Triangle with boy and girl thing couldn t bother me in the totally normative space of this book it is written so perfectly and not at all as a sexuality crisis No character is bothered by Kay or Bri or any other character being sapphic This is everything I ve ever wanted a ueer girl thriller where the drama isn t that they re ueer Come on you have to admit that s awesome You have to Something that struck me a lot about this book is that there s no red herring it s ust a slow buildup to a final reveal And while the reveal isn t actually the most shocking thing I ve read in my whole life it still surprised me Which is a really hard to do after a surprised me Which is a really hard to do after a life reading thrillers but ust to reiterate this really was not your typical YA thriller on a lot of levels And even if it had been it s not the who that impressed me it s the why I didn t guess the who either couldn t pin my guess down but I really did not guess the why I ve been thinking about why the reveal stayed with me so well and I think it s because I genuinely didn t want any of these characters to be the killer I knew one had to be Of course But I felt genuinely attached to these awful terrible characters That s another thing sticking with me as I finish this book People Like Us could have survived off its reveal alone or its characters alone but Dana Mele chose to go further to pull off both It s an achievement worth reading this book for elise nitpicks her faves Very minor spoiler but tagged anyway view spoilerNola s wish to oin the soccer team felt vaguely like a random plot point especially with her lack of talent hide spoiler I am obsessed with boarding school stories Probably because I never went to such a school myself and am having so much fun living vicariously through these charactersLucky characters I mean I go to university but I m not in a dorm so I ve truly never experienced anything that even comes close to living with my classmates Though after finishing PEOPLE LIKE US I think maybe it s a good thing that I m staying far away from these kinds of placesImagine you re living with let s say five hundred other teenagers From the amount of crimes committed today it s possible at least one is or will become a pathological killer Unfortunately for Kay Donovan that pathological killer has come in contact with her and wants her to ruin the lives of her friendsIt s a sick game Kay doesn t have a choice because she herself has some secrets she d rather people didn t know about and the police already suspects her for the death of Jessica Lane So she plays the game and gets other people as well as herself burnedKay Donovan never hides that she s an unreliable character It takes time for her to
*give us detail *us detail her past and often than not those details are confusing but at least she s not pretending she is totally innocent I ve read better YA mysteries and boarding school tales give PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL a try but this is an engaging story regardless I personally prefer my mystery heroines to not be innocent or na ve since they must be smart and have enough grit to want to solve the case in the first place and not ust wait for things to happen to them Kay shows those ualitiesA little "too focused upon relationships and surely it could have been shortened but I liked that as readers we didn t know "focused upon relationships and surely it could have been shortened but I liked that as readers we didn t know the murder was premeditated or a crime of passion Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin as someone who is thoroughly afraid but also in awe of thrillers THIS IS SO GOODlike I kind of guessed the murderer but then I also had other suspects as well and then add to the boarding school aesthetic mean girls character arc ueer girls and this was AMAZING It s the sort of thing that bugs you after someone dies You remember little ways you wronged them Even if they deserved. Until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation But if Kay's finally backed into a corner she'll do what it takes to survive Because at Bates Academy the truth is something you makenot something that happene.
Dana Mele ↠ 0 ReadI enjoy a good boarding school mystery as much as the next person but the characters completely ruined this book for mei have limited patience for as the next person but the characters completely ruined this book for mei have limited patience for teenage girls and this particular group of mean girls really drove me up a wall i find it a difficult "challenge to redeem this kind of character not impossible but difficult and there is not one ounce of "to redeem this kind of character not impossible but difficult and there is not one ounce of redemption for this group of girls they are the literal worst not to mention they are carbon copies of each othersuch a shame this whole murder mystery revolves around petty bullying and unrealistic revenge ust not my cup of tea 2 stars Ever since I read One of Us is Lying I ve been looking for another YA suspenseful read and this one fit the billGoing in I figured out the culprit but that didn t diminish my enjoyment one bit I really had a good time with this book The characters are compelling and complex There is LBGT representation and lots of boarding school drama and murder to keep things interestingThe story takes places mostly in a boarding school and it is told from the point of view of one character You might enjoy this book if you liked One of Us is Lying or We Were LiarsOverall this book was entertaining and fun in a murderous sort of way I recommend it to readers of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction Find all of my reviews at We should definitely be nicer to people You should think about that Nice is subjective If your reaction to a Mean Girls type of story is Then we probably shouldn t be friends Just kidding Maybe Whatever At minimum you probably don t want to read this book I obviously lurrrrvvvvvv mean girls stories so I wanted this as soon as I saw the title and cover Oh those p great writing and pacing sooo entertaining weak ending I m about 35 stars hereDoes someone who does one bad thing even one really bad thing deserve bad things to happen to them Deserve to be murdered or framed for murderKay Donovan wanted a chance to reinvent herself after a pair of tragedies marred her life and tore apart her family She gets that chance by attending exclusive Bates AcademyAlthough she is on an athletic scholarship which sets her apart from her incredibly rich classmates she becomes a star soccer player and part of the school s most exclusive cliue These girls are notorious for their cruelty and while everyone wants to be their friend it s out of fear than popularityYou can get away with murder if you re lucky You don t even have to be smart Just have a social or political one up on everyone else People look the other way if they want to Everybody knows itOne night before a ritual post party swim the girls make a horrifying discovery the lifeless body of a fellow student No one seems to know who she was but it s not long before they all become suspects in her murder especially KayThen it turns out that the dead girl got her revenge as she created an online scavenger hunt of sorts for Kay forcing her to expose her friends At the same time her new friendship with a girl they once ridiculed is causing a rift between Kay and her best friend Brie and making everyone around her suspect she had a hand in the girl s deathWhile trying to solve the challenges the dead girl has given her Kay has to come to terms with the betrayal of those she cares about and figure out whom she can trust But than that she has to decide who she is and whether she s ready to come to terms with the destruction she s causedDana Mele s People Like Us strives to be a cross between Mean Girls and Heathers with a little bit of Karen McManus One of Us is Lying with mixed results Mele tells a good story and throws in lots of twists so you re not sure which characters to trust I also liked that the characters sexuality was presented in a matter of fact wayThe problem I had with this book is that none of. Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet but the past is past and she's reinvented herself entirely Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and ac. ,
The characters were sympathetic especially Kay That made it difficult to get fully immersed in the story I also was a little disappointed with the way some of the plot was resolved because I felt with all of the possible solutions Mele had this was a bit of a cop outIn the end however this was an entertaining read and I think it would make a fun movie 35 starsA deeply
*twisted private school *private school So yeah Basically my aestheticAt Bates Academy Kay Donovan and her glitzy group of girlfriends are the most popular girls in school They basically determine the social ranking of the rest of their peers and seem to get away with everything including perpetually bad behaviorWhen they stumble across the dead body of one of their classmates however they do seem to finally be treading in dangerous watersBut they didn t do anything She was already dead by the time they came along Why does it seem like they are under suspicionMaybe the dead girl wasn t innocent herself Kay ends up receiving a computer coded scavenger hunt from her after she was already dead that causes Kay to look a little deeper at those around herBefore they know it their tight little group is beginning to implodeI thought this book was fun It followed a fairly typical YA Thriller format and that s okayIf you are looking for a uick fun read with lots of twists turns and unlikable characters you should definitely check this one outYeah you ve got nothing but time Backlist bump Okay I and unlikable characters you should definitely check this one outYeah you ve got nothing but time Backlist bump Okay I I knew going into this that I was going to enjoy it But I was not actually really expecting this to be one of my favorite YA suspense novels of all time But I swear to god Dana Mele could have been looking into my brain s idea of a perfect YA thriller and STILL would have nailed it ya girl The Shadow Reader just read and adored an arc of the fucked up sapphic mean girls book and is officially living life to the fullest People Like Us is a thriller driven first and foremost by character dynamics Most of which are either vaguely twisted andor vaguely gay It s almost a love triangle but it s also not It s like a twisted web of character dynamics thatust got me and enthralled It s a book where everyone is holding secrets everyone has something "up their sleeve And thankfully that is exactly my genre of thrillerWhile the characters felt occasionally hard "their sleeve And thankfully that is exactly my genre of thrillerWhile the characters felt occasionally hard keep track of at the beginning of the book it s hard to overstate how much the character focus helped my reading experience there were so many possible suspects and motives that I had no clue who it could be And even better literally no character in this book feels totally flat even very minor side characters are given sympathetic moments that they wouldn t get in any other book I ve seen several reviews criticizing the fact that all of these characters are pretty awful people and well they re not wrong But for me these characters were interesting and sympathetic despite some of their awful deedsSomething I definitely noticed was ust how well Kay s narration fit her characterization Kay s voice is very engaged with the situation yet she is strangely cold and undramatic in her telling No moment was given drama than it warranted creating a situation in which the audience simply must process the sheer gravity of what is occurring And it completely fits Kay s personality I don t even know how to explain it but her narration fit her so perfectly I got so attached to her by the endSomething I really liked about this is that it s essentially set in a world where being sapphic is totally normalized there s not even any angst over unreuited crush on a straight best friend I m sure someone will be upset by the lack of labels but for me the book felt like a breath of fresh air I loved that Kay s crush on Bri isn t the main plot point but is still a major factor Even that love. Erbic wit But when a girl's body is found in the lake Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple The dead girl has left Kay a computer coded scavenger hunt which as it unravels begins to implicate suspect after suspect.