So, my last days of being a high school senior saw me seeking my own form of revenge on the Queens of my high school. I might have left a little message about them . . . In spray paint. It felt so empowering until it didn’t. That sick-making feeling Is still something I can recall. Listening to those girls at graduation practice accusing a bunch of sophomores for my stunt sent me into a panic. The main character in Too Far Gone experiences a similar emotion, but a little cover up paint can’t hide her mistake.
The first book by this author was disappointing, but Gone Too Far was a tense and suspenseful read that I will happily recommend to my high school students. The vaguely menacing vibe that wafts through every page of this book kept me reading, and the tendrils of mistrust wormed deep – I suspected every character in this book, and I was not disappointed by the ending, even when I realized the answer had been there all along. If you are a grown up, chances are that this book will bore you with its angst about popularity and teen relationships. If you are a teen reader, this is a pretty plausible scenario with some lessons about empathy, sympathy, and the best of intentions. As far as contemporary YA suspense goes, this is a pretty good read – four stars in my opinion. While there is mention of a sex tape, the depiction isn’t graphic, and it is a timely issue for high school students today. Language and situations put this in the grade 9+ bracket.
Gone Too Far Natalie D. Richards
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by 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 . . .