Today I’m excited to welcome you back for another exciting Ultimate Blog Tour!! A massive thank you once again to Dave @The_WriteReads for my spot today and to Penguin for providing me with an eARC of the book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review!!
Length: 336 Pages
Publishing: 30th November 2021
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?
From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.
About the Author:
Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thriller/mystery novels, including One of Us Is Lying, One of Us Is Next, Two Can Keep a Secret, and The Cousins. You’ll Be the Death of Me will be her next novel, publishing December 2021. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels. For more information,
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Having read a few of Karen M. McManus’s previous books, and not loving them entirely I was a little apprehensive in starting this one but I’m pleased to say this one didn’t disappoint!
You’ll be the Death of Me follows Ivy, Mateo and Cal who used to be best friends before high school they grew apart. But one day in senior year the trio reunite and decide to skip school as all three are having a hard time and don’t feel like facing anyone at school. They skipped class once before which turned out to be a great day, but this time things turn out not to be as fun when they discover a murder. Things turn even crazier, when they discover the person that has been murdered is one of their classmates.
I have to admit the book did start off a tad slow, and nothing much really happens until about the 30% mark (on the eBook) but beyond this point things pick up and it’s at this point where I couldn’t get enough. The whole storyline is pretty easy to follow and I could have easily finished this book in a couple of sittings if life and commitments didn’t get in the way. I really enjoyed the fact that the although some of the twists were predictable I didn’t actually manage to work out the killer until just before the final reveal.
I also liked how the story unfolds through the narrative of the 3 main characters Ivy, Mateo and Cal and also like how one chapter flowed into the next effortlessly even when the narratives change between the 3 characters. I’ve seen this done in several books before but the majority of the time they don’t seem to flow as well.
As for the characters well, they start of being your stereotypical teenagers and I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of them, but as the plot develops so do the characters. They become unique in their own way and you can really see their true personalities come out. if I had to choose my favourite it would have to be Mateo, even with his temper he seems like someone I would really get on with in person.
Now, for the one thing holding me back from giving this a 5 star rating was the romance. I was expecting it as most YA novel have the trope incorporated into the story somewhere but I’m not a fan especially when it comes to YA mystery thrillers. If you like reading about cute romances between the characters then you’ll like this one.
Aside from the slow start and the romance I thought this was a wonderful read! Definitely recommend this one to anyone who has enjoyed McManus’s previous books and to anyone looking for a fast paced YA mystery thriller full of secrets and drama.
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Thank you very much Ellie!! ❤
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I loved this one too! You are so right – the story did flow wonderfully between the three narrators.
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