Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Read People Like Us, by Dana Mele if you Loved...

Mysteries can be hit or miss for me, especially in the YA genre where they walk a fine line between trying to remain YA friendly and wanting to break more into the thriller genre, but People Like Us managed to be a big hit for me.

Read People Like Us if you liked...

1. One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus

WHY? If you liked the murder mystery aspect of One of Us is Lying, combined with the uncertainty of whether one of the MC's friends was to blame, then you'll enjoy the similar vibe of People Like Us. One of Us is Lying kept me on my toes until the end as did People Like Us... I think I predicted three or four murderers throughout the entirety of People Like Us and I was wrong on all counts.

2. Dangerous Girls, by Abigail Haas

WHY? Did you like all the messed up characters with a million different issues in their lives, plus the added angst of teenagers telling a bunch of lies. Just like Dangerous Girls, in People Like Us, you don't quite get the full story right until the end.

3. Mean Girls (the movie)

WHY? Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not a book... BUT Kay and her friends in People Like Us, reminded me a lot of the plastics in Mean Girls, so it definitely deserves a place on this list.

4. The Harry Potter Series

WHY? Stretching a little bit because there's definitely no magic in People Like Us, buuutttt it does have a boarding school setting which I'm a huge fan of and it did remind me of Harry Potter (I realise now that I have not read enough YA books set in boarding schools).

5. I need to read more books with queer content

WHY? People Like Us was set in a world where being queer didn't need a label, wasn't questioned or commented on, and the relationships weren't the point of the story, they were just there and part of it (like a relationship should be!!). Somebody give me more books like this because I tried and I couldn't think of anything similar where the sexuality of the characters wasn't commented on.

Have you read any of these books? Does People Like Us seem like something that you might enjoy? Please tell me somebody else out there is contantly looking for good YA mysteries.

Love hurts... 

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 acerbic 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, 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 make...not something that happened.


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