Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2.5 or 3-
Genre: (Un)Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? From the very beginning of the book we learn that Tabby and Mark went on a hiking trip, that Mark fell off a high cliff and died, presumed drowned. Tabby was still in high school while Mark went to Princeton on a swimming scholarship. They had been a couple for over a year. After Mark’s funeral, the police decide that perhaps Tabby pushed Mark over the edge. She is put on house-arrest and later in juvie until her trial. The story is told from many viewpoints: Tabby, her sister Bridget, Tabby’s BFF Elle, her enemy Lou, Mark’s BFF Keegen, the ex- boyfriend Beck and still more including newspaper articles. All these present a mystery for the reader to solve: is she guilty?
Anything you did not like about the book? None of the characters were well-developed. To me they seemed like stick figures. Not one of them was likable or someone to root for and the story itself seemed utterly unrealistic. Everyone had a “secret” that they did not want to share. At one point, Tabby and her BFF, Elle, drive to Princeton from where they live in Colorado on a weekend to crash a party that Mark is at; this is a 27 hour drive one-way. Tell me how they did this on a weekend?
To whom would you recommend this book? I actually wouldn’t recommend it but it has received some better reviews than mine…..(Booklist starred it and Kirkus and SLJ liked it, too.))
Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: 12/11/2020