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book review~ you’ll be the death of me by Karen M. McManus

greetings bloggers and the world beyond! let’s ignored the fact that I poofed once again hehehe.

“It takes less than 15 minutes for me to realize this was a huge mistake.”

this is just a quote from the book, not my actual feelings XD

name: you’ll be the death of me
author: karen m. mcmanus
blurb: Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.

Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…. again.

So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…

Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.

It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.

Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

my review-

all of those who have been reading this blog since the very start, know that I am a huge fan of McManus books. the reason being, the way she carries suspense and reveals it bit by bit, and her writing style is really made for me.

in this book however, I felt like, something was missing out. This book, had it’s minor plot twists and I absolutely LOVED how the characters had their own secrets. That part? I loved. what i did not like, was that the ending felt very flat? it was the same old cliched situation, and the big reveal didn’t feel like ‘the big reveal’.

the pages after the climax, soothed me to an extent, because there’s nothing more I love other than the epilouge. but the last chapter reallly dragged.

all in all, I feel like this book is worth reading, especially if you’re new to the genre. but as I have read a lot of ya thrillers, this one just didn’t go into the top five for me.

things i loved-
1. the three main characters had history together
2. they all had secrets (ADORED THAT)
3. the clearing up of misunderstandings

things i didn’t like-
1. the ‘heartthrob’ trope on Mateo and the implications of it on Cal
2. the ignorance of minor characters
3. the ‘big reveal’ which was done really weirdly and did not feel like the same book at all

⭐⭐⭐.5/ 5

perfect for-
newbie thriller readers
readers who are in a slump
a random chance read

some favorite quotes

“Like you stopped trying. You’re doing stuff because you think you’re supposed to, but it’s not real. You’re not real.

“I didn’t realize criticizing your food choices was a prerequisite for being a good boyfriend,”

“Wrong place, wrong time, right color hair,”

“Oh shit,” Lara says under her breath, so low that I’m probably the only one who can hear her. “This must be Plan B.”

I didn’t fully appreciate how small our house is until it had to contain my mother’s fury.

“Okay,” she says, crossing her arms over the windowsill. “Keep me posted.

link to goodreads-

well well well, how was the review? I will try to keep on track now, and hopefully be here with another post on tuesday. tell me in the comments, how have you people been?

12 thoughts on “book review~ you’ll be the death of me by Karen M. McManus

  1. jhhfsrfegh WELCOME BACK!!! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH AND THE FORMAT OF THE REVIEW IS PERFECTION OMG!! im so sorry the book ended up disappointing though 😥 i’ve only read 2 mcmanus books so far, BUT KIND OF ENDED UP THINKING THEY WERE VERY MEDIOCRE?? maybe because i didn’t really like the characters AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE PLOT DRIVEN?? and am probably staying far far away from this one THANK YOU!! because ummm, ‘the ignorance of minor characters’?? YES I MUST RUN FAR AWAY.


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    1. okay anoushka you are adorable.
      ooh which 2? I’ve really like one of us is lying and cousins. two can keep a secret was good too. this book is definitely more character driven, although it does miss out on minore characters.

      thank you so muchhhh!


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