You’ll Be the Death of Me, Karen M. McManus

You’ll Be the Death of Me
Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin
Length: 336 Pages
Publishing: November 30th, 2021

About the Book

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 from working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again.

So when the three unexpectedly run into each other, they decide to avoid their problems by ditching. 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…like a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.

Could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

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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.

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My Thoughts

When a trio of friends ditches school together in an attempt to recreate a day they skipped many years ago, things go fantastically awry. What seems like the start of a dull day, in which all of them entertain going back to school, turns into anything but. The blurb promises this is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder, and I didn’t realize that when I agreed to this blog tour because I’m not a fan of that movie in the slightest. However, I’m glad to say that I didn’t get that vibe while reading, making it much more enjoyable.

This book slowly unfolds, making it more mystery than thriller. We get to know our trio well through that unfolding. The elements at play are multi-dimensional and directional because there’s a lot more than just the murder going on. The trio is diverse, each with issues their battling. Overall, this is a fun read that has the teens playing amateur detective, keeping the reader guessing.


Thank you, The Write Reads and the publisher, for sending this book along! Follow The Write Reads on Twitter for the other stops on the blog tour.

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