the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it.
But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.
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𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗧: I read this authors sophomore novel during the summer (They’ll Never Catch Us) and was really excited to read this one because I enjoyed that one. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t hit the mark.
They Wish They Were Us could have been an amazing young adult thriller. It had so much potential especially when you read the blurb and think about what’s going to happen. Unfortunately, this one didn’t live up to my expectations. I don’t even think it lived up to what we were told it was going to give us! Instead of being a thrilling young adult mystery it was a slow moving (and slightly boring) mystery. And honestly? The mystery was swallowed up my all these kids’ egos! I got to page 165, and NOTHING was happening. And the books only 315 pages! I was starting to wonder if I accidentally picked up the wrong book because I could tell this wasn’t the mystery/thriller that was promised. It was very strange. Had the book focused on what happened to Shaila and not on the wannabe pops then this would have been an exciting mystery. Sadly, it just wasn’t.
I can see why some readers found there to be some similarities between this book and Pretty Little Liars, but I personally can only see it when it comes to these cliquey lying teens. Don’t read this one thinking it’s the next pretty little liars because its not!
All in all, this one was a slight disappointment for me but not a total loss. I did enjoy some of the book, so I’ll give it a solid 3 stars despite my feelings that this wasn’t as thrilling as I hoped.
𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙:
• Young Adult Mystery and Thrillers
𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐
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