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You’ll Be the Death of Me – Karen M. McManus

Thank you so much to the publishers and The Write Reads for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Back in middle school they were best friends. So, when Cal pulls into campus late for class, and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch school and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Why did they stop hanging out, anyway?

As soon as they pull out of the parking lot Cal knows why. Ivy’s already freaking out about missing class, and heartthrob Mateo is asleep in the backseat, too cool to even pretend like he wants to be there. The truth is they have nothing in common anymore.

At least they don’t until they run into the fourth student ditching school that day. Brian “Boney” Mahoney is supposed to be accepting his newly won office of class president. Which is why Ivy follows him into an empty building, only to walk into the middle of a murder scene. Cal, Ivy, and Mateo all know the person lying on the ground of that building, and now they need to come clean. They’re all hiding something. And maybe their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all.

You’ll be the Death of Me has been described as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder, which of course made me want to read this book as soon as possible. I have loved reading Karen M. McManus’ previous books so I had high hopes for this one too. I thoroughly enjoyed it and although it isn’t my favourite book by her it is one I will be recommending a lot.

I knew I could rely on Karen M. McManus to give me a YA thriller that I was hoping for. This was a fast-paced, at times fun and unnerving thriller that is packed full of sinister twists and secrets! The mysteries in this book shocked me more than in her previous novels. I’m not sure why but I found myself gasping out loud at certain points.

I love the way in which McManus’ books are formatted. In this one we get to see the story from the POVs of three characters. The short chapters and change of character really helps to keep you wanting to read more. I loved how the mysteries are presented to us as readers and how these expand, twist and turn. 

The main characters in this book, Ivy, Mateo and Cal used to be best friends but growing up made them grow apart. So, when they decided to skip school for the day together out of the blue and find themselves near a dead classmate so much unfolds. I liked all three of the character in this book. At the start of the book they appear quite cliché but as the book progresses they becoming more and more unique and we see more of their true selves. I enjoyed them all but I did have a soft spot for Mateo! I liked how different all their backstories are and have that shaped their individual POVs. 

There are a lot of side characters in this book which are all incredibly intriguing. There is one character in particular that is far more complex than any of the others and I loved reading about them. I feel like there are certain character’s stories which could have been a little bit more fleshed out but that is my only issue with this book. 

Karen M. McManus has written another thrilling, fast-paced and shocking YA book that I would highly recommend. I am intrigued to see if there will be a follow up book to this as there are a few things left unanswered I’d love to know.

Overall, You’ll Be the Death of Me is a shocking, fun and action-packed YA thriller that I would highly recommend. If this is your fifth McManus book or your first you will have a good time reading this!

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