{Review+Giveaway} You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

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{Review+Giveaway} You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

{Review+Giveaway} You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManusYou'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
Pages: 336
Published by Delacorte Press on November 30, 2021

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.

Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out--he's been working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up.... again.

So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They'll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they've barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say...

Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school--and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it's about to get worse.

It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they're all hiding something.

Now they're all wondering--could it be that their chance reconnection wasn't by chance after all?

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly--and fatally--wrong.

YA Review My Thoughts

You’ll Be the Death of Me is a young adult contemporary suspense mystery by Karen M. McManus. This line of the book blurb totally sold me- “It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.” You’ll Be the Death of Me was a crazy read from start to finish and I really enjoyed it. You’ll Be the Death of Me finds our three used to be friends, as they run into each other as they are ditching school, and the day takes insane turn after turn from here.

We meet our main characters, Ivy, Cal and Mateo. They used to be great friends, but as is often the case, they have drifted apart throughout the years, and they each now have their own thing going on, including their own secrets to try and keep hidden. While ditching school, they somehow happen to witness one of their classmates get murdered, and they find themselves as main suspects from the police. While I thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride that this book took me on, I will admit that the scenarios sometimes felt a little out there. But if you just go with it and accept each of premises as is, I think you will really enjoy reading You’ll Be the Death of Me. It certainly made me glad that I never skipped school.

I liked watching our three used to be friends reconnect, and I had fun trying to guess what each of their secrets would be. You’ll Be the Death of Me is a standalone read, so it does wrap up neatly at the end of the book, and the pacing of the book clipped along at a steady fast pace. There was always something happening to move the story forward, which I appreciated. Overall, this was a wild murder mystery. I enjoyed it.


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About Karen M. McManus

As a kid I used to write books when I was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. I’m a marketing and communications professional who also writes Young Adult contemporary and fantasy fiction in Cambridge, MA.

When not writing or working I love to travel, and along with my nine-year old son I’ve ridden horses in Colombia and bicycles through Paris. A member of SCBWI, I hold a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Which I have never, ever used professionally.

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