My Mini Thoughts

The one thing we know when we start reading is that Jill’s best friend, Shaila, is dead and has been for a few years.  Her boyfriend confessed and was arrested.  Fast forward to present day and the boyfriend is recanting his confession.  Is he lying or is the killer walking amongst Jill and her friends?  

I love a good Young Adult read, and this was no exception.  I feel like the whole prep school setting has been used so much that they all run together.  Thankfully, I thought, this one was different.  It didn’t take me long to figure out who was responsible for the murder, but the details didn’t come until the very end.  

If you’re looking for a good YA read with a little bit of mystery, look no further.

Thank you Book Sparks for letting me part of the Pop Up Book Tour and Author Jessica Goodman for the #gifted copy.

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing: Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon 


Goodreads Synopsis

A murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

Freshman year Jill’s best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.

Now, it’s Jill’s senior year and she’s determined to make it her best yet. After all, she’s a senior and a Player–a member of Gold Coast Prep’s exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill’s year. She’s sure of it.

But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn’t kill Shaila, who did? Jill is vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.