Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: September 17, 2013 by Walker Childrens
Length: 352 pages
Source: Walker Childrens (ARC)
“Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.”
Dead Girls Don’t Lie was a very interesting and fast paced read. I was hooked on to the story from the first chapter till the last. The story is about Jaycee figuring out the cause of her best friend’s (Rachel) death. What made me keep on reading is the interesting set of characters and the mysterious vibe that the story gives us. Jaycee was such a realistic character. She doubted a lot of people which also made me doubt them and that made it harder for me to predict who killed Rachel. At times I kind of got annoyed by her decisions though, but it is understandable because she did not know who to trust. I also like Skyler’s character who is Jaycee’s boyfriend. He is very sweet and caring because of the things he do for Jaycee. He also has a unique personality. There is a lot more character, but these two are the ones who stood out to me the most.
Overall it is a very good contemporary/mystery young adult novel. It revolves around Mexican gangs and football cliques. I wouldn’t say this is the best though, but I do highly recommend it. The writing style was great especially how the author gave it a ‘mystery’ vibe. Readers will be able to differentiate all of the characters which is always a good thing in a book. Each chapter gets intriguing and I did not find myself confused while reading.