Published by Disney Books/Melissa de la Cruz Studio on January 24, 2023
Genres: mystery, Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
Sometimes the prettiest Instagram feeds hide the darkest—and bloodiest—secrets.
Social media influencer Summer Cartwright leads a charmed life: millions of followers, the trendiest designer and vintage clothing in her closet, a newly minted book deal, the coolest friends, and until recently, the hottest boyfriend at her über elite prep school. Every moment of her life has been carefully planned and cultivated to complement her “perfectly imperfect” online persona. She is truly #LivingHerBestLife.
But when Summer goes missing during her annual Halloween party and an unscheduled post appears on her feed claiming she’ll be dead in the next five minutes, those closest to Summer—her bestie, her ex-boyfriend, her frenemy, and her wannabe—know it isn’t a media stunt for attention. It’s not Summer’s brand. Something is wrong. When their investigation leads to Summer’s lifeless body, they’re forced to accept that she was murdered. And no filter is strong enough to mask the lies they tell themselves.
Told in multiple POVs interspersed with social media posts and flashbacks, Live Your Best Lie has twists and turns that will keep readers turning the page and no one will be able to guess the ending.
Live Your Best Lie by Jessie Weaver, is a young adult murder mystery thriller that completely captivated me. Live your Best Lie is a fascinating concept. It follows a popular social media influencer who is murdered after someone posted a death treat/warning on her social media account. We all know the world of social media is fake, and that is a major element in this story. Who can you trust? Who are your friends? What do people know about your life? This novel is super timely and it is told in multiple POVs interspersed with social media posts and flashbacks, which made me fly through the book. I was hooked until the very end, and I loved the twists and turns.
In Live Your Best Lie, we meet our main character Summer. To the outside world, Summer is living the dream. She goes to a super fancy boarding school, has the perfect boyfriend and all the best clothes, purses and shoes- she has millions of followers on social media and plenty of brand deals. But with that comes plenty of secrets, and hidden skeletons in her closet and in her group of friends. I enjoyed discovering everyone’s secrets and trying to piece together what was happening.
Overall, this was exactly what I want in a YA mystery/thriller. I loved this book and I think it is perfect for fans of The Ivies and One of Us is lying will love Live Your Best Lie.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Live Your Best Lie!!! A mystery set in high school where the mean girls aren’t just ruling the school but ruling Instagram. Add to that twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the very end. A truly fun and engaging read! Highly recommend!