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A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has a A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious art and music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it's finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite--and asks her two best friends Antonia and Marlowe to come along to the fest with her. It'll be a spring break they'll never forget. But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it's not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn't even seem to be a festival--it's just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamor she expected. Then people start to die... Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the "festival" to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island--and no one is supposed to leave the island alive. So, together, Plum, Antonia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it's too late.


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A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has a A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious art and music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it's finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite--and asks her two best friends Antonia and Marlowe to come along to the fest with her. It'll be a spring break they'll never forget. But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it's not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn't even seem to be a festival--it's just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamor she expected. Then people start to die... Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the "festival" to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island--and no one is supposed to leave the island alive. So, together, Plum, Antonia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it's too late.

30 review for You're So Dead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    The darkness pressed against the windows. It was as if they, all lit up and inside, were onstage, visible to something or someone waiting in the darkness beyond the glass. I thought this book was campy YA thriller goodness! Social media influencers of a wide variety are invited to an island for “Pyre festival” and start getting killed off one by one by some unknown murderer on the island. If you’ve ever watched the movie “CLUE” then imagine the twisty fun “whodunit” vibe of that, but modern times The darkness pressed against the windows. It was as if they, all lit up and inside, were onstage, visible to something or someone waiting in the darkness beyond the glass. I thought this book was campy YA thriller goodness! Social media influencers of a wide variety are invited to an island for “Pyre festival” and start getting killed off one by one by some unknown murderer on the island. If you’ve ever watched the movie “CLUE” then imagine the twisty fun “whodunit” vibe of that, but modern times and hoodwinked influencers as the target. I think “You’re So Dead” did a perfect job with the mystery/murder parts. There is a romantic subplot, and it felt a little random and out of place most of the time. I think it would have worked better if the characters didn’t randomly muse about their feelings while trying to stay alive and find a murderer, that said it also kind of adds to the camp of it all. Like of course this group would be focused on superfluous things. If you don’t live none of this even matters, but alas I still enjoyed this read. It was fun and made me think a bit about how no matter how well intentioned your social media content is, it could be causing harm and maybe we should all be a little more thoughtful about what we post and how we utilize social media. *ARC AVAILABLE NOW!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Agatha Christie meets social media influencers at a Fyre-type festival gone wrong? Sign me up! I should note that Ash Parsons seems to write campy, over the top stories that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I get such a kick out of them. You're So Dead falls squarely in that category. Plum Winter is envious of her semi-famous influencer older sister and in denial about having a crush on one of her best girl friends. When an invitation arrives for her sister Peach to the exclusive Pyre festi Agatha Christie meets social media influencers at a Fyre-type festival gone wrong? Sign me up! I should note that Ash Parsons seems to write campy, over the top stories that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I get such a kick out of them. You're So Dead falls squarely in that category. Plum Winter is envious of her semi-famous influencer older sister and in denial about having a crush on one of her best girl friends. When an invitation arrives for her sister Peach to the exclusive Pyre festival during spring break, complete with famous influencers, bands, and luxurious accommodations, Plum decides to take her sister's place and bring along her two best friends. (yes, including the one she's crushing on). But things take a turn for the worst once they arrive on the secluded island with only a handful of other people, one of whom may be a killer. If you liked And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and can get down with a campy, dramatic take on a retelling involved self-involved influencers and trolls, definitely give this a go. Clearly it isn't working for everyone, and part of the issue seems to be tone. So just know this is a YA book featuring young teen protagonists and some of it is kind of silly. That's sort of the point. And if you aren't into that, it's cool. This may not be the book for you. But I had a fun time with it. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    I love And Then There Were None. And Knives Out. And Clue. Basically, anything with a large group of people that could all possibly be murderers. So when I heard that there was a book coming out that featured the same idea but with a twist on influencer culture, I was beyond excited! We live in an age saturated by entertainment, served up on dozens of silver platters, ready for us to consume until we can take no more. You’re So Dead handles the delicate topic of the dangers, the appeal, the gilde I love And Then There Were None. And Knives Out. And Clue. Basically, anything with a large group of people that could all possibly be murderers. So when I heard that there was a book coming out that featured the same idea but with a twist on influencer culture, I was beyond excited! We live in an age saturated by entertainment, served up on dozens of silver platters, ready for us to consume until we can take no more. You’re So Dead handles the delicate topic of the dangers, the appeal, the gilded allure of influencer culture with ease. We have an eccentric, diverse cast of characters that have each achieved fame for various reasons: beauty, comedy, video games, true crime podcasts…you name it. Everyone that is, except for our main character Plum and her two friends Sofia and Marlowe. Plum’s older sister Peach Winter* is a big Instagram influencer, so Plum, feeling a little left out, steals her fancy invitation to a luxurious island music festival. let’s talk about the mystery, shall we? Someone is murdered. Yup. Mind blown. But really, I enjoyed my time with this mystery! It took me a while to guess who the killer was, and then it was only because I’m a bit of a true crime addict. Agatha Christie’s novels have an extraordinarily distinct format, and You’re So Dead followed it well. It truly does encapsulate the And Then There Were None* vibe so well. With that being said, it wasn’t always an…elegant vibe. Yes, I did in fact put those two words together. *when renaming this book who the latte thought it would be a good idea to start it with a freaking conjunction. yes, i would like to lodge a complaint. One of the aspects I most appreciated about the characters is that while they sometimes made dumb decisions (see gif above), most of their decisions were pretty clever and made a lot of sense. That was what made this story hit so hard: even when Plum and her friends did what everyone agreed was the most sensible, the killer still found ways to circumvent them. Sometimes, you don’t realize how important to a story good characters are until they stop splitting up and stomping off into dark woods on their own. With that being said, Plum was kind of a boring character. Her friends were relatively boring as well. But it works, simply because it leaves the reader wondering one of the most important questions when it comes to a good thriller read: what lies beneath the surface? I also really appreciated the commentary on the Internet, Instagram, and how detrimental the world of influencer culture can actually be. It can be so easy to fall into the area of morally grey actions when it comes to the double-edged knife of internet fame. Parsons may have taken it a bit to the extreme with the whole “murder island” idea but that doesn’t stop the whole scenario from having a ring of truth to it. In fact, it made me sit back and dwell on just exactly how I’m using my platform when it comes to other people. Although You’re So Dead touched on some extremely relevant themes, it wasn’t always serious. I was addicted, like any good mystery, and determined to find out what would happen next. It really does remind me of those mysteries you read at the beach: hard to put down, easy to forget. Which was actually perfect for me, since I didn’t want a heavy-hitting thriller I had to devote a ton of time and energy to reading at the end of finals! That’s about where I want to leave my review because it’s almost always better to go in blind! Overall, I’d give this one a 3.5/5 stars, which sounds bad but really isn’t when it comes to this genre for me personally. If you want something deep, and psychologically tantalizing, maybe reconsider reading this one. On the other hand, if you’re looking for your next beach read, this is it! pre-review:i’m not going to lie, this was surprisingly entertaining. i also liked the commentary on the dangers of social media/influencers and how they affect the individual mindset. i did guess the killer!! but that’s mostly due to (a) my true crime brain and (b) the main character herself. anyways, i did actually enjoy this quite a lot, full rtc! a huge thank you to penguin teen for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    A Capital 'Y', tiny 'a', Read. I was initially very intrigued and excited to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was aggressively immature. Along with a lacking back story for the murderer, this made for a lackluster finale. Additionally, there was a strong romantic YA theme and story point, which ultimately rivaled the actual murder theme for "page" time. I don't mind any of the main themes personally. However, I do mind when the main plot advertised is not the main plot presented. This felt like A Capital 'Y', tiny 'a', Read. I was initially very intrigued and excited to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was aggressively immature. Along with a lacking back story for the murderer, this made for a lackluster finale. Additionally, there was a strong romantic YA theme and story point, which ultimately rivaled the actual murder theme for "page" time. I don't mind any of the main themes personally. However, I do mind when the main plot advertised is not the main plot presented. This felt like false advertisement. People are being killed off one by one yet the story is more focused on a young woman's feelings for her best friend, and constant descriptions about 'tingly feelings' and how beautiful her crush is, blah, blah and more blah. Meanwhile, the crazy psycho trying to kill everyone becomes more like background noise. It was most disappointing to have the stranded island, revenge killer theme put on the back burner, when that was what the reader was originally sold. *Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss+ for providing the advanced digital reader copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Blackwood

    This is a YA thriller about a girl who steals her famous sister’s invitation to an exclusive influencer island retreat in the hopes of having a cool vacation with her best friends. But when they arrive, they’re trapped on the island with eight other influencers … and a killer who starts picking them off one by one! I’m a HUGE sucker for anything that puts a spin on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so the concept got me hooked! The cast of characters were generally pretty compelling, an This is a YA thriller about a girl who steals her famous sister’s invitation to an exclusive influencer island retreat in the hopes of having a cool vacation with her best friends. But when they arrive, they’re trapped on the island with eight other influencers … and a killer who starts picking them off one by one! I’m a HUGE sucker for anything that puts a spin on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so the concept got me hooked! The cast of characters were generally pretty compelling, and I appreciated the commentary on toxic positivity, beauty standards, and internet bullying woven throughout. The book tries to be kind of a comedic thriller, and while some of the humor was genuinely heartwarming, I felt like it didn’t quite hit the mark for me overall. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE funny parody murder mysteries — but I didn’t feel like this was quite a parody, so there were a couple of moments where it felt like the humor detracted from the tension a little. That all said, I ate up this book FAST, so I think it would be perfect for a beach read or whenever you need something quick and fun! Thanks to Penguin Teen for the ebook review copy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    TJL

    Boring. Dull mystery sprinkled with the most aggravating virtue-signaling I think I've ever seen in a book that wasn't solely dedicated to it. Additionally, I cannot emphasize enough how gutless I think it was to make Britlynn an obnoxious, stereotypical conservative "activist". Social media is currently full of obnoxious, toxic cry-bullies of the liberal variety, who seem to have a pass to harass and shame anyone they want without consequences because they're doing it for the "right" reasons. Oh, Boring. Dull mystery sprinkled with the most aggravating virtue-signaling I think I've ever seen in a book that wasn't solely dedicated to it. Additionally, I cannot emphasize enough how gutless I think it was to make Britlynn an obnoxious, stereotypical conservative "activist". Social media is currently full of obnoxious, toxic cry-bullies of the liberal variety, who seem to have a pass to harass and shame anyone they want without consequences because they're doing it for the "right" reasons. Oh, but I forgot: This is a YA novel, and that means we have to signal the right virtues; and those virtues are "guns are bad, conservative women have "internalized misogyny" because they don't think and feel the way I do, gamers are all sexist dudebros, etc." This was a waste of time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    I didn't vibe with the vapid, silly writing and the way that a persons race/skin color is their first and sometimes only significant descriptor to introduce them. Wasn't for me. I didn't vibe with the vapid, silly writing and the way that a persons race/skin color is their first and sometimes only significant descriptor to introduce them. Wasn't for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    "Only you would crash a murder festival." Truth be told this was a title request for me. Based off the cover and eye- catching title I expected a nostalgic slasher movie-esque plot. Got to admit that I was not exactly disappointed. Plum lives in the shadow of her successful influencer sister, Peach. When an invitation arrives to one of the biggest shindigs of the year, Plum decides this is her chance to not only do something with her humdrum life, but BE something. With her two best friends, Mar "Only you would crash a murder festival." Truth be told this was a title request for me. Based off the cover and eye- catching title I expected a nostalgic slasher movie-esque plot. Got to admit that I was not exactly disappointed. Plum lives in the shadow of her successful influencer sister, Peach. When an invitation arrives to one of the biggest shindigs of the year, Plum decides this is her chance to not only do something with her humdrum life, but BE something. With her two best friends, Marlowe and Sofia, by her side they steal the invitation and take off on a trip to die for. In a classic case of whodunnit, a handful of influencers are trapped on an island that quickly starts turning deadly. It’s a race against the clock to find out who the killer is and also enjoy some of the more creative ways the deaths occur. For me this was more of a plot based read since I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. Each influencer has some form of a dark secret or persona that they hide from their followers and as the killings start, the secrets are unleashed. The writing style is easy to follow, quick paced and slightly on the younger teenage side since our main characters are in high school. Some scenarios were a bit unplausible for me however the red herrings were well done. I ended up getting it wrong almost until the last minute. The characters are individually unique, and Parsons does a really good job of giving each one a decent amount of depth surrounding their influencer careers. I liked Plum’s more realistic persona being in her sister’s shadow and desperately wanting to no longer blend but be something more. However, I did struggle with her best friend blaming her for being on that island. It takes two to tango in my book and Sofia could’ve said no. That aside, Sofia and Marlowe made excellent best friend side characters. The type of connection I love seeing in YA novels. Supportive, too an extent, calling each other out on their crap and not letting the bad times tear things a part. Parsons’ addition of LGTBQ representation was tied in well too. Overall, this was a quick read that I can see readers on the younger side of the YA spectrum enjoying. There is a little gore but nothing too outlandish and a few curse words scattered here and there. I’d recommend this to readers wetting their feet in the YA Thriller world. Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted digital arc in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    I just finished this and it was a fun read that had some laugh out loud moments. Plum and her two besties, Marlow and Sofia are off to Pyre Festival – Light it up, Set the Night on Fire, Melt Your Face Off – but they’re attending under false pretenses. Plum’s sister, Peach, is a mega star social influencer who’s 10 years older than Plum. When the invitation for Pyre comes to Plum’s house, she keeps this piece of mail back and schemes with her friends to attend in place of Peach. It’ll be the bes I just finished this and it was a fun read that had some laugh out loud moments. Plum and her two besties, Marlow and Sofia are off to Pyre Festival – Light it up, Set the Night on Fire, Melt Your Face Off – but they’re attending under false pretenses. Plum’s sister, Peach, is a mega star social influencer who’s 10 years older than Plum. When the invitation for Pyre comes to Plum’s house, she keeps this piece of mail back and schemes with her friends to attend in place of Peach. It’ll be the best spring break of their lives is the hope but will actually lead to the biggest fight for their lives! It doesn’t take long to figure out once they arrive that something is amiss. A small group, no welcome wagon, and none of the trappings the guests were expecting soon leaves everyone a bit wary but willing to make the most of it but when their first night ends in murder, everyone is suspect. If you’re looking for a light fun read that unveils some of the harmful aspects of social media with a few sub-plots thrown in, You’re So Dead is a great choice! Thank you, Penguin Teen for the DRC!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Wasn't for me. Too silly... Wasn't for me. Too silly...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is absolutely the campy extra cheesy thriller-comedy which is exactly what I was expecting going in. It has a very specific type audience that will enjoy it. And I am glad I ended up enjoying it. I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma (book.jargon)

    2.5 I was instantly intrigued by this book, as someone who loves murder mysteries. But I was sad that it fell quite flat to me. The characters are all the same essentially, and I found it really hard to see them as the 18 year olds they were supposed to be- when they were presented as people much younger than that. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing- finding it often trying so hard to fit into the teen demographic that it would just sound strange and obscene. Connects would be brought to light tha 2.5 I was instantly intrigued by this book, as someone who loves murder mysteries. But I was sad that it fell quite flat to me. The characters are all the same essentially, and I found it really hard to see them as the 18 year olds they were supposed to be- when they were presented as people much younger than that. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing- finding it often trying so hard to fit into the teen demographic that it would just sound strange and obscene. Connects would be brought to light that made no sense, and often I just simply couldn’t find a reason to want to continue reading. Though the concept is cool, I feel as though early YA readers may enjoy this book more so than older readers- as it appears to cater to that audience more. So if you’re wanting a humorous murder-mystery story, then I would try this out! Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for the ARC in return of an honest review

  13. 4 out of 5

    BrittsBookClub

    The synopsis for this book had me intrigued and even a bit excited to read it, but honestly, it fell flat for me. The whole story was a bit hokey and had so many unrealistic instances that I just couldn’t connect with the book. There seemed to be a lot missing from this book and the way the characters were presented, if I wasn’t told who was saying what, I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish them. Everyone seemed to be presented in an almost identical way without any character development. Th The synopsis for this book had me intrigued and even a bit excited to read it, but honestly, it fell flat for me. The whole story was a bit hokey and had so many unrealistic instances that I just couldn’t connect with the book. There seemed to be a lot missing from this book and the way the characters were presented, if I wasn’t told who was saying what, I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish them. Everyone seemed to be presented in an almost identical way without any character development. The whole storyline just seemed lacking and I found myself having a hard time staying interested in this book. *Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    DNF. 10% in and they're still standing at the curb of an airport, waiting for an Uber. The MC is annoying me too, so nah. DNF. 10% in and they're still standing at the curb of an airport, waiting for an Uber. The MC is annoying me too, so nah.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Johnyjoe

    If you liked #Muredertranding by Gretchen McNeil...you would love this book...since I thought that one was meh, this one was basically the same... Best described as Be carefull what you wish for with clueless kids who wanted to have a good time. The name of the characters for me was just stupid...Plum, Peach and Dude...like wtf...random word generator? And wtf was up with that goat? Very predictible and very YA...the language was extremely YA and bothered me so many times...and that time when one of If you liked #Muredertranding by Gretchen McNeil...you would love this book...since I thought that one was meh, this one was basically the same... Best described as Be carefull what you wish for with clueless kids who wanted to have a good time. The name of the characters for me was just stupid...Plum, Peach and Dude...like wtf...random word generator? And wtf was up with that goat? Very predictible and very YA...the language was extremely YA and bothered me so many times...and that time when one of the characters was more concerned about the fact that there was no internet rather then the fact that there's a killer on the loose... I just can't...or the reason the killer had for everything...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bhavana The Word Seamstress

    It's an average story. Just a breezy read when you want to de-stress. What you can expect is a horror with thriller elements. It's campy but after reading some reviews and going through the author's other books, I expected a campy horror. So I'm not disappointed with that. I just expected more thriller elements. I didn't think there was much of a mystery with clues that readers can pick on. The motive came across as a whole new fact in the story only during revelation(This might be just me so if It's an average story. Just a breezy read when you want to de-stress. What you can expect is a horror with thriller elements. It's campy but after reading some reviews and going through the author's other books, I expected a campy horror. So I'm not disappointed with that. I just expected more thriller elements. I didn't think there was much of a mystery with clues that readers can pick on. The motive came across as a whole new fact in the story only during revelation(This might be just me so if anyone caught on clues regarding the motive do leave your comments). As for humour, there were light moments and banters which were fun to read. IMO, the characters were created especially for this. As always, I loved that the chapters are small, it helps read faster. I didn't expect to finish this book in less than 2 days and liked that.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    DNF at 30% 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! I usually don’t DNF books but this one wasn’t really for me. I’ve been trying to get into thrillers more, but the writing style in this book was not something I could get through. I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional and I didn’t really care to read their whole story. I will say that the thriller/horror aspect of this book kept me on my toes. I was very stressed while reading and DNF at 30% 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! I usually don’t DNF books but this one wasn’t really for me. I’ve been trying to get into thrillers more, but the writing style in this book was not something I could get through. I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional and I didn’t really care to read their whole story. I will say that the thriller/horror aspect of this book kept me on my toes. I was very stressed while reading and I think that Parsons really nailed that! In the end, I just flipped to the end and spoiled it for myself.

  18. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie

    I liked that it was an interesting take on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This was a pretty good murder mystery. I was surprised by who the killer was. I just wish there was more suspense and build within the novel, but I really enjoyed the characters and how their relationships evolved over the course of the book.,

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    Great concept, extremely poor execution. As a huge fan of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, and a closeted consumer of both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the disastrous Fyre Festival, I was prepared to love this YA spin. Unfortunately, this one just missed the mark. I didn't love the writing or really any of the characters, and found myself skimming a majority of this novel. I wanted to know what happened so I didn't DNF, but the ending wasn't clever enough to leave me f Great concept, extremely poor execution. As a huge fan of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, and a closeted consumer of both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the disastrous Fyre Festival, I was prepared to love this YA spin. Unfortunately, this one just missed the mark. I didn't love the writing or really any of the characters, and found myself skimming a majority of this novel. I wanted to know what happened so I didn't DNF, but the ending wasn't clever enough to leave me feeling satisfied at the end. Without Christie's intricate plot-mapping and confounding explanations for everything, I was just left feeling, "Oh, okay, they're the killer." Nothing about the ending was particularly unexpected or exciting, despite having our MC being chased by an actual serial killer. I will say, I think this has the potential to be a great teen slasher comedy movie. I could see this playing much better on the big screen, where the characters' annoying personalities are more humorous than grating, and some of the scenes have the added benefit of visuals and special effects. So, despite not really enjoying the book at all (and wouldn't recommend it to others), I'd consider seeing a movie based on it. Edit: Also, it was an incredibly poor idea to give two characters short names starting with "J." In a cast book like this, it was nearly impossible to keep track of who was who, so I gave up trying. Thanks to Penguin Teen for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 2 stars - 3/10

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    More like 3.5 dude. Not a bad read. A little repetitive in dialogue; and I feel like the author forgot she already told us something, and tell us it again a paragraph later. The characters weren't bad necessarily, but they also weren't good. It was a quick (and still enjoyable) read, thus the extra half star. More like 3.5 dude. Not a bad read. A little repetitive in dialogue; and I feel like the author forgot she already told us something, and tell us it again a paragraph later. The characters weren't bad necessarily, but they also weren't good. It was a quick (and still enjoyable) read, thus the extra half star.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber Coulson

    Most disappoint book of 2021 thus far goes to…..you guess it. You’re So Dead. I read a lot of YA books (I fully embrace the 16 year old girl that still lives inside me) but every now and then I come a long one that is far too young for my tastes. This happened to be that rare find. From the moment the book started I could tell I wouldn’t connect with the narrator, and I didn’t. Even the opening sequence wasn’t at all dramatic enough to deliver on the blurb that was promised. Comparing your book Most disappoint book of 2021 thus far goes to…..you guess it. You’re So Dead. I read a lot of YA books (I fully embrace the 16 year old girl that still lives inside me) but every now and then I come a long one that is far too young for my tastes. This happened to be that rare find. From the moment the book started I could tell I wouldn’t connect with the narrator, and I didn’t. Even the opening sequence wasn’t at all dramatic enough to deliver on the blurb that was promised. Comparing your book to a classic novel (and then there were none) may have set this book up for sabotage because Agatha Christie, Ash Parsons is not. Things I didn’t like: The characters. They seemed vapid and shallow and not in a Blair Waldorf sort of way but just a dumb Gen Z way but as told by someone who HATES Gen Z and wants to paint them in the worst light ever. The plot. The concept seems so good but the development is soooo poor. The book structure. The novel is comprised of these short choppy chapters that literally don’t move the novel forward AT ALL. Some chapters literally nothing of note happens. And I mean, at this point, can you really like a book if you hate literally all those essential parts/elements? No. No You cannot.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beck

    3.5/5 Fast-paced and fun, this is a surprisingly lighthearted retelling of a classic Agatha Christie tale (And Then There Were None). I actually enjoyed this audiobook more than I did the most recent film adaptation of the AC book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holli

    Never been so disappointed that more characters didn’t die by the end. Horrible little shits that live and thrive.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Thank you 😊 Goodreads for the book. It was a good YA read. It like an Agatha Christie’s story but with social media characters. It kept me guessing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Unfortunately, this is a dnf for me. I tried reading it several times but couldn't get into it. I found the writing to be very young and I just didn't mesh with it well. I'm sure others could enjoy this story, but it isn't for me. Between the writing style and the huge info-dump in the beginning of the story, I couldn't get into this book. Unfortunately, this is a dnf for me. I tried reading it several times but couldn't get into it. I found the writing to be very young and I just didn't mesh with it well. I'm sure others could enjoy this story, but it isn't for me. Between the writing style and the huge info-dump in the beginning of the story, I couldn't get into this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Ryan

    SPOILER HEAVY I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would because I used to hate thriller books and I’m not really that involved in social media. So being classified as a humour book was what sold it for me. Though personally I didn’t really think it was that funny because it was actually a pretty serious book but I’m glad that reeled me in. Luckily not like it reeled in Plum. She just wanted to get some attention and have a good time and ended up in danger she wasn’t even supposed to be SPOILER HEAVY I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would because I used to hate thriller books and I’m not really that involved in social media. So being classified as a humour book was what sold it for me. Though personally I didn’t really think it was that funny because it was actually a pretty serious book but I’m glad that reeled me in. Luckily not like it reeled in Plum. She just wanted to get some attention and have a good time and ended up in danger she wasn’t even supposed to be in. So from now on if I ever get invited to one of these things I’m bringing my own boat. Since as soon as they landed they should’ve known something was up or maybe they did know but just wanted to be optimistic. A little to hopelessly optimistic because I don’t know why they expected another boat to come. The villa was obviously a set up which surprised me because I thought the killer would make their death trap a little more inviting to put his victims in a false sense of security. So the fact he didn’t was a welcome change. He wanted them to suffer first so I’m happy very few characters died, because though Brittlyn, Wayix and Shelly didn’t deserve to die they were so awful that it was hard to feel sorry for them when they died. As I found the revelation that Shelley plagiarised the work of a dead woman as her own and then had the nerve to feel attacked when the woman’s daughter got angry with her about it particularly disgraceful. Which was no reason to kill her of course but what she did was very wrong. However I felt that Sean got exactly what he deserved because there’s nobody I hate more than an animal abuser and if I was there I’d adopt poor little Henrietta just like Sofia did. So while all the murder victims were painfully unlikeable characters I liked that they stopped the story from being too emotionally heavy. Since if any of the more likeable characters died I would’ve been devastated and wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much. Especially the main trio and Jude. Since Plum, Marlowe and Sofia were all awesome and the best of friends and I wanted Plum and Marlowe to admit their feelings for each other, because it was as obvious to me as it was to Sofia that Marlowe shared Plum’s feelings for her it just took them both annoyingly long to spit it out. Jude because he was so gentle and lovable that I honestly thought Dude would spare him, since they seemed to be getting along really well and I loved that their names rhymed. I felt very protective of him and wanted to give him a hug when he got upset he had to buy his followers because not enough people liked his videos. Which was hard to believe because Plum describing him as a cinnamon roll and a Labrador dog was spot on. And Peach was a little annoying at first but her moving into another room so that Plum wouldn’t get caught in the crossfire when the killer came for her was very brave. So I forgave her for literally everything and I was very worried about her when she showed up. As I was hoping that since Plum stole her invitation she could avoid the whole thing and Plum would’ve been completely crushed if she died. The poor girl was already upset enough about unintentionally dragging her best friend and love interest into a death trap. So it was infuriating that Dude tried to kill her, Sofia and Marlowe even though they weren’t influencers or on his hit list because he couldn’t see the point in not killing them. I understand why he was angry because being humiliated and mocked online is a serious issue. That is a very common cause for all kinds of mental illness but still isn’t a good enough reason to kill anybody. Him brutally killing his victims and leaving insulting poems just to spite them was sickening. So it was delightfully karmic that he was killed by the very island he tricked them into coming on and in such an embarrassing way after he killed his victims for embarrassing him. Though I actually don’t think getting killed by a goat is as silly as it sounds. Since a goat almost killed one of my agriculture classmates by nearly kicking him in the head while he was clipping its hooves. So don’t underestimate goats people. Especially screaming Island goats

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    From the get go, this book confused me. Not because of what was written, but how it was written. It was written like it was trying so hard to be marketable to gen z, but also too hard. The dialogue, the narrative, all of that was so weird and it didn't flow very well. But then the actual events and plot of the book was so well written and good. This book was such a conundrum that at one point I was considering DNFing it, but then it got good and I decided to keep going. I was very surprised to fi From the get go, this book confused me. Not because of what was written, but how it was written. It was written like it was trying so hard to be marketable to gen z, but also too hard. The dialogue, the narrative, all of that was so weird and it didn't flow very well. But then the actual events and plot of the book was so well written and good. This book was such a conundrum that at one point I was considering DNFing it, but then it got good and I decided to keep going. I was very surprised to find myself at one point literally absorbed in the book and unable to put it down. I thought the actual writing would be so off putting, but it got better as the book went on and I could get through it.  Now, I've always been judgemental of authors who try too hard to make a book relatable to a certain generation or age group. Even as a child, adults trying to capture teen culture has definitely made me roll my eyes, which is why I don't even try to understand their jokes and slang, because it's really only relatable to them (For context, I'm 23 and technically Gen Z, but I'm a total cusper aka Zillenial). It was so clear that the author was making jokes that might be relatable to teens now, but then they kind of fell flat. It was pretty unbearable to read at times. And the whole influencer plot line was good, until anyone opened their mouths and spoke. I don't want to sound too harsh with this book, because ultimately I enjoyed the story, until the ending, but man some things were just not great.  The characters were all pretty one dimensional and spoke so weird. All of the dialogue was just ... strange? I guess that's the best word. And then you have the motivation for this whole fiasco in the first place.  No spoilers, but it did not make sense and I think it actually ruined the book for me in my opinion. Like this had so much potential to be so witty and funny and good, but it just wasn't. I feel so mean for saying this, but the characters were ultimate flops. And this combination of a relatively good plot, good build up, excellent mystery, mixed with these one dimensional, lame characters was so disappointing.  And don't get me started on the main character, Plum. While I love seeing bisexual main characters, something about the way Plum was written was annoying. Like she's obviously in love with her best friend from the first page, but constantly denies it, then we get constant reminders through her goo-goo eyes that she's in love with her friend. And I'm not a fan of that style of writing in general, so this isn't an attack on the author, but I just thought that Plum's constant need to be "seen" and in the spotlight, mixed with her denial of her feelings, and then obsession with her friend was a horrible mix. She was kind of annoying at times and it brought down the book even more.  Then we have the side characters, which I won't even go into, because then we'll be here all day. But in general, just annoying people and even the most "normal" people could come off so irritating. Yikes... I don't know, I have very mixed thoughts on this. Like I said - the plot and murder mystery itself were relatively good (though I hated the ending), but the characters kind of sucked. And the ending was so abrupt that I was actually mad the book ended because I felt like even one more paragraph would have made this story feel more complete than what we got.  Overall, I liked the story, but I had some majors issues with the characters and the ending. It was honestly so hard trying to rate this because on one hand I could say it was two stars and on another, I could say three and a half. So I'm gonna go with three for now, but might drop it to two and a half if I think about it more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    abigail burt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This wasn’t a bad read, and I have a feeling that as it becomes older, the reviews and rates will get better. This is the first book by Ash Parsons that I have read, and I have to say, it was very creative. When I looked at Goodreads and saw the rating it got, I have to admit, I was hesitant about reading it. But I sucked it up and started reading, and I have to say I liked it. I fell like it could have been more thriller-y, which I know isn’t a word, but you know what I mean. I was expecting mor This wasn’t a bad read, and I have a feeling that as it becomes older, the reviews and rates will get better. This is the first book by Ash Parsons that I have read, and I have to say, it was very creative. When I looked at Goodreads and saw the rating it got, I have to admit, I was hesitant about reading it. But I sucked it up and started reading, and I have to say I liked it. I fell like it could have been more thriller-y, which I know isn’t a word, but you know what I mean. I was expecting more action than just what happened at the end, and the whole reveal about Dude wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I felt like the motive wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. I was expecting Peach, Cici, Jude, and the others to have done something actually. . . You know, criminal or illegal. But instead it was simple things as if stealing another’s words or laughing at a video. Dude was just crazy, and to be completely honest, him being mad about embarrassing himself when he was little isn’t an amazing motive. It’s just. . . Ehh. And first of all, Wadsworth just disappears. I get that he’s a AI and whatnot, but. . . We never really got an explanation as to how Dude managed to pull that off. Sure, we got that little speech at the end about why he did what he did, but I feel like I needed more of an answer or explanation at the end. And the goat. . . Huh? Like, it’s cool and all and I was super surprised and not expecting it, but. . . How? And is Sofia an animal whisperer or something, because how is the billy goat doing what she says. It must have been pure luck or Plum would’ve been dead. And with how Warix, Shelley, Brittlyn, and Sean died, I wasn’t completely surprised if Plum had died. But of course, as our main girl, she didn’t. But I still can’t get over that freaking goat! 😂 HOW? Maybe the goat saw Dude around and was mad when he didn’t feed it, so it got fed up and decided he wanted revenge. (🤷🏽‍♀️) I just feel like it was a little far fetched, but whatever works. Overall, this book was clever in more ways than one, and I would recommend it. I feel like it connected very well with the audience because of TikTok and Instagram being a main factor, so I have no doubt that many more will pick up this book. Especially since I’m in Generation Z, so I felt like I understood how Influencers seem to the media. I just think it had a lot more potential. I honestly would love to read the book again if Parsons rewrote it. Not completely, of course, because it was an enjoyable read. I just like more action and suspense, so maybe it is just me. But anyway, overall, I give it three stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. You’re So Dead works well because it knows what it is. It’s not a serious book. It’s a murder mystery but with a touch of humor. The humor is subtle and makes the characters real. I was worried the humor would be over the top and a bit off putting like Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. Instead we get humor that makes sense for the situation. Our characters are a bit over the top. They’re ‘influencers’ with an inflated sense of ego. It’s fu I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. You’re So Dead works well because it knows what it is. It’s not a serious book. It’s a murder mystery but with a touch of humor. The humor is subtle and makes the characters real. I was worried the humor would be over the top and a bit off putting like Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. Instead we get humor that makes sense for the situation. Our characters are a bit over the top. They’re ‘influencers’ with an inflated sense of ego. It’s funny as a ‘normal’ person to see how highly these people think of themselves and their crafts. There is also the black humor that comes from dealing with an awful situation and short circuiting to laugh at inappropriate things/make jokes. I liked the little nods to other pieces of media. If you’re familiar with the references, they’re nice. If you’re not familiar with them, you don’t miss anything. The relationships between the characters wasn’t my favorite. They could have been developed a bit better. It’s not a big problem for me since this was more a plot book rather than a character driven book. The ‘message’ of the story is a good reminder and isn’t heavy handed. Everyone is passionate about something. We all need to be a bit mindful about making fun of others online. The book was a fun ride overall. I never knew what to expect. I didn’t want to put the book down which made it for a really quick read. The best way to describe the book is fun. It feels like a cheesy made for TV movie in the best possible way. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Plum is tired of her influencer sister getting freebies and attention. When an invitation arrives for 'the ultimate festival' Plum liberates it and invites her two best friends along with her. Things start to go wrong almost immediately, though, and they soon realise there are only a handful of people at the 'festival', almost no supplies, and worst of all; no internet. No, wait. Worst of all; people keep getting killed. Plum and her friends Marlowe and Sofia (back copy lists her as Antonio) hav Plum is tired of her influencer sister getting freebies and attention. When an invitation arrives for 'the ultimate festival' Plum liberates it and invites her two best friends along with her. Things start to go wrong almost immediately, though, and they soon realise there are only a handful of people at the 'festival', almost no supplies, and worst of all; no internet. No, wait. Worst of all; people keep getting killed. Plum and her friends Marlowe and Sofia (back copy lists her as Antonio) have to figure out who the murderer is, and isn't, before they become the victims of the Murder Festival. This is a fun, slightly over the top murder mystery. I've seen other readers complain that this isn't very serious, but it isn't meant to be; it's just a fun read, albeit one that makes complete sense and says some important things about influencer culture and about not being jealous of other people. The action moves along beautifully; there's plenty of hints and things mentioned in passing that are important later. The characters are great. I'm so glad that one particular person wasn't the killer, but I won't say which. I also loved all the references to other thrillers in movies and books, too - really clever, and I've added a few to my watch/reading list! There's a very small amount of romance in this book. Personally, I can take or leave romance, so I actually really enjoyed it, and I loved the focus on family and friend love instead. But I know some readers don't like books without romance, so just be aware. If you're looking for a perfectly serious, average locked-room thriller, this isn't it. If you're looking for a fun, absorbing read that will have you gasping one minute and laughing the next - yep, this is the one. I really enjoyed. You're So Dead publishes on the 15th of June, 2021. I received a free copy and am giving an honest review.

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