Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Barnes & Noble
Age Group: Young Adult
Kate Lowry didn’t think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)
I shouldn’t be writing.
They’ll hurt you.
Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder…
I loved this book because it was sassy, mysterious, and fun. Kate was a strong female character with determination and spice the entire way through. Seth was the dorky, lovable, boy-next-door type who had his hilarious moments, and Liam was that dark, brooding-yet sweet guy that all teenage girls love to drool over.
I loved the fact that Kate had pink hair. All the normal heroines had red/brown/blond/black hair, but Kate’s hair was a unique trademark feature that I loved. And her personality! The awkward, clumsy girls that have been so popular lately are overshadowed by Kate Lowry.
Enough talking about her personality….the plot! It was interesting and fun the entire way through. I loved the clues and puzzles skillfully nestled into the book. The only problem for me was that the ending made me so mad!
I hated it! The whole point of a book is that there is a RESOLUTION if there isn’t a sequel! And even if there is a sequel, you at least want to wrap up most storylines! It was terrible. This ranks right up there with Mockingjay as worst endings ever. Many people like the imagine-the-ending-as-you-want-it-to-be books but this book didn’t even let you do that: it told you what happened but didn’t complete the ending.
Although I detested/loathed/abhored the ending, it was still a pretty good book. I would say “fabulous” but the ending detracted it down to a “pretty good” book.
Recommended for anybody who loves: Gallagher Girls series; Ally Carter; mysteries; private schools; etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Why do you think that Seth was so into conspiracy theories?
Why do you think that Taylor started comforting Maddie and they became really good friends?
Do you agree with some of the decisions that Grace made?
What would you have done if you were Kate’s parents?
What do you think Grace’s parents thought of Kate’s “evidence”?