When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.
When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…
Rating: 4 stars
“The far away monster always looks different from the monster in front of you, in your arms, in your heart. When someone you cherish does something incomprehensible, you will find reasons to decide they are the exception. You will cling to the details, tell yourself, ‘but this is different’. But it never is.
No one thinks the people they love are monsters. Because love is the biggest liar of all.”
Yay, another mystery book! This one is actually another recommendation from my mother who usually hates YA books but really enjoyed it. Once I got to reading it and adding it to my “currently reading” on GoodReads, I realized this had already been on my “want to read” list, and I’ve read another book by this author, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. So needless to say, I was a little excited.
This was less of a mystery book to me, and more of a story about obsession. Seemingly every character in this book is obsessed with someone else, and that works in this story because obsession drives everything. This is a tale about unhealthy and completely toxic relationships that go so awry that you almost have to take a step back and just say… (the aforementioned) “woah”.
I know that one of the most common things said in reviews for this book is that Sasha is the most obsessive. And I mean… she’s definitely up there with the worst. But can we just talk about Gwen for a hot second? I mean… she tops the damn cake. You can’t convince me otherwise. And Xavier? He’s seriously the epitome of a dumb person being googly-eyed for someone so extremely and utterly wrong for them and then suddenly and out of no where deciding they love the person right in front of them that’s never done them wrong and has been their rock. Sasha is not perfect. She’s actually really dumb because she clearly has no idea how to make yourself look like you have nothing to do with someone’s murder (I was SCREAMING at her in my mind the whole time… she was not made to be sneaky)… but had Xavier just stopped being a dumbass, NONE OF THIS WOULD’VE HAPPENED. Granted, we wouldn’t have the book either but.. it’s frustrating.
The story line here is really enticing. I wasn’t completely wrapped up in it the way I can get sometimes, but I still didn’t want to put it down.
The ending of this story didn’t blow my mind because once everything came out into the open, it really wasn’t all that surprising. BUT, this being said, I didn’t guess the ending either. It was kind of one of those things for me where I was thinking, “I really should’ve seen this coming”, but I honestly didn’t. So kudos to Lynn Weingarten for throwing in a plot twist that I didn’t predict!!
Whereas I am not generally a fan of switching from third person, to first, back to third, then to second, etc. it wasn’t actually frustrating in this. It all kind of flowed together nicely, which I will admit is always surprising for me. So ya know, also kudos for that.
Honestly, at the end of the day, I wasn’t disappointed. It was very… different. In the best of ways.