My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you want something un-put-downable for a rainy day, this is the book for you. Five kids go into detention, only four survive. The dead student, Simon, is a loner who was about to publish secrets about the other four on his blog. Life-changing secrets. The other four students: Nate, Bronwyn, Addy, and Cooper would not ordinarily even speak to each other at school, but fate throws them together in a quest to discover who the killer is.
I enjoyed reading this story very much. There are plenty of YA tropes to name-check. There’s a jock, a nerd, a rebel/outsider, and a popular girl. What McManus does really well, however, is to just subvert them enough to make them interesting instead of stereotypes. The one quibble I had was the ending was not as convincing as I would have liked. But the rest of the book is great.
There is a rumour going around that this may be turned into a TV series. I look forward to seeing if the rumours are true!
For ages 14 and up (mild language)