Release Date: June 2, 2015
Keywords: thriller, mystery, road trip, summer
Format Read: ARC via publisher (thank you!)
Other Books Read: Where the Stars Still Shine
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COVER STORYCan I just say FINALLY. I love this cover because it takes itself seriously as a YA thriller. It's not a cheesy lovey-dovey kissy cover. That's not what this book is about, and I'm glad the design is something that conveys that.
WHY I LIKED ITWe can get one thing out of the way—it's Trish freaking Doller. I love her books, and I will always be excited to read a new work she has coming out. She's got a super realistic way of seeing and writing the world that I intensely appreciate. Sex in her books is depicted realistically—it's not this magical, sparkly moment. It's messy, it's awkward, and sometimes heat-of-the moment. Cadie is in one of those situations, and I totally love that her situation seems much more real than most depictions of sex.
I also loved the creepy factor. I was intensely creeped out by pretty much everyone and everything in this book. And sure, there's a clear gross person at the end when things are revealed, but even now, after the fact, I still really don't feel comfortable with multiple characters, and I don't trust them. In fact, I wanted several people in the book to be absorbed by swamp monsters (the book takes places in the marshlands of Florida) because I was that creeped out.
It was a page turner. I didn't really know who to trust (I annotate my books, and I went back and looked, and my first guess of the correct outcome was around page 70), and even though I kind of knew what was happening, I was still so nervous because everything was so insanely creepy about this whole thing.
RESERVATIONSEven though I loved how fast-paced it was, there was one thing I simply could not get past: WHO WOULD GO ON A ROAD TRIP WITH TOTAL STRANGERS? Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me explain. Cadie, understandably, is at a tipping point. She's tired of being the adult and she wants to be young and stupid. Hanging out and hooking up with a cute guy at a campfire party with friends is one thing. Leaving everything to go on a road trip with them is past having fun—it's idiotic. And I really am not victim-blaming because obviously she shouldn't have to assume that something crazy terrible is going to happen, but I mean... they teach stranger danger in kindergarten for a reason. Literally ANYONE should know not to road trip with strangers. For someone who is as responsible and level-headed as Cadie, I simply didn't believe, even for a millisecond, that she would ever do this. (And then her cell phone dies after her friend goes missing. HELLO?! Has she honestly never seen a horror movie? Or even have basic common sense?)
Feelings also went from overnight hookup, which I'm totally okay with because it's way more realistic, and shot straight out of the park to instalove, which made me groan. Ugh.
FINAL THOUGHTSIt's Trish freaking Doller, so it was really good. Fast-paced, page-turner, and I was totally into the story. The whole time I was reading, though, in the back of my mind I just KNEW this was insane and idiotic because I could not get over the fact that she just LEFT WITH STRANGERS. Oof.
What do you think? Do you understand the whole road-tripping with strangers thing? I sure don't!