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A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has a A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . 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.


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A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . Plum Winter has a A hilarious Agatha Christie-inspired YA thriller-comedy about three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst--and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it's too late. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious . 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.

30 review for You're So Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    The darkness pressed against the windows. It was as if they, all lit up and inside, were onstage, visible to something or someone waiting in the darkness beyond the glass. I thought this book was campy YA thriller goodness! Social media influencers of a wide variety are invited to an island for “Pyre festival” and start getting killed off one by one by some unknown murderer on the island. If you’ve ever watched the movie “CLUE” then imagine the twisty fun “whodunit” vibe of that, but modern times The darkness pressed against the windows. It was as if they, all lit up and inside, were onstage, visible to something or someone waiting in the darkness beyond the glass. I thought this book was campy YA thriller goodness! Social media influencers of a wide variety are invited to an island for “Pyre festival” and start getting killed off one by one by some unknown murderer on the island. If you’ve ever watched the movie “CLUE” then imagine the twisty fun “whodunit” vibe of that, but modern times and hoodwinked influencers as the target. I think “You’re So Dead” did a perfect job with the mystery/murder parts. There is a romantic subplot, and it felt a little random and out of place most of the time. I think it would have worked better if the characters didn’t randomly muse about their feelings while trying to stay alive and find a murderer, that said it also kind of adds to the camp of it all. Like of course this group would be focused on superfluous things. If you don’t live none of this even matters, but alas I still enjoyed this read. It was fun and made me think a bit about how no matter how well intentioned your social media content is, it could be causing harm and maybe we should all be a little more thoughtful about what we post and how we utilize social media. *ARC AVAILABLE NOW!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Agatha Christie meets social media influencers at a Fyre-type festival gone wrong? Sign me up! I should note that Ash Parsons seems to write campy, over the top stories that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I get such a kick out of them. You're So Dead falls squarely in that category. Plum Winter is envious of her semi-famous influencer older sister and in denial about having a crush on one of her best girl friends. When an invitation arrives for her sister Peach to the exclusive Pyre festi Agatha Christie meets social media influencers at a Fyre-type festival gone wrong? Sign me up! I should note that Ash Parsons seems to write campy, over the top stories that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I get such a kick out of them. You're So Dead falls squarely in that category. Plum Winter is envious of her semi-famous influencer older sister and in denial about having a crush on one of her best girl friends. When an invitation arrives for her sister Peach to the exclusive Pyre festival during spring break, complete with famous influencers, bands, and luxurious accommodations, Plum decides to take her sister's place and bring along her two best friends. (yes, including the one she's crushing on). But things take a turn for the worst once they arrive on the secluded island with only a handful of other people, one of whom may be a killer. If you liked And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and can get down with a campy, dramatic take on a retelling involved self-involved influencers and trolls, definitely give this a go. Clearly it isn't working for everyone, and part of the issue seems to be tone. So just know this is a YA book featuring young teen protagonists and some of it is kind of silly. That's sort of the point. And if you aren't into that, it's cool. This may not be the book for you. But I had a fun time with it. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    A Capital 'Y', tiny 'a', Read. I was initially very intrigued and excited to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was aggressively immature. Along with a lacking back story for the murderer, this made for a lackluster finale. Additionally, there was a strong romantic YA theme and story point, which ultimately rivaled the actual murder theme for "page" time. I don't mind any of the main themes personally. However, I do mind when the main plot advertised is not the main plot presented. This felt like A Capital 'Y', tiny 'a', Read. I was initially very intrigued and excited to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was aggressively immature. Along with a lacking back story for the murderer, this made for a lackluster finale. Additionally, there was a strong romantic YA theme and story point, which ultimately rivaled the actual murder theme for "page" time. I don't mind any of the main themes personally. However, I do mind when the main plot advertised is not the main plot presented. This felt like false advertisement. People are being killed off one by one yet the story is more focused on a young woman's feelings for her best friend, and constant descriptions about 'tingly feelings' and how beautiful her crush is, blah, blah and more blah. Meanwhile, the crazy psycho trying to kill everyone becomes more like background noise. It was most disappointing to have the stranded island, revenge killer theme put on the back burner, when that was what the reader was originally sold. *Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss+ for providing the advanced digital reader copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    I love And Then There Were None. And Knives Out. And Clue. Basically, anything with a large group of people that could all possibly be murderers. So when I heard that there was a book coming out that featured the same idea but with a twist on influencer culture, I was beyond excited! We live in an age saturated by entertainment, served up on dozens of silver platters, ready for us to consume until we can take no more. You’re So Dead handles the delicate topic of the dangers, the appeal, the gilde I love And Then There Were None. And Knives Out. And Clue. Basically, anything with a large group of people that could all possibly be murderers. So when I heard that there was a book coming out that featured the same idea but with a twist on influencer culture, I was beyond excited! We live in an age saturated by entertainment, served up on dozens of silver platters, ready for us to consume until we can take no more. You’re So Dead handles the delicate topic of the dangers, the appeal, the gilded allure of influencer culture with ease. We have an eccentric, diverse cast of characters that have each achieved fame for various reasons: beauty, comedy, video games, true crime podcasts…you name it. Everyone that is, except for our main character Plum and her two friends Sofia and Marlowe. Plum’s older sister Peach Winter* is a big Instagram influencer, so Plum, feeling a little left out, steals her fancy invitation to a luxurious island music festival. let’s talk about the mystery, shall we? Someone is murdered. Yup. Mind blown. But really, I enjoyed my time with this mystery! It took me a while to guess who the killer was, and then it was only because I’m a bit of a true crime addict. Agatha Christie’s novels have an extraordinarily distinct format, and You’re So Dead followed it well. It truly does encapsulate the And Then There Were None* vibe so well. With that being said, it wasn’t always an…elegant vibe. Yes, I did in fact put those two words together. *when renaming this book who the latte thought it would be a good idea to start it with a freaking conjunction. yes, i would like to lodge a complaint. One of the aspects I most appreciated about the characters is that while they sometimes made dumb decisions (see gif above), most of their decisions were pretty clever and made a lot of sense. That was what made this story hit so hard: even when Plum and her friends did what everyone agreed was the most sensible, the killer still found ways to circumvent them. Sometimes, you don’t realize how important to a story good characters are until they stop splitting up and stomping off into dark woods on their own. With that being said, Plum was kind of a boring character. Her friends were relatively boring as well. But it works, simply because it leaves the reader wondering one of the most important questions when it comes to a good thriller read: what lies beneath the surface? I also really appreciated the commentary on the Internet, Instagram, and how detrimental the world of influencer culture can actually be. It can be so easy to fall into the area of morally grey actions when it comes to the double-edged knife of internet fame. Parsons may have taken it a bit to the extreme with the whole “murder island” idea but that doesn’t stop the whole scenario from having a ring of truth to it. In fact, it made me sit back and dwell on just exactly how I’m using my platform when it comes to other people. Although You’re So Dead touched on some extremely relevant themes, it wasn’t always serious. I was addicted, like any good mystery, and determined to find out what would happen next. It really does remind me of those mysteries you read at the beach: hard to put down, easy to forget. Which was actually perfect for me, since I didn’t want a heavy-hitting thriller I had to devote a ton of time and energy to reading at the end of finals! That’s about where I want to leave my review because it’s almost always better to go in blind! Overall, I’d give this one a 3.5/5 stars, which sounds bad but really isn’t when it comes to this genre for me personally. If you want something deep, and psychologically tantalizing, maybe reconsider reading this one. On the other hand, if you’re looking for your next beach read, this is it! pre-review:i’m not going to lie, this was surprisingly entertaining. i also liked the commentary on the dangers of social media/influencers and how they affect the individual mindset. i did guess the killer!! but that’s mostly due to (a) my true crime brain and (b) the main character herself. anyways, i did actually enjoy this quite a lot, full rtc! a huge thank you to penguin teen for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    TJL

    Boring. Dull mystery sprinkled with the most aggravating virtue-signaling I think I've ever seen in a book that wasn't solely dedicated to it. Additionally, I cannot emphasize enough how gutless I think it was to make Britlynn an obnoxious, stereotypical conservative "activist". Social media is currently full of obnoxious, toxic cry-bullies of the liberal variety, who seem to have a pass to harass and shame anyone they want without consequences because they're doing it for the "right" reasons. Oh, Boring. Dull mystery sprinkled with the most aggravating virtue-signaling I think I've ever seen in a book that wasn't solely dedicated to it. Additionally, I cannot emphasize enough how gutless I think it was to make Britlynn an obnoxious, stereotypical conservative "activist". Social media is currently full of obnoxious, toxic cry-bullies of the liberal variety, who seem to have a pass to harass and shame anyone they want without consequences because they're doing it for the "right" reasons. Oh, but I forgot: This is a YA novel, and that means we have to signal the right virtues; and those virtues are "guns are bad, conservative women have "internalized misogyny" because they don't think and feel the way I do, gamers are all sexist dudebros, etc." This was a waste of time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Blackwood

    This is a YA thriller about a girl who steals her famous sister’s invitation to an exclusive influencer island retreat in the hopes of having a cool vacation with her best friends. But when they arrive, they’re trapped on the island with eight other influencers … and a killer who starts picking them off one by one! I’m a HUGE sucker for anything that puts a spin on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so the concept got me hooked! The cast of characters were generally pretty compelling, an This is a YA thriller about a girl who steals her famous sister’s invitation to an exclusive influencer island retreat in the hopes of having a cool vacation with her best friends. But when they arrive, they’re trapped on the island with eight other influencers … and a killer who starts picking them off one by one! I’m a HUGE sucker for anything that puts a spin on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so the concept got me hooked! The cast of characters were generally pretty compelling, and I appreciated the commentary on toxic positivity, beauty standards, and internet bullying woven throughout. The book tries to be kind of a comedic thriller, and while some of the humor was genuinely heartwarming, I felt like it didn’t quite hit the mark for me overall. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE funny parody murder mysteries — but I didn’t feel like this was quite a parody, so there were a couple of moments where it felt like the humor detracted from the tension a little. That all said, I ate up this book FAST, so I think it would be perfect for a beach read or whenever you need something quick and fun! Thanks to Penguin Teen for the ebook review copy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    I didn't vibe with the vapid, silly writing and the way that a persons race/skin color is their first and sometimes only significant descriptor to introduce them. Wasn't for me. I didn't vibe with the vapid, silly writing and the way that a persons race/skin color is their first and sometimes only significant descriptor to introduce them. Wasn't for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    This was so fucking dumb- it was advanced dumb. At one point I was expecting the chicken to be the killer and that would have been better than the actual clown ass ending. You're So Dead is about a bunch of influencers who get invited to an exciting festival on a pirate island. The only thing is, Plum is not one: she stole the invite from her famous sister. Quickly it turns out the festival is all that was promised and then people start dying. This was so bad ahhh. I get what it was trying to do ( This was so fucking dumb- it was advanced dumb. At one point I was expecting the chicken to be the killer and that would have been better than the actual clown ass ending. You're So Dead is about a bunch of influencers who get invited to an exciting festival on a pirate island. The only thing is, Plum is not one: she stole the invite from her famous sister. Quickly it turns out the festival is all that was promised and then people start dying. This was so bad ahhh. I get what it was trying to do (which was be And Then There Were None) but it did it so badly. All of these characters were so one-dimensional, shallow, and also stupid. Half of the book is spent on Plum coming to the realization that she's in love her best friend while the other half was everyone getting murdered and it was hilarious in how poorly done this entire book was. A literal CHICKEN gets more personality and page time than half of these characters that were interchangeable in how uninteresting they all were. Then it just didn't make any damn sense because of how silly it was. It was so obvious who the killer was, it was just so boring, and such a joke. Nothing in this was original or exciting. Also, Pyre festival? Sounds so familiar hmmm. YOU'RE SO DUMBBB BYE.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    "Only you would crash a murder festival." Truth be told this was a title request for me. Based off the cover and eye- catching title I expected a nostalgic slasher movie-esque plot. Got to admit that I was not exactly disappointed. Plum lives in the shadow of her successful influencer sister, Peach. When an invitation arrives to one of the biggest shindigs of the year, Plum decides this is her chance to not only do something with her humdrum life, but BE something. With her two best friends, Mar "Only you would crash a murder festival." Truth be told this was a title request for me. Based off the cover and eye- catching title I expected a nostalgic slasher movie-esque plot. Got to admit that I was not exactly disappointed. Plum lives in the shadow of her successful influencer sister, Peach. When an invitation arrives to one of the biggest shindigs of the year, Plum decides this is her chance to not only do something with her humdrum life, but BE something. With her two best friends, Marlowe and Sofia, by her side they steal the invitation and take off on a trip to die for. In a classic case of whodunnit, a handful of influencers are trapped on an island that quickly starts turning deadly. It’s a race against the clock to find out who the killer is and also enjoy some of the more creative ways the deaths occur. For me this was more of a plot based read since I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. Each influencer has some form of a dark secret or persona that they hide from their followers and as the killings start, the secrets are unleashed. The writing style is easy to follow, quick paced and slightly on the younger teenage side since our main characters are in high school. Some scenarios were a bit unplausible for me however the red herrings were well done. I ended up getting it wrong almost until the last minute. The characters are individually unique, and Parsons does a really good job of giving each one a decent amount of depth surrounding their influencer careers. I liked Plum’s more realistic persona being in her sister’s shadow and desperately wanting to no longer blend but be something more. However, I did struggle with her best friend blaming her for being on that island. It takes two to tango in my book and Sofia could’ve said no. That aside, Sofia and Marlowe made excellent best friend side characters. The type of connection I love seeing in YA novels. Supportive, too an extent, calling each other out on their crap and not letting the bad times tear things a part. Parsons’ addition of LGTBQ representation was tied in well too. Overall, this was a quick read that I can see readers on the younger side of the YA spectrum enjoying. There is a little gore but nothing too outlandish and a few curse words scattered here and there. I’d recommend this to readers wetting their feet in the YA Thriller world. Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted digital arc in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I just finished this and it was a fun read that had some laugh out loud moments. Plum and her two besties, Marlow and Sofia are off to Pyre Festival – Light it up, Set the Night on Fire, Melt Your Face Off – but they’re attending under false pretenses. Plum’s sister, Peach, is a mega star social influencer who’s 10 years older than Plum. When the invitation for Pyre comes to Plum’s house, she keeps this piece of mail back and schemes with her friends to attend in place of Peach. It’ll be the bes I just finished this and it was a fun read that had some laugh out loud moments. Plum and her two besties, Marlow and Sofia are off to Pyre Festival – Light it up, Set the Night on Fire, Melt Your Face Off – but they’re attending under false pretenses. Plum’s sister, Peach, is a mega star social influencer who’s 10 years older than Plum. When the invitation for Pyre comes to Plum’s house, she keeps this piece of mail back and schemes with her friends to attend in place of Peach. It’ll be the best spring break of their lives is the hope but will actually lead to the biggest fight for their lives! It doesn’t take long to figure out once they arrive that something is amiss. A small group, no welcome wagon, and none of the trappings the guests were expecting soon leaves everyone a bit wary but willing to make the most of it but when their first night ends in murder, everyone is suspect. If you’re looking for a light fun read that unveils some of the harmful aspects of social media with a few sub-plots thrown in, You’re So Dead is a great choice! Thank you, Penguin Teen for the DRC!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Wasn't for me. Too silly... Wasn't for me. Too silly...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber Coulson

    Most disappoint book of 2021 thus far goes to…..you guess it. You’re So Dead. I read a lot of YA books (I fully embrace the 16 year old girl that still lives inside me) but every now and then I come a long one that is far too young for my tastes. This happened to be that rare find. From the moment the book started I could tell I wouldn’t connect with the narrator, and I didn’t. Even the opening sequence wasn’t at all dramatic enough to deliver on the blurb that was promised. Comparing your book Most disappoint book of 2021 thus far goes to…..you guess it. You’re So Dead. I read a lot of YA books (I fully embrace the 16 year old girl that still lives inside me) but every now and then I come a long one that is far too young for my tastes. This happened to be that rare find. From the moment the book started I could tell I wouldn’t connect with the narrator, and I didn’t. Even the opening sequence wasn’t at all dramatic enough to deliver on the blurb that was promised. Comparing your book to a classic novel (and then there were none) may have set this book up for sabotage because Agatha Christie, Ash Parsons is not. Things I didn’t like: The characters. They seemed vapid and shallow and not in a Blair Waldorf sort of way but just a dumb Gen Z way but as told by someone who HATES Gen Z and wants to paint them in the worst light ever. The plot. The concept seems so good but the development is soooo poor. The book structure. The novel is comprised of these short choppy chapters that literally don’t move the novel forward AT ALL. Some chapters literally nothing of note happens. And I mean, at this point, can you really like a book if you hate literally all those essential parts/elements? No. No You cannot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is absolutely the campy extra cheesy thriller-comedy which is exactly what I was expecting going in. It has a very specific type audience that will enjoy it. And I am glad I ended up enjoying it. I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma (book.jargon)

    2.5 I was instantly intrigued by this book, as someone who loves murder mysteries. But I was sad that it fell quite flat to me. The characters are all the same essentially, and I found it really hard to see them as the 18 year olds they were supposed to be- when they were presented as people much younger than that. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing- finding it often trying so hard to fit into the teen demographic that it would just sound strange and obscene. Connects would be brought to light tha 2.5 I was instantly intrigued by this book, as someone who loves murder mysteries. But I was sad that it fell quite flat to me. The characters are all the same essentially, and I found it really hard to see them as the 18 year olds they were supposed to be- when they were presented as people much younger than that. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing- finding it often trying so hard to fit into the teen demographic that it would just sound strange and obscene. Connects would be brought to light that made no sense, and often I just simply couldn’t find a reason to want to continue reading. Though the concept is cool, I feel as though early YA readers may enjoy this book more so than older readers- as it appears to cater to that audience more. So if you’re wanting a humorous murder-mystery story, then I would try this out! Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for the ARC in return of an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    BrittsBookClub

    The synopsis for this book had me intrigued and even a bit excited to read it, but honestly, it fell flat for me. The whole story was a bit hokey and had so many unrealistic instances that I just couldn’t connect with the book. There seemed to be a lot missing from this book and the way the characters were presented, if I wasn’t told who was saying what, I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish them. Everyone seemed to be presented in an almost identical way without any character development. Th The synopsis for this book had me intrigued and even a bit excited to read it, but honestly, it fell flat for me. The whole story was a bit hokey and had so many unrealistic instances that I just couldn’t connect with the book. There seemed to be a lot missing from this book and the way the characters were presented, if I wasn’t told who was saying what, I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish them. Everyone seemed to be presented in an almost identical way without any character development. The whole storyline just seemed lacking and I found myself having a hard time staying interested in this book. *Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    Great concept, extremely poor execution. As a huge fan of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, and a closeted consumer of both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the disastrous Fyre Festival, I was prepared to love this YA spin. Unfortunately, this one just missed the mark. I didn't love the writing or really any of the characters, and found myself skimming a majority of this novel. I wanted to know what happened so I didn't DNF, but the ending wasn't clever enough to leave me f Great concept, extremely poor execution. As a huge fan of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, and a closeted consumer of both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the disastrous Fyre Festival, I was prepared to love this YA spin. Unfortunately, this one just missed the mark. I didn't love the writing or really any of the characters, and found myself skimming a majority of this novel. I wanted to know what happened so I didn't DNF, but the ending wasn't clever enough to leave me feeling satisfied at the end. Without Christie's intricate plot-mapping and confounding explanations for everything, I was just left feeling, "Oh, okay, they're the killer." Nothing about the ending was particularly unexpected or exciting, despite having our MC being chased by an actual serial killer. I will say, I think this has the potential to be a great teen slasher comedy movie. I could see this playing much better on the big screen, where the characters' annoying personalities are more humorous than grating, and some of the scenes have the added benefit of visuals and special effects. So, despite not really enjoying the book at all (and wouldn't recommend it to others), I'd consider seeing a movie based on it. Edit: Also, it was an incredibly poor idea to give two characters short names starting with "J." In a cast book like this, it was nearly impossible to keep track of who was who, so I gave up trying. Thanks to Penguin Teen for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 2 stars - 3/10

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    DNF at 30% 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! I usually don’t DNF books but this one wasn’t really for me. I’ve been trying to get into thrillers more, but the writing style in this book was not something I could get through. I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional and I didn’t really care to read their whole story. I will say that the thriller/horror aspect of this book kept me on my toes. I was very stressed while reading and DNF at 30% 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! I usually don’t DNF books but this one wasn’t really for me. I’ve been trying to get into thrillers more, but the writing style in this book was not something I could get through. I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional and I didn’t really care to read their whole story. I will say that the thriller/horror aspect of this book kept me on my toes. I was very stressed while reading and I think that Parsons really nailed that! In the end, I just flipped to the end and spoiled it for myself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    DNF. 10% in and they're still standing at the curb of an airport, waiting for an Uber. The MC is annoying me too, so nah. DNF. 10% in and they're still standing at the curb of an airport, waiting for an Uber. The MC is annoying me too, so nah.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I feel like this book went wrong fast. Before someone can even open it by comparing itself to Agatha Christie and then really mirroring itself after And Then There Were None was another mistake. But, let me dive in deeper into why this book didn’t work. You’re So Dead advertises itself as a mystery thriller, but the time is really split between the murder mystery and Plum figuring out her feelings for her best friend. These two entirely contrasting things really makes it distracting and hard to I feel like this book went wrong fast. Before someone can even open it by comparing itself to Agatha Christie and then really mirroring itself after And Then There Were None was another mistake. But, let me dive in deeper into why this book didn’t work. You’re So Dead advertises itself as a mystery thriller, but the time is really split between the murder mystery and Plum figuring out her feelings for her best friend. These two entirely contrasting things really makes it distracting and hard to focus on either one. The characters all blended together. In the 400 pages, there was no development on them. They were all vapid, one-dimensional characters that never went beyond that. Yes the secrets started coming out which might have given them some depth but when that was really the depth giving to them in this length, I feel it came be argued that there was no development at all. It feels really weird that I know about about Henrietta, the chicken, more than I really know about the other characters. Henrietta was the true star of this book. The way this was written made it feel like it was aimed for a younger audience than YA. Maybe it’s in part to how vapid and shallow the characters felt, but the characters felt a lot younger than what they actually were. The ending is something I figured out well… because I am familiar with And Then There Were None, but this ending did not have a punch at all. Even with the explanation it fell flat and seemed like Parsons was reaching for any reason for the killer to be killing everyone who came. Underneath all of this, there is an interesting concept, but it was not executed well. Between the plot and characters, it made it difficult to find myself caring about this book at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Johnyjoe

    If you liked #Muredertranding by Gretchen McNeil...you would love this book...since I thought that one was meh, this one was basically the same... Best described as Be carefull what you wish for with clueless kids who wanted to have a good time. The name of the characters for me was just stupid...Plum, Peach and Dude...like wtf...random word generator? And wtf was up with that goat? Very predictible and very YA...the language was extremely YA and bothered me so many times...and that time when one of If you liked #Muredertranding by Gretchen McNeil...you would love this book...since I thought that one was meh, this one was basically the same... Best described as Be carefull what you wish for with clueless kids who wanted to have a good time. The name of the characters for me was just stupid...Plum, Peach and Dude...like wtf...random word generator? And wtf was up with that goat? Very predictible and very YA...the language was extremely YA and bothered me so many times...and that time when one of the characters was more concerned about the fact that there was no internet rather then the fact that there's a killer on the loose... I just can't...or the reason the killer had for everything...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This was a completely impulsive pick up because it was cheap on Kindle, the premise and title sounded interesting. This is a mash up of And Then There Were None, influencer/internet culture and the failed Fyre Festival. It was a really fun read. Plum steals her sister's ticket to the Pyre Festival and takes her two friends, wanting an adventure and to be someone. They get to the island, discover the Pyre Festival is dismal and then they start getting murdered in strange ways. Plum has to wrestle This was a completely impulsive pick up because it was cheap on Kindle, the premise and title sounded interesting. This is a mash up of And Then There Were None, influencer/internet culture and the failed Fyre Festival. It was a really fun read. Plum steals her sister's ticket to the Pyre Festival and takes her two friends, wanting an adventure and to be someone. They get to the island, discover the Pyre Festival is dismal and then they start getting murdered in strange ways. Plum has to wrestle with being in danger, while putting her friends in danger too. There is also a romance as well, which while it didn't fit in completely with the plot, was still very cute. I did appreciate it was a female/female romance too. This was just a good time. It was fast-paced, I liked the characters well enough and while I guessed who the killer was pretty early on, I liked the motive behind why they did it and how everything was resolved. It was fun and I would recommend it. 4 stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hart

    You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons This book has been described as Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious. I have yet to read either of those however, I really wanted to sink my teeth into a YA thriller, and it didn’t disappoint. You’re So Dead is loosely compared to Agatha Christies And Then There Were None. Plum Winter, the main character is desperate to have some fun and move out of the shadow of her famous influencer sister, Peach. When a mysterious letter arrives at Plum's hous You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons This book has been described as Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious. I have yet to read either of those however, I really wanted to sink my teeth into a YA thriller, and it didn’t disappoint. You’re So Dead is loosely compared to Agatha Christies And Then There Were None. Plum Winter, the main character is desperate to have some fun and move out of the shadow of her famous influencer sister, Peach. When a mysterious letter arrives at Plum's house addressed to Peach, Plum cannot resist and opens it. It is an invite to a celebrity only festival called “Pyre festival” on an exclusive Caribbean Island, an all-inclusive, first-class festival. Plum decides to hijack it with her best friends in place of her sister. However, all is not as advertised. As soon as the group arrives on the island, there is hardly anyone around, and certainly no glamour or music. A dusty old villa, no champaign and NO WIFI! An influencer's worst nightmare. The nightmare continues when people start being murdered, with strange poems left by the bodies. Plum and her friends want to get off the island, they’re not meant to be there in the first place, but they have no way off… Overall, I found this to be a fun YA thriller. I’ve seen some negative reviews about it being too “immature”. If you keep in mind that the characters are teenagers and that it is a YA, then I really do think you’ll enjoy it. It is perfect for the upcoming spooky season. A twisty whodunit murder mystery, with a cute queer subplot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bhavana The Word Seamstress

    It's an average story. Just a breezy read when you want to de-stress. What you can expect is a horror with thriller elements. It's campy but after reading some reviews and going through the author's other books, I expected a campy horror. So I'm not disappointed with that. I just expected more thriller elements. I didn't think there was much of a mystery with clues that readers can pick on. The motive came across as a whole new fact in the story only during revelation(This might be just me so if It's an average story. Just a breezy read when you want to de-stress. What you can expect is a horror with thriller elements. It's campy but after reading some reviews and going through the author's other books, I expected a campy horror. So I'm not disappointed with that. I just expected more thriller elements. I didn't think there was much of a mystery with clues that readers can pick on. The motive came across as a whole new fact in the story only during revelation(This might be just me so if anyone caught on clues regarding the motive do leave your comments). As for humour, there were light moments and banters which were fun to read. IMO, the characters were created especially for this. As always, I loved that the chapters are small, it helps read faster. I didn't expect to finish this book in less than 2 days and liked that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    When Plum Winter steals her influencer sister's invitation to an exclusive music festival, she thinks this will be the opportunity of a lifetime. But arriving at the festival with her best friends Marlowe and Sofia, they aren't expecting a rundown villa on a deserted island with only 7 other people. And then the murders start.. I really enjoyed the premise of this book. If you know me, you know I love a mystery thriller set in an isolated location with an unlikeable cast of characters who are pic When Plum Winter steals her influencer sister's invitation to an exclusive music festival, she thinks this will be the opportunity of a lifetime. But arriving at the festival with her best friends Marlowe and Sofia, they aren't expecting a rundown villa on a deserted island with only 7 other people. And then the murders start.. I really enjoyed the premise of this book. If you know me, you know I love a mystery thriller set in an isolated location with an unlikeable cast of characters who are picked off one by one. Add in some social commentary on the 'influencer' generation and a parody of the disastrous Fyre Festival and I was sold. While it was enjoyable book, I didn't like the ending and the reveal of the murderer. Maybe I was expecting a big conspiracy and some big conclusion and maybe expecting too much. But it was still an okay read and very fast-paced.

  25. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie

    I liked that it was an interesting take on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This was a pretty good murder mystery. I was surprised by who the killer was. I just wish there was more suspense and build within the novel, but I really enjoyed the characters and how their relationships evolved over the course of the book.,

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    More like 3.5 dude. Not a bad read. A little repetitive in dialogue; and I feel like the author forgot she already told us something, and tell us it again a paragraph later. The characters weren't bad necessarily, but they also weren't good. It was a quick (and still enjoyable) read, thus the extra half star. More like 3.5 dude. Not a bad read. A little repetitive in dialogue; and I feel like the author forgot she already told us something, and tell us it again a paragraph later. The characters weren't bad necessarily, but they also weren't good. It was a quick (and still enjoyable) read, thus the extra half star.

  27. 5 out of 5

    chelsea

    3.5 a fun, lighthearted read. this book follow a lot of social media stereotypes (influencers, gamers etc), which can be annoying but I found it entertaining. the only reason this book didn't suck is because it's relatively short. 3.5 a fun, lighthearted read. this book follow a lot of social media stereotypes (influencers, gamers etc), which can be annoying but I found it entertaining. the only reason this book didn't suck is because it's relatively short.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This was the most ridiculous book. Don’t waste your time. Influencers get invited to festival on a private island and one by one they start dying. It’s cliche and poorly written and predictable. The ending is absolutely ridiculous. Hint: an actual goat saves the day, it’s absolutely ridiculous.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    Never been so disappointed that more characters didn’t die by the end. Horrible little shits that live and thrive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Thank you 😊 Goodreads for the book. It was a good YA read. It like an Agatha Christie’s story but with social media characters. It kept me guessing.

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