Popsugar Reading Challenge 2022 Book 17

This prompt was surprisingly tricky as it actually took more planning than I anticipated. Finding a book whose title begins with the last letter if your previous read. So following on from Fly Away I have switched it up completely and picked You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. Mcmanus.

What it’s about?

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?

What I think:

This is a fast paced read with great characters and some nice twists to keep you guessing.

Mateo, Ivy and Cal have a shared past, but have drifted apart at high school as kids often do. Relationships and family circumstances have changed leaving them all in different places.

Ivy is coping with the fact that her younger brother is super intelligent and feels that he gets all of the attention. Her desperate need to prove herself leaves her humiliated when she loses the student president election to Boney Mahoney, the kid who ran as a joke.

Cal has recently split with his girlfriend and is pursuing a new relationship with the enigmatic Lara. She is encouraging his creative talent and has a cool art studio but he is definitely trying to hide their relationship from his friends.

Mateo is working two jobs and trying to help his mum and cousin after their bowling alley business folded and the medical bills are increasing. His cousin Autumn has become involved in something that he doesn’t approve of and he is becoming increasingly worried.

When the three friends meet at the gate, it seems like fate has brought them together to skip school and have a day of fun, putting their worries behind them. They head into Boston planning to visit the penguins but before they know it they have found a dead body.

The body is a student in their class. And when the police and local TV station have received a tip off Ivy finds herself prime suspect. The group decided to see if they can unravel this increasingly dangerous mystery themselves. They will also have to confess to some secrets of their own along the way.

If you have read McManus’ previous YA thrillers then you know what to expect. Great characters, fast paced action and lots of clever twists. This book is no exception. It’s only only just over 300 pages, but she packs a lot in.

A great read that fans of YA thrillers will enjoy.

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