Gone Too Far
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.
Gone Too Far is the kind of book that pulls you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go until that final page. I was unable to put it down for a second, and was completely engrossed the entire time reading.
The concept of Gone Too Far is interesting enough. It isn't always that a YA contemporary thriller is able to have me sold on plot alone, but that was definitely the case here. From the journal of "sins" to the heart-stopping text messages, there wasn't a single slow moment. As Piper falls deeper and deeper into the revenge partnership, I fell deeper and deeper into the story myself, eager to know what would happen next.
But, along with the great use of suspense, I loved the realism of the novel. All of the teenagers felt like actual teenagers, and the entire atmosphere of the high school was incredibly believable. Given, something like this doesn't normally occur every day, but the possibility didn't feel far off. Piper's voice was strong, and I really enjoyed that she had a strong passion for photography. When characters have something they are passionate about, it always makes it easier for me to relate to them.
In addition, the relationship between Nick and Piper was incredibly sweet. (When can I resist pointing out such a swoon-worthy male?) Sure, the whole idea of the hot jock "suddenly" falling for the quirky, artsy girl isn't exactly new, but that doesn't make it much less enjoyable. Plus, the whole idea of high school stereotypes is definitely brought up, leading to important themes of the novel.
Although the ending didn't completely shock me, the level of suspense and action made for a great climatic moment, and just the right amount of closure. Gone Too Far is a wonderful YA that will keep readers on edge. Definitely recommend.