TAKE THE FALL by Emily  Hainsworth


Age Range: 14 - 18
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Gretchen Meyer’s list of friends was long; the list of suspects who wanted her dead is even longer.

High school senior Sonia Feldman thinks she’s safe at home after narrowly escaping an attack in the woods of her small town. She soon discovers that Gretchen, her popular best friend and daughter of the area’s rich tech mogul, wasn’t as lucky. In a separate part of the woods, at a waterfall, Gretchen was murdered. When the local police have few leads, Sonia begins her own investigation to find the killer. While the teen’s first-person narration is not dramatic, it does capture the drama of high school, from breakups to hookups. Unfortunately, it’s not so effective with the mystery part. What Sonia uncovers is Gretchen’s dark side and the growing number of racially diverse frenemies who would have benefited from her death. Not only does she confront her own feelings for Gretchen and how her supposed BFF took advantage of her, but her feelings for Gretchen’s former boyfriend as well. And with the killer still at large, someone may want Sonia dead, too.

The story offers plenty of red herrings but falls short of thrilling. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-209422-3
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015


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