In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WISH YOU WERE DEAD by Todd Strasser

copyright date: August 2010
primarily marketed for: young adults (14 and up)

This was a deliciously creepy mystery.  It is reminiscent of the Christopher Pike books I used to read when I was younger.  Just as bloody and just as edgy. 

I Wish You Were Dead begins with blog posts from a mystery blogger wishing Lucy Cunningham were dead.  The story continues by describing Lucy’s kidnapping without giving away the culprit.  Immediately, I was hooked. 

Then the action switches to following Madison Archer, a high school student who was friends Lucy and was one of the last people to see her alive.   Most of the story is told through Madison’s perspective, but interspersed with her story are the blog posts, the crime scenes, and the voice of the kidnapper.  

This is a mean girls story mixed with romance, suspense, blood, gore, and the elements of a classic mystery.

The language and the crime scenes in this book are definitely targeting mature readers, but none of it ever crosses the line. 

If you like drama and clues that help lead you to solve the crime (or at least allow you to think you’ve solved the crime) before the characters do, you will love this book.  It is the first in a Thrillogy series by Strasser, though the books don’t seem to be related other than by genre (the setting, storylines, and characters seem unrelated from what I can tell). 

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, the others are only related by genre and cover. They've been very popular, but it's been hard to get copies of them for some reason.