“You’re So Dead” by Ash Parson
Source: Penguin Teen in exchange for honest review
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery
Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious art and music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it’s finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite–and asks her two best friends Antonia and Marlowe to come along to the fest with her. It’ll be a spring break they’ll never forget.
But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it’s not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn’t even seem to be a festival–it’s just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamor she expected. Then people start to die…
Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the “festival” to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island–and no one is supposed to leave the island alive. So, together, Plum, Antonia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it’s too late.
You’re So Dead works well because it knows what it is. It’s not a serious book. It’s a murder mystery but with a touch of humor. The humor is subtle and makes the characters real. I was worried the humor would be over the top and a bit off putting like Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. Instead we get humor that makes sense for the situation. Our characters are a bit over the top. They’re ‘influencers’ with an inflated sense of ego. It’s funny as a ‘normal’ person to see how highly these people think of themselves and their crafts. There is also the black humor that comes from dealing with an awful situation and short circuiting to laugh at inappropriate things/make jokes.
I liked the little nods to other pieces of media. If you’re familiar with the references, they’re nice. If you’re not familiar with them, you don’t miss anything.
The relationships between the characters wasn’t my favorite. They could have been developed a bit better. It’s not a big problem for me since this was more a plot book rather than a character driven book.
The ‘message’ of the story is a good reminder and isn’t heavy handed. Everyone is passionate about something. We all need to be a bit mindful about making fun of others online.
The book was a fun ride overall. I never knew what to expect. I didn’t want to put the book down which made it for a really quick read. The best way to describe the book is fun. It feels like a cheesy made for TV movie in the best possible way.