Title: You’re So Dead
Author: Ash Parsons
Published June 15th 2021 by Philomel Books
Genre: Mystery, YA, Thriller
“Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxurious art and music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it’s finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite–and asks her two best friends Antonia and Marlowe to come along to the fest with her. It’ll be a spring break they’ll never forget.
But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it’s not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn’t even seem to be a festival–it’s just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamor she expected. Then people start to die…
Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the “festival” to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island–and no one is supposed to leave the island alive. So, together, Plum, Antonia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it’s too late.” -Goodreads
So, I had no clue what this book was about when I first started reading it. I am notorious for not reading the synopsis. I saw this on my Libby app and it seemed popular, so I checked it out.
The first chapter ruined this book for me. It really did. It gave away that the book was about murder and that the main character would be one of the people who could be killed. It made all the suspense at the beginning of the book disappear. Had the first chapter been removed, the book would have had suspense and thrill when the first person dies.
And you, reader, might be saying, “Well if only you read the synopsis-“
I do not care. I went into the book blind and I can say that it would have been 46% better if they had left the first chapter out.
The characters were dull. Plum Winters and her friends are irritating, to say the least. They are just three teenage girls who somehow can lead this group of celebrities better than the ex-military man in their group. I think not.
The premise of the book was really cool so the book won major points for that. Fyre Festival, if you don’t know, was a huge festival that basically flopped in 2017. (There is a really good Netflix documentary on the event. Definitely go watch that!) This book piggybacks off that idea with the Pyre Festival in the book.
Because of my background knowledge of this festival, I sort of thought the book was interesting. It turned a real-life event into an even greater sh*t show. The murder aspect of a social media festival was a fun twist.
I am really getting into mystery books this summer and I think this will be good for the fall and the chilly weather.
I will say, as far as mysteries go, this one was not the best. It did not have a huge amount of suspense. The culprit and the events leading up to the ending were interesting. The ending just seemed really random and also finished up really quick.
I cannot talk anymore about this book. Please, never ask me about it again.
As always, thanks for reading,
Star Rating: 2