This review is part of my Two Weeks of Thanks to book publisher Merit Press. They have generously and continuously provided me with books to review over the past two years.
Sadie Marlowe is apprehensive about leaving her Oregon high school half-way through to attend the prestigious Keating school on a lacrosse scholarship. Most of the girls who attend the DC school are from wealthy, well-connected families. And though her late mother graduated from the school, they are neither wealthy nor connected. But Sadie knows that a scholarship to a prestigious Ivy League college is just about guaranteed if she plays LAX for Keating.
Sadie did meet Jessica, a fellow LAX player, when she visited the school, and they hit it off. So at least she knows one person when she arrives…especially when she finds out who are her roommates. Let’s just say that Sadie has to sign a non-disclosure agreement before she is allowed to stay in her room. Keating has a brother school, DeGraffenreid or “Graff,” as it’s known, and at their first mixer, Sadie sees Jeremy, another newbie from the West Coast. He seems to notice Sadie, too. And of course, there’s the team captain, the haughty and acerbic Thayer, who seems to already hate Sadie.
But all that pales in comparison to the night she has a bag thrown over her head and a wet cloth pressed to her nose…and she awakens at some sort of secret society meeting. Apparently she is a legacy, and from a family that she never even knew existed. Her mother had cut all ties with them before she was born, and never discussed her years at Keating with Sadie. It’s not all drinking, limo rides and White House parties for this group, though; Sadie senses something bubbling beneath the surface, something wrong, and as Sadie gets in deeper with her new “family,” she discovers that the recent death of a female student may have been more than the stress that attending a tough school and trying to get into a top college. It may have been murder.
Whadja Think?: They should option this book for a movie or a mini-series. It is full of privilege, mean girls, high society, royalty, bad behavior, a secret society, secrets, lies, outsiders, insiders, mystery, and, or course, romance. It’s the total package.
To Read or Not To Read: It’s like Pretty Little Liars meets Awkward meets Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. Of course you need to read it. (And, FYI, this is the second time I have read it.)
Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend was published November 29, 2013 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to Merit Press and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Thriller Romance
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Mature themes; underage drinking, sexual assault