Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on February 27th 2018
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple.
The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.
I recently read People Like Us by Dana Mele and wow what an amazing Sapphic trip. Basically we are following a group of friends who attend an all girls boarding school one night after a dance they are walking down to the lake and find the body of a fellow classmate. Our main character Kay ends up receiving an email from the dead girl that basically instructs her to air all of the secrets about people at the school to get them off the class roster. Which basically is helping her figure out who the killed her. Kay is sexually fluid (we don’t actually get a label for her) [which I appreciate as someone who is also fluid but I am not into labels], she is in love with her best friend Bri who has a girlfriend. I loved that the girls liking girls was normalized, like it no one even batted an eye about it and those are the kinda books we need. I also really enjoyed the character development in this book especially for Kay, she really gets put through the ringer and I think its great that we get to see just how strong of a person she becomes. Now the only real negative about this book for me is who the killer turns out to be, cause there is a point where there are some hints about the killer being someone else which I honestly think would have made the book better but at the same time I can see why it went the way it did.
Verdict: This book was fantastic and definitely was the exactly the right book I needed to read at the time. I gave it a 4.5 stars and like I said that’s just cause I thought the killer turned out to be a little predictable. I highly recommend this book especially if you are looking for an addicting read with some great Sapphic elements.