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The perfect after-school job turns deadly for teens working as simulated patients at the local med school. Everyone has something to hide and no one is safe in this contemporary YA thriller that exposes the dark reality of #MeToo in the world of medicine, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson. It seemed like a cool part-time program -- being a simulated patient for me The perfect after-school job turns deadly for teens working as simulated patients at the local med school. Everyone has something to hide and no one is safe in this contemporary YA thriller that exposes the dark reality of #MeToo in the world of medicine, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson. It seemed like a cool part-time program -- being a simulated patient for med school students to practice on. But now vivacious, charismatic Viv lies in a very real coma. Cellphone footage just leads to more questions. What really happened? Other kids suspect it was not an intentional overdose -- but each has a reason why they can't tell the truth. Through intertwining and conflicting narratives, a twisted story unfolds of trust betrayed as we sift through the seemingly innocent events leading up to the tragic night. Perhaps simulated patients aren't the only people pretending to be something they're not . . .


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The perfect after-school job turns deadly for teens working as simulated patients at the local med school. Everyone has something to hide and no one is safe in this contemporary YA thriller that exposes the dark reality of #MeToo in the world of medicine, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson. It seemed like a cool part-time program -- being a simulated patient for me The perfect after-school job turns deadly for teens working as simulated patients at the local med school. Everyone has something to hide and no one is safe in this contemporary YA thriller that exposes the dark reality of #MeToo in the world of medicine, for fans of Karen McManus and Holly Jackson. It seemed like a cool part-time program -- being a simulated patient for med school students to practice on. But now vivacious, charismatic Viv lies in a very real coma. Cellphone footage just leads to more questions. What really happened? Other kids suspect it was not an intentional overdose -- but each has a reason why they can't tell the truth. Through intertwining and conflicting narratives, a twisted story unfolds of trust betrayed as we sift through the seemingly innocent events leading up to the tragic night. Perhaps simulated patients aren't the only people pretending to be something they're not . . .

30 review for Tell Me When You Feel Something

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolt_reads

    I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Thank you! TRIGGER WARNINGS: sexual assault and grooming. Where were the trigger warnings in this book?? This book is written in detail and it deserved a trigger warning at the beginning- this is one of the reasons why I’m lowering my rating! This book hooked my attention from the beginning. I also really enjoyed the writing style,short chapters and the time jumps that’s why I was able to read it in 2 days! I was reall I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Thank you! TRIGGER WARNINGS: sexual assault and grooming. Where were the trigger warnings in this book?? This book is written in detail and it deserved a trigger warning at the beginning- this is one of the reasons why I’m lowering my rating! This book hooked my attention from the beginning. I also really enjoyed the writing style,short chapters and the time jumps that’s why I was able to read it in 2 days! I was really invested in Vivis story and I really wanted to find out what had happened to her. However the ending did not live up to my expectations. I saw that ”twist” coming from the beginning of the book and I was really disappointed. In the end I would recommended this book for people who are scared of thrillers and are not triggered by its content. If you are a thriller lover and have read a lot of ya/adult thrillers I would skip this one. It’s nothing new or something you would go crazy over.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raynee

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for providing a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! 1) I read this book as an eArc and this may have made the formatting of this book more confusing than it is in the printed version. 2) There are a lot of really intense topics that I think needed trigger warnings. There are many short POV's throughout this entire book and that made it hard for me to get invested in the characters. You would hardly get a snippet into the characters life and then we Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for providing a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! 1) I read this book as an eArc and this may have made the formatting of this book more confusing than it is in the printed version. 2) There are a lot of really intense topics that I think needed trigger warnings. There are many short POV's throughout this entire book and that made it hard for me to get invested in the characters. You would hardly get a snippet into the characters life and then we would be on to the next person. The problem with this was it did not drive me to keep reading because I knew I would have to go through many POV's as well as a timeline jump. We jumped between two different timelines in no specific order and this made it difficult to stay interested in the story. Once we concluded a person's chapter sometimes there was a police interview that would just repeat the entire chapter and it felt clunky. Again, I think this may have had more to do with the fact that I read it in a digital format and the printed version may be more clear. .I loved the setting of the medical school and the high school students being simulated patients. That was a really interesting concept that made some of the topics easier to talk about in the book. Overall, I think this was a fast read that for me had a slow start. Once I got about half way through the book I was more interested in finishing it and the ending was pretty good! 3 stars for me but I can think of many people that I can recommend this book too that will enjoy it more than I did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    This book definitely need to come with a serious trigger warning for sexual assault. I read an electronic arc of this book from netgalley and that may have made some of the formatting weird (does the print book have large sections of red font int he middle of sections randomly?), but give that it was an ARC that didn’t change my writing. The book changes point of view pretty quickly and it can be a little hard to track at times, but in general I liked the story being told from multiple perspecti This book definitely need to come with a serious trigger warning for sexual assault. I read an electronic arc of this book from netgalley and that may have made some of the formatting weird (does the print book have large sections of red font int he middle of sections randomly?), but give that it was an ARC that didn’t change my writing. The book changes point of view pretty quickly and it can be a little hard to track at times, but in general I liked the story being told from multiple perspectives. Time is pretty shifty too and each section is labeled with either a time before or after the big high school party of the summer. The party where Viv overdoses and ends up in the hospital in a coma. Her friend Davida is determined to figure out what happened, but she discovers a lot about her friend that makes her realize she didn’t really know her at all. The drama levels were beyond over the top and detracted from the story. I will say I loved that a lot of the story took place at a medical school where Viv, Davida, and their friend Tim work as actors portraying various ailments for student doctors to practice on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Now this YA novel had an interesting premise- teen girl lies in a coma while we are treated to flashbacks of the days leading up to the accident as well as multiple character perspectives and police interviews. It was a little slow and drawn out in getting to the climax of the story, however, I just kept turning the pages. Publication Date 15/06/21 Goodreads review published 16/06/21

  5. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TELL ME WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING by Vicki Grant in exchange for my honest review.*** After taking pills at a party, Vivienne lies in a coma. Her best friend Davida swears Viv never drinks or uses drugs. BFFs know everything about each other, even if they’ve only been friends for five weeks. Vic’s and Davida’s boyfriends both suspects, are questioned by police as are those from her part-time job as a Simulated Patient SP at a medical s ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TELL ME WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING by Vicki Grant in exchange for my honest review.*** After taking pills at a party, Vivienne lies in a coma. Her best friend Davida swears Viv never drinks or uses drugs. BFFs know everything about each other, even if they’ve only been friends for five weeks. Vic’s and Davida’s boyfriends both suspects, are questioned by police as are those from her part-time job as a Simulated Patient SP at a medical school. The SP program drew me to TELL ME WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING. Living near a number of medical schools, I was familiar with programs where people role played illnesses for student diagnosis. I’d never known programs to have the cosmetic application and the extent of physical preparation Vicki Grant described, but that added to the interest of the SP job. Grant created an interesting cast of minor characters and family set ups, which added dimension to the story. TELL ME WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING alternated timelines and points of view. I knew early on many were unreliable narrators, how inaccurate I was unsure. Most of my theories turned out to be wrong. TELL ME SOMETHING is a unique, interesting mystery that will appear to a wide variety of readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Davida, Tim and Viv are working as SP in summer break at med school. Everything was fine Viv and her long term boyfriend Jack are so happy. Davida and Tim are getting along. Everything seems fine. Until one day Viv fall in a comma and the video showed her taking a pill deliberately. Davida has known Viv for 36 days but she can't believe that Viv can take drugs.  I am a sucker of YA mystery so after reading the synop Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Davida, Tim and Viv are working as SP in summer break at med school. Everything was fine Viv and her long term boyfriend Jack are so happy. Davida and Tim are getting along. Everything seems fine. Until one day Viv fall in a comma and the video showed her taking a pill deliberately. Davida has known Viv for 36 days but she can't believe that Viv can take drugs.  I am a sucker of YA mystery so after reading the synopsis I had to read it. But it takes me ages to finish it which simply means that it wasn't able to hook me to finish it in one sitting or in a couple of days. The pace of the story was slow, there were many characters but it was hard to feel for them as the story focused on them for a while and they disappear after a few chapters. There were so many loose ends and loopholes. It felt like the author didn't even care about all the side tracks and left them in between... I like the concept of the story and the ending was so dark and creepy but unsatisfying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not going to lie. When I saw that I got approved to read Tell Me When You Feel Something I was honestly really excited. The synopsis just made this sound wicked, dark, and delicious. I wanted it to be a mystery that kept me on my toes and second guessing everything, everyone and every damn decision. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen for me. Which is really disappointing because the way this started off just made it I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not going to lie. When I saw that I got approved to read Tell Me When You Feel Something I was honestly really excited. The synopsis just made this sound wicked, dark, and delicious. I wanted it to be a mystery that kept me on my toes and second guessing everything, everyone and every damn decision. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen for me. Which is really disappointing because the way this started off just made it seem like it was going to be extremely entertaining, engaging, and keep me on the edge of my seat. It just didn't happen and this book just became boring to me so freaking quickly. In it, you will meet Viv, Tim, and Davida. They weren't always the best friends but when they actually met one another and hung out - well, they certainly became quick friends with the potential to become best friends. Now Viv just annoyed and frustrated me throughout the book. Tim wasn't any better because it just seemed like he would always pick a way to make Davida uncomfortable. Other than those two, Davida was one okay character but pretty quick to jump to assume the worst out of her so-called friends. Tension was definitely running high between everyone and I just wanted to know who was behind it all. I guess the one good thing about this book was the mystery. Also the ending wasn't that bad because it did drop a little bomb or two. Which, in a way, if I wasn't bored I probably would have seen the clues that eventually lead up to the big reveal. In the end, it was an okay book but I'm mostly disappointed that I didn't love it since I was really excited to dive into it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I was provided with an eARC of Tell Me When You Feel Something in exchange for an honest review. Tell Me When You Feel Something is a mystery told in a variety of perspectives and formats (police interviews, legal documents, multiple perspectives) that unfortunately, all read as slow, boring, and indistinguishable to me. Maybe reading this in print would make it easier to keep the POVs separate, but all the characters read as pretty much the same to me and the things that did differentiate them I was provided with an eARC of Tell Me When You Feel Something in exchange for an honest review. Tell Me When You Feel Something is a mystery told in a variety of perspectives and formats (police interviews, legal documents, multiple perspectives) that unfortunately, all read as slow, boring, and indistinguishable to me. Maybe reading this in print would make it easier to keep the POVs separate, but all the characters read as pretty much the same to me and the things that did differentiate them really annoyed me. Mysteries don't have to focus on likeable characters but when you spend this much time on character details instead of unfolding the actual mystery, I feel like at least someone needs to be likable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✫erin✫

    really wish I loved this one more than I did. the ending was incredibly lacking, and I wasn't able to connect to the characters in any way. I do believe that there are some readers that may enjoy this, but it just seemed quite similar to books I've previously read, and therefore couldn't fully appreciate it. really wish I loved this one more than I did. the ending was incredibly lacking, and I wasn't able to connect to the characters in any way. I do believe that there are some readers that may enjoy this, but it just seemed quite similar to books I've previously read, and therefore couldn't fully appreciate it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rozh ✨

    *thanks to net galley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review* 2.5/5 ⭐⭐💫 So being honest, im being generous with this book it started really promising, but I slowly lost interest and instead of a pleasent read this became something I had to finish.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Rating: 2/5 stars TW: Alcoholism, fake blood, sexual assault, rape, dead animals I received this novel as an e-ARC from NetGalley and Penguin Teen. Any and all thoughts are my own. Viv is seemingly the perfect girl. Her family is rich, she has good friends, and has a good paying job as a "simulated patient" for med school students to practice on. However, everything changes when she is caught taking a mysterious pill at a party and ends up in a coma. Now, Davida, Viv's friend, is attempting to unra Rating: 2/5 stars TW: Alcoholism, fake blood, sexual assault, rape, dead animals I received this novel as an e-ARC from NetGalley and Penguin Teen. Any and all thoughts are my own. Viv is seemingly the perfect girl. Her family is rich, she has good friends, and has a good paying job as a "simulated patient" for med school students to practice on. However, everything changes when she is caught taking a mysterious pill at a party and ends up in a coma. Now, Davida, Viv's friend, is attempting to unravel the past to determine what exactly happened to Viv that night. I was extremely drawn in by the set-up of the story, that being it taking place at this simulated patient program where the teens are basically fake test subjects. I have never heard of this kind of program and I'm curious how many facilities actually employ this kind of program. It took you through the ins and outs of the program and what these kids actually dealt with, which I think was awesome! However, the rest of the book fell extremely flat for me. Let's start with how the story is told. We start off in Davida's POV as she is being interrogated, which sets readers up to think that she's our main character, right? Wrong. A majority of the story is told from Viv's POV up until the accident that landed her in the hospital. It kind of reminded me of Sadie by Courtney Summers in its narrative choice, but it really didn't work for me. I was convinced this was Davida's whole story of investigation, but it just seems like a re-hashing of what happened to Viv from Viv's perspective. It was contradictory to me. Speaking of POVs, the story is consistently shifting between interviews, different major and minor characters, and time skips. It was very confusing to follow in the first 20% of the book because you still have no idea who's story this is supposed to be telling. Is Davida solving the mystery or is this just the story of Viv and the other characters are just minor players? In addition, this layout unfortunately resulted in the re-hashing of information and plot twists that were supposed to be big, but in reality felt boring and repetitive, a big downfall for any mystery novel. Another caveat to the story was that there were these moments that would have been perfect as an individual chapter or moment as they really leave the reader in suspense. Instead, it's broken up several times by another character's POV and it infuriated me to no end. I want to know what's in that box or in that letter but nope, we absolutely have to go back to Viv's POV for the sake of backstory. I also absolutely despised Tim's POV and his character. His character was beyond bizarre and he may have had a heart of gold, but he was annoying and his POV could have been excluded and the story would have been a thousand times better. I first thought he was a creeper with how he was written, only to find out he's one of Viv's best friends? It wasn't good. Mysteries are supposed to have build-up, theories, hints dropped every once in a while about what truly happened and who could be the culprit. This book had none of that. Everything gets dropped on you 80% of the way through the book and left me thinking, "Was this foreshadowed at all?" The answer was no, it wasn't. Did it make sense in the end? Kind of? It didn't feel as cohesive to me as this story should have been. Now one of the biggest downfalls had to be the hint of bad mental health rep and medical inaccuracies. Davida talks at one point about her mother who abandoned her and how she had bipolar disorder. She had only known her for a few years before she left, but Davida even refers to it as her mother "getting sick." It was only really mentioned once, but it gave me big red flags. I'm just glad it wasn't really drawn out besides Davida's PTSD with some of the events. Now for medical inaccuracies, this is a spoiler for the end of the novel, so feel free to skip this if needed: It's revealed that Viv took oxycodone, a single pill of it. She mixed it with alcohol before, and apparently that was what put her in the coma. However, after consulting my friend who is a medical school student, I discovered that this is NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCOMPLISH unless Viv took a lot more oxycodone pills. So the whole mystery is completely made up and that angered me a lot. Tell Me When You Feel Something falls into the category of great idea, horrible execution. I wouldn't recommend this to any fans of mystery novels or those trying to get into mystery. It's extremely confusing to get into and will leave you wishing there was more build-up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Vivienne and Davida are simulated patients for the local medical school. They are given scripts and fake ailments to allow for the med students to practice caring for them. When a video of Viv taking a pill one night at a party, and landing in a coma begins to circulate, people begin to speculate that it Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Vivienne and Davida are simulated patients for the local medical school. They are given scripts and fake ailments to allow for the med students to practice caring for them. When a video of Viv taking a pill one night at a party, and landing in a coma begins to circulate, people begin to speculate that it was an overdose. But Davida knows Viv would never do that, and decides to find out what happened to her friend. I thought I was really going to enjoy this, the concept was intriguing and it seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately, I just found it to be very average and predictable. I liked the short chapters and the alternating POVs, as well as the interwoven transcripts for the police interviews. I also enjoyed how we are given chapters in multiple timelines, days before and after the party. It was an interesting way to try to piece the mystery together. The twist ending wasn't much of a twist, and I think that was my biggest disappointment for this. I also think that this book should have trigger warnings for sexual assault as well as grooming, as it does go into pretty detailed descriptions... Overall, it was alright, but way too predictable for my liking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    A charismatic female student is in a coma. Drugs are rumoured to be involved, but everyone who knows Viv maintains she would never touch drugs. So, what happened? We learn the shocking truth as we flit between the stories of Viv and her friends. Piece by piece we get to put the story together..and it’s not a pleasant one. The common factor in the story is the fact that people have secrets they don’t want to share with others. Some of those secrets are more dangerous than others, but combined they A charismatic female student is in a coma. Drugs are rumoured to be involved, but everyone who knows Viv maintains she would never touch drugs. So, what happened? We learn the shocking truth as we flit between the stories of Viv and her friends. Piece by piece we get to put the story together..and it’s not a pleasant one. The common factor in the story is the fact that people have secrets they don’t want to share with others. Some of those secrets are more dangerous than others, but combined they create a toxic environment. Initially it seemed we were being encouraged to see this as a love triangle gone wrong. The home situation of Viv made it all too easy to see how some of this was not seen earlier. There’s a few red herrings thrown in to suggest alternate stories...but I did suspect the truth from quite early on and it became a case of waiting to see how the strands would fit together. This is certainly a story that will have appeal to many, but there are potentially triggering experiences that could have been better signalled. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for granting me access to this prior to publication.

  14. 5 out of 5

    A. H.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. [I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review] This book had a lot of potential - it really did. A quick read of the summary was enough to draw me in. A mystery about a girl in a coma? Multiple POVs? Sign me up. Sadly, this book fell flat for me for several reasons. The first being the way the story was written. Like I mentioned previously, I tend to absolutely love books that are told from multiple points of view. However, this book went a step further - [I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review] This book had a lot of potential - it really did. A quick read of the summary was enough to draw me in. A mystery about a girl in a coma? Multiple POVs? Sign me up. Sadly, this book fell flat for me for several reasons. The first being the way the story was written. Like I mentioned previously, I tend to absolutely love books that are told from multiple points of view. However, this book went a step further - it jumped around in time. These time jumps both backward and forward left me confused and unable to fit all the pieces of the story together very well. The entire point of the story is to figure out what landed the main character, Viv, in a coma. I feel confident in saying that any competent reader would be able to figure out the supposed reason pretty early on in the story. Also, I'm not doctor nor am I in any way associated with the field of medicine, but I can say that it seems HIGHLY unlikely for a single Oxycodone mixed with alcohol to land you in a coma. Is is possible? Yes, just very unlikely in my experience.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    The book uses multiple POVs (including the one of the victim) and multiple time periods that jump back and forth to create the total picture for the reader to discover the truth. Sounds intriguing, but the execution is a total chaos. The book also tried to deal with too many problems, and none of them were discussed in depth. Some (or most?) of the characters really have temper issues, it's okay to read one chapter of them arguing but exploding through the whole book? That just makes the whole e The book uses multiple POVs (including the one of the victim) and multiple time periods that jump back and forth to create the total picture for the reader to discover the truth. Sounds intriguing, but the execution is a total chaos. The book also tried to deal with too many problems, and none of them were discussed in depth. Some (or most?) of the characters really have temper issues, it's okay to read one chapter of them arguing but exploding through the whole book? That just makes the whole explosions boring. They were probably all firecrackers but in my eyes they are just sparklers. Fun to play but not to watch/read. In summary: a group of teenagers that have issues mess up their lives and the time of the reader.

  16. 4 out of 5

    thatbookwormgirl

    Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, talk of self harm, alcoholism, grooming, pedophilia, drugs, overdose Where do I even start. This book was an amazing read and truly shows how the people we least expect use their power to abuse vulnerable people. I highly recommend this book, but ONLY if you are 18 or older. This book should not be read by anyone under that age. With the heavy content, it is a hard read. Though, I could not put it down. Some topics could have been talked a Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, talk of self harm, alcoholism, grooming, pedophilia, drugs, overdose Where do I even start. This book was an amazing read and truly shows how the people we least expect use their power to abuse vulnerable people. I highly recommend this book, but ONLY if you are 18 or older. This book should not be read by anyone under that age. With the heavy content, it is a hard read. Though, I could not put it down. Some topics could have been talked about in a more graceful way, such as eating disorders, but overall the book was a success. I feel like this is a book I will never forget.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for this eARC in exchange for a honest review. You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review. First of all, I have to say that this story has within it several trigger warnings that should be reported ... but on the other hand I also understand that not disclosing them exacerbates the shock of when we actually find ourselves before the knowledge of what happened. This story First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for this eARC in exchange for a honest review. You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review. First of all, I have to say that this story has within it several trigger warnings that should be reported ... but on the other hand I also understand that not disclosing them exacerbates the shock of when we actually find ourselves before the knowledge of what happened. This story inspired me from the start - the medical setting has something vaguely sinister if you can develop it well. However... This story is told from three points of view: those of Tim and Davida in the first person in the days following the party during which Viv collapsed and went into a coma after taking a pill and that of Viv herself, in the third person and in the past tense, in a countdown that starts a little less than two months earlier from that fateful evening. All then interspersed with police interrogations of the various people involved. At first everything is very confusing, especially the points of view of Davida and Tim - they are well aware of facts that bind them to Viv that are completely unknown to us. They take a while to be revealed, thus always leaving a wall between the reader and them. The points of view of Davida and Tim are very short, they really end in an instant - they have always left me with the feeling of not knowing anything about them. We discover something about Davida, but very little about Tim. Viv is the one who has more space, the girl who should have the perfect life and who instead hides an addiction to alcohol and a broken family. Viv feels like she's failing under the weight of the expectations about her life and her future, but above all she is the pawn of two parents who are at war and want to destroy each other. Viv finds solace in alcohol, which she hides in her water bottle , and it also helps that she often has to play teenagers with the same addiction to her in medical school - so she doesn't need much to disguise herself. And now Viv is in a coma and Davida is really mad at her and Tim for something she saw - something Tim can't really deny while explaining what happened or he would break his promise to Viv. Davida feels betrayed by Viv for the second time and, as far as she knew, Viv didn't even drink - let alone she can't believe Viv took drugs of her own free will. Viv is the one who has the most space, but it's a space that is about her relationship with her parents, with her boyfriend Jack and her addiction to alcohol. The moments when we see her in Davida and Tim's company are very rare, so it's hard to believe in this great friendship that binds them - I was as perplexed as the detective who questioned Davida: how can you say you know a person so well and you're great friends with them if you have been hanging out with them for about fifty days, more or less? Even the medical school - although it plays a fundamental role as the setting for several scenes - is less present than it seems from the plot. I was expecting something much more macabre and sinister and it's true that monsters are not lacking here, but it's also true that perhaps I was expecting something ... different. I mean, I was expecting to see gruesome things in almost every room - no matter how horrifying what happens to Viv is in itself and a complete break in a relationship of trust that you should always be able to rely on. The shots of the cell phone to which the plot then refers are those at a party, not those of a simulation inside the school. Undoubtedly this book has really, really heavy themes within it - not only for the act itself, but also for the implications that this act carries with it. In my opinion then the monster is not only one, namely the person who materially committed the act, but there's also a sort of network of complicity and deliberate ignorance that helps this person in the continuation of their crimes - I don't know who made me more afraid or transmitted more disgust. Its execution, however, fails to make us fond of the characters - they all remain beyond a wall, their points of view too fragmented and not very generous in detail with the reader to make us really understand the progress of their bond. They seem like friendships and love stories spanned a little on nothing, which always remain superficial from beginning to end. And although I initially couldn't get an idea of ​​who or what might be behind Viv's coma, when I began to suspect someone, then it was impossible not to see everything pointing in that direction - and to have figured it out before all the characters involved in the story made it even more distressing. Too bad - the issues addressed are remarkable, distressing, frightening, necessary. However, the rest remains somewhat superficial and underdeveloped.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is set to be published on June 15th, 2021. TWS: substance abuse, sexual assault If you're a fan of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, this book is for you. After taking a pill at a party, Viv is in a coma. Viv's friend (of about a month), Davida, goes to the police investigating the so-called overdose insisting that Viv doesn't drink, do drugs, or engage in any reckl *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is set to be published on June 15th, 2021. TWS: substance abuse, sexual assault If you're a fan of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, this book is for you. After taking a pill at a party, Viv is in a coma. Viv's friend (of about a month), Davida, goes to the police investigating the so-called overdose insisting that Viv doesn't drink, do drugs, or engage in any reckless behavior at all. Other witnesses, however, say otherwise. The story is told through 3 POVs: Viv, Davida, and Tim (Viv's friend & Davida's boyfriend). Police interview transcripts are also written in throughout the book to bring in various other viewpoints and opinions about our comatose MC (main character) and what actually might have happened to her. We are taken through all of the events from the month or so leading up to the party, most of them involving our MCs and their part-time jobs as SPs (simulated patients) at a medical school. You slowly start to learn that Viv's life isn't what her friends and boyfriend thought it was, there is a lot going on under the surface that is unpacked throughout the book. The plot and pacing of this book is spectacular. The story is entirely original and unique from other mystery novels that are currently out there (I did NOT guess the ending, which is something that unfortunately happens to me a lot when I read mysteries). The answers you are seeking as a reader unfold at a pace that keeps you interested and at the edge of your seat. The main characters are interesting and each of their POVs are written in a unique voice that helps make the book feel more feel and made me feel more connected to the characters. You can tell that the author put a lot of effort into creating a unique writing style for each POV that matched the character's personality and quirks (Tim is my favorite). Overall, I gave this a 4/5 stars. I am excited for this book to be printed in June. I definitely intend on purchasing it and re-reading it in its final format. If you are a fan of mysteries with lots of twists and turns (think Karen M. McManus books), "Tell Me When You Feel Something" is for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Camara

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book! Trigger warnings: sexual assault, drugs, alcohol Tell Me When You Feel Something was super interesting. I didn't suspect the guilty person until the last 20% of the book and even then I was still kind of wrong. The jumping around between different points of views, times and detective interviews took me a while to understand. I usually have issues with books that have points of views before and after the big plot point as I don't really pay much atten Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book! Trigger warnings: sexual assault, drugs, alcohol Tell Me When You Feel Something was super interesting. I didn't suspect the guilty person until the last 20% of the book and even then I was still kind of wrong. The jumping around between different points of views, times and detective interviews took me a while to understand. I usually have issues with books that have points of views before and after the big plot point as I don't really pay much attention to time stamps (more on me than the author). Just having to jump between the different points of views was confusing. The reader is supposed to understand the character of Davida when you don't really get to read much of her points at all. The book is mainly about Viv, which is fine, I didn't like her character much at first but she grew on me as you read more, but I feel as if there should have been more development behind Davida. It almost feels like a rushed book and especially a rushed ending when there could have been so much more development in order to make the book more understanding to the readers. I also think Tim's point of views were unnecessary and just annoying thankfully they were short. Like, yes, we understand, you're weird and different and in love, yay. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It was a quick read and very interesting once you read enough to understand what is going on. Definitely a great book if you're looking for something kind of similar to One of Us Is Lying!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ken Kap

    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. First of all, this book should have included TW from the start, which is why I’m taking away some of the stars. There are major TW for SA, alcoholism, pedophilia, sheltering/protecting assaulters. Now, I did like how this book had multiple POVs and went between past and present, it felt really easy to follow while you’re trying to piece together everything that happened. I never felt lost or confused on perspectives or time. I tho Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. First of all, this book should have included TW from the start, which is why I’m taking away some of the stars. There are major TW for SA, alcoholism, pedophilia, sheltering/protecting assaulters. Now, I did like how this book had multiple POVs and went between past and present, it felt really easy to follow while you’re trying to piece together everything that happened. I never felt lost or confused on perspectives or time. I thought the interviews with police as well were placed correctly as we got more development. This story really did break my heart, I think it’s important for people to realize that when people experience SA, it’s usually by someone they know and trust. At first, I thought the person responsible wasn’t the one who it actually turned out to be. As a young female myself, this book felt extremely realistic to the horrors of SA, the last 1/4 of the book had me feeling sick because of the horrors Viv had experienced. These things happen in real life and it’s important to educate and let people know there are resources out there and people who will support them. In personal opinion that has nothing to do with my review, I think books that take these topics head on, in a really realistic narrative, should include resources in the back of the book for anyone who could be experiencing it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thank you to a Penguin Teen Canada for an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review 3/5 stars CW: drug use, teenage alcoholism, sexual assault, fake injuries described. This was not the thriller that I was expecting. I didn’t really find that there were many thriller moments, and it didn’t feel like much of a mystery either. It’s told from different perspectives and timelines, but the only one that I was really engaged with was Viv’s as we learned about her character, life, and what happe Thank you to a Penguin Teen Canada for an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review 3/5 stars CW: drug use, teenage alcoholism, sexual assault, fake injuries described. This was not the thriller that I was expecting. I didn’t really find that there were many thriller moments, and it didn’t feel like much of a mystery either. It’s told from different perspectives and timelines, but the only one that I was really engaged with was Viv’s as we learned about her character, life, and what happened to her in the days leading up to the party where she took an unidentified pill and ended up in a coma. I couldn’t connect to either Davida or Tim’s characters, and their perspectives just felt kind of pointless. I did feel for Viv and her situation, but some of the “mystery” was really obvious. I wish that it had just been from Viv’s perspective, although I liked the inclusion of the police interviews. The switching between the three perspectives felt a bit clunky to me. I liked the setting of the medical school and the Simulated Patient program. I thought it was a cool concept, but I wish that we’d been able to explore it even more. Overall it was an okay read, but it didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)

    Hmm. Well that was weird. First off, major trigger warnings for this book: sexual abuse, grooming, rape, alcoholism. If you're in the least bit triggered by any of those things, do not read this book. It is not for you. This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be and I'm not sure this book knew what it was trying to be either. It was very messy, it jumped around timeline-wise, the various points of view were confusing to read from, and there were several subplots that just didn't need to be Hmm. Well that was weird. First off, major trigger warnings for this book: sexual abuse, grooming, rape, alcoholism. If you're in the least bit triggered by any of those things, do not read this book. It is not for you. This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be and I'm not sure this book knew what it was trying to be either. It was very messy, it jumped around timeline-wise, the various points of view were confusing to read from, and there were several subplots that just didn't need to be there. It's a story about a girl, Vivienne, being taken advantage of and not remembering it, but it also has these big subplots of her mom raging against her father's new fiance and the matchmaking Viv's doing with her two friends, Davida & Tim. I'm not kidding - these subplots take up chapters in this book and it just makes for a weird reading experience. I think if the author stuck to the main plot of the simulated patient program and the eerie unexplained things happening and presented it in a linear timeline, this could have been a much better book. Unfortunately, there was just way too much going on and it confused me to the point of not being able to connect with anyone or anything. It felt more like a rough draft of an idea that never went through an edit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Ellison

    I think this book had a bit of an identity crisis. Based on the description, I was expecting a whodunnit-style mystery/thriller, but most of the book is focused on the main character Viv and her struggles with alcoholism. I thought it was done pretty well and that should have been the focus of the story. However, the book kept trying to convince me that the real story was the "mystery" of how a teenage girl with addiction issues and a disastrous personal life managed to overdose on opioids. Opio I think this book had a bit of an identity crisis. Based on the description, I was expecting a whodunnit-style mystery/thriller, but most of the book is focused on the main character Viv and her struggles with alcoholism. I thought it was done pretty well and that should have been the focus of the story. However, the book kept trying to convince me that the real story was the "mystery" of how a teenage girl with addiction issues and a disastrous personal life managed to overdose on opioids. Opioids that she was caught on video taking, loudly and publicly. Vivienne's story, told through flashbacks, is interwoven with the (mostly pretty dull) stories of two of her friends, as well as interviews by the police as they try to find out where she could have obtained the single painkiller she took that caused her overdose. I just can't imagine the police putting in that kind of an investigation when Viv was filmed taking the drugs willingly, especially when it was a commonly prescribed painkiller, and the investigation is really the only thing that indicates that there is any mystery to this book at all. It reads as a chronicle of a young woman's personal struggles and how they caused her to turn to alcohol and eventually drugs. When the mystery does finally announce itself, it all happens very quickly, and the book ends very quick. Everything comes together and ties up nicely, but it does end on a large info-dump and...it's hard to rate this one, because I do think the story was solid, but the pacing was off. One more small thing: I did read this book as an eARC, and I understand that this can affect formatting and possibly include typos, etc, but the formatting on this was absolutely atrocious. Every single page had new lines/paragraphs in random places, and certain parts of the book were out of order, making it necessary to skip around. It made the book difficult to read, and I hope that none of this is reflected in the final copy. *eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    The blurb captured my attention right away and I am so happy I was able to read this book. Being a YA novel, I knew some of the general tropes to expect but this story was able to hold my interest the entire time. I really enjoyed the multiple points of view as well as the different timelines. I didn’t find this confusing and I appreciated entering each character’s mind. I thought this was a refreshing way to tell the story and uphold the mystery. The beginning did start slow but it began to pick The blurb captured my attention right away and I am so happy I was able to read this book. Being a YA novel, I knew some of the general tropes to expect but this story was able to hold my interest the entire time. I really enjoyed the multiple points of view as well as the different timelines. I didn’t find this confusing and I appreciated entering each character’s mind. I thought this was a refreshing way to tell the story and uphold the mystery. The beginning did start slow but it began to pick up speed and didn’t stop until the climax. The climax may have been a bit too fast, I would have liked to see more, but it was satisfying nonetheless. I also would have liked some storylines wrap up better, maybe add in a few more details. There are some triggers (binge drinking, sexual assault, pedophilia) so readers should be wary of those. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of the book to review. This review is my own opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trigger warning: sexual assault, pedophiles, and the people who shelter them The perfect after school job takes a bad turn for Davida and her friends Tim and Viv, who work as SP's (simulated patients) where they act out different parts for medical school students, complete with special effects makeup and scripted lines to use. After a party, one of the girls ends up in a coma and there is video of her taking pills at the party. Another seems to be losing it just before then, ranting and raving wh Trigger warning: sexual assault, pedophiles, and the people who shelter them The perfect after school job takes a bad turn for Davida and her friends Tim and Viv, who work as SP's (simulated patients) where they act out different parts for medical school students, complete with special effects makeup and scripted lines to use. After a party, one of the girls ends up in a coma and there is video of her taking pills at the party. Another seems to be losing it just before then, ranting and raving while at the med school. The mystery is told in scenes both before the party and after the party. Teens will like the mystery/thriller aspect of this, but I fiound it cringey because of the pedophilia involved.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandy O'Brien

    Fave Line: “ Life‘s too short for messing with the ‘maybes.” Genre: YA Mystery Synopsis: After taking pills at a party, Vivienne lays in a coma. Her friends and boyfriend are adamant that she doesn’t drink or do drugs but some thing caused her to act uncharacteristically that night. The story lead you through the moments before the party and after. It takes you through the tumultuous relationship her parents have and also her job as an SP (Simulated Patient) at a medical. Rating: 4/5 ⭐️s I read this bo Fave Line: “ Life‘s too short for messing with the ‘maybes.” Genre: YA Mystery Synopsis: After taking pills at a party, Vivienne lays in a coma. Her friends and boyfriend are adamant that she doesn’t drink or do drugs but some thing caused her to act uncharacteristically that night. The story lead you through the moments before the party and after. It takes you through the tumultuous relationship her parents have and also her job as an SP (Simulated Patient) at a medical. Rating: 4/5 ⭐️s I read this book in less than 24 hours because I had to know what happened. I really liked that it was told from three points of view and from before & after the party. It is a heavy book due to the alcohol abuse, mental health trauma, and sexual assault. I’ll be interested to see it in print form.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lianne Anta

    I really enjoyed this book and the writing style, it was a back and forth tale focused on 3 characters POV’s, Tim, Davida and Viv. Viv is in a coma and no one knows why or what led to the events. As the mystery unfolds dark secrets come to the forefront. This book had me guessing right until the end. I do feel this book did need some trigger or content warnings. CW for Sexual assault, addiction and Child grooming.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    Thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. An initially intriguing premise—but then considering the logistics it just made me uncomfortable. I can appreciate the choices made in style and pacing from a writing point of view—but less so in terms of executing the actual story. Overall, I was left conflicted. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Full review to come. Thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. An initially intriguing premise—but then considering the logistics it just made me uncomfortable. I can appreciate the choices made in style and pacing from a writing point of view—but less so in terms of executing the actual story. Overall, I was left conflicted. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Full review to come.

  29. 4 out of 5

    hollie

    TW for sexual assault. I don’t even know how to review this book besides telling you all to read it. Honestly, this is one of best, more original books I have ever read and I DEVOURED it. THE PLOT & PACING: I honestly thought Vicki had clearly made so much effort when it came to her plotting. I felt the mystery, I didn’t see any plot holes and I wasn’t left quizzing everything when the answers were revealed. That’s right ladies and gents, this book made sense! Also the pacing was just right. THE CH TW for sexual assault. I don’t even know how to review this book besides telling you all to read it. Honestly, this is one of best, more original books I have ever read and I DEVOURED it. THE PLOT & PACING: I honestly thought Vicki had clearly made so much effort when it came to her plotting. I felt the mystery, I didn’t see any plot holes and I wasn’t left quizzing everything when the answers were revealed. That’s right ladies and gents, this book made sense! Also the pacing was just right. THE CHARACTERS: Okay, so I really liked how this was a multi perspective novel and I thought all the characters had their own unique voice. I thought Viv was relatable, Davida was humble and Tim was hilarious. I really enjoyed all of there chapters. OVERALL: This book honestly was packed full of mystery and I did find myself second guessing at some points. Although I figured out what happened quite early on, the execution was done so well. I’d definitely recommend! I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nektaria

    *I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Had some really mixed feelings for the first half of this book but it won me through the second half! First of all, the concept is very interesting and I thought it was quite original! The setting of the local med-school and the idea of simulated patients was very intriguing and it built a good atmosphere. The plot was also intriguing, it moved fast and it kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen *I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Had some really mixed feelings for the first half of this book but it won me through the second half! First of all, the concept is very interesting and I thought it was quite original! The setting of the local med-school and the idea of simulated patients was very intriguing and it built a good atmosphere. The plot was also intriguing, it moved fast and it kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I was guessing some plot twists a little before they happened but not in a way that annoyed me, since I feel like the story had a lot to give when it came to the effect of what was happening to the psyche of the characters. The characters themselves were quite unlikeable, like most teen characters in YA thrillers tend to be but I guess it was about sympathizing for them without having to like them. I also had to take that one star away because a lot of comments the characters were making went from ''cringey'' to problematic. I feel like they made occasional comments about things like eating disorders, mental illness, relationships, that lacked sensitivity and that would upset me at times. Big trigger warning for sexual assault as well, even though I feel like the aftermath of it was handled quite well. I think that could upset quite a few readers, but, all in all, it was a very enjoyable fast-paced thriller!

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