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In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives. Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life: she's in a great graduate school program, lives in a cozy Tribeca apartment, and is head-over-heels for her handsome, committed boyfriend. But Amanda's life isn't as pictur In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives. Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life: she's in a great graduate school program, lives in a cozy Tribeca apartment, and is head-over-heels for her handsome, committed boyfriend. But Amanda's life isn't as picture perfect as it seems. For over a decade she's been hiding a dark secret--a secret that goes back to that summer at Camp Catalpa when a man died in the woods. Fellow campers Catherine and Meg were there too, and in the years since, not one of them has ever spoken about what happened that day. Until Amanda slips--and the truth threatens to explode the tightly controlled facade of her life. When her past begins to poison her present, threatening her relationship, Amanda has no one to turn to except the two women who know her most monstrous self. Reuniting with Catherine and Meg one last time, Amanda is desperate to put the demons of that twisted summer to rest. But when trusting anyone, even one another, starts to feel like a wildly risky proposition, just how far will these three go to keep the truth from emerging--and their lives from unraveling?


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In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives. Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life: she's in a great graduate school program, lives in a cozy Tribeca apartment, and is head-over-heels for her handsome, committed boyfriend. But Amanda's life isn't as pictur In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives. Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life: she's in a great graduate school program, lives in a cozy Tribeca apartment, and is head-over-heels for her handsome, committed boyfriend. But Amanda's life isn't as picture perfect as it seems. For over a decade she's been hiding a dark secret--a secret that goes back to that summer at Camp Catalpa when a man died in the woods. Fellow campers Catherine and Meg were there too, and in the years since, not one of them has ever spoken about what happened that day. Until Amanda slips--and the truth threatens to explode the tightly controlled facade of her life. When her past begins to poison her present, threatening her relationship, Amanda has no one to turn to except the two women who know her most monstrous self. Reuniting with Catherine and Meg one last time, Amanda is desperate to put the demons of that twisted summer to rest. But when trusting anyone, even one another, starts to feel like a wildly risky proposition, just how far will these three go to keep the truth from emerging--and their lives from unraveling?

30 review for The Wild One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Colleen McKeegan

    I wrote The Wild One to explore the complexities of female friendship, how childhood scars shape our future, the ways women contort themselves to please others, and the volatility of unchecked shame. I hope readers enjoy it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I'M OBSESSED WITH COMING OF AGE THRILLERS I'M OBSESSED WITH COMING OF AGE THRILLERS

  3. 5 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    Thank you @harperbooks for the gifted copy. The Wild One is available June 10th.⁣ ⁣ I’ve been in such a reading slump and mood lately that I’ve picked up and put down so many books. Sunday morning I took a look at my stack of June releases and looked for the slimmest one and dove in.⁣ ⁣ The Wild One is just 241 pages and while it tends to have long chapters (not my preference), I binged the whole thing yesterday while floating in the pool. Lazy Sunday’s are my favorite 😎.⁣ ⁣ Told in now and then timel Thank you @harperbooks for the gifted copy. The Wild One is available June 10th.⁣ ⁣ I’ve been in such a reading slump and mood lately that I’ve picked up and put down so many books. Sunday morning I took a look at my stack of June releases and looked for the slimmest one and dove in.⁣ ⁣ The Wild One is just 241 pages and while it tends to have long chapters (not my preference), I binged the whole thing yesterday while floating in the pool. Lazy Sunday’s are my favorite 😎.⁣ ⁣ Told in now and then timelines it was a combination of coming-of-age and how secrets from our past can haunt us. I really enjoyed the nostalgia of the past (summer camp) and the tension of the present (toxic relationships and NYC).⁣ ⁣ I grew up going to summer camp and think it’s the perfect setting for secrets and drama and brings both fond and hurtful memories (girls can be nasty).⁣ ⁣ If you’re looking for a dramatic story about complicated female friendships then I suggest you give this one a go.⁣ A fun summer binge read. ⁣ 3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    Thank you so much to Harper Books and Colleen McKeegan for my copy of The Wild One. I LOVE books about summer camp, and this one was no different. I worked at one for two summers, so I can totally imagine the scenery and vibe of Camp Catalpa. In this book, Amanda has a seemingly perfect life in New York, but for over a decade she has been hiding a terrible secret. Her secret goes back to when she went to summer camp and saw a man die. Two other girls were there and none of them has ever breathed Thank you so much to Harper Books and Colleen McKeegan for my copy of The Wild One. I LOVE books about summer camp, and this one was no different. I worked at one for two summers, so I can totally imagine the scenery and vibe of Camp Catalpa. In this book, Amanda has a seemingly perfect life in New York, but for over a decade she has been hiding a terrible secret. Her secret goes back to when she went to summer camp and saw a man die. Two other girls were there and none of them has ever breathed a word of it…until now. When her past begins to affect her present, Amanda has no choice but to turn to her friends and those who know her most monstrous self. Thoughts: I think the setting in this book made it SO enjoyable. I loved the imagery of camp and everything that goes along with it. The book was about female friendship and how our past informs our future. There is a lot more to this book than just the straightforward mystery, and I enjoyed all of those layers. It is a short book, but it keeps the reader engaged from start to finish with the contrasting settings of the wilderness and New York City. While there wasn’t necessarily a twist or big mystery in this book, it was more about the bonds we make and how women are treated in society. It was more of a coming of age dramatic fiction, but I really enjoyed it. It is the perfect book to take with you on a summer vacation! 4-stars for this one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina Rae

    So this ended up being a very solid meh for me. It's marketed as a thriller/mystery but it's kind of... not? It's more about relationships and how girls relate to one another and change alliances at the drop of a hat and that's all good and fine if you're expecting that. But I wasn't? I was looking for a thriller, not a straight up coming of age story? I also just didn't love the dual timelines on this one. I was very uninterested in the present timeline and my interest definitely drifted in thos So this ended up being a very solid meh for me. It's marketed as a thriller/mystery but it's kind of... not? It's more about relationships and how girls relate to one another and change alliances at the drop of a hat and that's all good and fine if you're expecting that. But I wasn't? I was looking for a thriller, not a straight up coming of age story? I also just didn't love the dual timelines on this one. I was very uninterested in the present timeline and my interest definitely drifted in those parts. I wish this story had just been about the summer camp because I loved those bits. I thought the setting was extremely well done and would've loved the whole story to take place there plus I think it would've been better for the ~thriller aspects. So. This one was just okay? It's short enough to be a quick and easy read but it just wasn't my favorite. I wish it had either been more of a thriller and JUST covered the summer camp or would've been marketed more as a coming of age story (in which case, I would've just skipped it because not my thing but then at least it would've been marketed to the correct audience?) Also, to be completely transparent, I finished this book less than a week ago and I've already forgotten most of the details from it. So. If you're looking for a good mystery/thriller, I don't think this is it. But if you do enjoy coming of age stories, this might be right up your alley. Thanks to Harper Books for sending this my way in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a bit of a “miss” for me, as it was marketed as a thriller. It was really easy to see the twists coming from a mile away unfortunately, so that took away from my enjoyment reading this. This book is more of a coming-of-age combined with some female empowerment themes. I did really love the summer camp theme here, and boy did the aggression of preteen girls really hit truth. Cover and title: the cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous and completely drew me in. But after finishing the This was a bit of a “miss” for me, as it was marketed as a thriller. It was really easy to see the twists coming from a mile away unfortunately, so that took away from my enjoyment reading this. This book is more of a coming-of-age combined with some female empowerment themes. I did really love the summer camp theme here, and boy did the aggression of preteen girls really hit truth. Cover and title: the cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous and completely drew me in. But after finishing the book I really don’t see how both the cover picture or the title tie into the book at all. Blue and green are important colors in the book so I would understand if her hair ribbon was one of those two… and the title The Wild One just makes zero sense to me given the content of the book. Has anyone else read this and felt the same way? Thank you to Harper for the advanced reader copy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    The Wild One is a coming of age thriller set in dual timelines during the main character Amanda's time at Camp Catalpa when she was twelve and her curent life as a privileged grad student in NYC. The story centers around the profound impact that a death at camp had on Amanda's life and future relationships. I enjoyed the details of Amanda's time at summer camp - I've never been to camp so it was fun to read about it. I thought the mean girl antics that happened at camp were quite believable - twe The Wild One is a coming of age thriller set in dual timelines during the main character Amanda's time at Camp Catalpa when she was twelve and her curent life as a privileged grad student in NYC. The story centers around the profound impact that a death at camp had on Amanda's life and future relationships. I enjoyed the details of Amanda's time at summer camp - I've never been to camp so it was fun to read about it. I thought the mean girl antics that happened at camp were quite believable - tween and teen girls can be brutal (and it doesn't get much better later in life, sadly). I don't want to give away too much, but I'll share a few thoughts: • I found Rachel and Amanda's friendship to be very relateable - I liked it! • I didn't see Amanda as being particularly wild, so I think the book title was a bit of a misnomer - Based on the anecdotes from her teen and college years, her partying seemed to be on the tame side based on what I've seen and experienced - I understand what the author was trying to do, though, based on Amanda's trauma based on the event at camp • I felt like Amanda and Catherine's history was rushed and could have been explored a little more •Overall, it was a good read - rounding up from 3.5 stars to 4 stars Trigger Warnings: Domestic violence, child abuse, murder, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    The Wild One by Colleen McKeegan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amanda is a city girl and always has been. She has a dark secret though.. about the summer she spent at Camp Catalpa. If you like books with summer camp settings, you’ll like this one. I loved the “then” story. There was a lot of pre-teen angst, gossip, and bullying. The “now” was interesting as well and I liked how it tied together even though I found it strange how it felt like no time went by in between. It took a lot of time for the events that happe The Wild One by Colleen McKeegan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amanda is a city girl and always has been. She has a dark secret though.. about the summer she spent at Camp Catalpa. If you like books with summer camp settings, you’ll like this one. I loved the “then” story. There was a lot of pre-teen angst, gossip, and bullying. The “now” was interesting as well and I liked how it tied together even though I found it strange how it felt like no time went by in between. It took a lot of time for the events that happened to be revealed and I enjoyed the anticipation and mystery along the way. “Girls learn at a young age the easiest way to make a new friend is to find a common enemy, a girl to gang up on. Catherine was about to change my relationship with Sarah and, though I didn’t know it at the time, my entire life.” The Wild One comes out 6/14.

  9. 5 out of 5

    kendall ʚĭɞ

    This book is so much more than just a mystery. It’s a deep, intertwined tell of how the past is never truly the past. From the beginning to the end, we see how each small movement in our life determines how we end up. We relive our younger days - of being the newbie, of being alone - the need to be accepted and fit it. We see how it slowly eats away at us, until we spiral. Jackson was such a disgusting character. The gaslighting he exhibits toward Amanda is so, so sad. We as readers watch as the This book is so much more than just a mystery. It’s a deep, intertwined tell of how the past is never truly the past. From the beginning to the end, we see how each small movement in our life determines how we end up. We relive our younger days - of being the newbie, of being alone - the need to be accepted and fit it. We see how it slowly eats away at us, until we spiral. Jackson was such a disgusting character. The gaslighting he exhibits toward Amanda is so, so sad. We as readers watch as the abuse escalates - slowly seeing the signs of isolation, gaslighting, manipulation. It’s all so sickening, but done so well. The camp aspect was written very, very well. I felt like I was at camp along side them. Seeing Amanda’s need for approval in her real life and her camp life was really hard hitting. She didn’t want to be this way, but she craved it. She needed the love, and adoration which ultimately led to her relationship with Jackson. This book was so good, with great plot twists at the end. I recommend. This e-arc was provided to me by the publishers at Netgalley for my honest review! All thoughts are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ali (exercise_read_repeat)

    3.5 stars rounded up. A quick summer camp drama/thriller. A fun pick for fans of summer camp, girl drama, psychological thrillers, and dual timelines. Not my favorite, but I still thought it was good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Couldn’t get past hating Amanda

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy :: leavemetomybooks ::

    Amanda is living a picture-perfect life —graduate school, Tribeca apartment, hot boyfriend — but a secret from her summer at Camp Catalpa comes to light and threatens everything. I really wish this hadn’t been marketed as a thriller because it was really a coming-of-age story about the (extremely) dark side of female friendships. I loved how McKeegan portrayed the back and forth of tween/teenage girls’ relationships and the desperate need to belong and not be the outsider, even if means throwing o Amanda is living a picture-perfect life —graduate school, Tribeca apartment, hot boyfriend — but a secret from her summer at Camp Catalpa comes to light and threatens everything. I really wish this hadn’t been marketed as a thriller because it was really a coming-of-age story about the (extremely) dark side of female friendships. I loved how McKeegan portrayed the back and forth of tween/teenage girls’ relationships and the desperate need to belong and not be the outsider, even if means throwing other girls who are (or could be) your friends under the bus to get the attention of the alpha girl. She really nailed that dynamic and captured the wild and seemingly random swings between all-consuming adoration and all-out brutal viciousness…. aaagh. The story is told in dual timeline (camp days and the present), and I was much more interested in the camp sections and who the girls were then vs. who they turned into. There weren’t any big twists or unsolved mysteries, but the story is exciting and moving and I overall really loved this book. One minor gripe (which another person mentioned, but I forgot who it was - sorry!): I love the cover photo, but the red ribbon makes no sense! The camp had blue and green hair ribbons… ANYWAY. Read this for all the t(w)een girl drama and be happy you aren’t that age anymore. (And if you are… best of luck, and it gets better.) * thanks to Harper Books for the Netgalley review copy. The Wild One publishes June 14.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittni Drahota

    I liked this book, but something was lacking for me. I was expecting it to be more of a thriller but everything was predictable and there wasn’t an “OMG” moment for me. It took about 3/4 of the book before I felt invested, but once I was invested it was hard to put it down. This felt more YA mystery/thriller and I think if it was marketed that way I would have enjoyed it more. Our MC, Amanda, is living her dream life in New York when her past comes back to haunt her. The summer she spent at camp I liked this book, but something was lacking for me. I was expecting it to be more of a thriller but everything was predictable and there wasn’t an “OMG” moment for me. It took about 3/4 of the book before I felt invested, but once I was invested it was hard to put it down. This felt more YA mystery/thriller and I think if it was marketed that way I would have enjoyed it more. Our MC, Amanda, is living her dream life in New York when her past comes back to haunt her. The summer she spent at camp could ruin her life forever. The author does a fabulous job showing the dynamics of being a tween and that desire to fit in with certain friend groups. The way she intertwined those past relationships into the relationships you form in early adulthood is what kept me reading. I really resonated with wanting to put on those rose-colored glasses thinking everything was fine because change can be scary sometimes. I will say, while it was mostly predictable, the ending had a bit of a shock. I truly did not think it was going to end the way it did. There certainly wasn’t a gasp at how it turned out, but it was good nonetheless. This was a very good coming of age story and if you’re looking for more of a YA thriller then I would definitely recommend picking this one up. If you’re looking for something that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat, you might want to pass. Thank you NetGalley, Harper Books, and author for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fish

    I enjoyed the first third of the book. The author has an excellent grasp of the social dynamics of teen girls and I always enjoy that. However, this became extremely repetitive, to the point where I was confused who the book was written for. The author doesn’t have enough faith in the reader’s ability to “get it” and sometimes it reads like it was written for a younger, more naive audience. This is in stark contrast with the sexual situations and alcohol abuse that clearly make it an adult novel I enjoyed the first third of the book. The author has an excellent grasp of the social dynamics of teen girls and I always enjoy that. However, this became extremely repetitive, to the point where I was confused who the book was written for. The author doesn’t have enough faith in the reader’s ability to “get it” and sometimes it reads like it was written for a younger, more naive audience. This is in stark contrast with the sexual situations and alcohol abuse that clearly make it an adult novel. Almost nothing of note even happens until about eighty percent of the way through and it was a huge let down with a neat and consequence-free conclusion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth | _its_liz_reading

    3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed this one and it kept me reading. The writing itself was great. But, as the story began to unfold, I was a bit underwhelmed by the big secret and by the way the characters behaved as adults. The childhood storyline was much more believable and compelling. I thought the book handled friendships and the need to belong in an honest way as well. I found the way some of the characters treated each other scarier than the actual mystery 😬.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debra Silverman

    Thanks so much to Goodreads and Harper for supplying me with a copy of the advance copy in a Goodreads giveaway! If you've gone to overnight camp and made close friends there, you will identify with the characters in this book. A long buried secret from a summer at camp threatens to upend the lives of a formerly close group of camp friends. Thrilling and lots of fun! Thanks so much to Goodreads and Harper for supplying me with a copy of the advance copy in a Goodreads giveaway! If you've gone to overnight camp and made close friends there, you will identify with the characters in this book. A long buried secret from a summer at camp threatens to upend the lives of a formerly close group of camp friends. Thrilling and lots of fun!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I honestly got to 71% in the audiobook and realized I hated all the characters so much that I didn't care what happened to them. I honestly got to 71% in the audiobook and realized I hated all the characters so much that I didn't care what happened to them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marisol Rivera

    I am on the fence about this one, that's why I give it 3 stars. There were things that I liked and some things I didn't like. I enjoyed the story and how it is written. I really like when books use a chapter to tell what is happening now and a chapter to describe past events. I feel like this style keeps the reader drawn in by uncovering different things of what has happened in the past, to get to where things are in the present. Although, I enjoy this format for the story, I did think these cha I am on the fence about this one, that's why I give it 3 stars. There were things that I liked and some things I didn't like. I enjoyed the story and how it is written. I really like when books use a chapter to tell what is happening now and a chapter to describe past events. I feel like this style keeps the reader drawn in by uncovering different things of what has happened in the past, to get to where things are in the present. Although, I enjoy this format for the story, I did think these chapters were a little long. Instead of giving snippets of information, the scenes were drawn out, very detailed and extensive. I do appreciate the details, but I feel many of them could have been split into shorter chapters, keeping the reader intrigued and wanting more as they learn more, little by little. I have to be honest, I did lose interest from time to time. It wasn't for a lack of details, but more so, because of the lengthened chapters and how long it took to get to the point that was trying to be conveyed. All in all, I enjoyed the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    books_by_bethany

    Graduate student Amanda Brooks seems to have the perfect life in New York, but has been hiding a dark secret from her past for over a decade. Ten years ago, Amanda spent her summer at Camp Catalpa, and witnessed a man’s death with two of her fellow campers, Catherine and Meg, and the three haven’t spoken of it since. Now the past threatens to come back to haunt them from this summer so many years ago. While described as a “coming-of-age thriller”, I think this book was much more the “coming-of-a Graduate student Amanda Brooks seems to have the perfect life in New York, but has been hiding a dark secret from her past for over a decade. Ten years ago, Amanda spent her summer at Camp Catalpa, and witnessed a man’s death with two of her fellow campers, Catherine and Meg, and the three haven’t spoken of it since. Now the past threatens to come back to haunt them from this summer so many years ago. While described as a “coming-of-age thriller”, I think this book was much more the “coming-of-age” genre—very reminiscent of “The Parent Trap” in the scenes at summer camp. I really enjoyed these camp scenes, especially with it being set in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, where I visited many times throughout my childhood. This is a shorter book, and the “Now” and “Then” chapters make for a fast-paced, quick read. I would recommend going into this book NOT expecting a thriller, but a story with more of a YA vibe about the complexity of female friendships, relationships, and pre-teen mean girls and cliques. Thank you to Harper Books for my gifted copy, and the incredible promotional box with the candle, scrunchie, and candy!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    booksbikesbooze

    3.5 stars - a campy, young adult, past / current timeline. Quick, easy read! Thank you to the publisher for my gifted review copy - out now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Fish

    Rounded up to 4.5 stars. This book gave me so much nostalgia from when I was a tween and went to summer camp. I really liked how eloquently Colleen wove the stories from when Amanda was at camp to when she was a grownup. What a wild ride!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amruta Rao

    Thank you to Harper Collin for giving me a review copy of this amazing book! 241 pages of mystery; a mystery that has you hooked till the last word. I’m not kidding, till the last word itself; you’re invested in the story. I started reading this story back in mid March but because of my small vacation it got put on hold. If it were not for fact, I would have finished this in a weekend. It was that kind of a read! But even after sitting the last weekend of April, the story roped me back in, in just Thank you to Harper Collin for giving me a review copy of this amazing book! 241 pages of mystery; a mystery that has you hooked till the last word. I’m not kidding, till the last word itself; you’re invested in the story. I started reading this story back in mid March but because of my small vacation it got put on hold. If it were not for fact, I would have finished this in a weekend. It was that kind of a read! But even after sitting the last weekend of April, the story roped me back in, in just a minute and I was accompanying Amanda on the journey of what exactly happened that summer. The story is as follows: Amanda is living THE life and in love with a handsome man, Jackson. But Amanda has a dark secret that’s been eating her for more than a decade. At a summer camp, years ago, a man died in the woods and somehow Amanda is related to the incident. Suddenly, when her past comes crashing her present, it is sure to create chaos and disorder. It’s the story about finding about the truth of her past and her present First of all, as a debut novel, the mystery was up to the point! The way the dual perspectives of then and now are woven in the storyline are applause worthy because it keeps you hooked and never makes it feeling boring. There are trigger warnings of abuse and bullying. Although I will say the author has educated about these warnings in the story effectively. It’s a story of a girl who is an ordinary person and sometimes that eats at us. Yes, all of us has something unique in us but sometimes it’s okay to be average. I feel like at the end of the book, knowing Amanda’s entire story you really do come to the same conclusion and feel happy for her. You feel happy that she finally is at peace with who she is and what she wants♥️ This book publishes on 22nd June and I can guarantee its going to be a favorite amongst everyone!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda’s_Good_Books

    🅣🅗🅔 🅦🅘🅛🅓 🅞🅝🅔 By Colleen McKeegan Release date 06/14/2022 They’ve not seen each other since the fateful night in the Poconos, an eight-week summer camp they all went to at the age of 12. Amanda, Meg, and Catherine all attended, and all were involved one fateful night together that they never forget. Amanda is in New York, Catherine is in Boston, and both are grad students. Meg was local and worked in a casino 20 miles from the woods; the murder happened. Amanda’s broken the pact of silence to her BF 🅣🅗🅔 🅦🅘🅛🅓 🅞🅝🅔 By Colleen McKeegan Release date 06/14/2022 They’ve not seen each other since the fateful night in the Poconos, an eight-week summer camp they all went to at the age of 12. Amanda, Meg, and Catherine all attended, and all were involved one fateful night together that they never forget. Amanda is in New York, Catherine is in Boston, and both are grad students. Meg was local and worked in a casino 20 miles from the woods; the murder happened. Amanda’s broken the pact of silence to her BF Jackson, and now they’re suddenly back in each other’s lives. At first, you’ll love Jackson Amanda’s BF, but as this past and present book flows, it’s a super fast-paced read - you realize he’s a controlling putz. When your life feels out of control for years, someone controlling may feel helpful rather than a manipulating - stifling boyfriend. he gaslights her consistently (and reading this particular book truly opened my eyes to a time in my life when I was gaslighted and that vindicated me - so thank you, Colleen ) Now they’re back in the woods together because the pact is broken. They have to fix it. But how? You won’t believe the twists in this book; they will leave your jaw on the floor 😵😵😵 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟S҉T҉A҉R҉S҉ #bookstagram #bookish #instabooks #ilovebooks #readinglist #bookblog #readmore #reads #booknerdigan #readingaddict #avidreader #newread #readallthebooks #booksarelife #bibliophile #bookwormlife #bookrecommendation #bookstagrammers #booknerdigan #arcbooks #colleenmckeegan #thewildone #harpercollinss #htpinfluencer #harperbooks

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Jumping in time between Amanda’s summer spent at Camp Catalpa and her adult life in NYC, The Wild One tells the story of how trauma and social dynamics impact women throughout their lives. Amanda has spent her whole life building walls around herself to distance herself from what happened at camp the summer she was 12 years old. When she finally reveals the truth to somebody she trusts, her world threatens to crumble and she is forced to confront her past. Media that delves into the complex dyna Jumping in time between Amanda’s summer spent at Camp Catalpa and her adult life in NYC, The Wild One tells the story of how trauma and social dynamics impact women throughout their lives. Amanda has spent her whole life building walls around herself to distance herself from what happened at camp the summer she was 12 years old. When she finally reveals the truth to somebody she trusts, her world threatens to crumble and she is forced to confront her past. Media that delves into the complex dynamics of young women has always fascinated me, and summer camp provides a unique microcosm of these social hierarchies. No matter where you fit into this social structure, you can relate to somebody and McKeegan really nails the emotions of longing to belong somewhere. The story also hits on the fact that this isn’t unique to teens; for many women these dynamics never go away. I loved how the story plays with our perceptions of truth and how they are different for everybody. Three different people can be present but each brings their own history, perceptions and experiences to define their own truth. So who is correct, and how does that shape the person you become? This compelling book is beautifully written with touches of nostalgia for the teenagers we once were, and hit a sweet spot for me of mystery mixed with complicated female relationships. Thank you to NetGalley and Colleen McKeegan for this copy, I cannot wait to read more from this debut author!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Jumping in time between Amanda’s summer spent at Camp Catalpa and her adult life in NYC, The Wild One tells the story of how trauma and social dynamics impact women throughout their lives. Amanda has spent her whole life building walls around herself to distance herself from what happened at camp the summer she was 12 years old. When she finally reveals the truth to somebody she trusts, her world threatens to crumble and she is forced to confront her past. Media that delves into the complex dyna Jumping in time between Amanda’s summer spent at Camp Catalpa and her adult life in NYC, The Wild One tells the story of how trauma and social dynamics impact women throughout their lives. Amanda has spent her whole life building walls around herself to distance herself from what happened at camp the summer she was 12 years old. When she finally reveals the truth to somebody she trusts, her world threatens to crumble and she is forced to confront her past. Media that delves into the complex dynamics of young women has always fascinated me, and summer camp provides a unique microcosm of these social hierarchies. No matter where you fit into this social structure, you can relate to somebody and McKeegan really nails the emotions of longing to belong somewhere. The story also hits on the fact that this isn’t unique to teens; for many women these dynamics never go away. I loved how the story plays with our perceptions of truth and how they are different for everybody. Three different people can be present but each brings their own history, perceptions and experiences to define their own truth. So who is correct, and how does that shape the person you become? This compelling book is beautifully written with touches of nostalgia for the teenagers we once were, and hit a sweet spot for me of mystery mixed with complicated female relationships. Thank you to NetGalley and Colleen McKeegan for this copy, I cannot wait to read more from this debut author

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mntnmama

    This was a giveaway book so I felt compelled to read and review it. This book is a murder mystery. The writing style is not necessarily something I enjoy, I found it quite 'light' (almost beach read quality writing) with the transitioning between past and present quite clumsy, especially in the beginning. The author was very good at propelling the story along with a 'slow reveal'--providing the What, Where, Who and Why smoothly throughout the book. Clues and important information were dropped ca This was a giveaway book so I felt compelled to read and review it. This book is a murder mystery. The writing style is not necessarily something I enjoy, I found it quite 'light' (almost beach read quality writing) with the transitioning between past and present quite clumsy, especially in the beginning. The author was very good at propelling the story along with a 'slow reveal'--providing the What, Where, Who and Why smoothly throughout the book. Clues and important information were dropped casually throughout the dialogue (so don't skim read; you'll miss a lot!) in slow moving progressive disclosure. However, the real gem in this book is the author's dive into the pettiness, shifting loyalties, and downright meanness of a twelve-year old girl cliche away from parental oversight. The desperation of the protagonist's desire to be liked and included reeked off the pages--deeply felt by those of us who have done this to others or have experienced being on the receiving end such pre-teen cruelty. I almost felt the murder mystery was secondary to the character study...and the whole present day boyfriend story arch was irrelevant, IMHO.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa C

    i feel that it is important that i start out by saying that i am a chronic hater. of what you ask? summer camp! yes, i am a summer camp hater. the overall concept of it freaks me out and i just can’t get down with it. anyways, my book review. i gave this book a 3/5 mainly because i couldn’t relate and/or understand a lot of the camp related talk. granted, i knew my opinions on camp before i read this book, but the summary was interesting enough where i could ignore my summer camp hatred for a mo i feel that it is important that i start out by saying that i am a chronic hater. of what you ask? summer camp! yes, i am a summer camp hater. the overall concept of it freaks me out and i just can’t get down with it. anyways, my book review. i gave this book a 3/5 mainly because i couldn’t relate and/or understand a lot of the camp related talk. granted, i knew my opinions on camp before i read this book, but the summary was interesting enough where i could ignore my summer camp hatred for a moment. aside from that, i feel that this book did talk about so much more than just a camp. it dove into the ideas of trauma and how our past affects our present. i really enjoyed the writing style and the way these girls’ stories were told. i thought it told a beautiful story of female friendships and the bonds that we can have with our childhood friend (in which we often reveal a lot of ourselves too). the main female characters had a lot of depth and i really enjoyed watching their friendships change and develop. Overall a pretty good read!! I would definitely read another book by this author!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

    Amanda loves her life. She loves living in New York, and her boyfriend is nearly perfect. What people don’t see is what hides just underneath her perfect life. Amanda has held on to a secret since the days of summer camp, and suddenly that secret is on the verge of coming out. Now she must turn to the two women she wished to never see again for help. Gotta love a good summer camp story! I mean obviously nothing has come close to The Parent Trap yet, but this book came pretty close. Not in the sto Amanda loves her life. She loves living in New York, and her boyfriend is nearly perfect. What people don’t see is what hides just underneath her perfect life. Amanda has held on to a secret since the days of summer camp, and suddenly that secret is on the verge of coming out. Now she must turn to the two women she wished to never see again for help. Gotta love a good summer camp story! I mean obviously nothing has come close to The Parent Trap yet, but this book came pretty close. Not in the storyline, in that sense it is VERY different from The Parent Trap, but in summer camp story enjoyability! When Amanda arrived at camp it immediately brought me back to my days as a camper, both when it was girl scout camp and my friend and I cried ourselves to sleep every night we hated it so much, to the days of sports camp where my cabin won cabin of the week. Anyway, back to the book, I enjoyed this book, it was short, but it didn’t need to be any longer if that makes sense? It’s a great quick read when you want to reminisce about those summer camp days, or if you ever feel like revisiting the mean girls of your past.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Shepard

    I love short books that don't beat around the bush. The Wild One is less than 250 pages and a solid thriller, taking one of the best creepy settings — summer camp — and running with it! I read it in a single setting and I was engrossed in the captivating story about three summer campers that found themselves at the site of a murder. A decade later, they're desperate to learn the truth about what happened that summer...all while dealing with their own adult issues. The setting was spectacular, re I love short books that don't beat around the bush. The Wild One is less than 250 pages and a solid thriller, taking one of the best creepy settings — summer camp — and running with it! I read it in a single setting and I was engrossed in the captivating story about three summer campers that found themselves at the site of a murder. A decade later, they're desperate to learn the truth about what happened that summer...all while dealing with their own adult issues. The setting was spectacular, reminiscent of The Last Time I Lied, and brought me back to my own summer camp days. The characters were a bit underdeveloped, likely due to the short length of the book, so while I was invested in the plot I wasn't particularly connected to any of the protagonists. There were a few twists and turns that jarred me, but none blew my mind. Still, an enjoyable and utterly devourable thriller that should be on your Summer 2022 #tbr!

  30. 4 out of 5

    thatashtyngirl

    Ok, this was decent. A little underwhelming, though. I think I just prefer an unreliable narrator in my thrillers and from the start there was no mystery or suspense to the story. We find out from almost the very beginning “who dunnit” and even though there is a slight twist as to what happened, it unravels at an annoyingly slow pace. The characters didn’t feel completely fleshed out. The flashbacks to their time at camp were more interesting than the present timeline. I went into this wanting s Ok, this was decent. A little underwhelming, though. I think I just prefer an unreliable narrator in my thrillers and from the start there was no mystery or suspense to the story. We find out from almost the very beginning “who dunnit” and even though there is a slight twist as to what happened, it unravels at an annoyingly slow pace. The characters didn’t feel completely fleshed out. The flashbacks to their time at camp were more interesting than the present timeline. I went into this wanting something similar to The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and this just didn’t do it for me. So, it’s definitely not a new favorite, but if you like a slow moving mystery with a hint of toxic romance and mean girl friendships, check it out. Don’t go into it expecting a fast paced thriller to keep you on your toes.

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