“Look around. Look at everyone else,” Shaila whispered into the huddle. “They wish they were us.” – 2/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: lost letters, red headbands, courage tests, text messages, Jell-O shots, diamond studs, raw cookie dough, preppy kids and true friendships.
I genuinely thought this would be a five star read, but the truth is that I almost DNF this book… three times! The characters were really annoying and I often wondered why I was wasting my time reading this book. I made an effort and I still finished it, not because I ended up liking the book – because I didn’t – but because I wanted to give it a fair opportunity. My main issues with this book were:
- I predicted who murdered Shaila about halfway through the book – and I was right;
- The only character I liked was Shaila. Yes, the most likeable person in this book was dead… I think that says a lot.
- I tried to feel some sort of empathy for Jill but it just didn’t happen. Her problems felt too futile and privileged for me to feel sorry for her.
- I didn’t like the “challenges” that they were submitted to. It was all just stupid and too much in so many different ways.
- I didn’t understand why Graham did what he did the night Shaila was murdered – I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you already read the book you’ll probably know what I mean by this.
On a more positive note, I will say the book is realistic. I can see how something like this could happen in real life – especially the tests to enter an elitist group and the sexism. And I applaud who made the cover because it was absolutely beautiful!
Overall, it was boring and the chapters felt neverending! I usually don’t write such negative reviews but I’m just disappointed with this. I thought this would be right up my alley and I would love it, but it just wasn’t that good in my opinion.