT community but I don't have any desire to join it so I don't want to read things like it. Again, nothing against the LGBT community but don't want to read I started to read it super duper excited and then, got super duper uncomfortable. I didn't like the feelings it brought forth. There's a part in your brain that releases a chemical when your reading. It makes you feel whatever the main character is feeling. I didn't like feeling her emotions around that one girl. I hold nothing against the LGBT community but I don't have any desire to join it so I don't want to read things like it. Again, nothing against the LGBT community but don't want to read things like it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ariya Miller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was about a girl named Amelia who was pushed off of a guard rail waiting for one of her friends Sky. She finds out that the same day another girl was found dead in the lake she was near when she was pushed. Amelia is determined to find out who tried to kill her and who killed three other teenaged girls. I definity recommend this book for people who like murder mysteries. This book will keep you interested the whole way thought.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookyworm:3

    Lie to Me was a very quick read with a plot full of potential. I was kinda let down because it was over the top for me and overwhelming. The characters were so so, and some characters were just no. There is a f/f romance. I love how it had you just stringing along until the very end where the culprit was right in your face. I give this a good ol’ 3!

  12. 4 out of 5

    anya

    This hasn’t gotten the best of ratings but it looks hella good so into the 2020 tbr pile it goes...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Sweeney

    Romance, with a dark spin. This book had me thinking one thing at the very beginning and then changing my mind in the end. I had a hunch of where the story line was going and absolutely loved it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Belle Ellrich

    {REVIEW TO COME} Just know that I found a LOT of issues in the first six chapters alone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Micayla

    It was awsome.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Syd

    It is a good book if you want a short read and don’t mind cliches. The plot was pretty predictable but it was entertaining enough to make up for that.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Meh...it was ok. Some middle school student will probably like it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I personally did not like this book at all.Very weird and would not recommend this to anybody. I found the storyline hard to follow It didn't make sense.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Ergott

    ARC received through the Young Adult Literature Festival (Y'ALLFest) If there's such a thing as a trashy murder mystery, this is it. Rife with tropes and cliches, the only thing thing that made it stand out in my mind was the fact that the protagonist was bisexual, which was refreshing. The mystery itself, however, was transparent and predictable (and that's coming from someone who binge-read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I really enjoyed this book. I kinda knew who it was before the end of the book, but was hoping I was wrong. It's a great, quick read. Took me a day and a half to read while at school.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Drowning is one of the top fears in the world, and it's also one of the top ways to cover up a murder. In Lie to Me, Ward's fourth YA novel, she uses drowning as the basis of the story. Yet, this book fell very short in the thriller/mystery genre: Ward gives away too many hints at the beginning of the book, that most readers will have the murderer figured out by chapter 7; she also focuses too much on romance, something that should have caused this story to be filed under a different category ot Drowning is one of the top fears in the world, and it's also one of the top ways to cover up a murder. In Lie to Me, Ward's fourth YA novel, she uses drowning as the basis of the story. Yet, this book fell very short in the thriller/mystery genre: Ward gives away too many hints at the beginning of the book, that most readers will have the murderer figured out by chapter 7; she also focuses too much on romance, something that should have caused this story to be filed under a different category other than mystery/thriller. But luckily she didn't bring in a wide circle of characters to cause confusion, using only one view point from the main character of Lie to Me: Amelia- - - a teen girl who believes she was pushed down a ravine to be left for dead in the raging water below. Besides her 'accident,' Amelia leads a normal life with her mother, father and brother, Hunter - - - she also has a small group of friends. After her 'fall,' a body of a teen girl from the same town is found in a nearby river, but the town gossips, and makes it seem that this girl committed suicide, leaving Amelia worried that her family would think the same thing about her. Depression is something that Amelia's family has had to deal with before, but the talk of depression is candid and not very enlightening; her brother, Hunter, who is in therapy for such doesn't even talk about it, instead he's usually seen playing soccer or Fortnite, this seems to be a broad attempt to bring mental health into the story,but without going into that subject, it failed as a story line. Yet, one of the main causes of depression today is social media, which we find Amelia stalking one of her best friends/love interest on- - -if Ward was trying to reach the YA community about depression, she went the wrong way about it. Another mistake that Ward made was when Amelia receives an anonymous text message from someone telling her to 'Just let it go,Amelia,' this occurs after she has started investigating whether her 'accident' was an accident. Amelia tells us that she is always suspicious of everyone, but when this text message comes around, it's as if she could care less. She even tries to take the anonymous message as advice: " 'Or it's advice.' I feel backed into a corner. It's one thing to believe someone hurt me and another thing to have proof of it. I don't want this to be proof. 'I mean, Sky's always telling me I should let my life get back to normal, and she doesn't even know I'm thinking any of this. Maybe someone else feels that way,too.' " In reality, if you believed that someone attempted to murder you, and suddenly you are receiving a cryptic message about letting it go, wouldn't the logic thing to do is go to the police?? Amelia doesn't! Ward has written three other YA novels, 'Lie to Me' being her fourth. The writing in this story is bad in some places, for example, a scene with Amelia and her best friend, Sky, meeting up at the 'screen' (technically a giant drive-in movie theater screen); Amelia thinks about how this town is a haven for her, that everyone feels safe, but the very next paragraph, she's stating she doesn't feel safe anymore. This makes sense if you haven't read it, but the way it's written could have been in a much better and concise way. This and most scenes makes the story read like a sloppy diary entry. That, and the killer being predictable so early on in the story made me very disappointed with this book. 'Lie to Me' had great potential from the synopsis, but it lacked story, mystery, suspense and diverse characters. I can't recommend this book to people who love horror stories, like I do. I think the only ones who would enjoy this story are the die-hard YA fans. It has everything that YA is known for: romance and teen drama, but it's lacking in everything else. Other than that, I don't think I'll read another book by Ward, but as far as Point horror books go, I will still give them a shot. For more YA horror book reviews, check out my blog at GoreAndTea.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    “But the gut feeling remains, and after I saw that news article about Maria Lugen’s death, the feeling has strengthened tenfold. I don’t want someone to have tried to kill me. But, if they did, I want to know who it was. And why me. And I want to catch them before they try it again.” (Pg. 7) A Scholastic find on the library shelves I chose title alone and man I wouldn’t have because amnesia stories are not my thing LOL..and this title did not make sense to me....I mean we get it you don’t remembe “But the gut feeling remains, and after I saw that news article about Maria Lugen’s death, the feeling has strengthened tenfold. I don’t want someone to have tried to kill me. But, if they did, I want to know who it was. And why me. And I want to catch them before they try it again.” (Pg. 7) A Scholastic find on the library shelves I chose title alone and man I wouldn’t have because amnesia stories are not my thing LOL..and this title did not make sense to me....I mean we get it you don’t remember --no one is lying I just feel these books repeat and repeat the obvious too much for me.--once its said its doesnt need to be said ad nauseum....anyways tried it again with this one as our main character Amelia can’t remember how she was found in the water partially drowned by her best friend inches away from death, did she fall, was she pushed--who and why???!.. ”We like to think if we do everything right and don’t make dumb choices we will be safe, but the reality is that anyone could be thinking about hurting you at any time and you may never know it.” (Pg. 49) “My imagination goes wild with visions of my lungs filling up with water. I escaped death so narrowly, and I’m afraid the universe won’t let it stand. That I was meant to die by water, and eventually, I will.”(Pg. 54) This book is set in high school with Amelia as a sixteen year old junior—okay I expected a level of maturity and I got it with Amelia having to correct classmates who mocked her accident and alluded to a suicide attempt..this book actually addresses the stigmas of mental health and head injuries—it’s oh so important our youth realizes and understands not to bully and mock these issues---and then there is also the bisexual aspect of Amelia’s love life..Thanks Scholastic for bringing these real issues to the table even though for my library kids I am still clutch-my-pearls ---eh they can grow up LOL…So Amelia is trying to live a normal high school life, navigate her friends and her best friend dating her brother, her new boyfriend and her health all while trying to avoid the nagging suspicion that someone still wants her dead..The suspect list is embarrassingly small so its not farfetched to guess the killer straight off but it was entertaining at least and she basically spells out the entire plot instead of making the killer go through it all…fast and fun read that had its little twists..now back to the school library shelves for a new reader..whats next for me!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren R.

    Ah, man. Way too predictable; I knew what was going on from the beginning basically. I didn’t jive with the writing style too much either. I did enjoy the small town Vermont setting quite a bit. Dang. More thoughts:(view spoiler)[I unfortunately did not really enjoy this one! I was hoping that the mystery would have been less transparent, but it felt very obvious from the beginning. Everyone in the town was skeptical of Liam and had negative feelings toward him throughout the book, and Amelia was Ah, man. Way too predictable; I knew what was going on from the beginning basically. I didn’t jive with the writing style too much either. I did enjoy the small town Vermont setting quite a bit. Dang. More thoughts:(view spoiler)[I unfortunately did not really enjoy this one! I was hoping that the mystery would have been less transparent, but it felt very obvious from the beginning. Everyone in the town was skeptical of Liam and had negative feelings toward him throughout the book, and Amelia was the only one duped by him. It was quite obvious for that reason that he was the killer, especially as the book progressed and she ignored incredibly obvious signs (like him having her necklace or picking the bug from a corpse essentially). I think the bisexuality aspect was good I guess, where she was trying to find herself and determine her true feelings for Grace, but it ended up being another sign about the mystery: of course Amelia was going to end up with Grace, and it felt like Liam "had" to be the bad guy in order to facilitate that development. The writing style was quite simple and very easy to read, which is good and bad in my opinion. The characters, including Amelia, were not developed that well for me. She liked bugs and that's all I knew about her. Overall, this one didn't work for me unfortunately. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Charvi

    2.5 stars I don't have many positive things to say about this book. What I will say is that it was easy to read and the writing style wasn't that bad but it wasn't very gripping either. For me, the characters didn't attract me very much, I was always aware of the fact that I was reading a story and I wasn't immersed in it. And the thing that put me off the most was that I saw the killer coming from miles away. I was suspicious of the murderer from the very beginning and then at the very first hin 2.5 stars I don't have many positive things to say about this book. What I will say is that it was easy to read and the writing style wasn't that bad but it wasn't very gripping either. For me, the characters didn't attract me very much, I was always aware of the fact that I was reading a story and I wasn't immersed in it. And the thing that put me off the most was that I saw the killer coming from miles away. I was suspicious of the murderer from the very beginning and then at the very first hint of foreshadowing, I was absolutely positive. And then I had to read more than half of the book knowing who the killer was which was what made me bored. Also, towards the end, our main protagonist suddenly becomes so idiotic? She has clear signals towards who the murderer is but decided to go along with their plans. She was asking to be killed, in my opinion. I also feel that the author wasn't able to balance the romance and thriller aspects very well. It was like the novel starts of being a thriller story then the mystery aspect vanishes and a huge chunk in the middle is romance after which the mystery starts appearing again. I just wish this was written in a better way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zoe L.

    Full review (and giveaway) on my blog: https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/20... So, I see that this book hasn’t gotten great reviews, and I don’t know why. Yes it is written for teens/pre-teens and reads a bit juvenile, but I mean, it is a YA book. I think that YA and NA books are becoming so intertwined that people forget that there is a differentiation between the two genres. While figuring out the murder may be easy for those who are good at guessing who-done-its (and even those who aren’t), I Full review (and giveaway) on my blog: https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/20... So, I see that this book hasn’t gotten great reviews, and I don’t know why. Yes it is written for teens/pre-teens and reads a bit juvenile, but I mean, it is a YA book. I think that YA and NA books are becoming so intertwined that people forget that there is a differentiation between the two genres. While figuring out the murder may be easy for those who are good at guessing who-done-its (and even those who aren’t), I still really enjoyed this book! But then again, it’s got all of those “classic” ya vibes that I oh so love. Lie to me is both endearing for its attempt at representation, I say attempt because it could have been fleshed out more, as well as containing all of those cheesy but loveable ya tropes!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The more YA I read, the more I realize I really enjoy it. Make it a thriller, and I'm apparently all in! I happened upon this one while scrolling through available books on my library's app, thought it sounded interesting, and decided to give it a chance. That was yesterday! I was drawn into this story almost immediately and could not turn the pages fast enough. Yes, I figured out who the killer was pretty early in, but still enjoyed the book very much. The plot kept moving and the characters kep The more YA I read, the more I realize I really enjoy it. Make it a thriller, and I'm apparently all in! I happened upon this one while scrolling through available books on my library's app, thought it sounded interesting, and decided to give it a chance. That was yesterday! I was drawn into this story almost immediately and could not turn the pages fast enough. Yes, I figured out who the killer was pretty early in, but still enjoyed the book very much. The plot kept moving and the characters kept developing in a way that held my interest. I also liked that this was a quick read for me. My attention span for books seems limited lately, so something I can knock out in a day or two is perfect. Will definitely add Kaitlin Ward to my authors-to-read list.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    First of all: yay for bisexual representation! And second: can we get more books shorter than 300 pages, please? Unfortunately, despite being 260 pages, the actual plot was sidelined for more than 100 pages in favor of petty high school drama. I liked how self-aware but also believable Amelia was as a teenage main character, but the overwhelming focus on her and her best friend's respective romantic interests really took away from the forward momentum of the story. Then again, this would probably First of all: yay for bisexual representation! And second: can we get more books shorter than 300 pages, please? Unfortunately, despite being 260 pages, the actual plot was sidelined for more than 100 pages in favor of petty high school drama. I liked how self-aware but also believable Amelia was as a teenage main character, but the overwhelming focus on her and her best friend's respective romantic interests really took away from the forward momentum of the story. Then again, this would probably be a great book for the target audience as it brings up a lot of important topics about personal safety, self awareness, therapy, trust, etc etc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I mean...ehhh? This wasn't awful, but there are some YA books I can read without constantly remembering that I'm reading about the lives and melodrama of teenagers and then there are others, like this one, where it smacks me in the face every other sentence. Don't get me wrong, it'll be great for its target audience, but I'm too old for it at this point. So little of this was actually about the "mystery" and more about the relationship drama which I have had more than enough of in my life. It was I mean...ehhh? This wasn't awful, but there are some YA books I can read without constantly remembering that I'm reading about the lives and melodrama of teenagers and then there are others, like this one, where it smacks me in the face every other sentence. Don't get me wrong, it'll be great for its target audience, but I'm too old for it at this point. So little of this was actually about the "mystery" and more about the relationship drama which I have had more than enough of in my life. It was a quick read, but the characters weren't that exciting. The villain was a little random, and the whole thing just felt kind of...weird. Not bad writing, just not for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lora Norman

    I am so glad i read this. I loved all of the characters, even the ones that suck. It really felt like i was reading about a girl whos trying to solve a mystery but hasn't ever had to solve a mystery and doesn't really know what she is doing. It was definitely not what i was expecting but in a good way. I really enjoyed it and i will definitely be recommending it. I've never read about a character who has such an interesting fascination with bugs. while i despise most any bug i did find it a lot I am so glad i read this. I loved all of the characters, even the ones that suck. It really felt like i was reading about a girl whos trying to solve a mystery but hasn't ever had to solve a mystery and doesn't really know what she is doing. It was definitely not what i was expecting but in a good way. I really enjoyed it and i will definitely be recommending it. I've never read about a character who has such an interesting fascination with bugs. while i despise most any bug i did find it a lot of fun to read about.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This was the kind of book where you know who the killer is almost from page one. And unfortunately the protagonist doesn’t have much character. It took me so long to read it because I kept putting it down. I kind of would have enjoyed if it turned out the protagonist was the killer, or worked with the killer as a team and you didn’t realize it until the end but then some parts would have had to be rewritten. I’m gonna look for a book with the plot I wanted from this book.

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