Francie is one small piece in all too much chaos, holding all too much adult responsibility because her dad can’t be a responsible adult. Without spoiling the whole novel: that’s why Francie has a gun.
Carter is the kind of teenager our parents hope we’ll be: intelligent, skilled, and determined to thrive academically. But, unfortunately, she’s also the kind of teenager we don’t tell our parents we are: bullied, sad, and increasingly isolated and preyed upon by the popular girls.
Liv is wandering around with various notes to self scrawled across her body, urging herself to STAY AWAKE… and she doesn’t know that she wrote them because of the whole amnesia thing. You can see how this is a tricky situation.
A heavy, psychological slow burn until the plot ignites with a supernatural element setting off a rapid, enthralling crescendo into absolutely riveting creepiness.
Sara takes Sarah’s ride, and Sarah takes Sara’s. It’s not a big deal until Sarah is murdered outside Sara’s house.
Joshua quickly devolves into the roommate from hell, which we all expect from the back of the book. And still, Donna stumbles her way through a series of terrible decisions.
It’s the 90s (again, because the ’90s are popular in literature right now, I guess), and Carrie Soto is one of the legendary greats. She’s also retired, having gone out on top with twenty Grand Slam wins (that’s a big deal in tennis, I learned).
Maris is freshly sober — seven months in, after a much-alluded-to rock bottom moment. She’s white-knuckling through wanting a glass of wine at all the usual points in her day, but grateful to no longer wake up with a fuzzy half-recollection of the night before. Her family, a daughter and a relatively new husband, haven’t directly addressed said sobriety, but everyone seems to be functioning well. And then, Maris has a blackout… but she’s still sober.
Let’s set this up. Simon is a middle-aged luxury car salesman. You will learn this early on, with far too many detailed descriptions about luxury cars.
It’s 1999, and Joe stares down a lonely, boring teenage summer. His put-upon older sister finds him a meagrely-paying job at a summer camp, and, like teenagers at summer camp do, he falls in love with camp counsellor Amy.