Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: "Gone Too Far" by Natalie Richards

Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her. Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse. Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

I initially requested this book because I'd been hearing some buzz about it through the blogosphere, but I wasn't really expecting much.  To say my expectations were exceeded is a bit of an understatement as I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book!

I was easily able to relate to Piper.  She's not part of the cool, popular crowd, but she has her own group of friends and a passion for photography.  In short, someone I would probably be friends with.  She could also be judgemental, especially when it came to Nick and his crowd, but I found that to be a realistic aspect of her personality.

Piper gets involved, kind of by accident, in trying to solve the mystery around a classmate's suicide.  Piper is not sure that Stella meant to step in front of that train - was she pushed?  I was fully absorbed in this storyline, making guesses about what really happened to Stella, trying to figure out who wrote the notebook and who was texting Piper, and then whether or not any of these things were connected to the other.  The plot was quite twisty-turny,which I really appreciated.  I had my suspicions, as did Piper, but nothing really turned out as I had envisioned, which was great!

Will you like this book?

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone wanting a bit of action and whodunnit mystery added to their typical contemporary YA fare.  I thought the writing was solid and the plot was well-paced.  So yeah, if the synopsis grabs your attention, definitely give this one a go!

Will I read more by this author?

As I said before, I was pleasantly surprised by "Gone Too Far", so I am uber eager to try another title by Natalie D. Richards!  

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