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Published by Delacorte Press on October 14, 2014
Source: the publisher
Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!
Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.
All because of the list.
Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.
This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.
If you're on it this year? Your life ends.
Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the They All Fall Down blog tour! Today, I’m sharing with you my review of this young adult psychological thriller. Enjoy!
I don’t think words can describe how epic, crazy, intense and fun this book was. It was described as Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination – two things I love – and it definitely delivered! Plus, in my opinion, it threw in some The Skulls action, too! (Yes, I’m well aware I’m dating myself with that reference. Which is exactly why I linked to the IMDB page for the movie. But it has Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker. Need I say more?).
Kenzie was a pretty bad-ass character. She was smart, strong and level-headed. She refused to just sit back and wait for “fate” to happen – she did her research and hung out with the people who could help her find answers. She never got wrapped up in the list and what it meant for her social life. She didn’t become full of herself or arrogant. The people around her might have.. but she refused to buy into it. I really admired that about her. She also had a very tragic back-story and a lot of guilt that held her back in the beginning, but fueled her desire to fix things in the end.
Kenzie’s best friend, Molly, really annoyed me for a good chunk of the book. She was so wrapped up in what Kenzie’s success meant for her social life, she never stopped to consider Kenzie’s thoughts or feelings concerning the list or the things that were happening because of the list. She was mean and selfish. I’m not saying her reaction wasn’t a little bit understandable. But a good friend – a BEST friend – would NOT have been THAT selfish. There’s one thing Molly says in particular that really annoys me, but I won’t say what for fear of spoilers. Despite all that, I like how her story ends.
Josh was so slimy! There was something about him that just made me cringe and not trust him. Same with Tyler! There were several moments in the book when it became VERY obvious that Josh knew more than he was letting on. But the ending… Wow. Literally, the last 15 pages of the book blew my mind and my opinion of Josh was… Let’s say, it wasn’t what I expected at all and I didn’t see it coming.
Levi, though, Levi I loved right from the moment we were introduced to him. I don’t know what that says about me. But man, was he yummy! I was always worried about Levi though! He was the Neverending Scapegoat and I really didn’t know what would happen to him by the end of the book, but then he… Well… *Smirks* You didn’t think I’d tell you, did you? Go read the book and find out!!!
I think my favorite part of this book was the way the author managed to trip the reader up. It was impossible to develop theories as to what was happening because every time I thought I had it figured out, something happened and I had to re-think that theory. Also, the ending was insane and twisty and totally threw me for a loop! I’m a pretty good guesser and I couldn’t even fathom where the book was heading until it happened. There were a couple hints and I had a feeling. But then the author would do something and make me doubt if I was right or not. In the end, I was mostly right and yet still completely shocked!
Overall, if you couldn’t tell, I really loved this book. “Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers’ hearts racing right till the very end!” is the most accurate description ever. My heart was in my throat, my mind was going in a million directions and I really, really, REALLY hope the author writes another book in this genre very, very soon!