How are you all doing? I hope February has been taking it easy on you all. I know it can be a kinda tough month. I’m currently laid up in bed with an illness, consuming mostly cough drops and tea.
But the upside to that is that I was able to binge read this entire book in one day! And trust me, I could not have put it down. This book is one of those ones that hooks you in immediately with gorgeous prose, haunting imagery, and CRAZY action within the first few pages. I was literally sitting there like “I’ll only read one chapter” and then suddenly I was like…
It’s actually so enthralling! I felt like I was watching a reality TV show, except actually well-written. Sorry Real Housewives, you have NOTHING on Dana Mele. For those of you who haven’t heard of People Like Us, here is the blurb:
A sharp psychological thriller that’s just right for fans of One of Us is Lying and Thirteen Reasons Why–this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
See? Doesn’t that make you want to go out and read the book? It reminded me of Pretty Little Liars, but with really nice prose. Quite often with YA you read it for the content, but with this novel I really found myself enjoying the pure quality of the sentences.
Also, I’m VERY impressed by the sheer intricateness of the plotting in this book. I can’t tell you guys what happened because SPOILERS but the number of moving parts and plotlines in this story was crazy. I can’t even imagine managing to plot a story like this without it feeling inorganic, but this story felt completely natural and believable.
Also you guys- actual well done LGBT representation? I didn’t know that existed? Thought it was mythical? But seriously, this book had multiple LGBT characters, and their sexuality wasn’t the entire focus of the book, unlike so many other LGBT novels. They fetl like real people, actual teenagers who had more going on in their lives than just their sexuality. Thank you, Dana Mele!
Overall, this book was impossible to put down. It got my attention as soon as it began, and I read the whole thing in one sitting. If you’re looking for a fast-paced YA with excellent character, this is the book for you!
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and as always, happy reading 🙂
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.
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